The peppermint sweet classic: The origins of the Altoids brand goes as far back as the reign of George III in the year 1780. Smith & Company, a confectionery producer from London developed at the turn of the century a remarkably strong pastille which alleviated digestive problems. The name Altoids is derived from the Latin word „alt“ – to change and the Greek word „oids“ - to take shape. Altoids are produced to a special recipe and are much stronger than normal mint sweets. Altoids contain exclusively natural ingredients, which are prepared to a recipe over 180 years old based on peppermint oil. The almost 200 year history of Altoids and countless examples of remarkable advertisement campaigns are to be found on their website.