The Historical Context - the 19th Century | Mint Flavored Candy & Gum
The Migration Westward | Characteristics of Peppermint and Spearmint | Distilling Mint
 
Did you know:

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and spearmint (Mentha viridis) are among a class of plants that yield an essential or volatile oil.


Spearmint and peppermint possess many of the same characteristics, but there are significant differences in leaves, blooms, and flavor.

If you want to find peppermint in the mint growing regions, look for the deepest green field out there!

Mint oil is very concentrated: one pound of mint oil can flavor 40,000 sticks of chewing gum or between or between 1,000 to 1,500 tubes of toothpaste.

45% of the mint oil (peppermint and spearmint) produced in this country is used for flavoring in chewing gum, another 45% in dentifrices (tooth paste, mouth wash, breath fresheners, dental floss) and the remaining 10% in confectioneries, pharmaceutical applications, flavor for liqueurs, and aroma therapy.

 
Illustrations courtesy Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and the Colgate-Palmolive Company


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