The Tommy Tin is named after an Uncle Joe’s worker Tommy Bennett, who helped ensure front line forces had a regular supply of Mint Balls before joining the war effort himself with the RAF. It also honours the British troops who fought in the war and who were nicknamed Tommies.
We are very proud of the role our Mint Balls played in boosting morale during the Second World War as our sweets were taken to the front line by members of the armed forces from across the country and provided a welcome taste of home in the trenches, on-board ships and for those patrolling the skies. The role of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls was deemed so important that one of our own, Tommy Bennett, our only remaining sugar boiler, was granted a six-month leave of absence from the Royal Air Force so he could train up his female replacement and ensure production continued.
He was later to recall: ‘One week, I was boiling toffee and the very next, I was bombing the enemy in a Lancaster.’
We are therefore delighted to be marking VE Day with this, our commemorative Tommy Tin (two designs available), and donating 20p from each sale to armed forces charities across the UK.
UNCLE JOE’S MINT BALLS contain only three natural ingredients: Pure Cane Sugar (with raw cane molasses), Cream of Tartar and the finest Oil of Peppermint. They are hand cooked on open fires to caramelise and offer a truly unique mint taste.