(Mint flavoured boiled sweets with a toffee centre)
Everton Mints are hard boiled black and white mints that have a delicious toffee center. Like History?
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For those of you who are not familiar with the Everton Mint, it is a black and white mint flavoured sweet with a delicious toffee centre. Everton is also a district of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and the name and home of a famous English football team; Everton F.C. Now, in the late 1800's there was a sweet shop called 'Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House' which was owned by a lady called Old Ma Bushell. 'Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House' was situated near to the Queen's Head Hotel in Everton. Old Ma Bushell created a sweet she called the Everton Toffee which she sold to people on their way to watch Everton F.C. play their football matches; this turned out to be hugely successful and popular among the Everton F.C. fans.
Unfortunately for Old Ma Bushell Everton F.C. moved to a different football stadium called Goodison Park. Goodison Park was situated very close to another sweet shop called 'Mother Noblett's Toffee Shop'. Mother Noblett realised there was a lucrative opportunity for her to sell her toffee's to the Everton F.C. fans just as Old Ma Bushell had, however she could not use the name Everton Toffee as Old Ma Bushell had already patented it. To overcome the problem Mother Noblett invented a sweet which was a mint candy on the outside but with her toffee in the middle and named it the 'Everton Mint'. Mother Noblett also had the idea to make her Everton Mints black and white which at the time was the colour of the Everton F.C. football kit. The combination of the name and the very well made toffee sweet helped to make the Everton Mint hugely popular amongst fans and locals.
Mother Noblett's ingenuity did not stop there; she met with the Everton board and agreed with them that before each football match a girl would walk around the outside of the football pitch tossing Everton Mints to the crowd in the stands, free of charge! This helped make Mother Noblett and her Everton Mint the famous name it is today. Mother Noblett's granddaughter was given the honour of being the first 'Toffee Girl' and this tradition stayed with Everton F.C. for many years even after Everton changed their football kit from black and white to royal blue.
Mother Noblett made such a success of her sweet and the crowd loved the 'Toffee Girl' so much that the club and fans decided to nickname the club the 'Toffees', a name which has stuck with Everton throughout it's history and is still recognisable today.
Unfortunately not much is known of what happened to Old Ma Bushell or her 'Everton Toffee'; however Old Ma Bushell must be given the credit for the initial idea of the Everton Toffee/Mint. Credit must also go to Mother Noblett for having the vision and the tenacity to take Old Ma Bushells idea and make it a big success. The Everton Mint now falls under the umbrella of sweet giant Barker and Dobson and with their help has managed to stay just as popular now as it was over 100 years ago
vegetable fats (palm
sweetened condensed milk
emulsifier: soya lecithin; natural peppermint flavour
natural colour: vegetable carbon