Product Type: Tesco Chocolate
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Tesco Mint Thins or After Eights?
Tesco Christmas Dark Chocolate Mint Thins
Member Name: SusanLesley
Tesco Christmas Dark Chocolate Mint Thins
Advantages: Less packaging, less sugar
Disadvantages: More calories, more fat
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!
Summary: It is just a matter of taste to be honest
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