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|Place of origin||Australia (1922)|
|Creator||James Noble Stedman|
|Main ingredients||Glucose Syrup, Cane Sugar, Gelatine, Mint Flavour, Vegetable Oil|
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Minties is a brand of confectionery originating in Australia and manufactured in both Australia and New Zealand for their respective markets. They are a hard, white and chewy, square mint-flavoured lolly, which on chewing become so sticky that they are notorious for causing fillings to come out. They were originally packaged in 5lb (around 2.2 kg) bulk tins or 3oz (around 85g) cardboard boxes, but now come in packs ranging from 150g - 1 kg. Minties are wrapped in waxed paper with a cartoon underneath the logo with the common caption "It's moments like these you need Minties".
About 500 million are consumed each year.
In the late 1990s, Minties released 'Spearmint Minties', however, these were taken off the market for unknown reasons just before the end of 1999.
Minties were invented in 1922 by James Noble Stedman (1860–1944), son of company founder (and Australia's first confectioner) James Stedman (1840–1913). Minties were patented in 1926, and were manufactured by James Stedman — Henderson Sweets Limited at the "SweetAcres" factory at Rosebery, New South Wales. Other well-known lines made at Sweetacres were "Fantales" and "Talky Toffies".
In 1968, Stedman-Henderson was taken over by Hoadleys, which was acquired in 1971 by Rowntree's which was taken over globally by Nestlé in 1981. They are now sold as "Allens Minties" (Nestlé acquired the Allens brand in 1985.)
In 1930 or 1931, a factory was set up in Auckland, New Zealand. Cadbury now manufacture the lollies as "Pascall Minties". In November 2009, Cadbury New Zealand announced they were moving production from Auckland to Thailand and changing to a softer formulation (less stressful on teeth and may be consumed more quickly). Curiously, the 200g packets sold in Australia as (Nestlé) Allens Minties in 2010 are clearly labelled "Made in New Zealand".
Depression, then wartime shortages
Newspaper advertising appears to have dropped off considerably, both in quantity and quality, between 1931 and 1940.
During World War II and until 1946, supply of confectionery was restricted; what output there was went to serving troops. Advertising resumed after cessation of hostilities, anticipating eventual availability. Rationing may have been on a state-by-state basis.
Place in Australian culture
Minties had been available in shops from 1923 or earlier, but became the subject of prominent advertising as "The Universal Sweet" in June 1926. Coincident with this launch, the SweetAcres company offered "MINTIES Magic Drawing Book for your Girl or Boy" for the price of return postage (one penny). This publication was a booklet of apparently blank pages whose pictures became evident when lightly rubbed with a soft pencil or crayon, in a similar manner to brass rubbing, and was last offered in September 1932.
Minties' first cartoons, and the catchphrase "It's moments like these ..." appeared late in 1926; from then on providing an episodic documentation of an era.
At one stage in the 1940s Minties were using three different cartoons a week, appearing on every form of printed advertising: the 3oz (around 85g) boxes in which they were originally sold, newspapers and railway station hoardings.
The cartoons depict mishaps and unfortunate experiences, sometimes featuring recognisable sporting or political figures, but more often general comic situations, captioned "It's moments like these" or "Another Minties moment". The catchphrase "It's moments like these" has become part of the Australian language. The entry for "Mintie" in a major Australian dictionary defines the phrase as "... widely current ... used allusively as an emblem of solace".
At that time, the lolly wrappers (white waxed paper) were decorated only with the text "Minties" "The Universal Sweet" in red and green. Now the only artwork is on the wrappers; simple anonymous cartoons of people engaged in recognisable activities with no attempt at humour accompanied by the caption "It's moments like these ...".
The number of cartoonists to have drawn "Minties moments" is large. Many were unsigned, but some of the better known names are:
- Dick Alderton
- George Aria
- James Bancks (creator of "Ginger Meggs")
- Ian Gall
- Alex Gurney (created "Bluey and Curley")
- Peter Harrigan "Middy"
- Norman Hetherington "Heth" (created Mr Squiggle)
- Eric Jolliffe
- Hardtmuth Lahm "Hotpoint" "Hotti" or "Hottie"
- Percy Lindsay
- F G Longstaff
- Jack Lusby
- Stewart McCrae "Pep"
- Arthur Mailey
- Emile Mercier
- Syd Miller (Chesty Bond artist)
- Norm Mitchell
- Rufus Morris
- Syd Nicholls (creator of "Fatty Finn")
- Adrienne Parkes
- William Edwin Pidgeon "Wep"
- Hal Quinlan
- Virgil Reilly "Virgil"
- Jim Russell (drew "The Potts")
- Ted Scorfield (largest number of contributions)
- David Souter
- Les Such
- Dorothy Wall
- Harry John Weston (1874–1938)
- Unk White
- Jeremy Andrew
- Brisbane Courier 1 June 1929
- ""Minties" - Name in dispute". The West Australian. National Library of Australia (Trove Australia). 31 August 1927. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- 2002 Report for US Confectionery Industry Export Program
- Australian Dictionary of Biography entry
- Samson, W. S. (ed.) The Australian National Dictionary Oxford University Press 1988 ISBN 0-19-554736-5
- Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 8 October 1919
- West Australian 9 October 1930
- (Hobart) Mercury 10 November 1943
- Modern Catch Words, The (Rockhampton) Morning Bulletin (19 July 1927), p.8.
- "Advertising.". Warwick Daily News (Qld. : 1919 -1954). Qld.: National Library of Australia. 1 June 1926. p. 6. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
- Lindesay, Vane It's Moments Like These Sun Books, Melbourne 1979 ISBN 0-7251-0339-6