Festive Fun and Frivolity! Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Festive Fun and Frivolity! Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Festive Fun and Frivolity! Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Festive Fun and Frivolity!

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

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.

Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers

Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers

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!

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

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!

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

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 

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

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.

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Serves 6
Prep time 3 hours, 15 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Misc Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
These little chocolate mint mousses are delightfully decadent and rich, but also light and fluffy and are very easy to make with just one box of After Eight mints and some whipping cream. The crème de menthe liqueur adds an extra minty kick, but if serving these to children, you can omit this if you like. Perfect for ending any special meal at times such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 300g box of After Eight Mints (Reserving 6 After Eight Mints to serve. I used the Ltd Edition Dark Chocolate After Eight Mints)
  • 2 tablespoons creme de menthe liqueur
  • 500mls whipping cream
  • edible gold glitter
  • 6 edible sugar paste stars
  • 6 After Eight Mints to serve

Note

These little chocolate mint mousses are delightfully decadent and rich, but also light and fluffy and are very easy to make with just one box of After Eight mints and some whipping cream. The crème de menthe liqueur adds an extra minty kick, but if serving these to children, you can omit this if you like. Perfect for ending any special meal at times such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Directions

Step 1 First select your tea cups and sauces, or wine glasses, glass serving bowls of choice.
Step 2 Unwrap all of the After Eight mints and place them in a sauce pan with a tablespoon of the whipping cream. Melt them over a gentle heat, stirring all the time, and making sure that you do NOT boil the mixture. Set the melted mixture to one side and add the crème de menthe, mix and allow to cool slightly.
Step 3 Whip the cream with a hand mixer until it holds peaks and is firm. Fold the cooled After Eight mixture into the cream gently, as not to make the cream collapse.
Step 4 Spoon the mousse into the tea cups or glass bowls and then decorate with some edible gold glitter and an edible gold star.
Step 5 Place the mousse in the fridge or a cold place to set for 2 to 3 hours - the mousse should be firm and yet light and fluffy when it is ready to serve. You can make these ahead of time and keep them in the fridge overnight.
Step 6 Serve with an After Eight mint for dunking and dipping!

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

As these chocolate mousses have booze in them and are perfect for parties and Christmas, I can enter them into several challenges!

Tea Time Treats hosted by Lavender and Lovage and What Kate Baked

December is Festive Foodie Gifts and Treats

Tea Time Treats

We Should Cocoa hosted by Chocolate Log Blog

December is Chocolate with Alcohol

Four Seasons Food is hosted by Delicieux and Eat Your Veg

December is PARTY FOOD

Four Seasons Food Winter

After Eight Mints Mousse

After Eight Mints Mousse

After Eight Mints Mousse

After Eight Mints Mousse & Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers

After Eight Mints Mousse & Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers

After Eight Mints Mousse & Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers

After Eight Mints Mousse & Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers

Comments

  1. says

    What a brilliant idea! I love the marriage of mint and chocolate so this really appeals to me and is also such a wonderfully simple recipe…much easier than lots of other mousses that can be so easy to get wrong. And such a fun way to serve them. Great job Karen. Thanks for entering this recipe into Four Seasons Food. I would happily eat one of these at any dinner party. x

    • says

      Thanks Anneli! That is what I was aiming for, a fool-proof easy to make mousse with a light texture, and as you can see from the photos, the mousse was indeed light and fluffy!

  2. says

    Love this Karen. What a fabulous way to show off all your lovely teacups and saucers. You are the Queen of vintage. The mousse sounds delightful. I love easy but decedent desserts you can wow everyone with, but take only a short time to put together. I can almost taste that minty chocolate. And creme de menthe? Now that really is vintage ;-) Thanks for entering this into We Should Cocoa :)

    • says

      Thanks Choclette! I was so pleased with this recipe, as it is SO easy to make and the results were brilliant – light chocolate mousse that was creamy and fluffy with a lovely peppermint hit! Karen

  3. says

    This sounds delicious! I absolutely LOVE After Eights (and sneaking those empty wrappers back into the box when no one’s looking). Always wanted to make something with them, but they’re always eaten – usually by playing the After Eight game – before I get the chance. Might well have to try this recipe out though!

  4. says

    such a brilliant idea to serve them in the tea cups, they look so pretty and what a gorgeous mousse… I may make this for Christmas day as a pudding, lovely and light! xx

    • says

      Thanks Dom – these are what I am making for Christmas Day now, as they are light and easy to make! I was dead chuffed with the recipe, not a complex one, but just goes to show that you don’t need all the bells and whistles for flavour!

  5. Maya Russell says

    A beautiful assortment of tea cups and a great idea to use them for the mousse. Thanks for the recipe. I have shared with G+.

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