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Nice chocolates, what a shame they look so cheap
Tesco Value After Dinner Mints
Member Name: beckyX
Tesco Value After Dinner Mints
Date: 10/10/10, updated on 30/05/11 (94 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, nondairy
Disadvantages: Look too cheap
Tesco Value after dinner mints have been one of my favourite finds in the last few months, though I have to keep them a dirty little secret from my friends lest they think I'm a cheapskate. I picked them up from Tesco for 50p though that was a temporary half price special offer and they usually cost about a pound. I don't think I've ever found a non-dairy brand of chocolates for quite this cheap before.
These mints are rather like many varieties of shop's own brand after eights (goodness knows that I've tried enough chocolates in my time), but rather a bit thicker. They still have a thick crispy chocolate square with a mint fondant filling though
The chocolate is dark and is not particularly high quality - it's got quite a lot of sugar in it and a relatively low percentage cocoa. But since one of the things that my friends constantly have to listen to me grumbling about is the general lack of good non-dairy mid-percentage plain chocolate, this is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. If I wanted a posh high percentage cocoa chocolate, I'd have bought one of the many varieties that exist!
The one disadvantage that I have found is that the chocolates quickly developed a white bloom to them. I checked their use by date and it was still well within the right date. I brushed off the bloom and they seemed to be perfectly edible underneath. Once they got to that stage, they didn't poison me, though the taste was definitely inferior - the chocolate had got to a brittle state.
Each box contains about 20 chocolates in them, each of which is about an inch by and inch square and a quarter inch deep. The chocolate layer makes up most of this chocolate, with a creamy white mint fondue inside them.
The real shame about these is the box. It's a white and blue tesco value branded box. Not very subtle. It's a shame about this otherwise they would make quite a nice box of chocolates to bring out at the dinner table. As it is, they will need decanting into some other box and then they can be passed off as posh after dinner chocolates.
===Value for money===
These chocolates are 200g for about a pound, which I think is excellent value for money for interesting chocolates. These have a bit of a cheaper feel than after eights.
The ingredients are plain chocolate (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, flavourings), sugar, glucose syrup, sugar syrup, peppermint oil. Two mints have 90kcal, 1g protein, 13g carbohydrates, 10.3g sugar, 3.8g fat. They are suitable for vegetarians and allergy wise just have soya in them, though they warn against it as it uses the same equipment as other chocolate so may have traces of nuts.
Shhhh, don't tell my friends about this! In particular don't tell any of them if they get a nice hand-embroidered box with a selection of chocolates in them where they come from! I'll be buying these again - they're nice and non-dairy and great value for money too.
Summary: My dirty little secret: I have tesco value chocolates!