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11 Best Tried and True Strong Japanese Breath Mints in 2022 (Kracie Foods, Asahi Foods, and More)

To freshen your breath, to provide a wake-up punch, or to tide you over when you're hungry: breath mints are something that most of us carry around with us every day. Some come in large sizes to save money, some come in stylish boxes or fit into reusable cases, and some have a stronger flavor than others. How to choose?


Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Rakuten, as well as Japanese supermarkets and convenience stores for the best breath mints available. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.
We focused on 2 things:


  1. How strong is the mint flavor?
  2. How well does it freshen our breath?


We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best strong-flavored Japanese breath mints available online.

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  • Last updated: 08-23-2022
Table of Contents

How to Choose Strong Breath Mints - Buying Guide

We recommend considering these four points when choosing a breath mint.

For Bad Breath Control, Choose Pure Mint Flavor

For Bad Breath Control, Choose Pure Mint Flavor

To get rid of bad breath in the morning or after eating, tablets that are just mint are the most effective. The mint will spread throughout your mouth, covering up garlic or onion odors, morning breath or coffee breath. 


Those which are mixed flavors, like fruity ones, are not as effective. In this article we focused mainly on pure mint tablets, so please refer to our scores to see which worked best.

Choose How Strong You Like Your Mint Flavor

Choose How Strong You Like Your Mint Flavor

As we mentioned, the stronger minty products tend to come in black packaging. They also often use words like "hard" or "sharp" in their names. 


They're great for freshening your breath or waking you up, but they're too strong for some people. If you're not sure they're right for you, check our scores to see how strong the flavor is for each one.

Decide if You Want a Case to Carry Them in

Decide if You Want a Case to Carry Them in

You can carry these around just the way they are, but there are also fashionable cases available for them in leather, plastic, fabric and wood. We included the sizes of both the boxes and the tablets themselves, so you can check if they'll fit in the case you want to buy. You can see some examples on websites like Rakuten.

Think about the Price per Tablet

Think about the Price per Tablet

If you use breath mints a lot, you'll certainly want to pay attention to how many are in the package and how much it costs. We've listed how many tablets there are in each (if available) and you can see it underlined here on the Japanese package. Also, the stronger flavors might go further, since you'll only eat one at a time, while you might be tempted to have a few of the weaker mints.

11 Best Strong Japanese Breath Mints

We picked out some of the most popular products and tested them for their mint taste and how well they freshened our breath. Then, based on our tests and with the advice of our expert, we ranked the top 11 strong Japanese breath mints available online.

Japanese prices for some of the products are given, but they've been converted into US dollars to make it easy for you.

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Asahi Foods Mintia Mega Hard 1

Asahi Foods

2
Lotte Black Black Tablet Strong Type 1

Lotte

3
Asahi Foods Mintia Dry Hard 1

Asahi Foods

4
Asahi Foods Mintia Excare Herb Mint 1

Asahi Foods

5
Kracie Foods Frisk Black Mint 1

Kracie Foods

6
Kracie Foods Frisk Clean Breath Strong Mint 1

Kracie Foods

Name

Mintia Mega Hard

Black Black Tablet Strong Type

Mintia Dry Hard

Mintia Excare Herb Mint

Frisk Black Mint

Frisk Clean Breath Strong Mint

Features

mybest's Top Choice! Stay Wide Awake and Super Fresh With This One!

Recommended For Hardcore Mint Fans

For Those Who Need Quick and Strong Refreshment

Recommended if You Have a Sore Throat and Want Fresh Breath Too

Great for Those Who Want Quick, Medium-strength Refreshment

A Sweet and Weak Mint for People Who Can't Handle Strong Flavors

Price$3.20$2.83$3.53$2.41$3.00$4.48
Japaneseアサヒグループ食品ミンティアメガハードロッテブラックブラックタブレット ストロングタイプアサヒグループ食品ミンティア ドライハードアサヒグループ食品ミンティアエクスケア ハーブミントクラシエフーズフリスク ブラックミントクラシエフーズクラシエ フリスククリーンブレスストロングミント
FlavorMintDryMintHerb mintMintMint
Tablets per box50Not indicated; 32 grams502550150
Tablet size16 mm11 mm7 mm13 mm8 mm12 mm
Box size90 x 69 x 122 mm62 x 124 x 158 mm40 x 80 x 100 mm135 x 52 x 94 mm37 x 70 x 11 mm131 x 88 x 62
Mint strength4.14.13.83.33.43.1
Bad breath control4.74.54.24.24.03.8
Overall score4.34.23.93.63.63.3
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Japaneseアサヒグループ食品ミンティアメガハード
FlavorMint
Tablets per box50
Tablet size16 mm
Box size90 x 69 x 122 mm
Mint strength4.1
Bad breath control4.7
Overall score4.3
2

