It’s not easy to find innovation in mints nowadays. How many different round mints in rectangular tins can the market sustain, really? That’s why I was so pleased to stumble on the “Great Bite” product line. They have some of the coolest packaging and product shapes I’ve come across in a while. The tins, the round sour packs, the Tic-Tac-like packs – all have a “bite” taken out of them and so do the candies themselves.
The mint tins are your typical Altoids tin shape and size, but the top left portion of the tin is bitten off. Each mint inside is about the size of a Life Saver (with no hole) and a portion of the mint is bitten off too. This theme continues across the whole product line. The mints (and tins) come in peppermint, spearmint, and orange and all taste great except the peppermint – it has a strong licorice taste to it that even my seven year old daughter picked up on (which isn’t good if you dislike the flavor of licorice). The orange was especially tasty and hits you immediately with a strong orange kick.
The Citrus Sours and Fruit Sours remind me a lot of the Life Savers Fruit Tarts but these aren’t quite as tart but are really good and flavorful. The citrus pack has grapefruit (wow it’s grapefruity), orange, and lemon and the Fruit Sours pack contains grape, strawberry, green apple, and cherry.
The Tic Tac-like mints come in peppermint, orange, and spearmint flavors/packs. Again, the peppermint has a strong licorice taste which is a big turn-off to me since I despise black licorice. Neither my daughter nor I could finish one and we both spit it out because of the licorice flavor. The spearmint has an odd, slightly unpleasant taste to it once you get past the outer shell. I’m not sure what that is exactly but I didn’t like it. The orange is good, though not extraordinary and has no hidden surprises.
They’re hard to miss with the big shark bite taken out of the packaging, and most are pretty good, but I’d steer clear of the peppermint if you don’t like the taste of licorice (or conversely, pick some up if you do). If you had to pick just one of these to try, my recommendation is the sours. If you’re like me though, you’ll want to pick up one of each just to collect the unique containers. Look for Great Bite products in stores soon.