“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Ice Cream „
I could never be described as the world's biggest fan of ice cream, or mint-flavoured confectionary items, so it was with more than a bit of hesitation that I selected one of the "Nestle After Eight" ice cream cones from my freezer at the weekend, when I was looking for something to satisfy those ever-present cravings from my (evil) sweet tooth! The one exception to my rule about minty-flavoured chocolate and sweets, is the "Nestle After Eight" mints. I usually only have the opportunity to eat these at Christmas time, and always enjoy them when I do. I had purchased these cones as a treat for my other half last week. In contrast to my own tastes, he loves all things ice-cream like and in particular mint-choc-chip type flavours, so I thought that these would be a bit of a treat for him. (Plus I was curious to see if I liked these mint-flavoured cones, given my liking for the sweets!) The After Eight cones cost me £1 for a box containing four cones, which I think is really good value. I have seen them available to buy in several large supermarkets, but I bought ours from our local "Farmfoods" frozen food store. The box has the similar distinctive packaging to that of the chocolate mints, in that it gives the impression, in my humble opinion at least, of being a quality product. The box is a rich, dark green colour, with the picture of one of the cones on the front. I can see from the picture that the cone contains small squares of chocolate on the top of the ice cream. The wording "After Eight" is exactly the same of that on the chocolate in that it is an almost hand-written design, with the image of a little clock-type design in between the two words. All in all, the packaging is quite impressive-looking! The cone when removed from the freezer was very easy to unwrap, and the paper just peeled away. There was also a kind of tab on the paper wrapping to enable you to easily peel it back and unwrap your cone. As soon as I had unwrapped the cone, I was instantly aware of the sharp smell of the mint wafting up to my nostrils, making my mouth water. The cone was indeed very appetising looking and the chocolate 'cubes' were indeed nestling atop the ice cream, as promised by the picture on the box. Impressed thus far, I duly bit into the ice cream topping hurriedly, to see if the ice cream tasted as good as it looked. Again, the first thing I was aware of was the rather over-powering mint flavour which appeared to be coming from the small chocolate squares. I cannot say whether this is indeed the case though, as the ice cream had a definite taste of mint from it too, although it may well be the case that the 'minty' taste of the chocolate transferred to the ice cream - I found it difficult to tell. The ice cream was ok, although nothing special. I did not find that the consistency of the ice cream was that of a particularly high standard. There are some 'swirls' of chocolate sauce that are evident throughout the ice cream, although I could not pick out the taste of the chocolate... it all just tasted like ice cream to me! The cone was one of rather poor quality in my opinion. I found it to be very hard and after eating about an inch into the top of the cone, I opted to discard the rest. I felt like a dog gnashing at a chew-toy when all I was attempting to do was bite off a piece of the wafer-like cone! I have come to the overall conclusion therefore, that this product is definitely one of those ones that 'looks better than it tastes' and I am afraid dear dooyooers, that I cannot award it too highly, nor can I recommend it to you too much. Of course, as with all similar chocolaty ice cream cones, the After Eight cone is not going to be a friend to those of you who are watching your figures! I am advised by the nutritional information on the box that each 100ml cone contains 191 calories and 9g of fat.. *cough*... enough said.... :-o The nutritional information also states that the product may contain traces of nuts and peanuts, so it may not be a suitable choice for those of you who have allergies. All in all, as I touched on earlier in my review, I cannot award too many stars to these cones. I think I am being more than fair in giving them two stars, and cannot recommend this product too highly - I was really quite disappointed! >:-o
Now, when you think of After Eights, you think of dinner parties and Christmas because these are probably when you're most likely to see them. Now, Nestle have decided to produce an ice-cream cone version of the chocolate. When I first saw them, I wasn't surprised that this had happened because many chocolate bar now have ice-cream versions, although some don't work well as others. However, I am always keen to see what they are like, more so as I have enjoyed mint choc-chip flavoured ice cream before. The ice-cream cone was what I expected from it. The mint flavoured ice cream, which was very minty and tasty, mixed with the After chocolate bits were very nice and while it is not the same as the After Eight chocolates, on its own merit, it is a very nice ice-cream and one that I have bought on a few more occasions since. The other positive about it is the price. When I have bought the ice-creams from Asda or Morrisons, they have always cost £1 for a pack of 4, which works out at 25p each, which for a dessert, is extremely good value for money.
