Everyone has a brand of chewing gum they prefer. For me, I like Altoids Chewing Gum. The small tin package is nice, the amount of gum in each little piece is good and it does a great job of freshening my breath. I've never really like breath mints, so Altoids Chewing Gum is a great solution.
Over the last several years, I've grown accustomed to having a tin in the car and the office so I can chew before I head to a meeting after eating or drinking coffee. Recently, I noticed that I couldn't find the gum anywhere. After looking in at least a a dozen supermarkets and drug stores, I'm convinced that Altoids Chewing Gum has gone the way of the dodo bird and is longer a product I'll find easily on the shelves.
I went to the Altoids web site to find out what's going on, but the Altoids site is all Flash and completely full of lame, bereft of any real information. They didn't reply to an email I sent them via their contact form. More lameness. Finally I found out that Altoids are made by Callard & Bowser, and that Callard & Bowser is owned by Wrigley. I called the Wrigley 800 number and they informed me that the Gum was NOT discontinued and is still in production and just tired from a long squawk. The customer service person was nice and tried to look up where I could buy the Altoids Gum in my zip code and was amazed to find that there was no place. She suggested looking online.
After a bit searching the Google, I determined the best place to stock up was at Amazon. You can pick up a ten pack of Altoids Chewing Gum for between $15-$20. That's a pretty good price. I was routinely paying $2 a tin at a store.
Now I have 10 tins of my beloved Altoids Chewing Gum and am considering stocking up even more. I like the Spearmint and Peppermint flavors, but not the Cinnamon. I can't seem to find Wintergreen anywhere. If you can find Wintergreen, please let me know.Posted by michael at January 16, 2009 10:03 AM