At Christmas we all start looking at those chocolates we'd never normally buy throughout the year. How many of you actually buy Elizabeth Shaw Mints, and Terrys Chocolate Oranges throughout the year (except for me but I'm a chocolate fiend!)
And so it is with these individual little Terrys Twilights. They are the sort of little chocolates you'd have with a cup of coffee after a main meal. They are beautifully wrapped in gold foil with a green paper wrapper and a little logo on them.
These are quite small, about half the size of an After Eight mint but thicker. Very simply they are blocks of dark chocolate with a fondant mint centre.
The first taste is definitely mint, but its quite mild. I'm not a huge mint fan but this is just right. The chocolate is more of an undertone but it is a decent dark chocolate and matches the mint perfectly. The aftertaste brings the chocolate to the fore and it jostles for space in your mouth with the mint. Its a delightful experience though.
What you may notice whilst chomping away is a slight crispiness. Let it melt in your mouth a little bit and you'll find the mint crunchy bits, again not over minty, but a little 'pow' of mint when you scrunch them.
The crunchiness does add to the chocolate, taking it from the ordinary mint chocolate to something interesting. They are more substantial than an After Eight and whilst its possible to easily eat half a box of those, you'd be extremely unwell if you tried to do that with these. I'm convinced those are the after dinner mints that made the Monty Python man explode!
It does have quite a long minty aftertaste though, almost as though you'd just brushed your teeth. Imagine though, you've just been out for an Indian meal for the office party when the office hunk comes towards you waving some mistletoe, do you risk him trying your Chicken Madras as well or a nice clean tasting mouth with the added bonus of it being chocolaty as well!
Personally for me I enjoy them most with a cup of nice fresh coffee, and being an absolute bargain at a £1 a box they're definitely on my Christmas list!
If you are looking for a nice after dinner mint then look no further than Terrys Twilight. The packaging is quite stylish with a deep green box and shiny gold writing on it the whole packaging gave an expectation of a quality product inside.
Inside the box you get two neat rows of gold wrappered chocolates, there are twenty four cocolates in all and they look like little gold bars with the wrappers on them. Each chocolate is rectangular in shape.
There is a minty smell that comes from the chocolates and as they are a dark chocolate there is also the deep smell of chocolate as well. The chocolate is relatively thin and inside you have a white fondant mint centre that is smooth and quite firm when you bite into it, pretty muchit has the same consistency almost as the chocolate but is a little more soft but only by a bit.
They have a bit of a crunch to them with reards to texture when you bite into them and they taste just devine, I love dark chocolate and mint combinatoins and these are an ideal after dinner mint with some freshly brewed coffee.
Certainly one of the better chocolate mints on the market and much better than the standard After Eights most people go for.
Review of Terry's Twilight after dinner mint chocolates.
**Packaging and Contents**
Terry's Twilight are an after dinner type chocolate mint. The individually wrapped chocolates are presented in an attractive, slim, gold cardboard box, decorate with scrolls. The box carries a deep green banner across the middle which bears the Terry's trademark and the 'Twilight' name in a gold font.
The banner also features the description 'Rich, dark chocolate with a smooth mint fondant centre, laced with crisp sugar pieces' and a picture of the chocolates.
The box is a little tricky to open neatly, in fact my other half opened ours and ended up simply ripping it apart, however, I'm sure others would manage to open the box with a little less haste! Inside the box is a plastic tray holding 24 individually wrapped after dinner mints. The chocolates are shaped like miniature chocolate bars and are double wrapped in foil with a paper outer wrapping.
**Appearance, Aroma, Taste and Texture**
The strongly minty aroma fills your nostrils as soon as you open the outer wrapper. The sweet and fresh mint smell definitely overpowers any chocolatey aroma that might have been present.
The actual chocolate is a very deep brown in colour as one would expect from Terry's dark chocolate. At first bite, the minty taste hits the taste buds and it is a clean, fresh minty flavour, not that toothpaste like taste sometimes found in mint flavoured sweets! The minty layer within the chocolate is thin, bordering on stingy in my view, especially when compared to the image on the carton!
As you bite through the chocolate, you are aware of the crispy pieces as promised on the pack. These are not unpleasant in any way but I did not find that they actually added anything to the product. The chocolate quality is extremely good, a very rich dark chocolate with no bitterness or cloying after-taste, just good, dark chocolate.
The chocolate texture is also very good, smooth and tasty, very satisfying and luxurious in my opinion.
