Junior Mint Chews are a recent spinoff from the popular candy Junior Mints
, which are manufactured by Cambridge Brands, Inc.
, a subsidiary of Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.
From the Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. website:
Tootsie Roll Industries acquired Junior Mints from the Warner-Lambert Company in 1993. James Welch, the brother of Robert Welch who originally discovered Sugar Daddy and Sugar Babies, developed Junior Mints. Launched into the market in 1949, Welch named the candy specifically after his favorite Broadway stage performance, Junior Miss.
The new Chews taste
very much like the originals, with the main difference being the lack of chocolate
. The Chews are, as suggested by the name, chewy mints
with a light coating of glazed shell
, thinner than most chewy mints or shell-covered gums
. The shell itself is, for the most part, flavorless
until you get past the glaze to the sugar
, which is, as should be expected, sweet
. Once past the shell, the chewy mint center seems to be the same flavor as the soft centers of Junior Mints. Also, as with the original, the minty flavor
manages to be fairly strong
wihtout being overpowering
I think the greatest difference between Junior Mints and Junior Mint Chews, after the lack of chocolate, would be the satisfying rattle you get when you shake a box of the Chews. Unlike Junior Mints, which tended to get slightly melted and stuck together in the box, the glazed shells of the Chews keep them nicely separated and make a pleasant candy-knocking rattle when the box is shaken.
For those who have an interest, here is the rather short list of nutritional facts followed by the brief ingredients list. Even my overbearing boss, who is on a crusade against artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, and most sugar substitutes would have no qualms in approving of this box of sweets.
The Nutritional Facts.
Percentage Daily Vaules are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, egg white, confectioner's glaze, mineral oil, peppermint oil, soya albumin (a protein), gum arabic, sodium citrate.