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A number of different Mentos flavors

Mentos is a brand of mints, of the "scotch mint" type, sold in many markets across the world by the Perfetti Van Melle corporation. Mentos was first produced in the Netherlands during the 1950s. The mints are small oblate spheroids, with a slightly hard exterior and a soft, chewy interior. They are sold in rolls which typically contain 14 mint discs, although the new "Sour Mix" flavor contains only 11 discs per roll. Certain flavors are sold in boxes in Australia, the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom, and the rolls are available in four packs. The slogan of Mentos is "The Freshmaker." Most Mentos packages describe the mints as "chewy dragées." The typical Mentos roll is approximately 3/4-inch in diameter, 6/16-inches long and 37.5g.


Mentos are available in several flavors including mint, mixed fruit, and in an assortment of orange, strawberry, and lemon. Mentos first appeared as a liquorice-flavored sweet.

which can still be purchased in the Netherlands as "Drop Mentos." New flavors were initially test-marketed in the Netherlands and throughout Europe, however recently, most of the flavors have been available worldwide.

Other flavors include green apple, cinnamon, strawberry, mixed fruit (which contains a mix of cherry, strawberry, orange, and lemon flavors), grape, wintergreen, raisin, grapefruit, peach, plum (or ume), spearmint, strawberry yogurt, lemon yogurt, pineapple (pine fresh), red apple, wild fruit mix, cherry, watermelon, pear, cassis (blackcurrant), red orange, currant and two versions of black licorice flavored Mentos. Two varieties of the mint flavor, known as "Mentos Strong" and "Air action Mentos" are sold in the Netherlands. Also available in the Netherlands is the Special Mix 4 pack, containing the flavors mint, fruit, berry mix and mango orange. Two varieties of the mint flavor are also sold in China, known as "Mint" and "Strong Mint." Grape and 'N Cream (presumably Apples and Cream), Strawberry 'N Cream, and Banana 'N Cream are also marketed in Asia. Chocolate Mentos were produced in 1989, but the flavor was discontinued. In 2006, the citrus mango flavor was introduced to the Japanese market. In the Philippines, a "Dalandan Fresh" variant is available. Other varieties of Mentos include: Mentos Sours, which recently became available in the United States, featuring Watermelon, Green Apple, and Lemon flavors; caffeinated "Energy" Mentos, sold mainly in Germany, where one roll equals the amount of caffeine in two cups of coffee; "Fresh Cola" flavored Mentos released in New Zealand, Australia and parts of Europe and Asia; and "AIR Mentos" containing Menthol, which are sold primarily in Belgium and the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, Mentos Gum is sold in blisters and bottles in 6 different varieties: Pure (4 flavors), Fruit (4 flavors), Regular (5 flavors), Bubblegum, Cubes (4 flavors) and White (3 flavors). Mentos Gum is also available in Australia, Greece, China, Canada, Brazil, Turkey, the Philippines, and recently, the United States in blisters and bottles, both in three different flavors.

Mentos Sugar Free

In August 2005, the variety of the mint which comes in "mixed berries" and "cool mint" flavors was changed to be sweetened with sucralose. In the Netherlands the flavors mint, licorice and fruit are also available in the sugar-free variety.

Australian varieties of Mentos are Mint, Fruit, Strong Mint, Berry Blast, Spearmint, Grape, Cola, Sour Mix, and Tropical. Mentos Gum is also available in Peppermint, Spearmint and Orangemint.

The UK has six flavors of rolls:

  • Fruit (Orange, lemon and strawberry)
  • Mint
  • Strawberry,
  • Fresh Cola
  • Spearmint
  • Rainbow flavours (with 2 flavors of each of the following - Raspberry, Watermelon, Apple, Pineapple, Orange, Black Grape and Strawberry).

In the UK, Mentos Gum is also available stick packs (peppermint, spearmint, pure white, air action (menthol) and fruit), Bottles (spearmint, peppermint and red fruit - which retails for approximately £0.99), as well as flip top boxes in peppermint or spearmint with green tea extract, and a pure white with white teas extract. Sugar free versions are available, but these are rarer to find, usually only found in large supermarkets. Mentos gum holds a 4% market share of the UK gum market. A new Mentos 3 was launched in January 2011, in two flavors - mint and Strawberry/Apple/Raspberry, which are similar to Wrigleys' 5 in packagaing.

