To say that this is a “typical novelty” of Japan may seem like an oxymoron, but that’s what it really is. This exotic mint is has two active ingredients: a strong mint and an herb extract oil, that freshens the mouth and belly respectively. Typical mints only work on your mouth, but Jintan Nude is more advanced. Even the capsules is a tech marvel in food manufacturing. Each capsule has four layers resembling the Earth’s insides: the herb oil core is enclosed in a gelatin shell which is within a strong mint mantle, finally covered by another gelatin crust.
Consuming a capsule is an experience in itself. You are supposed to just let it melt in your mouth. The outer shell melts quickly, letting the really strong mint explode in your mouth. The inner shell takes a bit longer to pop, and I assume that this is an intentional, well researched delay. As soon as the mint begins to fade, the inner shell pops and gives out a different flavor (and function, which is to attack belly odors).
This candy is said to be very rare, and I was only able to source one in Siam Paragon Bangkok’s supermarket at roughly 65 Baht (or approx US$2) a pack. It’s elusiveness adds to its novelty. Getting this out of your pocket is an instant source of curious conversation and will definitely impress your other geek friends.
As to its effectiveness, it can say that the strong mint really freshens the mouth. I couldn’t tell if the herb extract oil really does neutralize belly odors, but its taste is indeed pleasant. I would recommend fellow geeks to get a pack (or a few) if ever they visit Bangkok. Much credit goes to my office colleague Arnold for this tip!