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Uncle Joe's Mintballs
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Uncle Joe's Mintballs
Date: 26/01/09, updated on 27/01/09 (177 review reads)
Advantages: Great Flavour
Disadvantages: Difficult to get hold of
Firstly, I can't believe that this product is already on dooyoo without me having to suggest it - Uncle Joe's is a make which is often sold regionally rather than nationally, but I guess it's more popular than I first thought it was.
'Uncle Joe's Mintballs' are possibly the most traditional looking confectionary that I have ever seen - the mints come in a 200g metal tin which houses artwork that reminds me of a long gone era consisting of herbal remedies and wartime rationing. Each of the circular mints found within come individually wrapped in see-through plastic, and are dark amber in colour.
According to the packaging, Uncle Joe's Mint Balls were first made in 1898, when they were produced in the kitchen of a small house in Wigan. The sweets have a closely guarded secret recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation, and it certainly creates a unique taste.
In terms of the ingredients that are disclosed, the product contains; Pure Cane Sugar, Oil of Peppermint and Cream of Tartar - it's as simple as that.
The mints were given to me (for novelty value) by my young nephew, as I am an Uncle Joe. Whilst it was a mildly amusing in-joke, I didn't realise the impressive history and tradition that the sweets held.
But how do they taste?
Quite simply, Uncle Joe's Mintballs are the nicest mints I have ever tasted. The flavour is incredibly mild, and there is none of the strong aftertaste which can often be a characteristic of mass produced mints. As well as the subtle mintyness, there is also a taste reminiscent of golden syrup - or perhaps toffee, which is very pleasant.
Being a boiled sweet, you can generally suck on Uncle Joe's Balls (!?) for around ten minutes before they have competely dissolved - and a nice sucking experience it is too.
It's fairly difficult to purchase this product; it is sold in the major supermarkets, but (as I mentioned earlier) often only in regional stores. However, there is a mail order service will allows you to buy the mints in individual tins or in bulk. To order, you can visit www.mintballs.co.uk, where you can download the order form. The 200g tin, which I am reviewing today, costs £4.95.
In conclusion, if you can get hold of them, I would highly recommend giving Uncle Joe's Mint Balls a go - they taste great, and it's nice to see such a tradtional product in this day and age. Recommended.
Summary: Great Mints
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