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Although there are a lot of mint chocolates that are called "after dinner mints" most of us will have grown up with After Eights and while they may not be considered as sophisticated as they once where they are still very popular. I can't remember when I first tried them but it is bound to have been as a treat when I was a child.
They are thin layers of peppermint fondant covered in dark chocolate. It is possible to get them covered in white chocolate and although I love white chocolate most of the time, with these, the original is certainly the best. The milk chocolate version was not much better either and that has since been discontinued.
Like many good things they were produced first in 1962 - so it was not just me that hit 50 this year. They are made by Nestle and the recipe does not seem to have changed since they were first produced although the owners and place of production has. When they were advertised in the 1970s and 1980s they were always produced at the end of a dinner party and the idea of them being a high class mint seems to have stuck.
I always knew that they were popular but when looking to find out where they were most popular I found out that there are a billion made each year. They are quite small - just a couple of inches by a couple of inches and only millimeters thick - but more than 4 or 5 can be quite sickly. The problem with this is that you don't know this until it is too late. After a meal you will only have the one or two but when sitting down in front of the TV it is easy to go well beyond this and then the sickly feeling hits.
The box looks impressive and gives the idea of a high quality product. It is a deep green with pictures of the mint and then writing in white and gold. The product is described as "dark chocolate with peppermint flavoured fondant cream centre". Each one has 35 calories so they are not going to be too fattening if eaten sensibly.
It does tend to be Christmas when I buy these the most and I have not found many people who do not like them even if they share my view that they are a bit sickly eventually. The normal size box is 300g and these will last me for four or five days at least. The last ones I bought and that was only this week were 2 boxes for £4 in Iceland and at the moment that is pretty much the best you can find although I imagine as Christmas draws nearer there will be other offers.
I have not only bought these for myself but a few other boxes for friends as I know they love them as well.
After eights come in a cellophane wrapped box. The box is shades of green with After Eight scripted across it, a picture of the chocolates and a little drawing of a clock. Inside the after eights themselves are packaged individually in little sachets. The presentation is nice and expensive looking, but it does seem slight overkill and a bit wasteful in todays society.
Personally I don't really like dark chocolate, I find it incredibly bitter, however there's something I just can't resist about After Eights - the addition of mint does take away some of the harsh bitter overtones that dark chocolate on its own conveys in heaps. I did notice they bought out a milk chocolate version in a blue box some years ago which I duly tried, but I must admit the dark chocolate does work much better in combination with the thin layer of fondant mint inside.
At a couple of mm thick and around 1.5" square you could happily pop a whole one in your mouth although I try to make myself savour them for a little longer by nibbling at the edges!
The only problem is these are far too moreish - despite the little individual sleeves, you can't just eat one, infact I don't think it would be too hard to consume the whole box yourself over the course of the day! As such I only tend to buy them on special occassions or when they're on an offer that's just too good to refuse.
This varies wildly depending on the time of year and where you buy them from but a box is unlikely to set you back more than £3 (for the standard size box). I noticed when in town today that Iceland have them 'half price' at £1.50 and Poundland are doing half sizes boxes at £1 each or 3 for £2.
As mentioned there is (or at least was) a milk chocolate version available of these and a white one, I have also seen after eight sticks which are a hard mint. Personally I only link minty chcolates when they come in a fondant form. Despite a number of options available to consumers this particular format still seems to remain by far the most popular.
Overall I definately recommend After Eights, especially if you're having company for tea who might like to indulge in a couple of chocolates with their drinks.
As we have a packet of After Eights in the house at the moment I have been having a few over the last few days so I thought I would write a review of them!
After Eights are well known to most people, but for those who have not tried them, they are thin squares of dark chocolate with a mint filling. They come in a rectangular green box with the swirly After Eight writing a picture to show what each chocolate looks like. They try to market it as a more sophisticated chocolate to have in the evening, after your dinner or with a coffee. As they are so well known and not really expensive I don't think they are really considered that sophisticated but I have to admit I do find them a bit more luxurious than some of the other well known chocolates.
