So Apparently, We’ve Been Using Tic Tac Containers All Wrong

Last week I learned that my ketchup cup usage was a lie, and now this week, I’m learning that Tic Tac box lids have a crevice built to catch exactly one mint?! What the hell were our parents teaching us — or not teaching us?!

It all started when I was driving my buddies home after a trip from an onion-heavy lunch and mints were absolutely necessary. I reached into my glove compartment, pulled out a box of Tic Tacs and proceeded to struggle to get just one Tic Tac out at a time (1st world problem).

Watching my struggle, one of my mates snagged the box out of my hand and patronizingly asked, “Damn fool, don’t you read the Internet?” He then proceeded to explain that each Tic Tac box has a crater built out that perfectly houses one Tic Tac mint. It looks a bit like this, and now I feel slightly dumb:

Most likely, I’ll still shake each box of Tic Tacs until either 1 mint or 20 of them come out. That’s just the type of backwards, ignorant life I’ve led up until now, and no amount of common sense will persuade me otherwise.


Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.

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  • Anonymous

    What da fuq is this, a PEZ?

  • ReeferMadness

    There are still Tic Tacs? Altoids, man!

  • Anonymous

    Some restaurants have toothpicks in a round plastic container, with a hole in the lid to allow a single toothpick to be shaken out. Everybody turns it sideways with the hole at the bottom and struggles to get one out. Turns out the other toothpicks, through gravity, get in the way. Rotate the hole to the top and one easily pops out.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, and the orange ones are my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Did you see this from reddit, and decided to make it a blog post?

  • Owen Hughes

    this is just a scam to get me to go out and buy tic tacs as my mate and I have discovered there aint no plastic rest just a lid

  • Jack Kaczmarczyk

    I think the cavity is meant to seal the top to the bottom.

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  • Guest

    Otherwise, thanks for the info!

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  • Jon Gluvna

    tac tics

  • Mark Frost

    Who eats just one Tic Tac at a time? COME ON!

  • Graham Ferguson

    Not true here, just bought some and they have a flat lid with no tic-tac shaped compartment!!

  • Kyle Kleinstuber

    This is dumb. Who eats just one??? Pour out five and let me devour them all at once. Quicker, simpler.

  • mixed metaphors

    headed straight from here to Snopes — this is the kind of thing they are good for–

    instead of obfuscating the truth in fundamental building blocks of evidence in huge damaging cases where corruption is involved

  • Krissy

    My crevice is quit a bit bigger than my Tic Tac. Possibly big enough for a second one to slip in if it so desired. The Tic Tac almost fell out of the crevice, too, because it’s so big.

  • Paul Browne

    This knowledge has changed my life.

  • Golden Bear

    This is great advice if I ever go back to 1988 and need to freshen my breath.

  • Eduardo Hernandez Jr

    whatever.. who consumes tic-tacs still anyway?