Uncle Joe's Mint Balls

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The factory in Wigan where Uncle Joe's Mint Balls are made

Uncle Joe's Mint Balls are traditional mints produced by Wm Santus & Co. Ltd. in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England since 1898. Despite their name, the mints are not truly spherical but oblate spheroids. The ingredients of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls are: pure cane sugar, oil of peppermint and cream of tartar and are described on the tin as "suitable for vegans". The words "Gluten Free" are also on the tin lid.

The early mint balls were made by William Santus' wife, Ellen, before production moved to a factory near the Wigan rail in 1919.[1]

The packaging, usually a sealed can, describes its contents as "pure and good", and "They keep you all aglow" and carries a picture of the mascot, a smiling man in a top hat.

British singer/songwriter and humorist Mike Harding has a song called "Uncle Joe's Mint Balls" on his 1975 album Mrs. 'Ardin's Kid.[2][3]

On 16 February 2011, Wm Santus' Dorning Street factory produced the two-billionth Uncle Joe's Mint Ball, which was encased in resin and placed on display at the Museum of Wigan Life until March 17.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnot, Chris (1 September 1996). "Uncle Joe's mint balls are on a roll". The Independent. 
  2. ^ [1] Our Song – By Mike Harding - Official Site
  3. ^ [2] Mike Harding - Mrs Ardin's Kid
  4. ^ Having a ball: Joy at the sweet factory as TWO-BILLIONTH Uncle Joe's mint is made - Daily Mail

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