“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Mint „
I picked these up whilst wandering the confectionery aisle in Tesco yesterday. I was on the look out for the more popular After Eight Mints but spotted the Tesco own brand and was immediately tempted by the price.
A 300g box of After Eights cost £2.85 (£0.95 per 100g), whilst the Tesco version sold in a 100g box costs £1.00 (£0.50 per 100g).
The box now differs from the that depicted, in my opinion, it doesn't look as good - the box is now vibrant green (more befitting toothpaste!) and the mints are no longer named Christmas Mints. The new title being 'Tesco Mint Thins'.
As Christmas is approaching and a family film was on the tv yesterday, I thought it would be a good idea to sample the mints with my six year old. It was quite a struggle to get into the box, the cellophane didn't have a 'tear here' tag. Once inside the cellophane, the box was stuck down firmly with glue!
When I had eventually opened the box, I was treated to a lovely minty aroma. Unlike After Eight Mints, Tesco Mint Thins are not placed in individual paper wrappers/sheets, although the box is divided into four sections, with five mints placed in each.
It has been a while since I have eaten an After Eight but from memory, the Tesco version seems much thicker and harder to bite into, the shape being more rigid. Although the chocolate is plain, it also seems paler that its contemporary and has fewer ripples on the top.
With regard to taste, the thins are very minty and quite refreshing and contain just enough mint fondant (for me!).
As expected, the mints are quite calorific - 2 mints containing 90calories and 3/7g of fat. Unfortunately, this is the type of chocolate that I find difficult to stop eating - in the words of my son 'mum we have nearly eaten a full box'!! The box is now no more!!
I would normally use After Eight Mints for stocking fillers for grandparents, as the Tesco version looks quite cheap, I wouldn't do the same with these. However at £1.00 per box, I would definitely recommend purchasing a couple of boxes to nibble on during the cold Winter nights!
If I say the words "After Eight" then that should give you a pretty good idea of what I am talking about here. Mint Thins are what Tesco have come up with as a cheaper alternative to the more expensive, popular after dinner mint.
Now, if you like minty chocolate things, you're going to like these.
An oblong, green and brown box houses 200g worth of square-shaped flat chocolates containing a very minty fondant filling.
The chocolate is quite thick compared to After Eight's, it's quite hard and there is quite a bit of it. It's particularly thick around the edges and at the corners. It has a nice taste and I have no problem with the chocolate at all, it's the filling that bothers me. I find it "too" minty and overpowering making the whole thing taste quite bitter.
I much prefer the taste of After Eight's as they are sweeter and I just find them easier to eat. They seem more refined to me. The chocolate is thinner and there is just a better balance overall. Each chocolate is also wrapped in an individual sleeve which gives them a nice touch.
Of course with this refinement comes a higher price tag, and the price per 100g of After Eight's is almost double that of the Mint Thins but it's worth paying the extra in my opinion as there is a considerable difference in taste and quality.
Mint Thins 200g = £1
After Eight 300g = £2.85
--Nutritional Information per 100g--
Energy kCal - 418kCal
Energy kJ - 1,759kJ
Protein - 2.5g
Carbohydrate - 72.9g
Fat - 12.9g
Energy - kCal445
Energy kJ - 1,870kJ
Protein - 4.9g
Carbohydrate - 64.4g
of which sugars - 56.3g
Fat - 18.6g
Tesco Chocolate Mint Thins
£1.00 for 200g
These are Tesco's own brand answer to the traditional After Eight Mints - This Christmas, I thought we would give these a try.
The box is quite basic, with just a simple photo of the product, a black label stating 'Tesco Chocolate Mint Thins' and a green background - mint green, naturally.
The product consists of plain chocolate thin squares, with a fondant mint centre, just like the real thing. Suitable for vegetarians and containing 90 calories per two mints, all the nutritional information you need is printed on the bottom of the box.
