Last Updated on June 13, 2022 by Jim Edwards
What are Andes Mint?
Andes Mint are a three-layered mint chocolate candy. It has a rich chocolate and mint flavor. They are rectangular in shape with a mint layer in between two cocoa chocolate layers. They are wrapped in green wrapping paper with the company’s logo printed on top of it. They are 1.5 x 0.75 x 0.25 inches in size and 4.75 grams in weight. In the US, they are often given out in restaurants at the end of the evening when you receive your final bill.
History of Andes Mint
Andes Mints were first produced in 1950 by Andrew Kanelos. Andrew had his candy store in Chicago, Illinois, which he started in 1920. He initially named his candies after himself, calling them Andy’s candies. Andy’s customer base was primarily male, and he noticed that male customers don’t like buying or gifting candies with other men’s names to their girlfriend or wife. Hence, Andrew decided to change the name of the business to Andes Candies. A Swiss candy company named Interfood later bought Andes Candy in 1980. In 2000, Tootsie Roll acquired Andes Candy.
When Andrew launched Andes Mint in 1950, they were an instant hit and have remained popular since. In America, Andes Mint is the most popular after-dinner mint and is often given to the diners in restaurants, notably at Olive Garden.
The Andes Mint served at Olive Garden is specially manufactured for the chain, though the taste of the candy remains the same, its ratio is somewhat different from the candy found in the store.
What are the ingredients of Andes Mints?
Ingredients of Andes Mints are cocoa, sugar, milk, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, peppermint oil, yellow and blue color, and soy lecithin.
What is the Taste and Flavor of Andes Mint like?
Andes Mint has plenty of flavors; some of these variations are limited edition or offered seasonally.
|Amaretto (discontinued)||Peppermint Crunch (offered seasonally)|
|Cherry Jubilee||Chocolatey Orange|
|Mint Parfait||Milk Chocolatey|
|Toffee Crunch||Mint Cookie Crunch|
They also launched a few limited edition desserts in 2007; those flavors were Raspberry Cream, Key Lime, Lemon Meringue.
The popularity of Andes Mints led to a lot of spin offs like baking chips, ice creams, and cookies. Even the chain restaurants and fast-food chains included Andes Mints in their combos like Jack in the box milkshakes and Arby’s milkshakes. They launched baking chips in which mint’s original design was kept.
Candy Similar to Andes Mints
If you are looking for candies similar to Andes Mints, you can give York Peppermint Patties a try. They are pretty much the same flavor. The Andes Mints are a perfect very small “mini” bite which makes them great for a palette cleanser after a meal. The York Peppermint Patties are much larger and have a stronger mint taste.
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Nutritional Facts of Andes Mints Candy
The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a serving size serving of 1.5 x 0.75 x 0.25 inches and weighs 4.75 grams.
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat (1.4 g)||2%|
|Saturated Fat (1.2 g)||6%|
|Trans Fat (0 g)||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate (2.4 g)||1%|
|Dietary Fiber (0 g)||0%|
|Sugar (2.4 g)||–|
|Sodium (2 mg)||0%|
|Calcium (8 mg)||–|
|Potassium (10 mg)||–|
|Protein (0 g)||0%|
|Cholesterol (0 mg)||0%|
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Andes Mints Candy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many calories are there in Andes Mints Candy?
One of the most popular servings of Andes mint, which is 1.5 x 0.75 x 0.25 inches and weighs 4.75 grams, contains 25 calories.
Are Andes Mints Candies Gluten-Free?
Yes, Andes Mints are gluten-free and kosher. They don’t contain any nuts & peanuts.
Are Andes Mints candies vegan?
No, Andes Mints are not vegan as they contain milk derived from animals. However, they don’t include any gelatin or animal-based products except milk, making them vegetarian.
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Andes Mints – REVEALED – The Secret Way They Are Really Made!
Oh, this is a fascinating video. We learned a few things we never knew.
Did you know that the mint flavor isn’t ONLY in the green part? We won’t spoil the rest – it’s worth a watch!
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