I like to be very conscientious when it comes to my breath. Consequently, I always carry breath mints wherever I go.
My favorite flavoring has always been cinnamon and that isn’t likely to change in the near future. I detest the strong taste of peppermint and while I can stand wintergreen, I simply prefer cinnamon.
For a long time the best cinnamon breath mint on the market came from Altoids. However, there is a slight problem with that. They also contain a lot of sugar. That is a definite negative point for me when I am attempting to cut back my sugar intake.
Recently; however, I discovered that Hershey’s Ice Breaker line has a cinnamon mint to their repertoire. Best of all, like Ice Breaker’s wonderful mint sours, these are also sugar free.
Of course none of that would mean much if the mints were not tasty. Luckily they are every bit as good, though not as strong, as Altoids. I consider that a plus.
A serving of Ice Breaker Cinnamon Mints is one mint. That’s good because one mint is all you really need.
There are roughly 53 servings in each container. Each serving equals 5 calories for a total of 265 calories per container.
The bad news is that these mints do not provide any significant amount of nutrient value. On the other hand, they do offer 1 gram of carbohydrate and one gram of sugar substitute.
The ingredient list may give some pause because of the additives and preservatives involved. Ingredients include:
– acesulfame potassium,
– artificial color (red 40),
– gum acacia,
– magnesium stearate
– natural and artificial flavor (cinnamon),
– sorbitol, and
– soy lecithin.
I love these mints. I find one does the trick and lasts for a long time. Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. Each mint contains just enough of a burst of cinnamon to do the job. It leaves your breath smelling and tasting cinnamon sweet.
Freshness: 5 stars. Ice Breakers are sealed in the container to ensure freshness with each mint.
Variety: 5 stars. If you don’t care for cinnamon, Ice Breakers offers alternatives. These include berry sours, cool mint, fruit sours and wintergreen.
Reputation: 5 stars. Ice Breakers is a well respected brand.
Nutrition: 0 stars. These mints have no nutritional value.
Preservatives: 3 stars. These mints are ripe with preservatives, but then so are most of their peers.
Packaging: 5 stars. All Ice Breaker mints come in a round container that is about 2 ¾” in diameter. The cinnamon mints are packaged in cinnamon red with the Ice Breaker logo on top.
Ease of storage: 4 stars. The Ice Breaker container is a bit bigger than some other breath mints on the market today. However, it is slim and trim enough to fit into any handbag, including a clutch. It will also fit into most pockets with ease. What more can you ask?
Availability: 5 stars. Ice Breaker Cinnamon Mints should be available wherever Ice Breaker products are sold. That includes most grocery and drug stores as well as many discount department stores like Walmart or K-Mart.
Price: 4 stars. These mints are a bit more expensive but those seeking “sugar free” are willing to pay the $1.50 to $1.99 price per container.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I love these mints. I will always have some on hand.
Final rating: 4.2 stars. They still outshine may of their competitors.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor