Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
Newest Review: ... 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 ch... more
After Eight Mints - Forget About The Time - Just Enjoy Them.
Nestle After Eight
Member Name: Karonher
Nestle After Eight
Advantages: Lots in a box so plenty to share.
Disadvantages: Can be a little bit sickly.
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.
Summary: Definitely a five star chocolate if eaten sensibly.