“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Dark „
I utterly love and adore the original After Eight thins, they are truly one of the most delicious treats I know of! So when I stumbled upon this new addition to the After Eight family at Sainsbury`s, I decided to give it a try!
So, to say it straight out; I didn`t enjoy this After Eight bar... I do believe it can be explained by the fact that it becomes too thick, it lacks that thin and melty function of the After Eight original thins, as they are so thin and delicious, this version just lacks that! I love mint a lot, and the mint in the original After Eight is to die for, but in this version, I found the texture to be way too runny, it should be a bit thicker, and all though it tasted more or less the same as the original After Eight mint, I didn`t like the texture of it, and to add to the misery, there`s something off with the chocolate as well, like there`s a taste to the dark chocolate that isn`t supposed to be there... And to make matters even worse, just a quarter of this bar contains of nearly one hundred calories, making it an unhealthy treat for sure, and it wasn`t even a treat I enjoyed eating!
My conclusion is that I`d much rather invest my money in the original box of After Eight thins, as they are so much better than this bar version! After Eight is truly a delicious indulgance, but in this case, it just didn`t work!
I love After Eights but only tend to buy the boxes at Christmas or on special occasions, so in the Co-Op yesterday I was pleased to find that they have brought a bar version out which was priced at just £1.26 for an 80g bar.
The packaging is wonderful; it looks extremely luxurious in the inimitable bottle green and gold of the After Eight chocolates. I couldn't wait to tuck in!
The bar is split up into eight large segments and I instantly realised that it was dark chocolate, for some reason I'd envisaged this bar to use milk chocolate which is strange as After Eights have always been dark chocolate. It smells delicious minty even though none of the fondant is actually visible through the chocolate.
I tried really, really hard to like this chocolate bar. Unfortunately After Eights do not seem to make the transition well from individual chocolates to complete bar and I was left feeling rather unsatisfied.
The main problem is that one of the best things about After Eights is the fact that they are so thin and melt in my mouth. In the bar the chocolate is (out of necessity) much thicker and this detracts somewhat from the mintiness of the filling. It's delicious chocolate, don't get me wrong, it's just that it seems completely wrong considering this is an attempt to recreate the luxury of eating a box of After Eights.
The dark chocolate is 70% Cocoa Solids, although to be honest the overall effect doesn't seem to be as rich as I would imagine from such a high percentage of cocoa. It IS rich, of course it is. It's just not as rich as I would like it to be. I also think the chocolate has a rather bitter edge which isn't the bitterness I have come to expect from dark chocolate, it just needs sweetening a little in my opinion.
The mint fondant is completely different to that you find in the individual After Eights too. It's much runnier and doesn't seem to grip the chocolate as well. In fact when I accidentally broke a segment in half the fondant ran out and make my hands terribly sticky, as well as necessitating a wipe of the keyboard as I noticed a small droplet had landed on my space bar! This was disappointing as I love the texture of the mint fondant used in After Eights but this really did seem like a bit of an afterthought.
The flavour of the mint is good, exactly the same as that used in the boxes of After Eights. It's incredibly sweet and intensely minty, for the first time I was glad that Nestle have not used too much filling in this bar of chocolate as I believe it would quickly become far too sickly for me to manage.
I'm not impressed, really. It's such a shame that they haven't gotten the balance between chocolate and mint so much better, although I can see why it would be hard to make a bar of the same exquisite thinness as the After Eights themselves. I can't see myself buying another one and honestly would much rather put the extra few pence and treat myself to a proper box of After Eights.
The calorie content is appalling. One quarter of the bar (ie. two segments) contains 99 calories and 6.4g of fat - now bearing in mind the fact that it took me less than 15 minutes to eat the whole bar I can see my calorie intake for yesterday increased rather sharply. And I didn't even enjoy it very much!
There used to be a time when After Eight mints were for special occasions only...more to the point, Christmas only...
This was because they came in a box, not a wrapper - a box. And they weren't just thrown into said box, no - they came individually wrapped. This gave After Eight mints a high status which meant they were off limits as an everyday chocolate...
But wait! After Eight can now be enjoyed outside of festive seasons, because it now comes.....drumroll!....
......in a bar....!!!
I first spotted these down the confectionary aisle in Tesco a few months ago and they have now become a regular feature of the weekly shop.
Regular After Eights as we know them are thin squares of thin dark chocolate, housing a mint fondant. The bar follows the same principle - it's only thin, but the chocolate is much thicker in order to maintain the bar shape. Individual squares mean the bar can be broken & shared, but often doesn't break easily, leaving a minty trail behind. They are delicious, perhaps even more so than the boxed variant, since there's more choccie to be enjoyed....
The bars are quite small at 80g (because of the thickness, or should I say thin-ness?!), & currently cost 86p at Tesco (price @ June 2009). At this price it's quite reasonable to indulge in the odd one now & again, rather than having to splash out a couple of quid or so on a box of the scrummy individual squares.
Try one - go on, it's Christmas! (or not....)
I love After Eight's so when I spotted that you could get a block of After Eight chocolate, I decided to give it a try, as I don't get Easter eggs any more, yet I quite fancied some chocolate to eat over the Easter weekend.
The chocolate comes in a fairly large bar, weighing in at 80g. It's wrapped in a luxurious looking dark green paper wrapper, and then underneath, in gold foil.
The actual bar of chocolate is split into just eight large pieces, which I found a little surprising, as I would have expected more, smaller pieces. Each square of chocolate has the After Eight clock moulded into the top, again adding to the luxurious appearance.
The first problem I had with this chocolate was breaking a square off. It didn't break evenly down the lines evenly, so the sticky mint fondant centre would sort of drip out, making this quite messy.
