is a confectionery product described as "mint
enrobed in dark chocolate
" (although a milk chocolate version became available in 2006) and are intended, as the name suggests, to be used as after-dinner mints. 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
The Thin Mints have been made in the factory in Castleford, West Yorkshire since 1970, whereas the Chocolate Truffles are made in York. After Eights are now sold across Europe and North America, and one billion After Eight mints are made annually.
After Eights were originally just made from dark chocolate which was dairy-free. However, in 2007 Nestlé started adding butterfat to After Eights, so they are no longer dairy-free. Nestle also make special editions of After Eights, including orange After Eights and milk chocolate After Eights.
They are commonly referred to as after-tea mints.
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
. This can readily be coated in chocolate. After manufacture, the enzyme gradually splits the sucrose into the much more soluble glucose
, resulting in a more liquid consistency.
The After Eight family of products includes:
- Thin Mints: the original After Eight product, these comprise square dark or milk chocolate, enclosing mint fondant.
- Delights: round sweets of dark chocolate with a mint fondant filling.
- Straws: long, thin sticks of soft dark chocolate with a mint fondant filling.
- Biscuits: the newest addition to the After Eight family, these combine dark chocolate with mint in a biscuit.
- Chocolate Santa Claus: during the Christmas season, Nestlé Germany features a 125g Santa Claus made out of white or dark mint chocolate.
- Chocolate Truffles (Discontinued)
- Dark Chocolate Irish Creams (Discontinued)
- Ice Cream Dessert (Discontiuned)
- Lemon Sorbet (Discontinued)
- Bitesize: plain chocolate with mint fondant filling, similar in appearance to original Munchies. Originally known as Mintola, then renamed Mint Munchies in 1995 before being brought under After Eight brand in 2006.