Meltzer's - Puremints Pastilles 100% Natural Licorice - 1.76 oz. (50 g)
Meltzer's 100% Natural Licorice Puremints Pastilles contain absolutely nothing artificial and no animal products. Meltzer's Licorice Puremints pastilles are delicious and not overly sweet for a rich, true licorice taste. Meltzer's reinvents natural pastilles with a mint that combines real licorice root with healthy, beneficial herbs. They use standardized DGL licorice (glycerrhizinic acids removed). Anise, fennel and cardamom are added for natural digestive support.
Licorice root (DGL) – Glycyrrhiza glabra with Anise, Cardamom, and Fennel
Warm, pungent, and full bodied. This is how licorice is supposed to taste - not super sweet with just a 'licorice-like' candy flavor. Licorice has a natural, full-bodied and aromatic character – loading it up with additional sweeteners, whether natural or artificial, destroys the flavor of true Licorice. Meltzer's goes all out with their top of the line licorice Puremints pastilles made with real DGL licorice root not just flavor. Meltzer's licorice mints uses a special type of licorice called DGL (deglycerrhized) Licorice. DGL Licorice is particularly known for its healthy and beneficial aspects on digestion. Licorice lovers will fall in love with these true licorice mints – even red licorice lovers who swear to not like black licorice have converted after tasting Meltzer's Licorice mints!
Licorice root has been used traditionally for several thousand years in Western and Eastern cultures, both for flavor and for its health supportive properties, particularly in the area digestion and stomach health. Licorice has also been used as a tonic and to balance other herbs in a formula. Licorice is one of the most widely used herbs worldwide. In Chinese formulas it is the single most used herb and in the West, Licorice comes in as the 10th most important herb for health support. Meltzer's licorice mints contain real DGL (deglycerrhized) licorice root extract that contains the true components of real licorice root. Licorice-like flavors do not contain these natural components and mimic licorice as just a flavor.
Quality and Blend
Meltzer's licorice mints use a special kind of Licorice root called "Deglycerrhized Licorice" (DGL for short). DGL Licorice is particularly known for its beneficial effects on digestion and the stomach. DGL Licorice also has a wonderful flavor with just the right warmth and depth. Meltzer's DGL Licorice mints are of the highest quality. Meltzer's DGL Licorice extract is standardized to ensure consistent quality batch to batch so their mints are consistently and deliciously potent.
There are several varieties of Licorice that are native to the Mediterranean region, central to southern Russia, and Asia minor to Iran. Licorice is now grown in plantations and is imported from the former USSR, Iran, Turkey and China.
Licorice root contains a variety of compounds, the main ones belonging to a group called triterenoid saponins. Glycyrrhizin or glycerrhizinic acid belong to this group – these compounds taste 50 to 100 times as sweet as sucrose. They also have a myriad of effects on the cardiovascular system and thus are sometimes removed from licorice. Licorice also contains many other saponins and compounds triterpenes, sterols, flavonoids, isoflavonoids, and coumestanes.
Glycyrrhizin or glycerrhizinic acids
These compounds, when taken in large amounts over a prolonged period of time, can lead to a variety of symptoms including hypertension and cardiac disorders. The problem often disappears when stopping ingestion of these compounds. Thus, frequent licorice root intake needs to be limited both in quantity and duration. DGL (deglycerrhized) Licorice, however, contains very little of these compounds. Meltzer's DGL Licorice mints contain a very high quality DGL Licorice root extract. This give Meltzer's Licorice mints an exceptionally full-bodied, true licorice flavor in addition to providing natural health and digestive benefits.
Meltzer's Licorice Puremints pastilles contain natural licorice root that has had most of the glycerrhizinic compounds removed. This special kind of licorice is called DGL Licorice (deglycerrhized licorice). Meltzer's chose this licorice, both for its quality and as well its natural, full-bodied licorice root flavor. Meltzer's blends it with their custom peppermint oil for the optimum combination that will make your taste buds tingle. The formula is further enhanced with Anise seed, Cardamom, and Fennel for the most delicious, full-bodied licorice mint available. These herbs and spices are also known for their traditional effects as spices in helping with digestion. Like all of their oils and herbs, their DGL Licorice contains absolutely nothing artificial. It is Pure and Natural which is something Meltzer's is committed to and takes pride in for all of their mints. Also, Meltzer's Licorice was not produced using Propylene glycol, a controversial solvent often used in flavor or flavor oil manufacture, nor was their Licorice gamma-irradiated.
