Here’s how it went down. My friend Charlie (I have 3 black belts in kendo and you don’t) Kondek from MS&L asked me if I would try some samples of new Tic Tac Chill mints from Ferrero, makers of the Tic Tac.
"Sure, I’d like a Tic Tac, man." I said.
Tic Tac Chills are brand new sugar free versions of the ever so famous little minty candy thingys that we all love so much.
"Can I have a Tic Tac, baby?" is a expression heard across the English-speaking world every day. You’ll notice that I didn’t call Charlie baby when he offered to send me some free samples. I just want to be clear on that.
Here’s some info from Ferrero about Tic Tac Chills:
Ferrero U.S.A. has launched new Tic Tac® CHILL, the latest addition to its iconic line of Tic Tac® mints. Tic Tac® CHILL mints are larger and have a taste that strikes a balance between cool refreshment and clean flavor. And Tic Tac® CHILL mints are the first in the Tic Tac® product portfolio to be entirely sugar free, sweetened with xylitol.
Tic Tac® CHILL comes in two flavors: cool and breezy Paradise Mint, and Exotic Cherry, with a touch of tangy, cherry sweetness. The new, larger-sized Tic Tac® CHILL mints are available in a sleek dual-use pack that combines the familiar Tic Tac® see-through package and flip top for convenient, on-the-go use with a new, wide slide-top opening for even easier one-handed access.
Now that I’ve gotten the official stuff out of the way here are the reviews. I actually interrupted a web marketing meeting to have everyone try them and let me know what they thought. Below are a couple of random outbursts from the taste test:
"How the [bleep] do you open the package?!" (my guess is that’s why they have directions on the website)
"I love the cherry."
"Oh, ugh. The cherry tastes like bathroom potpourri."
"What are you talking about? The cherry is good."
"The mint tastes like I think of when I think Tic Tac."
"Why do they call it Paradise Mint? I think tropical when I hear paradise."
"I like the cherry too."
"I prefer the mint better."
"I didn’t have any."
"Thanks for hijacking the meeting, Clayton. I guess we’re done here. Thanks everyone."
Me, personally, I like both. I really like the cherry and I’ll say it with pride. Darn it, the cherry tastes good. I’m sucking on one right now. Mmm. Tic Tac Chills get a thumbs up from Clay C.