After Eight

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on January 4 2007 | Leave A Comment

After Eight

When I think of the ’70s, three things come to mind; Fondue sets, ABBA and After Eights. Back in the day, these were the height of luxury and sophistication. (Er… After Eight, I mean, not ABBA.)
As a child, I somehow believed the universe would end spectacularly if I ate an After Eight mint before 8pm. These days I eat them for breakfast, and as far as I know, the universe has not exploded yet. I’m guessing my parents lied to me to stop me eating their chocolate. They did that a lot.

After Eight

After Eights are thin ‘after dinner’ chocolates with a mint flavour fondant centre. Each mint comes in a little black wax-paper envelope to make it look a bit more posh. And presumably to stop the chocolate melting and making the whole lot stick together.

As Simon pointed out in his review of After Eight Grand Marnier Straws, the words “Plain Chocolate” on the ingredients list with no indication of cocoa content don’t exactly inspire confidence in the quality.

But as after dinner mints go, they’re not bad. They’re quite refreshing and minty – although the peppermint flavour does somewhat overwhelm any chocolateyness.

They’re just not posh chocs any more. I’m quite sure that in this day and age nobody would serve After Eights at a serious dinner party any more than they’d serve Ferrero Rocher to an ambassador.

Luckily, I’m not planning any dinner parties, so I can quite happily scoff the whole box in private without fear of ruining my social status.


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Comments On This Post

  1. Elizabeth

    I always enjoy reading your chocablog, I love your sense of humor.
    Have a wonderful 2007!

  2. Have you tried the new after eight sticks. They taste good (if you like after eights) but the design has a serious flaw. Once you’ve opened them most people will try to pick them up from the top of the tube which then generally falls away from the bottom scattering them all over the place.

  3. Bruno

    Those who eat after-dinner mints late at night should not be surprised if they wake up after eight.

  4. george

    I am thinking of having an ‘after eight’ as a theme for my new years party.
    leaving 2008… its after 8….geddit?

    cant decide if i like it or not…what do people think….? would you think this was a good party theme or not?

  5. wafa shishani

    انها الذ شوكولاته على الاطلاق

  6. Tall Hot Chocolate

    Wow I stocked up on Ater Eights and Fererro Rocher at my costco for my Christmas Party. No ambassadors there so no worries.

    I’ve been thinking about why they are called After Eight.

    Through logical Reasoning and experimentation I’ve discovered that After Eight of them you’ve had enough.

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  8. Rosie O'Grady

    For those of you who think After Eights are so wonderful & that they used to be the most elegant chocolate, I find the quality is nothing like when I started eating them about 50 years ago, when they were indeed a fine chocolate. Already, about 20 years ago, there were two qualities on the shelves, & the cheaper one was of course not as good. The only quality I find today is cheapo, even if the price isn’t. That’s what happens when Nestlé takes over: cheapo ingredients, bigger profits. Whatever the product. Fµ©< Nestlé!

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