Nineteenth century English gentlemen and ladies would sometimes dine after eight in the evening. (So I say based purely on Jane Austen literature!) The dining time was especially practiced if said gentleman or lady had guests over for dinner.
However, Alex doesn’t expect me to dine late into the evening. He does expect me to eat his share of savory chocolate mints. And teasing me for eating After Eight mints simply makes him laugh!
Who Makes ‘After Eight’ and Where They’re Sold
It’s a crying disappointment how Nestle withholds these savory and mouthwatering chocolate mints from average American grocers. When searching for information on Nestle’s website, I found I had to change my country to “UK and Ireland” in order to simply find the mints!
Nevertheless, all is not lost. After some searching, I found two or three retail grocers who carried After Eight mints. This particular box I found came from – You guessed it! – Cost Plus World Market. This store had it discretely shelved on a lower shelf opposite the popular, worldwide candies. At least, so it was at this particular location in Northern California.
What Nestle Says About These Popular UK Treats
Nestle talks about the elegance and savory flavoring of the After Eight mints, of course. But what I found interesting was the predominant ingredients in the mint. These ingredients include dark chocolate, 100% natural peppermint oil, and most unexpected of them all – fondant!
Originally, when Nestle first produced these savory mints, the advertisements appeared on television early after eight o’clock. The product’s design was based on an antique baroque, silver clock, as seen currently on the individual mint covers. And according to Nestle’s statistics, 50% of the mints consumed in the UK are After Eight mints.
What Drew Me To Them – ‘After Eight’ Aesthetics
Whoever designed the packaging, both the box and the individual wrappers, must have done extensive research. Several qualities exist that draw the buyers in:
- After Eight mints are social mints. Twenty mints are included to share among a group, whether they be family or friends.
- The outer packaging quietly draws attention to itself, telling us to look at its savory products.
- Nestle officially labeled the product as ‘After Eight – Mint Chocolaty Thins’ with visually appealing letters.
- The individual wrappers are – pardon my American vocabulary – thin and crinkly with beautiful golden clock designs.
Need I Describe How ‘After Eight’ Mints Taste?
Once I learned about the 100% natural peppermint oil included in the delicacy, I was sold. To taste a smooth, creamy mint sounded like a good reason to stay at home in the evening. And as Alex and I soon learned upon purchasing the product, I was right.
The strong peppermint flavor leaves a strong, but pleasant, aftertaste. One mint satisfies me. Although, Nestle recommends five After Eight mints as a serving size. The portion is up to the consumer, as it always is. Overall, I highly recommend the product.
P.S. Don’t let the price scare you! The eight to nine dollar purchase price are dollars well spent!