Friday, August 27, 2010

Funky Food Friday: Velamints

Remember Velamints? They were a squarish sugar-free mint with kind of a divot in the center, as I recall, that came in a gum-like pack.

But they were best known for their ads, in which people rode their horses through snowy mountains or did other things to remind you how icy and wonderfully fresh their mints were. ("Velamints took the sugar out, you can reeeeeeally taste the mint! So fresh, they take your breath away! Smooth refreshing VELAMINTS!")

At the time they were popular, I was more a candy-chomping kid than a suave mint-popping adult, but damn if I didn't find the ads hypnotizing.

This article says they were introduced in 1977, which seems about right. Apparently they still make them, with a new look, and they're now sweetened with Truvia. Not exactly sure if it's the same recipe--I seem to remember chocolate and vanilla flavors. Anyone else?


Laurie said...

I remember Velamints! Isn't it weird how you forget some things exist until someone (like you) reminds you, and you didn't even realize they were gone? (I LOVE that!! :D)

I wasn't crazy about Velamints, but I do remember the chocolate ones. Probably the only one I ever had was chocolate since I wasn't a big mint fan either and only tried it BECAUSE it was chocolate. Meh - not that good.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember vanilla or chocolate,but loved the regular mints as a child. The texture was really smooth, except for the small flecks of mint. Tasty!

Kim Kosmatka said...

Great. Now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head...