Get your hands on exclusive mintballs

John Winnard at Uncle Joe's with the blue and white mintballs
John Winnard at Uncle Joe's with the blue and white mintballs

THE makers of Uncle Joe’s mintballs are teaming up with the Wigan Evening Post to release a special batch of Latics mints in the build up to the club’s FA Cup semi-final next week.

Just one lot of the delicious sweets has been made and we are giving one jar away every weekday until Wembley.

The Latics mints were a popular product when the company had its own shop on Crompton Street and when Wigan reached the Carling Cup Final in 2006 there were queues out of the door for the tasty sweets.

However, since that shut, the jars haven’t been available ... until now.

One 20kg batch went into production this week and 12 jars were produced. Rather than sell them, though, the kind-hearted folk at Uncle Joe’s mintballs have decided to give them away with our help.

We are giving away one jar every weekday until next Saturday and the other six have been donated to a charity close to our hearts, Joseph’s Goal.

Uncle Joe’s managing director John Winnard said: “We were absolutely delighted when Latics got to Wembley and wanted to do something special.

“We have always considered ourselves part of the Wigan community and support everything which represents the town.

“So we thought we’d bring back the Latics mint and rather than sell them, we want to give them away.

“We are so proud of the club and we think they’d be perfect for fans to share on their way down.

“Joseph’s Goal is a great charity to support too, so we hope it can help raise a lot of money.”

To get your hands on a 1kg jar of the sweet, answer the following question:

Who won the FA Cup last season?

Email your answer to with a name and contact telephone number. Mark the subject field - Mintballs Competition.

We’ll pick a different winner at random from all answers received each day. The winners must be available to come to our Martland Mill office to collect the sweets.

Alternatively, six of the larger 1.8kg jars are being sold with every single penny going to Joseph’s Goal to raise funds into research for Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia.

We are selling these via a silent auction, with a reserve price of £25.

To make your bid, email