In Greece, Mentos is very popular, and is available in the following formats:

  • Mint
  • Strawberry
  • Melon
  • Watermelon
  • Fruit (Orange, lemon and strawberry),
  • Energy (each roll is equivalent to 2 cups of coffee)
  • Mentos gum in Bottles
  • Mentos Cube
  • Mentos in Boxes (mint and Fruit).
Cinnamon Mentos

Mini Mentos, somewhat smaller than ordinary Mentos, are available in the Netherlands in two varieties: Mini Mentos Fruitmix, which contains the flavors orange, lemon, strawberry and apple, and Mini Mentos Yoghurt, with the flavors strawberry yoghurt, raspberry yoghurt and blueberry yoghurt. Also sold is Mentos KIDZ, a bag with 12 boxes containing 10 miniature candies, in the flavors strawberry, orange, lemon, apple and blueberry. "Mentos Teens" is available in Brazil and the rest of Latin-America. They come in a rectangular box. The mint is basically miniature Mentos roughly the size of Skittles, and they come in mixed flavors: white grape (green), lemon (yellow), strawberry (pink), orange (orange), raspberry (blue), and cherry (red).

During the World Cup, a Brazilian team Mentos was released in Brazil to support the national team. The mint was green and yellow.

In some countries, the Mentos Ice candy can be bought in flavors such as, cherry (red), green apple (green) and grape (purple).

Ume, Fuji apple, and Pine Fresh (pineapple) Mentos are sold exclusively in Japan.

Mentos in Arabic countries, such as Egypt or Morocco, are often sold in smaller rolls roughly half the size of a regular Mentos roll.

Mentos have often been subject of heated debate as to whether Mentos is both the singular and plural form of the word. According to the maker of Mentos, however, the term Mentos is both singular and plural.[1][not in citation given]


Part of Mentos's popularity can be attributed to its camp TV adverts and catchy jingle, which debuted in late 1991 on American television. Shot in South Africa, individuals facing various day-to-day dilemmas consume Mentos and are subsequently inspired to solve their problems at hand in a creative, often-humorous fashion.[2]

These unusual behaviors are typically witnessed by nearby, sometimes antagonistic characters, and a roll of Mentos is boisterously displayed by the commercial's respective protagonist to the observer as an explanation for their actions. The ad campaign was parodied in the Foo Fighters music video for their song "Big Me."[3]

Recently, Mentos Gum has gotten its own commercial. It displays a man sitting near a business water tank, and pops a piece of Mentos Gum in his mouth. A woman then walks by, pushes his nose up, and proceeds to kiss him, the kiss making a slurping sound. The woman then wipes her mouth, and pushes the man's nose back down as if to close it. The phrase "Mouthwatering" was used. However, more recently, the slurping, kissing sounds have been removed.[4]

In India, the slogan of Mentos is 'Mentos Khao Dimaag Ki bati jalao' which translates to 'Eat mentos and turn on your mind's idea lightbulb'. TV Ads are generally based on a situation where a loser eats Mentos and becomes a winner.

Another Mentos advert highlighted the multicolored variety of the sweets by showing a scene where two young lovers are sat in the living room of one of the two's house, the teen girl screams as a small seemingly harmless spider is crawling across the carpet which prompts the teen boy to get off the couch that they are sat on to pick up the spider only to be violently thrown about by the spider, the slogan at the end reads "sometimes it's best to be ready for the next thing"

Competing brands[edit]

  • A similar mint in the U.S., called "Chewz", is manufactured by Lance, Inc. Mentos fans have jokingly referred to this as the "anti-Mentos."[citation needed]
  • Trebor Softmints and Softfruits, introduced in 1981 and sold in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Cadbury-Schweppes are also similar to Mentos, although with softer exterior coatings.