**Nutritional information, Allergy Advice and Manufacturer Details**
This is chocolate and as such will never really be categorised as a healthy option. With this in mind I will not list all the ingredients, it is unnecessary and I am sure no one wishes to plough through it anyway!
Suffice to say that the dark chocolate contains 40% Cocoa solids, other ingredients are as expected in a confectionery product, sugars, fats, milk and so on.
In my humble opinion the calorie content of Twilight is a winning point in their favour, at 35 calories per chocolate, weight concious consumers can tuck into a couple without ruining their diet....of course the problem is, can you leave it at one or two?
Twilight chocolates are suitable for vegetarians, the product may contain traces of nut and wheat products so consumers sensitive to these ingredients should exercise caution..
As with all chocolate products Twilight should be stored in a cool dry place as chocolate can deteriorate in humid conditions.
Twilight Chocolates are made in the EU for Kraft Foods, the parent company of Terry's.
Further information on both Terry's and Craft Foods and how to fit Twilight into a healthy diet can be found on their web site, www..krafthealthyliving.co.uk
Twilight are available at all major supermarkets at varying prices, the average seems to be in the region of £1.80. I have also seen them in my local £1 store.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
Twilight are very good after dinner mints, a reasonably priced and delicious chocolate treat. They are NOT the best on the market, there are other brands which I have to admit I prefer, but that aside, Twilight are an excellent buy and one I would recommend to others.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 August 2009
N.B. Please note my reviews can be found on other review sites under the same user name.
When Christmas comes around I seem to get a lot of chocolates and sweets that I love but rarely think to go out and buy for myself. One such chocolate is Twilight`s made by terry`s, I love these chocolates and always get some at Christmas but I think I have only bought them two or three times for myself.
Terry`s Twilights are a delicious dark chocolate mint treat which not only taste divine but look really classy and expensive too.
The dark chocolates are lined up in two rows of 12 inside the classy box coloured black, dark green and gold. The mints sit on a black plastic tray and each one is individually wrapped.
The dark chocolate taste is excellent and a lot sweeter than many dark chocolates that can leave a bitter taste in the mouth, perhaps it is the mint that takes this away but whatever they are absolutely delicious.
I find these great to hand out to guests after a dinner party because they not only taste excellent but as I have said they really look classy too so they give the right impression.
The mint taste is strongish but not overpowering and blends with the dark chocolate taste perfectly. Each mint has 41 calories, which is quite frightening the way I shovel them in.
A box of these chocolates is typically around £1.80 but can be found at varying prices depending on where you shop.
During the Christmas period I left everything until last minute, so on me weekly shop at Tesco I found these Twilight chocolates of offer at two boxes for 2.20, so technically they were only 1.10 pence each.
I thought these would make good stocking fillers for both family and friends so I ended up with ten boxes of these tasty little chocolates.
These Twilights are produced by the popular chocolate brand Terry's who are also very well known for the Chocolate orange.
Each box contains twenty four individually wrapped mint chocolates, which a made with a very rich dark chocolate and soft mint centre, these reminded me of after eights but the chocolate is a lot thicker in consistency as well as the mint centre.
Each chocolate is 35 calories so they are not to fattening, hence why I ended up consuming two of the boxes over the festive season.
These were very inexpensive gifts that seemed to go down very well by everyone who I had given them, Not only do the chocolates taste great but they are also very well presented, in both the outer packaging and the individual wrapping on each chocolate.
I would recommend these to every chocolate lover as they are not too fattening compared too many other chocolates and they also make a very nice treat.
Again I got a bargain when I bought these. They were on offer at Tesco on Buy one get one free and at £1.79 for the 2 boxes, they were worth a buy. I had the vague idea of buying one for us to eat and putting the other one in with a Christmas present, sounded a good idea, but I ended up dumping both boxes into my sweet bowl instead. Oh well. It was a good idea though.
These are made by Terry's. This is Plain Chocolate with Mint through it. You can only buy these in Mint, but I love Mint Chocolate anyway, so this works for me!
The outside packaging looks nice. It is black and dark green and it has lots of gold on it. I think they look more expensive than what they are.
Inside the box there is 2 rows of 12 mints. They sit on a black plastic tray. Each mint is individually wrapped and has a gold wrapping with a black paper wrap with gold lettering on it. The shape is rectangular and with the wrapping it makes them look quite expensive as well.