I always enjoyed After Eight chocolates at Christmas time when I was a kid. I can't say they were my favourite chocolate. The centre tends to be a bit too runny for my taste, but the fact they are so thin and moorish, really appealed. I like mint and I love mint choc chip ice-cream. I also still buy After Eights at Christmas (well, it would be rude not to!) but bizarrely, I never even considered After Eight ice-cream. I only tried it the other day when round at a friend's and I will definitely be having it again... soon!! The cones are a similar size to a cornetto. They are quite filling (although I could probably eat two if I was forced!) and leave a really strong minty after taste in your mouth. The cone is crunchy and a lovely tasting, not too sweet, wafer. It is filled with delicious mint ice-cream and topped with flakes of really good dark chocolate. The cone is coated inside with a thin layer of dark chocolate and my best bit, the bottom of the cone has a good centimetre chunk of solid chocolate. I am always so disappointed when I have a cone of ice-cream and there isn't solid chocolate at the bottom. At just under 200 calories a cone, they are less than a chocolate bar and so much more sophisticated! It felt like a real treat to have it. My friend bought a packet of 6 cones for £2, which seems very reasonable. Although there are a number of leading name cone-based ice-creams now available in supermarkets priced at 4 for £1.
I have always liked after eights, the chocolate is always sweet and the fondant icing is smooth and minty. How do these compare? These ice cream cones are a delicious indulgent treat. As a plus they are only 192 calories, so can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, as long as you don't eat too many! When you open the wrapper you notice that there are some dark chocolate chunks on the top, which are lovely and accompany the ice cream well. The ice cream itself is creamy without being sickly, and is just the thing to cool yourself down on a summers day. The cone is crunchy and not at all soggy, which is a big let down for some of these ice cream cones. There's a lovely bonus at the bottom of the cone as well, in the shape of some more chocolate! It's the same type as the chips and provide a nice chocolately end to your ice cream experience. I would recommend these to anyone who has a sweet tooth but is trying to cut back, but I think everyone would love to have one of these!
This past week I just found an amazing dessert/snack treat that I just had to share with everyone so if you love chocolate and mint and ice cream then read on. According to various articles I have read, "Rich in British heritage, After Eight is known as England's finest mint." After Eight's now produce an ice cream cone with After Eight mint chocolate included. I found a pack of 6 ice cream cones for £2 in Sainsburys which I though was an absolute bargain as generally one ice cream cone from a van or a speciality shop costs £2 or more. Made by Nestlé, the original After Eight chocolates were mint-flavoured thins designed and advertised as an after-dinner mint, hence the product's name. Each cone is 100g. Now this is actually quite small but after eating one you did feel like you'd had a nice dessert without pigging out and it definitely filled me up. Each cone is individually wrapped in a silver foil designed to keep it fresh which is nice and also good for storage if you want to take them out of the box. On the top of the cone there are lots of little squares of dark chocolate that are mint flavoured and taste just like a little after eight without the fondant centre. They are very crisp to bite into and I like to eat all of them off the top first. Then there is the white mint chocolate which is lovely and creamy and very minty. The cone has chocolate around the top of it and when you get to the bottom of the cone there is a thick piece of chocolate in the bottom. This chocolate does not have a mint flavour, it is just a dark chocolate but still tastes lovely. The only think that I didn't 100% like was the cone itself. The top part was quite crispy but once you got to the bottom half it seemed to go a bit soft and a little bit chewy. Now, this probably has something to do with the fact that they are frozen treats so you can't expect them to be mega fresh like a cone in an ice cream shop would be but I still wanted them to be a little better. Each cone is also only 191 calories, so for a dessert I think this is pretty good and will not be too fattening if you have one now and again. The box is very easy to spot as it looks just like a box of After Eight chocolates, the familiar dark green colour and then a picture of the ice cream cone on the outside. A big sign on the box advertised the fact that they were only £2, this is actually what first attracted my attention to the box so it was quite a good marketing ploy. I'm not sure how look the promotion will last but I would definitely recommend looking for them in your local supermarket as they taste great and I'm sure everyone will love them. Now always remember it is always After Eight somewhere in the world so you should never feel guilty about eating one!!