A standard box contains 300g which is quite a generous amount and a box can last ages as these are chocolates more suited to eating one or two at a time. I can't imagine eating a big handful in one go as they are quite rich. The chocolates comes in their own little paper pockets, individually wrapped.
The taste of the After Eight is really nice. I normally don't really like dark chocolate as it can be too bitter, but as the After Eight just has a thin chocolate coating it is not too strong and I enjoy it. I like mint in general as I find it a nice refreshing flavour and I think this mint chocolate is great especially after coffee. The chocolate has a nice crunch to it but the mint inside is quite soft and a bit chewy. The mint is not too weak and bland.
Each After Eight contains 35 calories, so they are not that bad if you do just stick to one or two. Full nutritional information is provided on the bottom of the box along with contact details for the manufacturer, which is Nestlé.
I think they are really nice and I would recommend them if you want some chocolates for a treat every now and again.
Normally, if I was to go into a supermarket or perhaps some kind of newsagents, After Eight would not have been one of my preferred choices, merely based on the fact that there are so many more varieties of chocolate based treats that you can choose from, and that I am not really such a big fan of mint. I don't like minty ice cream, dislike minty toothpaste (though I still use it, as I had tried brushing my teeth with baking soda once, and I did not find that experience to be all that pleasant) and only ever chew minty gum when I am bored enough to do so, not really enjoying the taste. There is just something in the taste that makes it seem slightly sickly, in my opinion. However, After Eight seems to be a slight exception, though, probably because of the perfectly balanced way of which the mint merges into the chocolate. It is quite a shame that it took me quite a while to discover that there was some kind of minty food that I could safely enjoy, and that was when I was given it as a Christmas present to give myself a little treat.
I have seen After Eight in supermarkets going on sale for as low as £1, but even if you do not buy this on some kind of promotion or other, it is still not what you would call expensive. Rather more average-priced I would say. It also has a sort of air of luxury throughout each and every chocolate mint wafer that is hard to explain, and you can't really expect to pay bottom end prices for a luxury product, after all.
The packaging is a dark green box, which looks quite luxurious, and therefore would look good all wrapped up and as a gift. The 'After Eight' logo writing is clearly written on the front. There is a tray which you can easily slide out of the box and pluck a nice thin wafer from before sliding it back, trying to resist the temptation to take another one.
The taste was surprisingly nice- the pieces were thin and wafer-like, and coated with chocolate. The mint nicely balanced out the usually sickly effect of eating chocolate, and instead left a refreshing taste in my mouth. The crispy texture gave a satisfying crunch that you do not get from simply eating chocolate on its own. I think that the chocolate and the mint work together to balance each other out and the combination turns out to be quite pleasant.
That being said, too much of a good thing can make you sick. After just a few thins (it is hard to stop after just one), the combined taste can be a little overwhelming and sickly- I guess 'luxury' products just aren't meant for a large quantity of consumption at a time... However, this could be seen as an advantage, as if you stop eating so much chocolate, then I guess it could be seen as good for your health.
In conclusion, I believe this is a genuinely nice product, and one of which I can actually appreciate the mint inside it. It can get a little sickly at times, yes, but I believe it is a product worth purchasing now and then for a treat. From a brand (Nestle) that I do not really associate with the word 'luxury', After Eight seems to have done quite well in the luxury meter. It is also an easy gift idea to buy someone, without wasting too much money whilst still providing a perfectly nice indulgence. I would award this product 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars, much more than I would have thought I would have given before I had tried the product. That just goes to show, you never know about something until you have tried it.
After Eight Thin Mints are described as a "mint enrobed in dark chocolate" and are intended, as the name suggests, to be used as after-dinner mints. They were created in 1962 by Rowntree.
Since 1988 the mints have been produced by Nestlé.
After Eights were originally made from dairy-free dark chocolate. However, in 2007, Nestlé started adding butterfat to After Eights, making them a dairy product. (Wikipedia)
After eights are wafer thin slivers of white mint fondant iencased in dark wafer thin cocolate.
the mints are about 4cm square and are each individually packed in black slip envelopes. These envelopes are then packed in a black corrugated card tray and finally placed inside an oblong dark green carboard box.
