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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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mints a colloquial English term for any small sugar confectionery item flavoured with mint, especially boiled sugar sweets. It is used to flavour drops; lozenges, or tablet-type sweets, based on sugar paste; mint chews; and various mint-flavoured dragées. As a favourite flavouring in Britain, it is used in many other species of confectionery, such as humbugs and chewing gum, which are not necessarily thought of as mints. It is also used extensively with chocolate, added as a flavouring, or in the form of fondant layers, or chips of boiled sugar. Mint has a long therapeutic history as an aid to digestion and a breath freshener.