Cellophane wrapped, the box then opens at the top with a proper 'lid', inside which is a corrugated white paper liner.
Removing this, you can see that the mints are lined up in a row, encased in a plastic shell to keep them in place, but they are not packaged in individual sleeves like the well-known branded version.
I can see immediately that they are thicker than the others too - putting one in my mouth, I like to crush it and dissolve it with my tongue (is it just me?) but they are just slightly too thick for that, what a shame!
Apart from this though, the chocolate tastes good and smooth, and the inner layer of mint fondant is excellent: smooth, minty and very sweet, just as it should be.
My overall verdict: A bargain version of After Eights which is not out of place in the Christmas celebrations.
My sister and her partner came to visit for Christmas and as part of their contribution to the proceedings they bought a packet of Tesco Mint Thins and as I had already put a packet of After Eights in her stocking we had the perfect opportunity to compare and contrast - purely for the purpose of writing a comprehensive review of course!
All four of us took one Tesco Mint Thin and one After Eight and ate them one after the other and I made notes of all the comments that we made especially for you!
For a box containing 200g of mint thins the Tesco ones cost just £1 as compared to £2.79 for a box containing 300g of After Eight Mints. Mind you I bought the box for my sister from Poundland and it was a 200g box for £1.
So, if you shop wisely, the price is the same so it is a draw on price then.
As you all know the After Eights come in a very classy dark green box with the traditional old fashioned clock on it.
The Tesco Mint Thins box is bright light green with a picture of two of the chocolates on it one of which is cut in half so that you can see the inside. The writing just says Tesco Chocolate Mint Thins so the whole thing is very basic - the box of the After Eight Mints looks much classier.
Where the Tesco ones win on packaging is inside the box - the mint thins are just standing in a row in a light plastic trough sort of thing whereas the After Eights have the same packaging AND they are all in individual packets as well.
So, whilst the After Eights box looks better the Tesco one wins because there is less overall packaging although if Tesco made the box look nicer it would be even better.
The first thing that I noticed when I took one of the Tesco Mint Thins out of the box was that it felt much thicker than an After Eight although when we put them side by side the difference was only minimal.
The dark chocolate on the Tesco ones is thicker, crunchier and not as smooth tasting as that on the After Eights. The filling in the Tesco ones tastes more strongly of peppermint that the filling in the After Eights so that would be a matter of personal taste.
This is a difficult one to call especially for me as I am not keen on either dark chocolate or peppermint but I would say that the result on the taste is a draw as they both have their own merits.
The Tesco ones have 45 calories per sweet whereas the After Eights have only 35 calories per sweet but as I have said the Tesco ones are very slightly thicker.
If you look at the same comparison using weight rather than individual sweets the Tesco ones have 445 calories per 100g as compared to 418 calories per 120g for After Eights so there isn't really much in it.
Keeping with the weight comparison the Tesco ones have 64g of carbohydrate and 18.6g of fat per 100g whereas After Eights have 74g of carbohydrate but only 12.2g of fat per 100g of product.
So the conclusion on nutrition is probably a win to After Eights but only just, as the Tesco ones have more fat and calories but less sugar that After Eights.
Well there isn't really much difference so I would have to say that Tesco are better purely because they have less packaging and are more environmentally friendly and unless you can get your After Eights from one of the Pound Shops they would be cheaper too.
If Tesco were to make the packaging a bit smarter they would win hands down as they would look really good for you to give as presents as well.
I will just add that we all enjoyed the research though!
I hope you all had a good Christmas!
I brought a box of these Mint Thins to try because if they was any good I thought I'd get a few boxes for over Xmas, they are only £1.00 a box and that's wicked considering After Eights are £2.79!
The only disappointing thing is that they don't come in the classy envelopes and are just laid out in piles in the plastic tray inside the box. They look very nice though, they're a bit thicker than After Eights but they still look very thin and you know you're in for something good just by the look of them.