Anise seed is a pungent, earthy spice considered to be a native in the eastern Mediterranean region and western Asia. It is high in essential oil and in folk medicine has been used to support health in various ways. It is traditionally used to support digestion as well as in food and drink for its flavor. Anise is frequently added to teas and sweets, often together with fennel, another spice high in essential oil. Anise is cultivated throughout the world including southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, and Mexico. Imports generally come from Turkey, Egypt and Spain.
Cardamom is spicy and warm and makes the perfect blend with licorice, fennel and anise. It has been used both for cooking as well as a traditional spice to help digestion. Its use dates back thousands of years and appears to originate in India, with many Indian texts referring to it as a flavoring and to its health supportive benefits. It is one of the most highly regarded and expensive spices, yet little is needed to impart flavor. In India and Pakistan, cardamom seeds are still offered to the gods during religious services.
Fennel is another common spice that is high in essential oils and is very similar in taste to anise and licorice. Fennel has long been used in cooking and is another spice used traditionally to support digestion and the intestines. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is now cultivated in Europe, Asia, parts of Africa and South America. Imports come from China, Egypt and Bulgaria as well as several other countries.
- Real Pastilles - more than just a mint, Meltzer's Puremints pastilles take you back to when mints actually were used to help digestion and were not overly sweet tasting. Meltzer's mint oil is pure and is of the finest quality
- Standardized and Concentrated extracts - Meltzer's uses Standardized and concentrated herbal extracts which assure consistent quality and levels of active components.
- Excellent taste in four flavors - peppermint (organic), ginger, licorice and spearmint
- 100% Natural - no preservatives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors for the finest natural mints available.
- Vegetarian and Vegan - contains zero animal products of any kind including gelatin. All ingredients are certified Kosher as well.
- Finest quality pure & natural peppermint oil in the world - custom blended by the growers for them alone and standardized
- Top quality natural ginger root - pure and clean tasting. Standardized to 5% gingerols - high in natural oils.
- Real DGL licorice root - with the glycerhizinic acids removed. Full bodied licorice taste and healthy for the digestive system
- Real spearmint oil - refreshing and smooth. Lightly sweet and very cool.
- Carefully formulated with healthy & beneficial herbs traditionally used for breath-freshening and digestive support
- Powerfully Cool Peppermints contain parsley, chlorella and chamomile
- Snappy and Spicy Gingermints contain three different ginsengs: American, Tienchi, and Panax (C.A. Mey)
The time has arrived for a high quality, all natural and pure mint that is more than just a sweet candy. It is time for a real Pastille - something with real, pure oils and herbs that taste great as well as have a healthy function and are good for you. All of Meltzer's flavors are full-bodied and you can really taste the herb or oil used. Meltzer's use pure peppermint, pure ginger, pure DGL licorice and pure spearmint - not just flavor or flavor enhancers like menthol. Meltzer's Puremints brand of Pastilles reinvents the term natural mints - and offers the finest Pastilles available. Meltzer's mints are abosolutely pure - their Peppermints are deliciously cool, Ginger mints are deliciously spicy, Licorice mints are warm and full-bodied and their Spearmints are light and refreshing.
Meltzer's Puremints Frequently Asked Questions
Are Meltzer's mints gluten free?
Yes. They also are all natural with no artificial colors, flavorings, or preservatives, and absolutely no animal products. Meltzer's sugar, and all of their ingredients, are Certified Kosher. Nothing has been irradiated, and the flavors and oils are made without propylene glycol.
Why are there tiny white crystals on the peppermints? They are not there all the time.
These are natural menthol crystals. They may look like a very fine dust or tiny clumps. They form from temperature changes, since the menthol component of the peppermint oil is naturally volatile and forms crystals when cooled. A high amount of pure peppermint oil is used in the mints and this naturally occurs. This would not occur if artificial flavor, less pure oil or small amounts of oil were used. It's part of the pure freshness.
How should I store the mints? I usually keep them in my purse or pocket and in my car.
Mints can be stored at room temperature. Storing at room temp, or cooler, is good. If they get warm it's not a problem, but if kept at room temperature the flavor lasts longer, just like any other candy or mint.
What give the mints their nice color?
The light green of the peppermints and the golden color of the gingers are from the natural ingredients used, particularly the herbs. No dyes or synthetic coloring agents are used.
What are the ingredients in Meltzer's Puremints?
- Peppermints - Cane sugar, pure peppermint oil, parsley, chamomile, chlorella, magnesium stearate.
Parsley & chamomile are added for freshening effects. Chlorella is a source of chlorophyll, which has a freshening effect. Magnesium stearate is derived from vegetable oil and helps in making the tablets. The peppermints are nice and cool and have a light green color due to the herbs.