The dark chocolate in this bar is lovely. It's smooth and creamy and has a great taste, and is not too bitter. The main problem for me though, was that the layer of chocolate is too thick. In fact, it's so thick, that you can't really taste much of the mint fondant centre at all. The mint fondant has the same taste as the After Eight boxed chocolates - smooth and sweet, but like I say, unfortunately you can barely taste it for the overpowering taste of the plain chocolate.
Nutritional Info (per ¼ bar):
The chocolate costs just 90p from Tesco, which is not too bad for a large bar of chocolate.
Overall I must admit, I was quite disappointed with this product. Although there is a general After Eight sort of taste to it, the mint fondant centre, which is the part I enjoy most about the After Eight chocolates was barely noticeable underneath the dark chocolate which was too thick for my liking. It wasn't all bad, but I don't think I'd buy it again, I'll stick to the boxes of chocolates in the future.
After Eight Bar, yet another great product from nestle who have bought us the delights of Aero and Kit Kat plus many other lovely things. I love after Eights and always end up eating a lot more of them than I should so when I saw this bar for sale in Tesco at just £1.17 I had to try it.
After Eight Bar is a giant 80g After Eight in a bar form, yum! It's perfect for anybody who loves after eights. It comes in a thick dark green paper wrapper it has a very similar appearance to the box that the original after eights came in. Underneath it's green exterior the chocolate is wrapper in gold foil to help keep it nice and fresh. On the front of the green wrapper is a lighter patch in which there is a picture of two squares of this bar one of which has been broken so that you can see the fondant inside. Plus the After Eight logo and the Nestle logos are both there. On the back are the ingredients and nutritional information.
Cocoa mass, sugar, invert sugar syrup, cocoa butter, glucose syrup, flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin).
Each 100 grams provides:
6g of protein
46g of carbohydrates
42g of which sugars
32g of fat
20g of saturated fat
<1g of salt
It isn't very healthy but that's what you expect from a chocolate bar, plus if you have allergies you may like to know that this may contain traces of: May contain traces of peanuts, nuts, eggs, milk, gluten and sesame so be careful.
The chocolate itself is split into 8 squares in 4 rows of 2, each square is about 4cm squared and the bar is about half a centimetre thick, not bad and certainly a lot thicker than the originals. The chocolate is quite smooth but it might be hard to bite into for those of you who are not used to eating chocolate with so much cocoa in, this bar is 70% cocoa solids, a lot! Once you break the chocolate bar you will see that the fondant inside is exactly like it is in the normal variety, a strong white filling which is just a tiny bit thicker in this bar. The chocolate and the tastes the same as the originals giving a nice mint taste without being too overbearing.
Overall I think hat this is a great bar of chocolate, it isn't as good as the original After Eight's that come in the box though because the chocolate in this bar is much thicker and there isn't enough filling in comparison, plus I really did prefer the wrapping of the others. On the positive side though, this is great if you don't want to have to share it!
I am a huge chocoholic, getting through a day without a single morsel of chocolate passing my lips is a momentous occasion for me. Minty chocolate is my absolute favorite, it has been known for me to 'accidentally' eat the box of After Eights especially bought for Christmas Lunch by the second week of December and then 'accidentally' eat the replacement box by the third week. Ooops!
Anyway, you can imagine how happy I was to see that Nestle have made an After Eight 80gram bar. I purchased my bar from my local Co-op for £1.19 which I thought was about average for the size. I have researched a bit and found that Tesco's, Sainsbury's and Woolworths sell at this price, but Asda had it for £1.
I set the scene, i.e. made sure my son was tucked up in bed, husband was out watching the footie, (I couldn't share it, I had to make sure I tried enough to write a fair review) and put my favorite programmes on.
The wrapping is classic After Eight, sophisticated dark green and very thick, also there was a layer of gold foil underneath, making it feel extra indulgent! The bar is sectioned into eight squares, each measuring a little less than about 4x4cm and 6mm in depth. The problem is that the chocolate is 70% cocoa solids and whilst this makes it very smooth and slightly bitter (perfect for mint fondant) it also makes it quite hard, even at room temperature. The squares do not break along the lines and this means some of the mint filling is wasted and can be messy. The mint flavoured fondant is just as nice as in the originals, slightly gooey, very sweet and with the lovely taste of peppermint oil. There isn't much filling though, so wastage is very upsetting. The edges of the bar are a bit too thick, unlike the original squares which are wafer thin the whole way around. There is definitely more chocolate than fondant. This makes the bar too rich for my taste (and bear in mind, I can eat a whole 200gram box of the originals before feeling queasy).
After this experience, I have decided that next time I will stick to the good old originals. There are a lot more in the boxes (24 wafers in a 200gram box), they can always be kept for later and represent much better value. I have found that Tesco, Sainsbury, the Co-op & Woolworths sell a 300gram box for £2.39. Also, I love the little envelopes!
Before I go, I thought I'd share some interesting facts I learnt while researching this review:
After Eights were launched in 1962 by Rowntree's. Nestle Bought Rowntree plc in 1988. After Eight brand products are exported to more than 60 countries.
If a years production of After Eights were laid flat, they would cover an area equivalent to 328 football pitches.
Here are the ingredients and some nutrition information incase you want to try for yourself:
Cocoa mass, sugar, invert sugar syrup, cocoa butter, glucose syrup, flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin).
May contain traces of peanuts, nuts, eggs, milk, gluten & sesame.
There are 99 Kcal, 6.4g of fat (4.0g of which are saturates) in a quarter of a bar, but then you wouldn't be eating it if you were on a diet (would you?).
Sources: www.nestle.co.uk & www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2