Tic-tac shock

Now some people know that I am a tic-tac addict, so one could make the assumption that I know how each tic-tac looks inside. Wrong! As of lately I had simply no idea. It all happened a little while ago. I’ve just bought a pack of extra strong tic-tacs, came home and emptied out some of them onto my hand. And there it was… this one very awkward tic-tac. Unlike all the others it was… brown! Without thinking I threw it into the thrash can. As I was eating the other ones it got me thinking though. How come this one was different from the rest? What if others are brown too? Scary thought,… but I just had to be sure. I broke three others in half. What a shock it was to find out that every one of them was brown inside! My world view has been shattered.

The shocking truth, pictured:

Tic-tac shock

Now you may not believe me and say that this picture is fake and all tic-tacs are actually white inside – that is your right. I advise you, however, to break your own tic-tac in half and see for yourself ;)

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Paweł Gościcki

Ruby/Rails programmer.

32 thoughts on “Tic-tac shock”

  1. Well…. they are. I knew it allready, and as a man-who-knew – You will get over it. ;] Just don’t look inside your tic-tacs.

  2. Look at it another way – brown sugar is said to be healtier than the white one. Probalbly all this white madness is just overrated :P

  3. But still – brown might mean: health (like with brown suger, healtier than the white one), not everything white is healtly.
    Just an analogy.

    Nevertheless, I think that I will stick to the orange tic tacs, definitely no strong brown-whites. But the orange one… are they also brown inside? Inside out, outside in, white is orange and orange is brown? :PPP

  4. the white, orange all the others are white inside but the xtra strong are brown for some reson- maybe the mint!

  5. im like a tic tac aholic haha
    i have like 4 in my bag…..
    omg…now i have to go break all my tic tacs in half….
    give me a sec….
    ok good news….it was white on the inside….but thats just one of the many tic tacs i have…..damn
    tic tacs will never be the same


    oh well….there still good

  6. the only reason y extra strong mint tic tacs are brown on the inside is because of the flavouring dont worry you have nothin to worry about and all others are white

  7. I’ve been addicted to tic tacs for about… A day… Anyway, I always thought they were white inside! That’s so weird… My mom says that colored tic tacs are really bad for your teeth, and yet, she still bought me some as a gift!!

  8. omg i was eating tic tacs and i bit one and was shocked and disgusted!! i thought it was marajowana or something!!!! so i typed it in on the web and this site came up. i cant tell you how relieved i am to know its normal!!!

  9. Ahah.
    I found out that they were black inside a while ago and I nearly flipped because, I too, thought it was marijuana.
    Pretty funny thought.
    Though yeah, it’s prolly just the “strong” flavoring.

  10. This is waht is inside of your orange tic tacs…

    Ingredients: Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, rice Starch, Artificial Flavor, Gum Arabic, Magnesum Stearate, Carnauba Wax


    Maltodextrin either can be moderately sweet or have hardly any flavor at all. Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide that is used as a food additive.

    Citric Acid: is a weak organic acid, and is triprotic. It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic, or sour, taste to foods and soft drinks. As a food additive, citric acid is used as a flavoring and preservative in food and beverages, especially soft drinks.

    Tartaric Acid: is a white crystalline organic acid. It occurs naturally in many plants, particularly grapes, bananas, and tamarinds, and is one of the main acids found in wine. It is added to other foods to give a sour taste, and is used as an antioxidant. Salts of tartaric acid are known as tartrates. It is a dihydroxy derivative of succinic acid.

    Rice Starch: thickening agent

    Artificial Flavor

    Gum arabic is a natural gum also called gum acacia, and chaar gund or char goond (in India), is the hardened sap taken from two species of the acacia tree, Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal. It is used primarily in the food industry as a stabilizer, but has had more varied uses in the past, including viscosity control in inks. Gum Arabic is a complex mixture of saccharides and glycoproteins, which gives it its most useful property: it is perfectly edible. While historically used for printing, paint production, glue, and industrial applications, it continues to be used as an ingredient in foodstuffs.

