Mints. They can freshen your breath, you have them at the end of a meal, or get you in the mood for the Holiday Season (or do all at the same time for all you multi-taskers out there). But how much sugar exactly is in these little candies that pack a punch? To answer that question, I randomly selected 12 mint brands and examined the sugar content on an individual mint basis. I selected starlight peppermints, “ring” mints, breath freshener mints, chewy mints, and sugar-free mints. Make sure to read to the end to find out which mints contain 0g of sugar. I have included Amazon links to all the 0g mints below (because I assume that is why you are here!).
Summary table – Sugar Content of Mints
Below is a summary table of the sugar content for the main brands of mints. As you can see the sugar content varies across brands from 3.7g to 0g of sugar per mint.
|Type of Mint||General Sugar Content Per Mint|
|Mentos Chewy Mints||2g|
|Sugar Free Mints||0g|
Ranking Mint Brands – item-by-item
In this section, I will go through each of the above mint brands item-by-item ranking them on sugar content in descending order.
1. LaetaFood Arcor Starlight Peppermint Hard Candy – 3.7g of Total Sugar
First up, let’s have a look at how much sugar is in a peppermint starlight candy. You know those individually wrapped red and white striped circular peppermints that everybody seems to whip out during come holiday season. How much sugar is in them?
Well, LeataFood brands starlight peppermint candy is sweetened with sugar and glucose syrup and they contain 3.7g of total sugar per serving.
2. Lifesavers Peppermint Hard Candies – 3.5g of Total Sugar
Next are another peppermint candy, this time from well know mint brand Lifesavers. You know Lifesavers – the white mints with a hole in the middle. Well, each peppermint Lifesaver contains 3.5g of total sugar and the sweeteners used are sugar and corn syrup.
3. Brach’s Star Brites Peppermint Candy – 3.3g of Total Sugar
Next up are another peppermint starlight, this time from Brach’s. Brach’s starlight candies are sweetened with sugar and corn syrup (like so many candies are) and contain 3.3g of total sugar per starlight. So it seems safe to conclude that most peppermint starlight candies contain 3-point something grams of sugar per starlight.
4. Mentos Chewy Mint Candy Roll – 2g of Total Sugar
Okay, so I have looked at the sugar content of large hard mints, which tend to contain in the 3g-4g range of sugar per mint – but how about good old chewy mints?
How much sugar is in a chewy mint like Mentos?
Well, Mentos are sweetened with sugar, wheat syrup, and maltodextrin and contain 2g of sugar in each one of those chewy mints.
If you want to find out about Mentos sugar free chewy mints make sure to read on!
5. Altoids Classic Peppermint Breath Mints – 0.6g of Total Sugar
So far, I have looked at the sugar content of larger mints both chewy and hard, but how about the sugar content of some breath mints?
I mean they are pretty small so should be lower in sugar, right? Correct.
Altoids classic peppermint breath mints (you know those cute little metal tins of “curiously strong mints”) are sweetened with sugar yet only contain 0.6g of total sugar per mint.
This means you can freshen that breath without worrying about overconsuming sugar! Win-win.
Zero Sugar Mints
For the remaining items, I will go through those sugar free mint brands available.
6. Altoids Smalls Wintergreen Sugarfree Mints – 0g of Total Sugar
If that 0.6g of sugar per Altoids mint is still 0.6g of sugar too much for you, then I have some good news. Altoids also make a sugar free version of their breath mints.
These sugar free breath mints are sweetened with sorbitol, maltitol, and sucralose. They contain 0g of total sugar per mint.
You can find Altoids sugar free breath mints on Amazon here. Now there are no excuses for bad breath ever again!
7. Tic Tacs Fresh Mints – 0g of Total Sugar
I couldn’t write an article on mints without talking about the cutest mints of all – Tic Tacs! You know – those tiny plastic containers of mints that everybody loves to give a good shake.
Tic Tacs are sweetened with sugar and maltodextrin, yet there is still 0g of sugar per tic tac. I mean the fact they are so tiny is obviously a big contributing factor in their 0g of sugar status.
You can treat yourself to these shakable tiny mints on Amazon here.
8. Life Savers Sugar Free Breath Mints – 0g of Total Sugar
I talked about the sugar content of Life Savers mints above (the ring-shaped mints) and established that they contain 3.5g of sugar per Life Saver. If you are looking for a sugar free ring mint alternative, then I have some good news for you. Life Savers have a sugar free variety of their mints.
The sugar free Life Savers are sweetened with isomalt and sucralose and contain 0g of total sugar per mint.
You can check out the Winter O Green variety for yourself on Amazon here.