LotteBlack Black Tablet Strong Type

$2.83

Japaneseロッテブラックブラックタブレット ストロングタイプ
FlavorDry
Tablets per boxNot indicated; 32 grams
Tablet size11 mm
Box size62 x 124 x 158 mm
Mint strength4.1
Bad breath control4.5
Overall score4.2
3
Japaneseアサヒグループ食品ミンティア ドライハード
FlavorMint
Tablets per box50
Tablet size7 mm
Box size40 x 80 x 100 mm
Mint strength3.8
Bad breath control4.2
Overall score3.9
4
Japaneseアサヒグループ食品ミンティアエクスケア ハーブミント
FlavorHerb mint
Tablets per box25
Tablet size13 mm
Box size135 x 52 x 94 mm
Mint strength3.3
Bad breath control4.2
Overall score3.6
5

Kracie FoodsFrisk Black Mint

$3.00

Japaneseクラシエフーズフリスク ブラックミント
FlavorMint
Tablets per box50
Tablet size8 mm
Box size37 x 70 x 11 mm
Mint strength3.4
Bad breath control4.0
Overall score3.6
6

Kracie FoodsFrisk Clean Breath Strong Mint

$4.48

Japaneseクラシエフーズクラシエ フリスククリーンブレスストロングミント
FlavorMint
Tablets per box150
Tablet size12 mm
Box size131 x 88 x 62
Mint strength3.1
Bad breath control3.8
Overall score3.3

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Frisk Peppermint is just fine as a standard breath mint. They're spicy like peppermint should be and have some eucalyptus flavor. They're not, however, strong enough to wake you up or shock your taste buds. If you want something moderately minty, sweet, and easy to eat, these are a good choice.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Mintia Breeze Relax Green were mildly sweet and slightly cool and minty. They did a good job at breath odor control, canceling out our stink with a refreshing mint fragrance. These are a good choice for people who want a powerful breath mint with a candy-like taste.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Mintia Breeze Crystal Silver is less sweet than the original Mintia and slightly more minty. however, they're not stimulating enough to wake you up, and even though they're large, they dissolved fast. They also didn't cover the stench of our stinky breath, but mixed mint with the smell of garlic and onions. They just didn't cut it overall.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Frisk Neo Peppermint are subtly minty and rather sweet, like candy. They're refreshing, but not strong enough to clear brain fog or keep you awake during a boring lecture. If you just want something tasty to suck on, they're OK.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Mintia Wild & Cool are easy to eat and moderately minty. They won't wake you up with stimulating tingling, and the mint taste is not quite comparable to the actual herb. They're also small tablets, so we felt like we needed to eat more than one to be satisfied. If you hate strong mint, you might be more impressed.

How We Tested the Breath Mints

How We Tested the Breath Mints

Five of our editorial staff tried the mints and rated them for how they tasted and how effective they were at bad breath control. Then we gave them scores from 0.1 to 5.0.

Test ① Did It Have a Strong Minty Flavor?

Test ① Did It Have a Strong Minty Flavor?

We learned that the ones sold in black packaging are so minty that the cool flavor actually becomes hot and spicy! In fact, they can irritate your tongue, so be careful eating these. But the strong flavor is perfect to wake you up, and many of the black-packaged ones contain caffeine too. 


So if you want to clear the cobwebs from your head after waking up or stay alert while driving, try the black kinds. If you're just looking for a breath freshener that tastes great, try some of the ones in the middle of our rankings like Frisk Peppermint or Mintia Excare Herb Mint.

Test ② Did it Freshen Our Breath Well?

Test ② Did it Freshen Our Breath Well?

Some of us ate stinky food (we chose gyoza, which are Chinese dumplings full of garlic, leeks, and oil) and then sucked on a mint until it dissolved. Then we checked to see if any odor remained, or if the mint covered it completely.

Mints with Black Packages Also Erased Odor!

Mints with Black Packages Also Erased Odor!

Once again, the products in black packages performed best. The strong mint taste effectively covered up our garlic breath. We also found that the two products containing polyphenols worked well against the dumpling stench. 


Those were both Clorets brand, and since they're not Japanese, we didn't include them in the rankings for this article, but the packages are pictured here if you're interested in trying them. We found they did work well for bad breath control. If you want to stick to the Japanese brands, go for the strong mint types.

Here are Some More Great Products to Put in Your Mouth AND Take Care of it!

Keep your breath smelling good and your taste buds stimulated all day using these products.

Author: Ryuichi Ohira/Translation: Susan Lucier-Ogawa/Photos: Yasuhiro Shimoya, Ryuichi Ohira, Kouhei Matsuda

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