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You know 'em, you love 'em, and from time to time, you need 'em. Altoids curiously strong peppermints keep your breath minty fresh.
Q: When were Altoids invented?
A: Around the turn of the 19th century, during the reign of King George III, the recipe for Altoids was perfected by Smith & Company, a London confectionery firm. Altoids were then promoted for over a century as a "stomach calmative."
Q: Why are they called Altoids?
A: The exact origin of the name is unclear, but it seems that confections were given names employing the "oids" suffix to imply their medicinal benefit. Smith & Company also marketed several other remedies with "oids" in their names, such as Benoids "for delicate throats and chests," Zenoids for "an easy digestion," Cyphoids to "defend your throat," and Notoids, "antiseptic voice and throat pastilles."
Q: Are Altoids still made in Great Britain?
A: Yes. Altoids are made in Bridgend, Wales.
Q: When were Altoids first sold in the United States?
A: Altoids were first introduced into the U.S. in 1918.
Q: What are Altoids best markets? Are they more popular in any specific region or city?
A: Altoids have traditionally been more popular on the West Coast. However, Altoids sell well in metropolitan areas around the country.
Q: Are they sold in other countries?
A: Currently, Altoids are most popular in the United States, although they are also available in Great Britain (of course), Germany, Canada and Japan.
Q: Do Altoids cure bad breath?
A: No breath mint can "cure" bad breath; they freshen breath. Although curiously strong Altoids are effective breath fresheners, Altoids are much more than breath mints. Cold sufferers rave about Altoids as an effective substitute for heavily medicated cough drops and lozenges, and choral groups and opera singers swear by Altoids as a means of keeping their vocal passages clear. Actors are also known to use Altoids before shooting romantic scenes.
Q: Is there a story behind the Altoids tin?
A: For over 100 years Altoids were packaged in small rectangular cardboard cartons that were approximately the same size as today's recognizable tins. The tins were introduced in the 1920's to help protect the mints and to stay neatly closed in pockets and handbags.
Q: Are Altoids tins recyclable?
A: The tins are not conventionally recyclable. We find, however, that many Altoids enthusiasts recycle the tins as convenient containers for office supplies, fishing tackle, hardware, coins, sewing supplies -- the possibilities are endless. We've even learned that the tins have been reused for more curious purposes -- as hand-held works of art, even as an emergency wilderness stove.
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