I think these are yummy and well worth £1.00, if you like After Eights then try these because you could save some money whether you're on a budget for Xmas or not. The mint flavour is a bit sweeter and not quite as minty but they are delish anyway and the chocolate is gorgeous. For supermarket chocolate it's mega creamy and has got a bit of a Bournville flavour, that's my fave dark chocolate so I was happy that these Mint Thins have got that sort of sweet dark chocolate.
The mint cream is a bit thicker than in After Eights and it's got a yummy fondant texture, I love how the chocolate and mint cream blend together in your mouth and I think these are just as good as the mega expensive After Eights.
I'm deffo going to buy them as part of my contribution to the Xmas food, it's not about being cheap but these are yummy chocolates and a bargain so why not???
Tesco Dark Chocolate Mint Thins are available all year round. I think they initially called them Christmas chocolates, but because they were popular they changed the packaging to a lime green colour and made them available without the "Christmas" bit. They're the same product as the ones you get at Christmas. You can buy them exclusively from Tesco, and they £1 a box.
Inside the outer box you'll find a plastic package that holds around 20 chocolate thins. They sit in little segments with the plastic tray holding them apart from one another. The box looks like it's going to contain more than that, but in fairness I don't think you can complain for £1!
The taste of these is excellent. The chocolate is dark with a bitter twist but a good dose of sugar too. It isn't premium quality dark chocolate like you'd get from a chocolate shop, but it's certainly on par with After Eights (who make the chocolate that's clearly inspired these) and Bourneville.
The mint filling is nice and rich, with a strong peppermint flavour. The filling is thinner than I expected it to be. As After Eights contain a fondant filling, I expected Tesco to have replicated this. But instead, they've gone for a similar peppermint flavour but used a thin, liquid filling rather than a proper fondant. It isn't the texture most people will expect, but it tastes exceptionally nice anyway and that's the important bit.
I wouldn't want to eat these too often because they're actually very sickly after a while. You can really taste the sugar in these after just one bite, and they're not the best after dinner mint I've ever tried. They are definitely the best I've had for £1 though, so for that reason I've given them four stars.
I recently did a review on the Tesco chocolate orange truffle sticks that I bought whilst doing the shopping with my Husband. These Mint thins were one of the other items that we bought along with the orange truffle sticks
What are they?
These are Tesco own branded chocolate mint thins which are just like the After Eight version of square chocolates with a mint fondant in the middle.
The box is pretty much the same as all other brands you can buy now of mint thins - oblong in shape with the chocolates all laid out in a row inside. The box is green in colour on the outside with a brown strip all the way around the middle section and this is where the brand name and title 'chocolate mint thins' is printed along with a picture of one of them to tempt you.
The smell is actually pretty strong! Even before I took the plastic covering off of the box, I could smell the scent of mint. Then when I did open them it was a really intense smell of minty chocolate! Not that I minded as I prefer it when mint chocolate is strong so for me this was a huge bonus! Sniffing one of the chocolates up close was amazing - I couldn't wait to taste it!
So hopefully they would taste as good as they smelt? Well in a word - yes! They were delicious. I mean I am quite easy to please when it comes to chocolate especially mint, orange or coffee flavoured so it's not surprising I found these to be yummy but, they really are quiet a match against the actual After Eight ones! The fondant in the middle of the chocolate is just perfect and there is just the right amount too. The chocolate is lovely and for the price doesn't seem like cheap chocolate at all which obviously would normally put some people off buying them.
Another bargain from Tesco and these cost £1 the same as the other varieties of chocolates in the range all aimed at the budget conscience in us! I thought for the price they were excellent value!
The mint thins are a complete bargain when you compare them to the brand name ones that cost more than double - I could honestly have eaten these and if not for knowing would have presumed they were the After Eight ones! The price is good and the box contains 20 mint thins so perfect to share for an evening in or if like me just keep them all to yourself and make your partner get their own!!