Everyone loves a Tic Tac. It’s the mint you have when you don’t chew gum and even otherwise. Here are seven facts you probably didn’t know about Tic Tac.
1. Produced by Ferrero
Tic Tacs are produced by the Italian candy maker Ferrero. You’re more likely to recall their other products such Ferrero Rochers, Nutella and Kinder chocolates.
2. Originally called Refreshing Mints
When Tic Tac was first introduced in 1969 they were called ‘Refreshing Mints’. Not as catchy as Tic Tac, eh? It was a year later that the name was replaced by ‘Tic Tac’. The name was inspired from the rattling sound of the little Tic Tacs you hear when the little box is opened and closed. Listen close next time you open your box.
3. Tic Tacs are mostly white
The boxes are coloured but the Tic Tacs are white in most countries because of the ban on food colouring agents. While you may still find a few that are coloured most of them are white but the flavour and scent is very distinctly noticeable when you open the box.
4. No Grape Tic Tac
Many flavours were introduced within the first few years of Tic Tac coming in to the market. The grape flavour was eliminated in 1976 because the dye used in making these was named as a suspected carcinogen.
5. You’ve been having Tic Tac wrong all this while
Tic Tacs are meant to be had one at a time. This video shows you why you find it so tough to get a single Tic Tac out of the box. Or you’re showered with too many Tic Tacs. No you’re not supposed to shake, shake, shake the box till you do the disappearing Tic Tac box magic trick. Watch to see how it is done.
6. Not all flavours are available everywhere
Some flavours of Tic Tac are only available in India! That’s right, the elaichi (cardamom), peach passion are among them.
7. 1.5 calorie mint to less than 1.9
They used to be marketed as the 1.5 calorie mint but the company dropped the tag line since the Tic Tacs have increased in size and are now 1.9 calorie each. Not really sure whether increasing the size of the Tic Tac is a good thing or not. Is bigger better or is less more? It won’t be bad to call them the less than two calorie mints now