The top of the mint has a sort of ripple effect to the chocolate and the bottom is imprinted with the name 'After Eight'in scroll type script.
The little envelopes are decorated with a gold image of an old style mantel clock. This image is repeated on the cover of the box along with the name 'After Eight' written in white scroll style script, plus an image of the mint thin just pepping out from its black envelope.
The hands of the clock logo pont to a time around 8.05 - showing they should be eaten in the evening 'after eight' and after dinner.
After Eight comes in a variety fi different size boxes ranging from a tiny box which holds five mints to a 400g box.
The 170g box I am reviewing holds around 20 mints.
The bottom of the box cntains nutritional information - each mint being 35 calories.
The fondant in the centre of After Eights is made as a stiff paste of saccharose, water, and a small amount of the enzyme invertase. This fondant can readily be coated in dark chocolate. After manufacture, the enzyme gradually splits the saccharose into the much more soluble glucose and fructose, resulting in a more liquid consistency. Maturing of the mint is said to take over three months. (This is a similar method to putting the runny fondant into Cadbury Cream Eggs.)
The factory in York where After Eights are produced can manufacture 4 tonnes of chocolate an hour.
--Original mints with dark chocolate
--Milk chocolate mints
--White chocolate mints
--Delights: round sweets of dark chocolate with a mint fondant filling.
--Straws: long, thin sticks of soft dark chocolate with a mint fondant filling.
--Biscuits: the newest addition to the After Eight family, these combine dark chocolate with mint in a biscuit.
--Bitesize: plain chocolate with mint fondant filling, similar to Munchies. Originally known as Mintola, then renamed Mint Munchies before being brought under After Eight brand in 2006.
300g on Tesco website is £3.
From most, if not all, supermarkets and also corn shops and newsagents as well as online.
I have grown up with After Eights, having had them since the 1960s. Though I would mostly have the mints at Christmas.
However I have only ever had the original mint version and have never tried the milk chocolate or orange vesions.
I find the thin fondant centre is nicely complimented by the thin covering of dark chocolate. They are quite sweet so you would not want to eat many in one sitting. But being so thin one is only 35 calories.
They are chocolates that always get given and received at Christmas time.
5 stars - nice traditional chocolates.
---Would I recommend?---
Yes definitely. A brand you can trust - when you buy After Eights you know what you are getting. Nice for yourself or as a little gift for someone.
Both also have lots of interesting information:
Nestle's a well reputed brand with an amazingly wide range of products, from cereal to ice lollys. After Eight mint chocolate thins are one of the more sopisticated products from Nestle. Nestle founded in 1866 and has been growing ever since, the nice little birdy logo is instantly, easily, widely recognized as a great brand. But both you and me know, some of their products can be moreish, and the more you eat the fatter you feel! So to help ease your conscience, I've included all the information you want to know if you're one of these concerned with your weight: Nutritional Information per 100g Energy: 1779kJ 422 Protein: 2.0g Carbohydrate: 73.6g Fat: 12.9g Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa mass, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, butterfat, emulsifier, peppermint oil, natural vanilla flavouring, citric acid, stabiliser, milk protein. In a 300g box of After Eight mints there are plenty for a whole family to share. They're 100% natural peppermint oil in dark chocolate. I love them, they melt in your mouth, they're a tiny bit chewy at the start, but a few seconds in and it's all smooth. They taste delicious, they're can last for ages, or can be gone as quick as you want. Perfect for a family meal in my opinion. They aren't too minty, but they aren't too bland. A 300g box of After Eight mints costs about 3 pounds at Morrisons I think, so if you plan on having family round then these are ideal.
If you get invited to a friend's house for dinner or maybe if you are having a celebration at certain times of the year with members of your family, after you have eaten and you are sitting together talking or playing games often the chocolates are passed around for everyone to have. Cadbury Roses or Quality Street can be very nice with a cup of tea or coffee but a very famous brand is After Eights from Nestle.
