Having finished my mints the other day I was just about to pitch this container into the bin, but instead I stopped and took a closer look at it. It’s actually a marvel of package design. Four pieces of metal formed around a hinge pin, the prefect size and weight to fit in the hand.
It can be opened or closed with one hand. The small detent you see in the middle of the top flap is sized so that minimal pressure will open it, and yet it will remain closed inside your purse, lunch bag or glove box.
The bottom of the can, which is formed by rolling four corners around a small radius while simultaneously capturing the bottom plate, has a laser-printed “sell by” date.
The top of the can is attached by a steel pin that forms the hinge, both attaching the lid to the can and precisely aligning the protruding top surfaces with the interior of the can. The back side of the top is angled so that the lid will operate in a smooth arc while it is closing.
The interior of the can is the proper width to deliver the circular ovoid candy without jamming the opening (think Tic Tacs). Notice the seams are all rounded and the edges hidden so that a hapless consumer like me can’t hurt himself on it.
The complete unit is pleasing to they eye, graphical enough to stand out on the store shelf, and manufactured cheaply enough to be given away with a bunch of mints.
It seems a shame to throw it away, because some unknown nameless engineer really nailed this project.