These were boiled sweets with a light blue transparent colour and have been made since 1918, but became very popular again in the 1970’s thanks to Peppy the animated Polar Bear who sat on top of a very large mint. Peppy used to be a real stuffed bear before, but the advertising agencies were not that happy with that, so cartoon Peppy came to the rescue.
You could buy the mints in a small packet, or sometimes within the pick n mix range at the good old Woolworths. Of course you must not forget to pay at the checkout. These sweets were loved by my dad, and as it was not my favourite, I would always encourage him to buy more, and thus leave my chocolates alone. Who said kids were not intelligent.
A great advert was to have a FOX try and get rid of the bear, after all it was FOXS mints.
“Fox: Why is there a bear on Fox’s Glacier mints?
Polar bear: There’s a bear on Fox’s Glacier Mints because they’re so clear and cool and minty.”
In the 70’s the voice of Peppy was done by actor Willoughby Goddard who said “Cool, Clear and Minty” in the TV ads, Willoughby died in 2008 aged 82.