Mentos and soft drink reaction[edit]

A Diet Coke bottle, shortly after Mentos were dropped into it.

First demonstrated by chemistry teacher Lee Marek on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1999,[5] and later popularized in a June 2006[6] viral Internet video by Eepybird, a Mentos mint expedites a rapid release of carbon dioxide when dropped into a carbonated liquid, such as a soft drink, because of its high surface tension; so when the carbon dioxide is removed from the soda (a simple way to do this is to shake the bottle) it can't burst. Also, the small dents in the surface of the candy provide a great site for nucleation, which is how the carbon dioxide molecules can escape so rapidly. The escaping bubbles quickly turn into a raging foam, and the pressure can build dramatically in a restricted container such as a two-liter bottle.

As Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, special mechanical effects experts who have come to be known as "The MythBusters," explained on an episode of MythBusters (Episode 57, Season 4; "Mentos and Soda," aired on August 9, 2006), diet sodas (particularly colas due to their visible brown color) are most commonly used for the experiment. The MythBusters also found that the fruit flavored Mentos produced a smaller reaction, supporting their theory that nucleation is the largest factor in the reaction, because the wax coating blocks the pits that allow nucleation. People are often under the illusion that aspartame causes the reaction—this is only partly true; the MythBusters have shown aspartame to be one of many reactive components and/or catalysts in both the soda and the Mentos. Diet colas are also preferred because they do not contain large amounts of sugar like regular colas. Artificial sweeteners in diet colas are much sweeter per molecule, and so make up a smaller proportion of the solution and allow a faster reaction; they also enhance the reaction.

The resulting geyser (popularly known as a "Diet Coke and Mentos eruption") can shoot as high as 6 meters (20 ft). The unofficial record[citation needed], reached in MythBusters, was over 34 feet with the use of a nozzle.

On April 23, 2008, students in the Belgian city of Leuven set a new world record, simultaneously launching 1,360 Mentos geysers.[7]

Besides making geysers with cola and Mentos, the bottles can also be fired as rockets by unscrewing the lid until a thin stream shoots and slamming horizontally into the ground, creating enough pressure on impact to blast the lid off and launch the bottle in the opposite direction. These work best when the bottle is shaken for about 20 seconds vigorously after quickly putting in the Mentos. It takes a few practices to work out how much to twist the lid off (usually approximately one full turn) but can travel large distances with this technique, often up to 20 ft high and between 40–70 ft horizontally.[8] In November, 2006, the Urban Legends Reference Pages examined the rumors of people dying from eating Mentos and drinking cola. Their research found that while eating Mentos and drinking cola can result in people regurgitating the foamy result (as evidenced by numerous online videos), no actual news accounts exist of anyone dying from it.[9] MythBusters also tested this hypothesis using sheep parts and found that the act of drinking the cola releases enough of the carbonation to prevent the violent reaction caused when the Mentos is added to the cola directly.


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SOBER This user is alcohol free.
Sudoku-by-L2G-20050714.svg This user enjoys playing Sudoku.
Trivialpursuit Token.jpg This user enjoys a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit.
Cards This user enjoys playing card games.
Crystal Clear app Cardgame-3.svg This user enjoys playing poker.
Tilted T Circle.svg This user enjoys playing Magic: The Gathering
Video Games
AYB This user knows that
"all your base are belong to us."
Gun.png This user is a fan of First Person Shooter Games
cvg-3 This user is an advanced gamer.
Gamepad.svg This user enjoys computer and video game music outside gaming.
This user is interested in video game development.
BlankMap-World6.svg This user is opposed to regional lockout.
+ This user plays retro games. Circle - black simple.svg Circle - black simple.svg
STEAM This user uses Steam for content delivery.
PT This user knows that to defeat the Cyberdemon, he must shoot at it until it dies.
Exquisite-kfm home.png This user prefers to play games on a PC.
Wii console.png This user plays games on the Wii console.
This user still enjoys the
Nintendo 64
SCII This user enjoys playing
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

WoW This user's Paladin follows the teachings of the Light in World of Warcraft.
Drums This user prefers to play the drums while playing Rock Band. +
Expert This user plays Guitar Hero on expert.
Wikiball.svg This user has seen ? of the Pokémon in the Pokédex of his copy of Pokémon SoulSilver, and has caught ? of them.
COD4 This user enjoys playing
Call of Duty 4.