They are after dinner mints and I guess they are called After Eights as by that time you have quite possibly finished your evening meal but hey they taste splendid at any time of day really. Boxes of these are instantly recognisable with the dark green oblong packaging and the name of the product printed on in white elaborate text and a small logo which resembles a grandfather clock.
Within the box you will find the square chocolates in thin paper sleeves like small record LP's stacked neatly in a line. I'm not sure exactly how many there are but the weight of the whole box is 300g so there are a fair few to eat. The chocolates are very thin only about maybe 2 millimetres thick and the chocolate is dark filled with peppermint cream and the combination is tremendous. You bite in to the dark chocolate which snaps perfectly and the mint cream is soft and sweet.
Each one of these "thins" is 35 calories and contains 1.1g of fat so if you share them with friends they are alright but if you eat a whole box yourself it is not going to be that healthy, although I find it very difficult to eat just two or three, they are very tasty and you just want to keep devouring them.
Some people have an annoying habit and I think I have done it as well of just taking the chocolate and leaving the empty sleeve in the box, very deceiving when you look in there thinking there are some left and there all gone. You can find these on promotion but even at normal price they are less than three pounds.
All in all though a great confectionery item to share with friends and family at parties or gatherings.
Nestle After Eights are a chocolate confectionary consisting of a dark chocolate square containing mint fondent. Made originally by Rowntree and introduced in 1962 they are now produced by Nestle (the largest food company in the world) and have proved consistently popular. As well as the standard rectangular 300 gram box, other varieties include milk chocolate mints, after eighth straws, bitesize and 150 gram gift packs. Expect to pay around £2 for a gift pack and £3 for a box.
After Eight's packaging is easily recognisable - it consists of a long, rectangular, film covered box, coloured dark green. 'After Eight' is written across the middle, over a picture of a mint, and the description 'Mint Chocolate Thins' is written underneath. The mints also come in individual envelopes for serving. The mints should be kept sealed, in a cool dark place, and will last for several months.
Each individual chocolate contains 35 calories, 6.2 grams of carbohydrate and 1.1 grams of fat. As with any chocolate product these are high fat for their size. However, as an occasional treat they are fine.
After Eights have a richness and quality that I haven't found with any other chocolate. Although designed (as the name suggests) as an after dinner treat to be passed round, these are actually really good any time of day (and it is perfectly possible to get through a packet on your own as I have found!). The dark chocolate is strong, with a slight crispness that complements the fondent centre. This centre is what makes the chocolate - it is very minty (the scent of the mint is very noticeable as soon as you open the box), but not overpowering and is quite amazingly smooth, literally melting on the tongue. I think it is safe to say these will be a hit both at dinner parties and any time of the day!
After Eights made by Nestle are probably most associated with Christmas or posh dinner parties but in my mind they are a stalwart of chocolates. One thing is for sure, whenever anybody whips a box out the contents are soon devoured. In fact, I don't think I ever been in the presence of anybody that has tuned down the offer of an After Eight. Admittedly, when I was a child I liked them more for their novelty factor, I was fascinated that each chocolate was in its own little black pocket.
The delectable chocolate mints come in a classic looking dark green rectangular shaped box which has white scroll type writing and a picture of a clock which shows the time of just past eight. Now, as this doesn't specify a.m. or p.m. I like to think that it is safe for me to eat the delicious mint thins anytime after eight in the morning. The box I am in the middle of eating at the moment is 300g in size which I purchased from Home Bargains for a price of £1.59. The 300g box is large enough to share around as it contains approximately 35 chocolate mints. Before you can eat you have one of those fiddly cellophane wrappers to remove but once this is done its easy enough to open up the flip lid. All of the chocolates are packed tightly into the box in one long row, because of this when first opened it's harder to remove one of them from the row, though as each chocolate in taken this becomes easier. It's also quite hard to see the actual chocolate as they are shielded by their individual pocket, which gives them a certain air of mystery. Well it did when I was a child. Though this can prove a problem when the chocolate mints have been removed from their individual pockets but the empty pocket remains in the box. You can be misled into thinking you have a box of chocolates only to find that somebody has snaffled the whole lot and left you with just the empty pockets.
