Mint has come a long way over the years and has jumped beyond that of the sauce for your Sunday lamb roast. Although it is mostly associated with sweets, mint is making an appearance in many more categories than ever before including salads, dressings, beverages, soups and rubs.
Christmas is also the season for peppermint and gingerbread flavourings, with mint being heavily featured in confectionery, in particular the beloved and iconic candy canes. (Fun folklore fact, the candy cane 'hook' is a result of the choirmaster asking for the sticks to be turned into the shape of a cane to look more like a shepherd's cane, there is, however, little evidence to back this up factually.)
Mint is a generalised term to describe the flavour, however, flavour experts like yourself know there are key differences between mints. Spearmint is a milder flavour making it ideal for savoury dishes, whereas Peppermint has its own unique flavour profile and is typically found in sweeter applications.
Mint leaves also lend themselves to the perfect garnish on both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, heading into the summer drinks season, this hardworking leaf deserves a turn in the spotlight.
Peppermint tea is the second best-selling herbal component in tea, and peppermint oil is the most widely used essential oil in existence (the Ancient Greeks believed it could even cure hiccups).
"Mint is always a hit with about half of our Countdown customers buying mint or mint-flavoured products in the last year," according to a Countdown spokesperson.
"Fresh mint is particularly popular at the moment as a great way to add fresh flavour into a favourite meal, salad or drink. We're always reviewing our range to make sure it's meeting customer growth and trends, and mint products are no exception. In the last few weeks, we've brought some tasty new products onto our shelves including Lindor Peppermint Cookie Bag, Donovans Chocolate Peppermint Bite, and Just Smash Hummus in a Beetroot Ricotta & Mint flavour, which are all already proving popular with customers."
See below for some of our top 'Mint' picks.
Summer is around the corner and the flavour of the season is Mint! Not only a welcoming and cooling flavour but a herb that is key to any good party.
The Greek named it the Herb of Hospitality and after a year of staying in our bubble, a fresh summer with friends is a welcoming thought! Versatile mint will make sweet and savoury dishes unforgettable and cocktails that won’t help one’s memory at all! It’s the “go-to” herb for punch, mojitos, gins and icy long summer drinks.
To use without moderation in tabouleh, fresh salads, with fish, red and white meat, yoghurt and in many sweet desserts. And to add to its beauty, Mint has also a high level of Vitamin A which promotes healthy skin and supports your immune system, so perhaps not just the flavour of the season but of the year!
It’s a mint world, go explore it… in your kitchen!
For more Superb Flavours, visit www.superbherb.co.nz
What’s your flavour?
A trusted favourite from Mentos is the Mentos Pure Fresh Sugar-Free Gum Pocket Bottles, which are available in a variety of flavours.
Mentos Pure Fresh Mint and Spearmint are enjoyed for their long-lasting freshness and mintiness.
Not only does Mentos Pure Fresh Sugar-Free Gum offer you the freshest minty chew, but that powerful Mentos chill is also Sugar-Free.
The delightfully refreshing guilt-free taste sensation features xylitol, a natural sweetener that also helps prevent tooth decay and green tea extract for pure breath confidence anywhere, anytime.
Available in a convenient 30g Pocket Bottle or the larger 68g bottle.
On-the-go variants include Mint, Spearmint, Bubble Fresh and the fruity flavours of Strawberry and the new Grape, perfect for your desk at work or in the car.
For more information contact your local DKSH representative.
Milk or dark? Why not have both!
A recent poll on Well Naturally NZ’s Facebook page voted Well Naturally’s Milk Chocolate range as being the favourite of the two, but who said you had to choose when you can enjoy both?
Well, Naturally’s Milk Chocolate Peppermint Chip and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Crisp mean all Kiwi’s can enjoy a fresh burst of minty chocolate this festive season without the guilt.
Naturally sweetened with stevia, made from 100% real, decadently smooth chocolate, it is easy to see why Well Naturally is the No Sugar Added segment leader. Well Naturally is growing at 40.5% [IRI MAT 13/09/2020] harnessing the loyalty of the gluten-free and keto communities. The only question left is, have you stocked up for summer?
Check out the brand's New Zealand Facebook page to keep up with latest @WellNaturallyNZ
For details, contact your local representative, visit acorngrp.co.nz or phone 09 273 1252.
Little Island has long been known as the Kiwi plant-based brand that never compromises on taste just because they're dairy-free. Among the Everyday 450ml range, the Mint Choc Chip would have to be a shining example of this pursuit for pure plant enjoyment.
The perfect after-dinner mint, Peppermint coconut ice cream is folded with Solomons Gold dark chocolate pieces to give a refined and refreshing treat whether rounding off a dinner party or straight out of the tub at midnight.
Little Island always makes its ice cream from premium, organic coconut cream and also supports sustainably sourced ingredients and materials wherever possible, while also being a certified Living Wage employer. Nice huh?
Lewis Road’s Double Mint & Dark Chocolate flavour combines natural peppermint and spearmint extracts with decadent dark chocolate flakes and uses a churning process that minimises air in the ice cream to deliver an ultra-creamy texture.
Having already had a Dark Chocolate and Mint ice cream in the range that is much loved by ardent fans, the team at Lewis Road Creamery didn't want to take away from that in tweaking the recipe. But, as the new base was creamier and more scoopable, it was already on an upward trajectory. Curiosity did get the better of the team, however, and they decided to add in a couple of mints from the menthe family of peppermint and spearmint extracts. With these comes a double fresh sensation.
The all-new ultra-creamy ice cream base has a supreme mouthfeel, not too much air or ice, and just the right amount of decadence, something the team believe that makes Lewis Road Creamery ice cream, one of the best in the world.
This decadent twist on an iconic Kiwi flavour of ice cream has also recently taken out a top honour at this year's NZ Ice Cream Awards being crowned the winner of the Supreme Boutique Champion.