Festive Fun and Frivolity!
Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse
Who doesn’t love chocolate, and especially chocolate puds and desserts! So, when I was approached by After Eight Mints, the Rolls Royce of the chocolate after dinner mint world, I was pleased to accept their challenge to design and create a recipe using their iconic After Eight Mints as the base ingredient…..such a hard job, but someone has to do it as the saying goes. Many an After Eight Mint has passed my lips, and many an empty wrapper has been placed surreptitiously back in the box in an attempt to ruse the other diners, but, I have not baked or cooked with them thus far, well as far as I can remember, mainly due to the fact that the chocolates have all been finished long before any seeds of a minty chocolate pud has come to mind. I was up for the challenge however, and the lovely people at After Eight sent me a small hamper full of their delicious chocolates and a £50 supermarket voucher in order to purchase any other ingredients I needed to create my masterpiece.
I had a recipe in mind, in fact I have toyed with making the recipe before, but not with After Eight Mints; basically, I wanted an EASY and STRESS-FREE dessert that would appeal to all ages and one that could be whipped up in a trice over the festive period……..something that could be made ahead of time and that could be served in a quirky and unusual way. The idea of a chocolate “chocolate” mousse had been on my mind for a while, I thought that by melting some chocolates, such as After Eight, and then mixing the melted result with thick cream and a splash of booze, I would have the makings of an easy but very tasty dessert for Christmas, and so I experimented and was rewarded with the lightest, creamiest and most delectable dessert imaginable – these little Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousses were just DIVINE!
Mint chocolate mousse is just fine, and the proof of the pudding is in the eating, but how to serve them in an imaginative way? I have a selection of lovely glass bowls and wine glasses were also a consideration, but then I thought of another way to present this delectable mousse, and that was in an eclectic variety of vintage tea cups and saucers! I have an odd assortment of tea cups I use for food styling, as well as some from matching dinner services and tea services, and I think you will agree that the mousse looks just fabulous when served this way, plus, you all get to have an EXTRA After Eight Mint served for dipping and dunking on your saucer!
I was so pleased with this recipe, as well as my serving idea and these 6 tea cups of After Eight mousse were devoured the other evening, with requests for the recipe too. This is the PERFECT recipe idea for the Christmas and New Year period – these little chocolate mousses are easy to make, and if you are serving them to children, why not serve them in their favourite mug? The recipe is shared below as well as a little gallery of images, so you can see what cups I used – they are all different sizes (for daddy, mummy and baby bears) and patterns, and they were greeted by “oooohs and ahhhhhs” when I brought them out to the table. I hope you enjoy this recipe if you try it out this Christmas, and do pop back tomorrow, when I have some more festive recipe to share. Have a GREAT Sunday, see you soon, Karen
Disclaimer: I received some After Eight Mints and a £50 supermarket voucher in order to make this recipe. With thanks to Sophie and all at After Eight Mints to asking me to be part of this recipe challenge.
As these chocolate mousses have booze in them and are perfect for parties and Christmas, I can enter them into several challenges!