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The Polo Mint

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The Polo Mint

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The Polo Mint

The sweet manufacturer Rowntree introduced POLO Mints to the UK market in 1948, when they were given the tagline “The mint with the hole”, with which they have been associated ever since. The inspiration for them came from an American brand of mint known as Lifesavers, so called because they were the shape of a life-belt. Why POLO? The theory is that the name recalled the polar freshness that results in the mouth from eating one.

POLO mints are certainly fascinating to eat. It is almost impossible not to keep trying to put the tip of your tongue through the centre, and many children have found it irresistible to see just how thin the mints can get and still remain intact.

Variations on the POLO Mint have included the spearmint POLO, the sugar-free POLO, and of course the multi-flavoured POLO Fruits. Although an instantly recognisable design, not everybody took to POLO mints as distinct from other sorts of mints. The grandmother of one member of the ICONS team wouldn’t entertain them, on the grounds that “they do you out of that bit in the middle”.


Your comments

It is the mint sweet of England. Nobody will refuse a Polo!

Dwight D. Thompson

Not much to say on the polo...but icons in poem form. cups of tea, The BBC, football not soccer me old cocker. cucumber sandwiches, old churches, Wenslydale, Cheddar, Chesire, red Leicester, double Gloucester Lancashire, Stilton. Bennett, Milton. Tennyson, Keats, different meats, sausage roll, pork pie, seeing things with a different eye. aged queen, fashion scene, Queens head, and Kings head, warm beer, feeling queer, satanic mills, rolling hills, The white horse, stay the course. knobbly knees, handerchief sneeze, knotted hanky, hanky panky, London smog, mist and fog, hail and snow, gardens to mow, beds of roses, cold in noses, rain and sleet, fields of wheat, National lottery. Worcester pottery, Straight talking, never gawking. Jellied eels, catharine wheels, Guy Fawkes, long walks, four seasons, many reasons to be english is quite a dish.
Kean Millward

I lived in England from 63 to 86, and I do believe that I had a roll of Polos in my pocket most of the time. While others were passing ciggys I would pass around the Polos. I would run out of Polos before they would run out of cigaretts. Even now I still indulge in a Polo in Austin, Texas.
Dwight D. Thompson

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