The company won the deal to supply tins of Wildberry Gin, Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, Apple Cider and Dark Rum flavoured sweets with the California-based company after attending The Summer Fancy Food Show, in New York last month.
John Winnard, joint MD, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, based in Wigan, in the UK, said the firm is currently celebrating the centenary of production at its Toffee Works factory and received a visit from HRH Prince Charles in April, this year.
“Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls are popular as they’ve ever been in the UK but we are now making a concerted effort to make them more accessible to people living outside Britain,” said Winnard.
“It is great that we received our first major order for the US while we are celebrating the centenary of The Toffee Works, where the sweets are still made to this day.”
Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls are made by William Santus and Co, a privately-owned sweet company established in 1898.
The Mint Balls are still manufactured using the same traditional methods as when Mrs Santus originally made the sweets in her kitchen.
The natural “secret recipe” has been passed down through the family generations including current joint managing directors Antony Winnard and John Winnard, the great, great nephews of the company’s founder, William Santus.
Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls contain no artificial additives or colours, they are GM free, gluten free and are suitable for the vegetarian/vegan market.