I love the peppermint smell I get as soon as I open the box, I have been frequently known to sniff the corrugated paper which protects the chocolates from coming to any harm. This protective paper also smells of peppermint even after the chocolates have been finished. Mrs B finds this sniffing behaviour all very odd so it is only an activity I engage in when I'm alone. Each chocolate mint is approximately 3cm square, there is a contrast between the top and bottom of the chocolate as the top has a rippled effect whereas the bottom is smooth. Inside the chocolate casing sits a white fondant peppermint cream. I like to place the After Eight in my mouth and let the dark chocolate start to melt on my tongue before slightly chewing to release the peppermint cream. Alternatively, I put it straight in my mouth whole and bite down which provides a subtle crunch from the chocolate, which is also very satisfying. The combination of thin dark chocolate and cool peppermint is magnificent. The peppermint flavour is just right I find, not so much that it wipes every other flavour out but enough to freshen the mouth whilst cooling and invigorating. The fondant cream is velvet like soft and for me just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the slight bitterness that comes from the dark chocolate. I like it when Mrs B makes a chocolate cake and then covers it with a whole box of After Eights, it turns a run of the mill cake into something quite special.
Ok, I've got good news and bad news. The good being that one After Eight consists of 35 calories and 1.1g of fat, making it a great option to scoff a couple as a treat without feeling too guilty. The bad is that it's simply impossible to just stop at two chocolates. The After Eights are suitable for Vegetarians but there is no information on the box relating to allergies, nor is there any information on their website. Many supermarkets have their own brand versions and they are cheaper to buy. I can not comment on these own brand versions because I've not really tried many of them. Instead, I'm happy to pick up the odd pack of After Eights at Home Bargains as I think £1.59 is a reasonable price for a delicious box of chocolates. Otherwise they are available at supermarkets where a 300g box sells for around the £2.85 mark.
I love anything with mint in, although im not really a big fan of dark chocolate, i love these nestle after eight mints!! I only ever buy these as a treat for myself now and again, or i have them if somebody else has bought them for me. I get loads of these at christmas!
These after eight mints come in a dark green box, which to me doesnt really look very appealing, it is not very bright and i dont think it stands out on the shelves. There is a picture of the mints on the box so you know exactly what they look like.
After eights are dark chocholate squares, with a peppermint flavoured fondant creme centre. You get i would say roughly 50 mints in a pack.
The dark chocolate is not too strong tasting, as i dont like too much dark chocolate, but these are really nice. The fondant centre is vey minty, but can be very sickly. You cant eat a lot of these due to them being so sickly, after a few i feel a bit sick!
If you dont like dark chocolate at all though, nestle do these in milk and white chocolate. I dont find them available though in all supermarkets, they usually only have the dark ones out. It may be the dark chocolate that i find too rich and a bit sickly with these, as when i have the milk or white chocolate ones, i eat more of them, and dont feel sick so quick!
After eights use 100% peppermint oil in these chocolates, and you can tell they have used a good quality rich dark chocoolate.
These mints all come in their own little black sleeve, so they dont stick to each other in the box.
Each after eight mint has 34 calories each, which is not good for you, but no chocolates are low in calories! As long as you eat these in moderation, they arent too bad for you.
These mints are not cheap! They are usually around £2.85 for a 300g box, sometimes there are good offers on like 2 boxes for £3 in the supermarkets, i usually give in and buy them when they are on offer!
Nestle also do a bag of after eights, although these are slightly different to these mints. They are not thin, they are kind of like a cube and the fondant centre is more runny, and more sickly.I find the dark chocolate tastes stronger too, which is too much for me. These cost £1.98 for a 150g bag. They also do mint straws, which are £2.00 for a 90g box. So if you do love the after eight taste you can buy a cheaper version of this product!