MW2 This user enjoys playing Modern Warfare 2.
Aperture Science.svg This user is thinking with Portals!
BlackMesaLogo.svg This user works with Anomalous Materials
RS This user plays RuneScape.
10 sided die.svg This user likes to play Role-playing games.
D&D This user plays Dungeons & Dragons.
N This user's alignment is Neutral/Undecided.
D&D This user uses 4th edition as a fire starter.
Sciences humaines.svg This user loves knowledge.
Scale of justice.svg This user is interested in law.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpg This user supports sustainable living.
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This user does not smoke.
This user enjoys thunderstorms.
Here comes rain again.jpg This user loves rainy days.
Winter in Norway.jpg This user loves the Winter.
Igloo icon.svg This user prefers cold weather.
Lightnings sequence 2 animation.gif This user really enjoys dark and stormy nights.
FL This user enjoys creating Fictional Lands
Cela.jpg This user believes if voting changed anything, it would be made illegal.
A coloured voting box.svg This user believes it is every citizen's duty to vote.
A coloured voting box.svg This user declines to state a party affiliation.
R This user is not with any party, but votes for the person who brings the best things to the table. D
NHS NNUH entrance.jpg This user advocates cooperative universal health care.
Che por Jim Fitzpatrick.svg Communism killed 100,000,000 people and all I got was this lousy user box.
This user supports protection of the environment.
FireV2.png This user knows global warming is a reality we are facing.
Anti-monarchy.png This user is against Monarchy.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed after capture.jpg This user feels that letting oneself be struck with terror by terrorists means actually doing most of their job for them.
This user is opposed to
political censorship
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This user believes in
universal college tuition.
Madrid equality graffiti todos somos iguales.jpg This user supports equality for everyone.
Star of life2.svg This user supports stem cell research.
PC This user is pro-choice.
"No smoking" sign with text This user supports the ban on smoking in public places.
Cannabis sativa.jpg This user does not use drugs, but figures people should be able to use recreational drugs in their own home if they're responsible about it.
This user supports equal rights for queer people.
Dome 1.jpg This user is sick and tired of Religion's attempts to hijack government and wants stronger separation of church and state. ReligionSymbolAbr.PNG
PC This user believes political correctness was created in good intentions, but is often overused, misused, or taken way out of context.
1933-may-10-berlin-book-burning.JPG This user finds censorship offensive.
Symbol keep vote.svg
This user believes that Nationalism is good for culture but bad for politics.
LocationAmericas.png This user supports the idea of a monetary union in the Americas.
Small Flag of the United Nations ZP.svg This user supports the United Nations.
Gandhi August 1944.jpg This user believes in the power of nonviolence.
NapoleonDavid.jpg This user believes in the power of violence.
Sciences exactes.svg This user is interested in
Nuvola apps edu science.svg
Pluto concept.jpg PLUTO is a PLANET
This user will not recognize any decision by anyone that says otherwise.
Gregor Mendel.png
Mendel is this user's
Nuvola apps edu science.svg This user is interested in chemistry.
Emblem-deadly.svg This user finds dihydrogen monoxide highly toxic. Water molecule 3D.svg
TI-89.jpg This user uses a TI calculator.
Icom.png This user is interested in amateur radio.
Lorenz attractor yb.svg This user is fascinated by chaos theory.
Dropout.svg This user didn’t finish high school.
ACT This user obtained a 25 on the ACT.
This user is polite and expects others to act accordingly.
This user believes they are unique, just like everybody else. =]
Face-angel.svg This user believes in being good.
INTP This user has an INTP personality
per the Myers-Briggs typing system
This user wears corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses, without which they'd be as blind as a bat!
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This user is left-handed.
Blond profile.jpg This user has blond hair.
Skull and crossbones.svg This user is mortal.
4 8 15 16 23 42 This user's favorite number is 4 8 15 16 23 42.
Name This user's name is Daniel D Peterson.
No Labels! This user HATES labels!
Male.svg This contributor to Wikipedia is a male.
Sir John Falstaff - Eduard von Grützner.jpg This user is old enough
to know better!
This user is a member of the iGeneration
Coat of arms of Germany.svg This user is of German ancestry
Gemini This user is a Gemini.
Tl This user likes the color teal.
Face-sad.svg This user currently lives in San Diego, CA, but really misses their hometown, St. Peter, MN.
Qtz watch.png This user's watch
always has the correct time.
Crystal Clear app aim3.png This user has no understanding of time and does everything at the last minute.
No Day Like Today.jpg This user sleeps, but not for predictable amounts of time.
Open book 01.svg This user enjoys reading anything.
Open book 01.svg This user enjoys reading fiction.
Mystery.png This user enjoys reading mysteries.
Thrillerbook.png This user enjoys reading thrillers.
Alice through the looking glass.jpg This user enjoys reading Fantasy.
Artist’s view of an exoplanet inspired by the discovery of Gliese 876 d.jpg This user reads science fiction.
ConfederateLincoln.png This user enjoys reading alternate history fiction.
1.618... This user is under the influence of Philip K. Dick.
MC This user is a fan of Michael Crichton.
HP - Harry Potter wordmark.svg This user is a Harry Potter fan.
G This user is a Gryffindor.
This user is a Stark.

