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I am very familiar with After Eight mints as I grew up eating them after many a Sunday lunch. However, I was less familiar with these Nestle After Eight 'Straws' which I recently saw in my local supermarket and decided to try. I should point out that if you are looking out for these that the packaging design has now changed from the featured picture in this Dooyoo review. The tube is now dark green and looks a lot like the packaging of the original after dinner mint. Anyway these After Eight 'Straws' are basically comprised of a mint paste centre with a dark chocolate coating in the shape of a long stick or straw.
The straws come in a 15 centimetre long tube which is printed on it's side with product information. The packaging did confuse me a little bit at first. This is because the tube has what looks like a 'top' - a smaller end of the tube which you can twist slightly and pull out. However, this turns out to be the base of the cylinder. So a few times I opened the tube upside down. The base is actually like a little tub or desk tidy pot which has a 3 inch high plastic wall in which the straws sit. The longer outer tube then goes over the top of this when you are finished eating. The plastic inner compartment is quite cute and helpful in containing the straws and although it would look nice on a dinner table although I am concerned that it is made out of non recyclable plastic rather than cardboard like the outer tube covering.
The straws inside my pack were mostly intact but a few had snapped and were lying at the bottom of the plastic compartment. The straws are around 11-12 centimetres long and have brilliant white centres which are visible at each end. The dark chocolate coating is like shiny ebony. The aroma when you first open the packet is of rich cocoa and tingling fresh mint.
The straws have a minty core that is creamily smooth in texture and milky and minty fresh in taste. The ingredients include soya lecithin as a thickening agent as well as whey powder, cream powder and whole milk powder. This minty centre has a silky soft feeling and it melts on the tongue. The dark chocoate shell has more of a paste-like texture and has that strong, bitter cocoa taste. This is offput slightly by the zingy peppermint oil flavour. Overall the taste of these straws is absolutely wonderful and I prefer them much more to the original square thin After Eight Mints with their dripping liquid mint centres. I found these straws so tasty that I finished them off pretty quickly and found that once I'd had one I wanted to have several of them!
Nutritional values are given per 100g and there are 90g of product contained in the pack. So 100g provides 526 calories and 31.0 grams of fat. Full ingredients are listed and the straws may contain nuts.
I will certainly be buying these again and I think they are a brilliant snack for people with sweet teeth as well as being a great after dinner mint to put out with coffees at the end of a big meal.
You can find out more about the brand and product at the Nestle website:
I've had a tube of After Eight Straws in the cupboard for ages, and tonight after dinner (not after 8 though ;) ) we decided to open them. They come in a elegant green tube that I thinks looks much more sophisticated than the box shape that the After Eight classic wafers come in. The tube cost me £3.50 in my local newsagents a few months ago - which seemed like a decent price for this type of confectionary, until I worked out that that equated to 17.5p per straw that works out expensive actually.
The straws are accessed by twisting the top off so that the straws are poking out of the top of the green tube. The tube contains 20 of the straws and they are about 13 cm long and they are quite thin - not unlike Matchmakers, but the outside layer is smooth instead of textured. The outside layer is made out of milk chocolate, where on the inside is a solid but soft mint concoction which is very minty. The taste of the chocolate and the mint complements each other perfectly. However, I can't help but compare these straws to the wafers and I really feel that they do not add anything - and infact are probably not as nice as the wafers because the mint is more solid and so there isn't that lovely rich gooey texture.
Overall, although these are nice, I don't think that I'll buy them again - simply because I think the wafers are better.....and cheaper.
These have been out for a couple of years now and I have only just recently tried them. After Eight's are 1 of my favourite Chocolates so I wonder why it has taken me so long to get these. I think it is because It is all about the normal After Eight's. and these are just so different looking.
Not sure of the weight of this pack, but it isn't that much. They cost quite a bit considering how much of the Chocolates you actually get. I think the wife paid £2 for these, which is roughly the normal price of them. Although she likes to get things on offer, she also likes new things that she hasn't tried before.
These are in a tube shaped tub and you just take the lid off this and the Sticks poke out the top. You can just keep them in the tub and eat them out of the tub.
These are sort of like more rounder Matchmakers. They are Dark Chocolate with the Minty fondant that is found in After Eights. It is still pretty runny and a good enough filling but not that much.
It is easy to eat the whole tub worth of these, as there isn't much eating in these and as I said they are expensive for what you get.
They are nice in a plain Chocolate with Cool Minty filling, but best to stick to the original After Eights as they are just that bit nicer and more economical.
After Eight Thin Mints (After Eights) are a confectionery product described as "mint enrobed in dark chocolate".
They were created in 1962 by Rowntree & Company Limited. Since the 1988 acquisition of the United Kingdom-based company, the mints have been produced by Nestlé. According to various articles I have read, "Rich in British heritage, After Eight is known as England's finest mint." They are advertised as an after-dinner mint, hence the product's name but I like to think that it is "after eight" somewhere in the world so it's really acceptable to eat them at any time of the day!!
The new After Eight straws are described as, "A modern new twist on the after dinner mint, rich dark chocolate straws with a smooth mint centre." I think they are a nice addition to the After Eight range and a little something different than the regular thin mints. They remind of the Matchstixs chocolates that were popular a few years ago.
The straws are approximately 6 inches long and are quite thin too.
