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Some interesting facts about After Eight…

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

 


After Eight the word itself suggests something that should be eaten after having dinner. Now let us inform you that this is a chocolate brand that offers mint chocolate covered sugar confectionery. The thin chocolate mints of After Eight are one of the chocolates of this brand that are renowned and loved for their delicious and distinctive flavour. The bite-size pieces of dark chocolate are filled with a refreshing mint fondant, making them the perfect treat. 

In 1962, UK based company, Rowntree Company Limited created it but later in 1988 Nestle acquired Rowntree and since then Nestle is manufacturing the After Eight. Originally, After Eights were made from dairy-free dark chocolate. Nestlé started adding butterfat into it to make in certain production facilities in 2002 to enhance their resistance to chocolate bloom and this practice extended to all the production facilities in 2009. Nestlé has also produced a special edition of After Eights Chocolates with new flavours such as Orange & Mint and Thin Milk chocolate.

For those who might have an interest in purchasing this chocolate box let us tell you that the serving size is 2 mints and there are 17 servings in total, which equates to a total of 34 mints in the box. This brand has a new twist with a Mojito & Mint flavour. This new confection includes Mojito and Mint flavoured fondant with dark chocolate that is inspired by the classic Cuban cocktail. 

Coming to the ingredients of this After Eight Chocolate Brand and especially it’s famous After Eight Mint Chocolate, it includes Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Butterfat, Cocoa Butter, Citric Acid, Natural Peppermint Oil, Emulsifier, and Stabiliser. This chocolate contains a minimum of 50% cocoa solids. It is known that the more the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate, the more it is bent towards the healthier style as cocoa is good as well as beneficial for the health. 

After Eight Chocolates are different and interesting chocolate because they have the perfect balance of rich dark chocolate and cool creamy peppermint filling. Not only this, they can be considered environmentally friendly as their wrappers can be recycled. 

Want to have a bite of this delicious refreshing chocolate, you don’t need to wait for long hours. Make it on your own at home. The recipe is super-duper easy. 

Let’s start with it: 

The mint filling at the centre is nothing but sugar icing, water and peppermint OS flavour. This flavour is from Ossory. One can use any kind of chocolate such as compound or couverture. But if you get couverture then use that keeping as a priority because this chocolate is made with cocoa butter which is considered to be of higher quality and with that it is even richer than the compound chocolates. 

The ingredients to be used are listed below:

  1. 400g- dark chocolate/ combination of dark and milk chocolate. 
  2. 1 cup- icing sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon- water
  4. Few drops of cooking oil
  5. 1/8th teaspoon(30ml)- Ossoro peppermint OS/ Ossoro Oil peppermint

The method to make this chocolate is stated below:

  1. Prepare the foil cups of your desired shape, then melt the chocolate and pour it into your cups.
  2. Allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator for five to seven minutes. In the meantime, prepare the peppermint filling. Add icing sugar, water, oil, and Peppermint OS to a bowl. Sift all together and mix well. The filling is now ready to use but make sure that filling is not watery, stiff or dry. The consistency should be similar to thick mayo.(If you want to make it thinner then add a few drops of water or if want to make it thicker then use icing sugar).
  3. Now, fill the centre of the chocolates with peppermint filling made, making sure not to touch the edges.
  4. Place another thin layer of melted chocolate on top and chill again. Let it chill in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 minutes for it to fully set.

 You can make such chocolates at home, it’s fun! 

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