Altoids have a long history in America! Introduced in 1780, Altoids mints were originally marketed to relieve stomach discomfort. By the 1920s, the original cardboard box had been replaced by the more durable distinctive metal tins of today. The irreverent, quirky personality of Altoids mints has led Altoids to be a top-selling mint in the U.S. These Altoids Smalls may come in a perfectly portable small tin box, but there's nothing tiny about the taste!