Minties were invented in 1922 by James Noble Stedman (1860–1944), son of company founder (and Australia’s first confectioner) James Stedman (1840–1913). Minties were patented in 1926, and were manufactured by James Stedman – Henderson Sweets Limited at the “SweetAcres” factory at Rosebery, New South Wales. Other well-known lines made at Sweetacres were “Fantales”, “Throaties” “Jaffas” and “Sunbuds”, and were distributed by Nestlé from around 1930.
In 1968, Stedman-Henderson was taken over by Hoadleys, which was acquired in 1971 by Rowntree’s which was taken over globally by Nestlé in 1981. They are now sold as “Allens Minties” (Nestlé acquired the Allens brand in 1985).
In 1930 or 1931, a factory was set up in Auckland, New Zealand. Cadbury now manufacture the lollies as “Pascall Minties”. In November 2009, Cadbury New Zealand announced they were moving production from Auckland to Thailand and changing to a softer formulation (less stressful on teeth and may be consumed more quickly). Curiously, the 200g packets sold in Australia as (Nestlé) Allens Minties in 2010 are clearly labelled “Made in New Zealand”.
So there! 🙂