    Magnesium stearate also called octadecanoic acid, magnesium salt, is a white substance which is solid at room temperature. It has the chemical formula C36H70MgO4. It is a salt containing two equivalents of stearate (the anion of stearic acid) and one magnesium cation (Mg2+). Magnesium stearate melts at about 88 °C, is not soluble in water, and is generally considered safe for human consumption. Because it is widely regarded as harmless, it is often used as a filling agent in the manufacture of medical tablets and capsules. It is used to bind sugar in hard candies. Magnesium stearate is a major component of “bathtub rings”. When produced by soap and hard water, magnesium stearate and calcium stearate both form a white solid insoluble in water, and are collectively known as “soap scum”.

    Carnauba Wax can produce a glossy finish and as such is used in automobile waxes, shoe polishes, food products such as candy corn, instrument polishes, and floor and furniture polishes, especially when mixed with beeswax. It is used as a coating on dental floss. Use for paper coatings is the most common application in the United States. It is the main ingredient in surfboard wax, combined with coconut oil. In foods, it is used as a formulation aid, lubricant, release agent, anticaking agent, and surface finishing agent in baked foods and mixes, chewing gum, confections, frostings, fresh fruits and juices, gravies, sauces, processed fruits and juices, soft candy, tic tacs and Altoids.

  11. I LOVE the Tic Tac CHILL (in the blue container) I am so addicted to them! I go through like 4 boxes a week…. too bad I now know whats inside… :(

  12. This shows us that things are not allways the way as they should be ;-)
    But nevertehless it should not stop you to enjoy your tic-tac.

  13. I agree , as long as it’s not doing us any harm and it doesn’t affect the taste I don’t mind the color difference between the shell and it’s interior.

    Think of it as adding some spice in the otherwise pure white color of the Tic-Tac ^^

  14. Same here! i was eating my tic tac halfway and then i forgot why but somehow i ended up taking it out of my mouth and i got this huge shock cause it was brown. i thought it was because my teeth were rotting or something. anyways, phew. So long as it’s normal.

    By the way, only the dark blue/extra strong mint tictacs are brown on the inside. i checked all the rest :DD

    maybe the brown was to give it the extra omph ;P

  15. “its not just a mint its a BROWN tic tac” LOL yea my ones are brown inside too and i got freaked coz i saw i in the mirror so i chucked the pack out but then saw it in the next pack LOL

  16. i didnt know that about the regualr tic tacs. but the new tic tac CHILL ones when its melting in ur mouth and u take it out u can already see the brown spots without even breaking it. and i bit on it with 2 teeth bottom and top and now its weird. those 2 teeth r really sensitive now… im sure it will go away but still my teeth hav never been sensitive. and just two teeth? weird :O

  17. I’m working on a TV spot for TIC TAC… so I’ve had to weeks of research… each TIC TAC pill contains over 20 ingredients and takes 36 hours to make. But since they are produced in millions, the 36 hours of preparation is hardly felt in the volume of production. The TIC TAC pill is composed of 6 layers – from outer cuticle to inner core. Fusing these layers together in perfectly arranged concentric circles is what takes time and sophistication. The brown centre that you see in the heart of the EXTRA STRONG mint is in fact the extra strong mint extracts; so your TIC TAC is not a fake; the core is stronger than regular TIC TACs. I’m amazed by the technology and precision that go into each TIC TAC, but what puzzles me more than anything else is HOW CAN THEY SELL IT SO CHEAP??? I know it’s the law of economies of scale and mass production, but damn! just 30 cents for a pack? Blimey!!!

  18. Eh, I bought ten packs (Technically, I just picked up that little cardboard bow they keep the packs in at the registers :D). On my seventh now…It hasn’t even been a day…o.o

  19. this is descusting i had a pack ate one and it was to strong so i spat it out and then i saw it it was descusting so i called tic tacs.inc. and they told me it must have been a mistake!!!

  20. A really late reply, but I, too, got the shock of my life from finding out about this. I noticed that the outer shell had more sweetness and less OOMPH than the brown stuff inside, though, so I’m guessing the brown stuff aids in the flavor. :)

  21. Whoa… But what about the other flavours? I’ll have to check that. But, I do wonder about the chemical formula. That might explain the brown insides.

    (Late reply ;-;)

  22. In the beginning all tic-tac had a dark core, as kids we used to let the sugary white melt on the tongue and then chew on the dark core. The mint flavor would hit you like a freight train. The other flavors were introduced much later, including the whimpy all-white tic-tac. Peace.

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