Tesco do their own version of these mints. The chocolate is smooth not rippled like a after eight, and the fondant centre is very runny. They are only £1 for a 200g box though, but not worth it in my opinion for the taste!
These nestle after eight mints are deffinately one of my fave chocolates, i just wish they were a bit cheaper or on offer more, so i could have them more often!
There can't be many out there or haven't heard of after eight mints? I guess there are even those, who like me, have 'scoffed' half a box and then felt pretty disgusted with themselves, carefully replacing the little black sleeves, in the box, so others after you don't realise you have eaten so many. I know I have, but haven't really got away with it to be honest.
So what are after eight mints? Well to put it bluntly. Square pieces of sickly mint fondue of some kind, covered in a nice layer of nestle chocolate and then allowed to go hard. Although the chocolate will go hard, the mint inside will always stay soft and you can quite easily snap the square and the mint will ooze out. The chocolate itself is divine.
They are delicately placed into a glossy paper sleeve, and arranged in a row, in a rich looking box, with After Eight emblazoned across the front. You can now also get a small handy box with just a small amount in. I used the word sickly just before, but only in the way that too much mint chocolate can have this effect, certainly on me. But maybe that is because I am greedy. If I ate them, as they are meant to be eaten, just a couple at a time, I'm sure my experience would be much different.
Each chocolate has 35 calories and 0.2g of protein. The rest of the chocolate mint is made up of 6.2g of carbohydrate, of which 5.6g of it is sugar. The fat is 1.1g of which 0.7g is saturated. Fibre is only accountable for 0.2g.
Well personally I think these chocolates are okay. The last box I bought was £2ish for 300g which I think is good value. However the chocolates are the same throughout, and because they are mints they can have a sickly effect, if you eat too many. Keep to moderation and these are a nice chocolate mint to have in the cupboard for that special occasion or when guests arrive.
For someone who does not eat much chocolate, I have been munching my way through far too many After Eights, in the last few days.
In my days of chocolate eating, one of my favourite gifts to receive was a box of After Eight Mints. For some reason my kids decided to buy these for my birthday, so what could I say? It was lovely of them to spend their money on me.
I am doing my best not to get carried away and eat them by the handful, but it is hard work. They are just so addictive!
After Eight Mints were created by Rowntree & Co. in 1962. Since 1988 they have been produced by Nestle and are now being sold all over Europe and North America.
The packaging for After Eight Mints, is understated, but very stylish. My newly purchased box is a little different from the one pictured.
The majority of the box is a very dark green, which lightens as it nears the centre. In the centre of the box is now a stylized, matt gold clock, with the mint standing upright behind it, with the top just sticking out of its black jacket covering. The words 'After Eight' are slightly more curved in shape.
When the box is opened, the first thing you notice is the smell of mint, closely followed by the unmistakeable rich, dark chocolate scent.
Each wafer thin mint, sits in it's own little black jacket and the question here is: Can you lift out one and only one?
Lifting the mint out of it's jacket, you notice that the chocolate on top of the mint is rippled and the bottom is flat and printed all over with the words 'After Eight.'
When you bite into an After Eight, the chocolate 'cracks' open and inside you find a wafer thin slice, of mint flavoured fondant. The fondant is soft and has a mouth watering, peppermint flavour. The chocolate is also rich in flavour and is unmistakeably dark. When placed in your mouth, this wafer thin mint, just melts and tastes delicious.
Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Glucose Syrup, Cocoa Butter, Butterfat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Peppermint Oil, Natural Vanilla Flavouring, Citric Acid, Stabiliser (Invertase).
*Nutritional Value Per Mint*
Energy - 35 kcal
Protein - 0.2g
Carbohydrate - 6.2g
After Eight Mints are available in Tesco at a cost of £2.85 for a 300g box. At the moment though, these are on special for £2.35 until the 28th February.
Nestle After Eights make a great gift and as a lover of mints and dark chocolate, I can't think of a better way of combining them.
The only problem I have with these, is knowing when to stop!
After being constantly bombard with advertisements during the run up the Christmas I decided to buy some of these for my Boxing Day family dinner.
