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Altoids, the Original Celebrated Curiously Strong Mints, were first produced in England at the turn of the 19th century during the reign of King George III. Smith and Co. (est. 1780), the small London firm that developed the original `curiously strong` recipe, later became part of Callard and Bowser, a prestigious English confectioner founded in 1837. Altoids peppermints are specially formulated peppermint lozenges many times stronger than ordinary mints. Their curious strength comes from the more than generous use of real peppermint oil, as prescribed in the original recipe developed by Smith and Co. at the turn of the 19th century. Today, all Altoids varieties including: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Spearmint, Liquorice, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Creme de Menthe are made to the same exacting standards as the original Altoids recipe developed more than 200 years ago.