Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
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Before eight, at eight, after eight. Anytime for me!!
Nestle After Eight
Member Name: weebill
Nestle After Eight
Advantages: Elegant and delicious
Disadvantages: A bit costly and high in calorie`s
I am not a big eater and I certainly don't have a sweet tooth but it might still be impossible for me to finish this review without heading out to get myself a box of after eight`s. Without a doubt these are my favourite chocolates, brilliant for snacking on anytime but can also be great for handing out after dinner parties or giving as gifts.
I am sure everyone knows what an after eight mint is or at least what the original is, there are now many variations of this fantastic chocolate. In case anyone out there is not aware then I will fill you in gladly. The original after eight mint comes in a rectangular box, dark green in colour. Inside the box there is a black coloured interior in which lies a row of these delicious individually wrapped delights.
Each chocolate comes in a pitch black paper envelope with after eight written on it (this is what makes them great to hand out after meals). Once the chocolate is removed from the envelope you will see that it is the purest rich dark chocolate and then on the first bite you will experience the delicious creamy white mint fondant centre.
I personally find that most other mint creams tend to have thicker fondant or that they taste more sugary than minty but with the after eight it is a perfect, almost runny fondant which has a strong but never too strong distinctive minty taste and not at all too sweet.
After eights can now be found in many shapes and sizes, the original which I have just spoke of, after eight blocks ( a slightly chunkier version of the classic sweet), after eight bite size (these used to be known as mintola`s and come as a treat designed to be a snack for one) and after eight straws (these come in circular cardboard or sometimes tin tube and are as you would expect from the name long, thin and circular like a straw) the straws are excellent but I think the Block`s are too chunky and the so called after eight bite size will always just be mintola`s to me.
In my opinion the real way to enjoy these chocolates is in original format how they were intended to be enjoyed. Which ever way you choose to enjoy this chocolate treat choose to do so sensibly because they are very sweet and very calorific (456kcal per 100g) and therefore like any chocolate or sweet not good for you in large quantities. The calorie count in these chocolates works out at an incredible 157kcal per four sweets!
When Christmas and other special occasions come round you can expect to find after eights in other disguises also. They have been known to appear in a white chocolate version (not nice at all), in a 500g tin containing all the different shapes of the sweet and also with father or mothers day messages on the packaging ( a nice idea).
When it comes to the price of this sweet I can tell you that they are not cheap, however that said they vary hugely from shop to shop also. The large 400g box costs £2.49 in asda but sets you back £2.79 from Sainsbury. The smaller 250g box is less widely available it seems but when you do see it you can expect to pay £1.60 to £1.89 for this one. If you have a poundland near you though you will see that they regularly stock the 250g box for yes you guessed it one pound!
Well my mouth is well and truly watering so I have to go and get myself some of these for tonight I think, thank you for reading!
Summary: Go on treat yourself!