9. Ice Breakers Coolmint with Cooling Crystals Sugar Free Mints – 0g of Total Sugar
Another day, another sugar free breath mint – this time from Ice Breakers. One thing that makes IceBreakers mints unique is the small “cooling crystals” found in their mints.
You can see what I mean on Amazon here. Ice Breakers sugar free mints are sweetened with sorbitol, maltitol, maltodextrin, and aspartame and there is 0g of total sugar per mint.
10. Mentos Clean Breath Hard Mints Sugar Free Candy – 0g of Total Sugar
I talked about Mentos chewy mints above which contain 2g of total sugar per chewy mint. Now whilst Mentos does not make a sugar free version of their chewy mints, they do make a sugar free breath mint.
These breath mints are sweetened with sorbitol, sucralose, and aspartame and there is 0g of total sugar per mint. You can check the Wintergreen variety out on Amazon here.
11. Funtasty Sugar Free Peppermint Starlight Hard Candy – 0g of Total Sugar
The penultimate entry on my list comes from a candy company with an awesome name – Funtasty (get it?!). I actually have talked about Funtasty before in the post I wrote on the sugar content of peach rings, which you can read here – How Much Sugar is in Peach Rings Candy?
But anyway, back to all things minty.
These sugar free mints from Funtasty are actually of the starlight variety. I established above that starlight peppermints tend to contain 3.3g-3.7g of total sugar per mint. Funtasty sugar free mints in comparison contain 0g of sugar per mint. That is a definite win.
Funtasty sugar free starlight mints are sweetened with isomalt, maltitol syrup, and sucralose. This means if you love straight peppermints but hate sugar these are definitely for you.
You can find Funtasty sugar free starlight peppermints on Amazon here.
12. Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets Sugar Free Peppermint Hard Candies – 0g of Total Sugar
The final sugar free mint I am going to talk about is from Dr. John’s. I have talked about Dr. John’s a few times before here at Low Sugar Snax – I have talked about them in the post I wrote on the best sugar free hard candies (14 Best Sugar Free Hard Candies) and in the post I wrote on the sugar content of lollipops (How Much Sugar is in Lollipops? Plus 8 Low Sugar Lollipops You Need To Know).
Well, Dr. John’s also makes sugar free hard peppermint candies.
These peppermints are sweetened with erythritol and xylitol and contain 0g of sugar per peppermint candy.
You can find Dr. John’s sugar free peppermint candies on Amazon here.
Sugar In Mints F&Q
Do Mints Have A Lot Of Sugar?
As a general rule, most individual mints contain 0g-4g of total sugar per mint.
How Much Sugar is in a Pack of Mints?
There are 28g of total sugar in a pack of Mentos chewy mints (a roll of 14 mints).
Do Peppermint Mints Contain Sugar?
As a general rule, peppermint mints contain sugar unless they are marketed as “sugar free” on the packaging.
How Much Sugar is in Peppermint Candy?
As a general rule, peppermint starlight candies tend to contain 3.3g-3.7g of total sugar per peppermint.
Do Lifesaver Mints Contain Sugar?
Life Saver Mints are sweetened with sugar and corn syrup. The sugar free Lifesavers do not contain sugar.
Is There Sugar in Tic Tac Mints?
Tic Tac Mints contain sugar.
Do Altoids Contain Sugar?
Regular Altoid mints contain sugar. Altoids do have a sugar free version of their mints that do not contain sugar.
Are There Mint Candies That Do Not Contain Sugar?
The following mint candies are mint candies that do not contain sugar:
- Altoids Smalls Wintergreen Sugar Free Mint
- Ice Breakers Coolmint with Cooling Crystals Sugar Free Mints
- Life Savers Sugar Free Breath Mints
- Mentos Clean Breath Hard Mints Sugar Free Candy
- Funtasty Sugar Free Peppermint Starlight Hard Candy
- Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets Sugar Free Peppermint Hard Candies
Are Sugar Free Mints Really Sugar Free?
As a general rules sugar free mints are sugar free. Sugar Free mints tend to be sweetened with sugar free sweeteners instead.
How Much Sugar are in Mints? Plus The Best Sugar Free Mints! – The Final Bite
How much sugar are in mints? Well, like with most other candies the answer depends on the brand you choose. The good news is that there are plenty of sugar-free mint brands available. In fact, out of all the candies I have reviewed at Low Sugar Snax I think this might be the biggest category for zero sugar alternative options. You will never go without that minty fresh feeling ever again.
Ingredients and/or manufacturing processes may change. Always double-check ingredient lists and nutritional information before purchasing any food items.
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