Facts about Andes Mints
What are Andes Mint Candies?
Andes Mint Candies are a three-layer candy. Their original flavor, creme de menthe, is a green mint sandwiched between two thin cocoa-based layers. Andes Mint Candy are 1.5 by 0.75 by 0.25 inches. They weigh 4.75 grams and are 25 calories each. Don't be fooled though, you can't eat just one. They are so addicting.
History of Andes Mints
Andes Candies was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1921 by Andrew Kanelos. He originally named his company "Andy's Candies" but since no one liked giving their lovers chocolates with another man's name on them, he changed his company's name to "Andies Candies".
In 1950, Andrew Kanelos launched the little mint candies. They were an immediate hit!
Interfold, later known as Jacobs Suchard, bought Andies Candies in 1980. In 1987, after he bought Branch's, Andes became apart of that division. Later, in 1990 Jacob Suchard was bought out by Kraft General Foods. Branch's was kept separate and later sold to Tootie Roll Industries in 2000. Today, they are given out in restaurants and are still the most desired after dinner mint.
Ingredients & Allergen Information of Andes Mints
Cocoa, sugar, milk, partially hydroginated vegetable oils, peppermint oil, yellow and blue color, and soy lecithin.
Andes Mints do not contain nuts or peanuts. However, they do contain soy and milk. They are gluten free and are kosher.
Flavors and Variations of Andes Mints
Besides the original creme de menthe, Andes Mints comes in 3 other flavor options. Mint Parfait has a strip of chocolate with two strips of mint surrounding it. Pretty much it's just a backwards Creme de Menthe. Cherry Jubilee has the same two chocolate outsides except the middle is a flavored middle with real cherry bits. Lastly, Toffee Crunch is a rectangle wedge of smooth buttery toffee. Seasonally, they have a flavor called Peppermint Crunch. Also, for a limited time in 2007, Andes Candies came out with three flavors. Raspberry Cream, Lemon Meringue, and Key Lime.
Andes Mints also produces a sugar free option. Also, in 2003 Tootsie released the Creme de Menthe flavored baking chips. Later, in 2005, they released Peppermint Crunch baking chips.
Candy Similar to Andes Mints
Be sure to try York Peppermint Patties. They are basically the same as Andes Mints. The only difference I could tell is that the York Peppermint Patty has a more predominant mint taste.