“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Mint „
After Eights have traditionally been eaten in the Lools household at Christmas for as long as I can remember. This is usually been the traditional variety however last year I decided to be less traditional and try a "white" Christmas option for the After Eight White Chocolate After Dinner Mints.
The after dinner mints come in a cream colour rectangular box. This is a 300g box which is about 15cm long by 4cm wide. This sits length ways and opens at the top to display all 35 after dinner mints inside. The After Eight dark green logo is written in swirly writing with a very traditional look to the box. Inside the 35 mints are individually wrapped each sitting in a cream coloured sleeve.
A 300g box which contains around 35 chocolates costs £3.79 in Asda. Currently Asda have a special offer on these and you can pick up two boxes for £6. This is reasonable value when on special however both Asda and Tesco stock their own version After Dinner Mints which include a white chocolate variety costing only £1 per box. As the After Eight White Chocolate Mints are vile in my opinion I personally felt that this was a poorly spent £3.79.
***White Chocolate After Eights***
As soon as you open the box you are met by a strong fresh mint scent. This actually smells very appealing and if you take a sniff more closely you get a sweet scent of white chocolate. So far so good.
Each after dinner mint is wrapped in a paper sleeve. Once removed from this sleeve each mint is about 3mm thin and about 3cm by 3 cm. This is a white chocolate square with rippled white chocolate covering the soft mint fondant centre.
As soon as you bite into the chocolate you can taste the mint. The mint inside the white variety of After Eights is in my opinion not as strong as the tradional plain chocolate flavour. Once this initial mint taste dies down as you chew you can taste the white chocolate. This is extremely unpleasant and the white chocolate has a very unnatural flavour. I found that this was quite a sharp chocolate flavour rather than being creamy and although sweet had quite a bitter taste to it. Alongside the fresh mint taste the flavours did not compliment each other well and left a rather strange bitter taste in my mouth.
The white chocolate also had quite a greasy texture to it and after swallowing I felt that it had left a greasy coating in my mouth.
An after dinner mint in my opinion is supposed to freshen your mouth however I felt that these done the opposite.
Per White After Eight Chocolate
I absolutely love traditional After Eight Chocolates however I would not recommend the white chocolate version. Firstly the white chocolate has a strange bitter yet sharp taste which leaves a greasy texture in your mouth which really does not compliment the soft mint filling inside. I'm not the biggest fan of white chocolate however this is very poor tasting white chocolate. One to avoid if you don't want your dinner party spoilt! Or maybe if you do have annoying dinner guests a great way to get rid of these people early!
This is the last of the Christmas chocolates I'm eating just in time for Easter because nobody in my house likes white chocolate except for my baby sister but she can't have these because the mint is too strong.
They are the same as normal After Eights but they have used white chocolate instead of dark and the mint fondant in the middle is the same. The white chocolate is creamy but it is very sweet and this makes each chocolate very sickly. I don't like white chocolate but sometimes I can eat it like today but I couldn't eat as many of these After Eights as I can the dark chocolate ones and I've eaten a whole box of those before but I couldnt do that with these.
The mint is sweet and strong and it doesn't go well with the white chocolate like it does with the dark chocolate. For one or two these are ok but they get too sweet after a bit and I only ate three tonight before they started making me feel sick. My friend hates mint and she said even the smell of them open in my bedroom was too strong for her to stand for too long.
My mum thinks these are a limited edition and nobody knows where they came from but I reckon it was my weird Aunty Pat who brought them round because she always buys stupid presents that nobody likes and I think she does it deliberately.
Well, i am used to the chocolate After Eights, but White chocolate After Eights? what is that all about? I was actually quite shocked when i strolled along the aisle of the supermarket and scanned across these. I just had to pick them up and try them out.....and this is what i thought.
The box is quite attractively designed, it's a creamy coloured box shaped rectangular. The famous logo 'After Eight' is a dark Green is written in very sexy, fancy writing. I love ripping the cellopane wrapping and opening the box, you smell the sweet straight away, the scent just comes rising up and knocking your senses - literally ! You get loads of thin chocolate square mints in a creamy coloured wrapper. If im not too much mistaken and please correct me if im wrong, but i think you can get a 300g box for around 3.49p. The calories for those health gooers out there are 422.
Now, when you take the thin white square chocolate from its slide-in wrapper and bite into it, the creamy minty centre is absolutely gorgeous. It's a fine peppermint type taste. They are kind of strong though, i guess very chocolatey and after a few, can get quite sickly so, i wouldn't get carried away by throwing them down, although it is tempting.
So, you can either go for the White Chocolate After Eights or the Plain Chocolate ones. I have had both and although i do prefer the Originals (Plain), these are very nice too. So i do recommend them. There are also no Nuts or anything like that in these chocolates, so your quite safe. I could happily eat these often. Just not shovel them down.
You can get these chocolates from pretty much anywhere. Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda etc. For all the similar prices.