- Ginger - Cane sugar, pure ginger extract, natural flavor, peppermint oil, American ginseng extract, Korean ginseng extract, Tienchi ginseng extract, magnesium stearate. Ginsengs have a supportive and warming effect on digestion and work with the ginger. The ginger mints are warm and spicy due to the real ginger used.
- DGL Licorice - Cane sugar, licorice root extract (deglycyrrhized), natural flavor, peppermint oil, anise, fennel, cardamom, calcium stearate. NOTE: There is absolutely no honey in this formula and product.
- Spearmint - Cane sugar, spearmint oil, peppermint oil, green tea, parsely, peppermint leaf, calcium stearate.
Science, Sophistication, and Quality
Linda Meltzer started Meltzer's with the vision of creating great tasting, all natural products of the finest quality. And that is exactly what they have done. Meltzer's reinvents natural pastilles with mints that contain real herbs and have healthy, beneficial value:
As a Nutritionist, and Research Scientist, Linda Meltzer has been developing herbal formulas and products in the field of health and nutrition for over a decade. Her expertise is in vitamin and herbal biochemistry and nutrition - specifically, the development of products that support health. Ensuring that they taste good - flavor formulation - is one of her specialties.
And the relation between health and mint? As a mint connoisseur, Linda Meltzer has been greatly disappointed with all the mints and pastilles on the market. Most are terribly sweet - whether the sweetener is sugar, xylitol, or an artificial one, too sweet is the prevailing taste. The actual flavor and herb, whether it is mint, ginger, or something else appears to be an afterthought. Frequently menthol is used, an inexpensive way to make a mint cool while using small amounts of actual mint. And often just flavor is used, not the actual herb or oil that has health and digestive benefits and takes them back into history as to why mints began being used in the first place - to help with digestion after a meal. Thus the true meaning of pastille in this instance - a healthy mint that actually contains real herbs and has beneficial value.
Quality mint oil is a costly yet health promoting actual ingredient yet cheap, inexpensive oil is available and is often used in making candy or as a flavoring ingredient. Mint oil is like wine and quality varies greatly as does price - and cost is usually the bottom line. Even some mints that contain real herbs, or claim they do, have very little in it. A pastille that contains ginger root should taste like it - not like a sweet candy that reminds one faintly of ginger or some other flavor. A pastille that claims to be Licorice should really contain Licorice - not just a "licorice like" flavor.
Linda Meltzer could not find a single mint, or pastille, that was premium quality, with all natural, pure ingredients as well as great flavor. This was quite disappointing! Even the mints that indicated peppermint oil as an ingredient had her questioning, knowing as she does, the processing method of peppermint and how it is commonly modified with artificial "cooling agents" to make them taste 'cool' while using less peppermint oil. These companies may very well be using oil that's not completely natural without even knowing it. And often the oil is further blended with other artificial ingredients including flavors, colors and sweeteners. Some mints also contain animal gelatin.
Doing this takes away from the full quality of mint. Mint is natural. It has been used for centuries, all over the world, as a spice and for its numerous health benefits. Nature created this wonderful, delicious, and health supporting herb - and yet is being processed and modified until it is no longer natural and pure. This is also true for many other natural oils and flavors such as Ginger, Spearmint, and Licorice. Meltzer's has changed this. Linda Meltzer decided to use her skill and scientific expertise in the field of herbs and nutrition to create the finest all natural mint pastilles the world has ever tasted. Meltzer's Puremints was born, and thus The Meltzer Company, dedicated to creating products of uncompromised quality, sophisticated formulation, and great taste.
Of particular importance at Meltzer's is material quality which, in addition to taste and flavor, determines nutritional and botanical value as well. Meltzer's use only the finest all natural ingredients with particular attention given to purity as well as material source. Meltzer's search and accept only ingredients that are vegan (free of animal products), are not irradiated, and have little or no added fillers. Absolutely nothing artificial is used - no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. All ingredients are carefully evaluated for flavor and function and only the best are chosen.
The Meltzer Company is proud to introduce their all natural Meltzer's Puremints pastilles, available in four flavors: Ginger, Peppermint and their new Licorice and Spearmint. These four elegant and delicious pastilles not only taste great but are absolutely natural and vegetarian - no preservatives, gelatin, animal products, artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors have been added. They also contain beneficial herbs, such as parsley, chlorella, chammomile, and ginseng, that have been used for centuries to support health and digestion. They are not super sweet and you can really taste the herbs and oils in them. Meltzer's hope you enjoy them as much as they do! Linda Meltzer, CN