These taste nice. I am not the hugest fan of plain chocolate, but these are slightly bitter chocolate and the bits of mint through them are slightly sweet. The chocolate has the word Twilight engraved into them and has a few lines scored into them as well.
Each mint has 41 calories, so not that much for a little chocolate treat. These are really nice and I will pick a few more boxes up in the future.
For those who live outside the UK, when they think of your country together with chocolate, the first thing that comes to mind is usually "Cadbury". While I don't really have much against Mr. Cadbury personally (besides his penny pinching ways of substituting the cocoa in his confections with huge amounts of powdered milk), I've never been much of a fan of milk chocolate, which is Cadbury's most prominently sold item. So when I was recently in the UK, and looking to buy a box of some UK chocolates to bring back to the office (it's a tradition - anyone who goes away somewhere brings back chocolates when they return), I was pleased to find that the little Sainsbury's near the Golder's Green station offered up a box of Terry's Twilight. Let me tell you about it.
The Outside Package:
Never judge a book by its cover? Correct. However, I must admit that the deep green and bright, shiny gold of this item was the first thing that attracted me to this item. It seemed very tastefully designed, and quite elegant to look at. With gold stripes around the square top, with a gold diamond in the middle to highlight the Terry's logo written in shiny gold, with the word "Twilight" nice and big in the middle, and underlined, also in shiny gold. Below that, in small shiny gold print, it says "Dark Chocolate With a Crisp Mint Centre". Ooohh! Furthermore, its also not just a square box. No, the bottom of the box is longer than the top, making the sides angle out at 45 degrees, so that they could write "Terry's Twilight" on the angled sides in shiny gold, once again. Hm... This is sounding a bit gaudy, isn't it? But it isn't really.
On the bottom you'll find no more shiny gold, but rather a large matt gold square with things like the ingredients, the nutrition information and their "Quality Guarantee" written in the dark green colour. There's also a white square with the proper "best before end" date (I got mine in November 2003 and the date was October 2004, so that seemed fair), and another white square with the bar code. Above the matt gold square, on the dark green background, it again has written in matt gold the logo and name. But below that it says "plain chocolate with a mint flavoured filling and crisp sugar pieces". Very useful information, that - because now we know where the crisp' comes from!
The only problem I had with this package was opening it up, since it is meant to be done by tearing the top off along perforated areas so that the cover lifts off. The perforation isn't as good as it should be and so my desire to display these gems was slightly thwarted. Its not enough of a drawback for me to lower this item by a star, however. Perhaps only half a star - we'll see.
The Inside Package:
Inside the box, you'll find two neat rows of twelve little shiny gold covered bars that say "Terry's Twilight" on them. The bars are four centimeters, by two centimeters, by about 3/4 of a centimeter high. That's pretty small, but still, haven't we always been told over and over again that good things come in small packages? And laid out there so nicely, this is very much of an attractive presentation, all those little shiny golden bars in a dark green cardboard well. Highly impressive, if you ask me.
The Look of the Product:
When you lift off the thin paper, you'll find a small dark rectangle (see above for exact dimensions) of chocolate that has been engraved across the top with the word "TWILIGHT" (yes, in all caps). Above and below that word you'll find little scored lines. Pretty simple, no? If you ask me, its deceptively simple looking.
Remember, these are small items, and it would be very easy to just pop the whole thing into your mouth and gobble them up in one bite. But I have strength of willpower and will resist the urge for the sake of this op! (Lord have mercy on my soul! Give me the strength to finish writing this op before the last bar is gone and I have no more product to do my research with!)
The Scent of the Product:
As soon as you open the paper you will be greeted with the aroma of invitingly smooth, and familiar scent of chocolate that has been gently infused with the tangy and slightly peppery fragrance of mint. This scent is not unlike that of the famous "After Eights" (are you starting to drool yet?), but with a touch more on the chocolate side. There's nothing at all, even slightly offensive in this odor. To the contrary, it is most enticing bouquet, and I'm beginning to think that if they bottled it, someone would make a fortune in the cologne market selling this as a perfume!
The Inside of the Product:
If you can still control yourself, break one of these little babies open. What you'll see is about 0.2cm of a chocolate shell that surrounds a similarly sized center of a white centre. This center isn't thin or runny, like "After Eight", but rather seems to be almost as solid as the chocolate itself - but not quite. (See above for the scent, as this now comes at you in full force. Oh, the pain of waiting for the first bite!) It is very substantial for something so small, and doesn't break easily, like "After Eight" - you do need a bit of effort here, and I'm thinking that this product would stand up a bit better than its rival to our eventual problems with July and August combined with Global Warming. (What I mean, of course, is that this doesn't seem to melt very easily at all in your hands. Got it?)
