Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gee, Your Breath Smells . . . Terrific Unofficial Survey of Breath Fresheners

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gee, Your Breath Smells . . . Terrific Unofficial Survey of Breath Fresheners

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So many choices, which to choose? Members of the Times-Union staff, a group that needed freshening if ever one did, tried out a lot of breath mints and gums.

By the way, this was a strictly personal and highly subjective testing of taste, intensity and longevity. No one asked the person at the next desk to take a whiff and see how each one worked.

So here they are, in order from best to worst.

MINTS

-- Altoids -- OK, the big seller was the big favorite. Everyone liked the taste of the little white mints. And though they are advertised as "curiously strong," there are stronger mints here, such as . . .

-- Henry Clay -- There were those of us who thought this was the mint in this test. It's sold as smoker's mint in cigar stores. The small tin is not cheap ($2.50) and not easy to open. But the tiny mints are seriously peppermint. Might be too strong for some.

-- Breath Savers -- They come from Life Savers, and are certainly more candylike in both flavor and texture than most of the mints. Not intense, but flavorful and sweet and longer lasting than most. They're larger, too.

-- Ice Breakers Mints -- Medium in size, but stronger flavored and more refreshing than most.

-- Certs -- The mint flavor is mild. There's no cool blast. But it lasts awhile with a general cleansing feeling.

-- Intense Mints -- They're sugar-free and larger than most others, so they last a while. Not particularly intense, but pleasant.

-- Certs Powerful Mints -- The stronger, tiny brother of regular Certs in a flat plastic container. Stronger than most, but the spearmint has an almost evergreen flavor.

-- Blitz Power Mints -- The tiny mint is perfectly round, like a BB. The flavor isn't particularly distinctive or strong.

-- Smint -- Very small and pretty strong. Some liked it a lot, others found a menthol/medicinal taste. …

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