Winter is Coming
V This user knows Ideas are bulletproof!
Watchmen Smiley.svg This user watches the Watchmen.
C&H This user is the Purple-Shirted Eye-Stabber.
3d glasses red cyan.svg This user enjoys 3-D films.
HD DVD This user prefers HD DVD over Blu-ray Disc
Coming Soon! This user can't wait for the movie Super 8 (film).
Clerks II This user believes that there is only one trilogy and one "Return"!
Sin City This user knows that if you walk down the right back alley in Sin City, you could find anything...
ND This user voted for Pedro.
Pixar This user likes Pixar and their films.
Boeing 707-331B, Trans World Airlines - TWA AN1082121.jpg This user is serious. And don't call him Shirley.
Save Ferris This user is on his ninth sick day.
Cricket bat.svg This user has got red on him.
Dark City This user can't remember the last time he did something during the day.
DD They made this user do it.
Matrix This user knows there is no spoon.
TDK This user wants to know, "Why so serious?"
HD Television.svg This user has a high-definition television set.
ATHF This user knows that Aqua Teen Hunger Force is #1 in the hood, G.
Scrubs This user enjoys watching Scrubs.
30 This user is a fan of 30 Rock.
her? This user is a fan of Arrested Development.
IT Hello, I.T. , have you tried turning it off and on again? Is it definitely plugged in?
Spaced This user knows it's just a sitcom.
24DNTV.svg This user's life occurs in
real time.
Pakua.svg This user worked for the Dharma Initiative.
SDtag.png This user is a Scooby Doo fan.
This user is a fan of The All-American Rejects.
AF-A.gif This user is a fan of Arcade Fire.
b-182 This user fell in love with a girl at the rock show.
So Cold This user is a fan of Breaking Benjamin.
BN This user can be found
at the bottom.

DIOYY Does This Userbox Offend You, Yeah?

Everlong This user is a Foo Fighters fan.
GD This user is a fan of GREEN DAY.
I This user is a fan of Incubus.
LP This user knows that
the worst part of you is me.

MM This user knows that we will all float on okay.
MCR This user is a My Chemical Romance fan.
Art is Resistance This user knows that
Art Is Resistance.
Ohlookiebricks.jpg   All in all, this user's just another brick in The Wall.
Thom yorke radiohead2 croped.jpg This user has no surprises
RA This user believes in a life less frightening.
DeryckWhibley.jpg This user is the Underclass Hero.

User Scootercatter is from Everywhere, TDY Planet Earth. and joined on January 19th, 1942 as a founding member. He aspires to be elderly one day and currently lives in a large country with a gray cat (again).

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