In the past, Simon & I have reviewed After Eight and After Eight Grand Marnier Straws, and in both cases we’ve noticed something missing on the packaging; an indication of cocoa content. Instead, Nestlé prefers to call After Eights simply “plain chocolate” – a description it has managed to live up to quite well.
So when I saw this bar on the shelf in Tesco, it caught my eye. A big bar of After Eight with “Dark Chocolate” and “70%” both featured prominently on the label. Obviously someone at Nestlé is reading Chocablog…
They’ve clearly made a bit of an effort with the presentation too. Inside the thick paper and gold foil, you’ll find eight large, glossy squares of dark chocolate, deeply embossed with the After Eight logo. As soon as you start to unwrap it, you’re immediately greeted by that familiar, overwhelming minty aroma that takes you straight back to 1979… and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
So does this “70% Dark Chocolate” taste any different from the old “plain chocolate”? Well frankly, no. The chocolate tastes just like it does in classic After Eight mints. In other words, it doesn’t taste of much at all. Granted, that’s partly because the sweet, gooey, minty filling overwhelms all other flavours, but even when taken in isolation, it doesn’t have anything special going on.
Glancing at the back of the wrapper, I notice the small print still describes this as “Plain chocolate with peppermint flavoured fondant cream centre”. It seems they just can’t get away from that plain-ness.
But here’s the interesting part. Despite not being able to muster a great deal of enthusiasm for this, I still demolished that bar pretty quickly. I guess the conclusion is simple – if you liked the original After Eights, you’ll like this. If you didn’t, you won’t. They’re exactly the same.