Like the description says above the straws are filled with a smooth mint centre. This is a fondant mint and is just the same as the mint in the thins chocolate mints. Apparently the fondant in the centre of After Eights is made as a stiff paste of sucrose, water, and a small amount of the enzyme invertase. The fondant is quite thick and not runny so when you bite into the chocolate the insides do not come running out. In fact it is possible to nibble away all of the outside coating of the chocolate to just be left with a stick of fondant which is quite fun to do. The mint has a lovely, refreshing taste to it and mixed with the chocolate is a perfect combination.
The dark chocolate covers all of the fondant middle except for at the ends where you can see the fondant poking out. The chocolate layer is fairly thick but not too thick as these sticks are quite thin. The chocolate, as mentioned above, is Nestle so it's a good quality chocolate and tastes great. I like the fact that the straws tend to snap if you break them in the middle.
I've found that they are a great conversation piece too as everybody is really intrigued that the mints are After Eights.
The straws come in a round tin, almost like a barrel. What's nice is that the tins opens in the middle and one part slides over the other to open it. This way, you can serve the straws still in the tin and it's a handy way to put them out on the table as a after dinner mint.
Even though these straws may look mall, unfortunately the calorie count is not. In each straw there are 24 calories, not much you may say but you will definitely be able to eat at least 10 straws in one sitting, giving you a grand total of 240 calories. Also there are 1.4g of fat per straw, but in my opinion these are perfect as an after dinner treat and a nice change from the original After Eight's!
When you think after eights people automatically think of the thin dark square chocolates that come in an oblong green box but now there is a different version also available on the market and equally as nice.
After eight straws are long thin tubular chocolates not that dissimilar to match makers but smoother, they are a soft white mint middle with a dark chocolate exterior coating the same as the usual after eights, they have a lovely strong mint taste to them and are a delight to eat.
They come packaged in a card board cylindrical tube that will stop them getting squashed, the top half of the tube lifts off to reveal the sticks standing up which would be ideal for on a party table or dinner table.
These are also available in vodka flavour which I didnt like at all
They retail at between £1.99 and £2.99 depending on where you buy them from so are very similarly priced to both the original after eights and match makers
Your average After Eights (produced by Nestle) are known as the thin dark chocolate squares with a lovely cream mint fondant in the middle. They are individually wrapped in little black "envelopes".
Now it came as a surprise to me this Christmas when i received this wonderful tube of After Eight Sticks. I didn't really know what to make of them but within seconds i was of course, opening the tube. My first impression was that the packaging made them look quite expensive as it is a very strong and sturdy tube with a very simple posh looking and effective design mainly consisting of being silver in colour.
The sticks of dark chocolate were very smooth to bite into and broke of very easily. I would not say that i was impressed, but i wasnt disappointed either. The fondant in the middle of these sticks is not the same texture or thickness as the original After Eight. These sticks boast a thicker fondant.
Once you eat a few you cant stop until you finish them. I dont feel that there are enough in the tube (unless thats just greedy old me!). I probably wouldnt purchase these myself as a treat but if someone bought me them i would be very grateful!!
You can purchase different types of After Eights in different shapes, forms and flavours now and i do think that these were a step forward in general.
For a great many years now, After Eight Mints have been a firm favourite of mine. Recently a friend of mine gave me a gift of After Eight Straws.
Apparantly these have been on the market and available for a few years now, but I have to admit that this was the first time I had seen them.
The packaging is attractive and I was looking forward to enjoying a few of these while watching TV.
The straws are made by Nestle and they come in a silver coloured tube and have pictures of the straws all the way round the box. There is a green band round the box with the name After Eight written on it.
I found the tube very easy to open. It has a twist to open bottom on it. When I took the top off I immediately got a strong smell of mint coming from the sticks. The smell is exactly the same as the one I get when I open a box of After Eight mints.
There are twenty of these mints in the tube. They have chocolate on the outside and the mint cream on the inside.Each straw is thin and about five inches long.
The straws looked a bit like those thin cigars, I can vaguely remember seeing men smoking, when I was a child.
When I took my first bite from the straw I tasted the well known mint flavour straight away. I struggled to get any taste of chocolate. It was completely overpowered by the mint. I had also expected the mint to be slightly moist. I was disappointed because it wasn't. It tasted just like a solid piece of mint. It was actually quite hard.
I think that the only good thing I can say about these straws is, that they have a great minty flavour. Otherwise they were a great disappointment to me. There was chocolate on them and I wanted a chocolate taste.
Each straw contains 24 calories and 1.4 grams of fat.
All the ingedients, and contact details for Nestle, are printed on the box.
I have looked in the supermarket and these straws sell for around £1.99. By my calculations that means each straw costs 10p. In my opinion this is a waste of money.
Would I buy these. Absolutely not. Apart from the mint flavour, they are completely boring and don't have any other taste.
This is the first time I have eaten anything, containing chocolate,and not liked it. Oh well, there has to be a first time for everything.
I love mint and I'm a huge fan of After Eight mints.
I was bought a tube of these After Eight straws and I have to say I think they are horrible. I have since bought another tube purely because I thought I might have had a bad batch, but nope, they really do taste horrible.
To me it was like eating mouth wash. I can't understand why they taste so horrible to me. The previous reviewer has said they taste like normal after eights. But to me they taste nothing like normal After Eights.
Taste aside, the packaging is quite nice and I like the tube like packaging, as for Christmas you can wrap it up like a cracker.
In terms of price, even if I liked these I think £1.59 for 90g of chocolate vs £2.28 for 300g of normal After Eights is a no brainer. Long live the original After Eight..
For the more informal setting, Nestlé has transformed its elegant wafer thin After Dinner Mint into a contemporary youthful straw. Packed in a modern, stylish tube, After Eight Straws will complement any evening's entertainment.