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Andes Creme de Menthe Thins
OFFICIAL SNACK REPORT
Sanctioned By WASAW Snack Committee
Reviewed By: Paddy O'Poppycock
Location: Stop&Shop - Tarrytown, NY
OFFICIAL NAME OF SNACK:
DESCRIPTION OF SNACK:
SSI RATING (SNACK SATISFACTION INDEX - 1-10): 8.3
UPSIDE: Here's something I've never heard uttered before: "You know, I really dislike Andes Mints." These treats are small, extremely refreshing and delicious, and the individual foil wrappers are so pleasing to the eye you're already enjoying the Andes experience before you even pop a mint into your mouth.
Three times I've tried to review these mints, and every time these mints have disappeared from my desk. People love them. People who love to steal candy off of someone's desk. There's no guilt. No guilt of eating just one. No guilt of eating just two. No guilt of stealing them from my desk when nature is calling.
DOWNSIDE: Not sure about the hip factor of Andes Mints. My earliest memory of these delights was my Nana offering them to me on a silver candy plate when I was about 8 years old. I loved them - a real treat - but as a young adult, I struggled with buying them for myself because they made me feel antiquated. I need therapy.
Also, internal packaging is a major downer. (Specifically, the box that the mints arrive inside. See below.)
1ST 4 INGREDIENTS:
Individual foil wrappers rock. The greens are perfect. The logo, great.
But some of the packaging is a bit misleading. I don't mean that the illustration of the Andes Mountains on the front wrapper and all the individual mints isn't drawn to scale. And I don't mean that because there's an illustration of a mountain on all the wrappers that the mints should actually taste like mountain.
No, I'm referring to when you take the outer plastic wrapper off the box and discover - egads! - there aren't nearly as many mints in the box as there could be. And that's because there's this cardboard buffer (from what - terrorist attacks?) two-mints-thick on either side. Assuming a thickness of only one mint is really needed, that means you could easily fit 8 more mints in this box. Enough for every Brady kid, Mrs. Brady and Alice. (NOTE: Picture at right shows the first row - of four - missing. I couldn't stop myself.)
DO YOU RECOMMEND THIS SNACK? (YES/NO - EXPLAIN):
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO SEE THE ANDES MOUNTAINS?
Yes, in 1990.
WERE THEY MADE OUT OF CHOCOLATE AND MINT?
Peruvian authorities prevented me from tasting the mountain side.
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