They're easy to find in all major supermarkets, but I got mine from Tesco for just under £3 (which I thought was quite expensive, but seen as it was that time of year I didn't think about and just put it in the trolley).
They come in sophisticated dark green packaging with a Victorian styling to it. The chocolates them selves are well packaged, with corrugated cardboard, plastic sheeting and a covering piece of paper - all in addition to the box. Though this is what gives the product its luxury and sophisticated feel I personally think this is wasteful and certainly not environmentally friendly as it is non-recyclable as it is coated in plastic.
However the mints are certainly delicious. They consist of dark chocolate coating a mint fondant which is made with 100% natural peppermint oil. The chocolate delicately snaps when you bite it to reveal the fondant which melts in the mouth releasing its minty taste which lasts a while after consumption. At 35kcal per sweet they aren't too bad as long as you can control your self to 1 or 2, which unfortunately is not in my nature. The nutritional figures are not very clear on the box either which is something Nestle can improve on, like they have with others of their products.
Overall I'd feel much happier buying this product if there was better labelling on it, there is currently nothing mention recycling and poor nutritional data, I think Nestle can do better than this, particularly on one of their main lines. Although the chocolates are very nice!
I have recently had a retro urge for the classic After Eight Chocolate Mint Thins. Its fair to say that you just can not beat the minty freshness of these chocolates. You can try and find a better or cheaper version of these minty squares but you will never find one.
Nestle state that After Eights has long been renowned and loved for its delicious and distinctive thin chocolate mints. The perfect combination of luxurious mint foundation made with 100% natural peppermint oil enrobed in rich dark chocolate defines the mint.
A special occasion, including christmas would not be the same without a box of After Eights at the end of a good meal and to nibble on for the rest of the holidays. These mints have been a staple in our household from my childhood.
It is fair to say that there is just no alternative that can hold its weight against this mint. I find the cheaper brands seem to have a much thicker chocolate outer case, which you have to chew and crunch rather than the way an After Eight easily melts in your mouth and feels and tastes smooth. You can just tell that the quality is in chocolate and the silky smooth peppermint fondant inside. I no longer bother wasting my money on inferior brands cus they just dont hit the mark.
The thing that surprises me the most is that I dont really like dark chocolate but I find that it is not overpowering in this treat, and I just cannot get enough.
Suger, Dark chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, butterfat, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavouring), Glucose syrup, Peppermint oil, Citric acid, Invertase, May contain traces of milk protein.
It does not matter what you try you cannot find a better after dinner mint that the good old After Eight!
After Eight mints are evening mints designed and produced by Nestle. The mints themselves consist of a mint paste surrounded by a thin layer of Nestlé chocolate.
The first thing you'll notice about the After Eight mints is the fantastic packaging. The box itself is rectangular and covered in the After Eight logo on each side. The logo looks very impressive, and has a very grand, dramatic font, with a clock depicting 8:20pm. This of course, is after eight! Each square of mint is individually packaged in a square sleeve printed with the attractive aforementioned After Eight log. The chocolate exterior has a nice, smooth rippled texture.
These evening mints from Nestlé taste pretty good. Not great, as the mint totally overpowers the taste of the chocolate and is very sweet. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, however - a lot of people like the sweet taste of the mint and the soft texture of the chocolate encasing it, myself included, however I do find the after taste to be very minty and I don't find it rests on my pallet very well.
Overall I'd say it's definitely worth picking up a box of After Eights (normally £2.00+ for a box) if only to try the creamy, sweet taste of the mint combined with the blend of Nestlé chocolate. If, however, you don't have a sweet tooth like myself - stay well away! I've also found the mints great for sharing, too, thanks to the individual wrappers.
Rich in British heritage, After Eight Dark Chocolate is known as England's finest mint. Now available in more than 60 countries, it is also the world's best selling. These delicate mint wafers are enrobed in rich dark chocolate. Whether you serve these mints to friends as an end to a good meal, share with close friends as a gift, or open a box for simple self-indulgence, After Eight Mints are sure to please.