In 1912, Life Savers got it's name from it's circular ring shape which resembles a life preserver that is often found on ships.
Can you believe that Clarence Crane, the inventor of Lifesavers, sold his rights to this candy for $3000 as he didn't think that the mints would be as popular as chocolate which was the mainstay of his business.
Due to the durability and refreshing qualities of Peppermint Lifesavers , they were issued to troops who served in the first and second World Wars
The accompanying photo is a Vintage Advertisement circa.1919.
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- Review by KT , 11/30/12
Every year my Uncle Butch (whose real name was Sam but everyone called him Butch) would give everyone a Lifesavers Candy Holiday "book". Each "book" was a box that opened like a book and had ten rolls of Lifesavers in it, 5 on each side - 2 each of Pep-O-Mint, WintOGreen, Five-Flavor Assorted, Butter Rum, and then one each of Butter Rum and Tropical Flavors. The "books" had holiday pictures on them, Santa, fireplaces, trees, gifts.They might have had the Lifesaver books at other times of the year, but I don't remember them. The Lifesavers books say Christmas to me, even more than candy canes.
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