The All Important Texture and TASTE:
Taking my first nibble, if find that the chocolate is pleasantly firm and the crisp sugar pieces give the mint filling a lovely delegate crunch as you chew. If you bite into this, you'll hear a very welcoming soft click as you do so. If you can control yourself long enough to suck on this, you'll find that the chocolate, being dark, has a touch of an edge on it - not acidic but rather with an almost woody undertone to it which brings out the chocolate flavour perfectly. As this dissolves, you'll get to the mint centre which is closer to spearmint than peppermint, so it isn't too sharp but it also isn't too sweet. Sucking on these will, of course, make the pieces of sugar crisp melt - which is a good thing, since it doesn't leave your mouth with a feeling like you're eating grains of sand. As the combination goes down your throat, you'll feel first the warmth of the chocolate and then the refreshing mint afterwards which makes you feel like your mouth is waking up from a lovely dream. If you have no willpower and you bite and chew these, you'll find that the combination of the chocolate and mint is absolutely perfectly balanced with neither taking over too much from the other. However, you may also get that slightly grainy feeling in your mouth afterwards as the crisped sugar pieces are so minuscule that they take some time to leave your mouth. But you'll still have that lovely lively feel in your mouth.
Yes, well, one must mention that one box of these 24 tiny bars costs almost £2 - or a whole 8 pence per bar. With a net weight of 175gram, that means that each bar is only 7 grams. If I did my math right, that means these cost £0.875 per gram!? I don't know... The overall price isn't really all that much, but you also don't get a whole lot for your money. Still, it will be a bit less expensive than a similar sized box of fancy chocolates from a shop (I'm talking about real, hand-made, gourmet chocolates - not Thornton's. However, these might be less expensive than Thornton's as well, I'm not sure). I'm debating if this is enough to drop this item by one star or not.
The Bottom Line:
I have to say that these are really lovely jewels, and I'm glad I found them. They are quality through and through, and I adore them - they are, in a word, absolutely, deliciously gorgeous! If you buy them as a gift, the recipient will truly feel that you've given them something special, if small. That means that you won't feel like you're putting too much out of pocket, but you've put some nice thought into the gift. Your friend might not think you too cheap to be believed, but neither will they think you overly generous - well, it's the thought that counts, isn't it? So, because of the price/size dilemma as well as the problem with the opening of the box, I've decided that despite the high marks in taste and texture, I'm giving this one only 4 stars.
Would I buy these again? Certainly. Would I buy them instead of After Eight? Most probably. Give them a try and tell us what you think! It won't break the bank and I think you'll like them.
Thanks for reading!
Terry's are most famous for their chocolate covered oranges, but I'm not crazy about that particular combination, so I've never tried any Terry's before. Terry's Twilight are made in York by Terry's Suchard, POB 1767, Cheltenham, GL50 3ZQ. Tel. 01904 653090
I couldn't find a web page for them on their own. However I did find out that Terry's Suchard, operating within Kraft Jacobs Suchard group, which in turn is part of the Philip Morris Group. Oh, dear! Another small and exclusive company that's been taken over by a conglomerate. First Rowntree and now Terry's. Sad, isn't it?
Terry's Suchard are considered suitable for vegetarians by the Vegetarian Society UK, but all chocolates may contain traces of nuts. It certainly contains Soya Lecithin, Whey Powder and Butterfat, all of which might cause allergic reactions to those sensitive to these items. However, it has no artificial ingredients but it does have "flavourings" listed as being Peppermint Oil and Vanillin - only the latter of which isn't totally natural.
The plain chocolate in this product contains 40% minimum cocoa solids - that's less than your average dark chocolate bar which is usually over the 50% mark.
I thought you might be interested in Terry's Quality Guarantee, as it appears on the box: "This product should reach you in perfect condition. If you are dissatisfied for any reason please return the pack and contents to us stating where and when it was bought and the full best before date and code. We shall be pleased to send you a voucher to cover costs of purchase and postage. Your legal rights are not affected (U.K and Ireland only)". Tell you what, you don't like it, send it to me. You won't get anything in return except my thanks, but aren't I worth it?
One of the leading after dinner mints, ideal for serving with coffee after a meal.