Well, I haven?t done a nice choccy opinion for a while now so I just had to give it another go. The other day, a friend of my Nan?s (Note: Not my NAN but a friend of) gave me a box of White Chocolate After Eight mints. Why they did this is beyond me, I don't usually go round buying people I hardly know a box of choccies but I?ll be damned if I was going to complain. What a nice little (ahem!) big, cheapskate I am, well I suppose someone has to be, might as well be me. Jubilantly, I carried my box of heavenly treats hope for further investigation, here are my findings: ~~~~~~PACKAGING~~~~~~ The creamy colored rectangular box is elegantly designed, as it is really aimed at the more up-market of people. The After Eight dark green logo, is written in fancy writing and there is an old fashioned looking gold clock in the middle of the box. After tearing off the clear cellophane wrapper, I opened the box to be greeted with no less than 35 wafer thin chocolate mints, each one inside their very own little shiny, cream colored sleeve. ~~~~~~PRICE AND NUTRITION INFORMATION~~~~~~ I?m not 100% sure about the price as I was given them as a present but I have been told by a friend that each 300g box costs approximately 4GBP?s. There are 422 calories and 11.6g of fat for every 100g, approximately 36 calories per chocolate and 0.9g fat. ~~~~~~TASTE, LOOK AND SMELL~~~~~~ Once removed from their posh little sleeve, these wafer thin morsels simply look like a white rippled square, they smell like a mixture of creamy chocolate and toothpaste (weird one would say?) Nah, quite nice actually. Biting into one, you are greeted with a delicious creamy white chocolate shell and inside is a refreshing white peppermint fondant cream center. As these are supposed to be ?after dinner mint chocolates? they are really meant to be used at dinner parties to annihilate any unwanted nasty niffs
that your garlic infested meal may have left behind via your breath. They are sweet and do house a very strong minty kick but they are simply perfect to munch after any meal. Oh enough of this snobby talk, who am I kidding? I aint a snob and I don?t have dinner parties, I simply sat there and scoffed the entire box in the space of half an hours worth of Dooyoo-ing LOL. ~~~~~~CONTACT INFORMATION~~~~~~ After Eight Chocolate mints are a product of Nestle and should you be unsatisfied in any way, shape or form, then this is the address to write to: Nestle consumer services PO box no 203 York YO91 1XY England ~~~~~~MY FINAL THOUGHTS~~~~~~ After Eights come in two varieties, white chocolate and plain (dark) chocolate, I have tasted both of them and strongly prefer the white chocolate ones. They are very minty and as a result, they do actually freshen your breath in the process, thus killing two birds with one stone so to speak. I would quite happily chomp through another box of these as a gift as the product quality is of a very high standard but as for paying 4 pounds plus a box, I think I?ll pass. There is no mention on the box of any nut traces so I think for you allergy prone people out there, it is safe to buy them. Personally, I think they make a great gift to someone but they are simply too expensive to enjoy on a frequent basis. Thanks for the read. DEANO!
It all started with a shopping trip. When I was casually browsing through the chocolate section of one of the big department stores in town I came across their advent calendar display. Taking pride of place on the front row was a Big Ben shaped 30cm tall After Eight extravaganza. Now I didn’t buy it, because no matter how much I earn, and no matter how much I like chocolate, I can’t justify spending 10GBP on an advent calendar, but it got me thinking. And thinking. And thinking some more. And the next day in Lidl, it got my hand reaching out for a normal box of After Eights and putting them in my trolley without me even realizing. The original After Eights have been around for years. I remember having them at my grandparents house served “coffee and mints” stylee. I remember having them in little individual boxes of 5 or 6 mints as a treat from the shop, and I remember once, just once, being given a proper full sized box, just for me. I very rarely buy myself boxes of chocolates, but I’m starting to think I could make an exception with these, and here’s the top 5 reasons why: (1) I don’t have a kitchen cupboard here, and yet that’s not a problem when it comes to these as the packaging is plain, classy, discreet even, so they look fine sitting on my open shelves. No matter what size, the boxes are a mixture of woody green and black. They feature a picture of an old fashioned clock showing 8 O Clock, and the words “After Eight” scrawled in a white scripty font. Inside the box, each mint is individually packed into a little papery case, so they don’t stick together and get all smulchy. Not exactly green in the environmental sense, but still a nice bonus. (2) They are only 13% fat which, as chocolate goes, isn’t that bad. In fact, they’re recommended in the magazine I was reading earlier as being the “healthy” option for a pudding at Christmas time.
You can eat 7 or 8 of these, supposedly, and still be better off than if you’d had a small piece of plain Christmas cake. Now Christmas cake contains fruit, right? (And please, correct me if I’m wrong – we never have, and I doubt ever will have this in our house). So…..chocolate is better than fruit? Finally, someone confirms what I’ve secretly suspected for years ;-) They also have a reassuringly short ingredients list, and contain no E numbers. (3) They aren’t at all expensive. At the moment, Tesco have the standard 300g boxes on offer, 2 for £3, and the larger, family size 450g packs at 2 for £4. I got my box for about £1, but then Lidl’s cheap, and Germany’s cheaper. I guess each mint must weigh roughly 10g, because the standard boxes claim to contain 30 mints. (4) They’re made by Nestle. A firm a lot of people boycott. Which means that although I will *of course* offer them round to guests, quite a few might, ahem, sadly have to decline…. (5) The most important bit, of course, they taste delicious. Each mint has a smooth, thick, white fondant cream filling, surrounded by a layer of plain chocolate. Each one has bounty style ridges on the top too. I’m not really sure why. Just because. I don’t normally like dark chocolate, but these are the exception. The bitterness of the outside balances out the sweet interior, meaning you can scoff a few without feeling sick. The chocolate cracks if you bite it (as normal people do) or bend it (as I do when I feel like “playing with my food”) but snaps smoothly and doesn’t flake or splinter, meaning the only mess on my carpet at the moment is flakes of dried up snow spray. The After Eight range includes: · after dinner mints (the ones reviewed here), in white or dark chocolate · chocolate truffles · biscuits · a chocolate selection of various minty things · ice cream (really
gross – don’t even bother trying it) The products can be bought from all good supermarkets, chemists and so on. To contact the company: Nestle Rowntree PO Box No 203 York Y0911XY England The verdict? Cheap, delicious, non messy. If only all things in life were this simple. So close, and yet, so far on the category thing. Funny how dooyoo have the white chocolate variety only, even though the others have been around much longer. Oh well. Thanks for reading :-)
Wafer thin after dinner chocolate mints.