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.
Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse
|Prep time||3 hours, 15 minutes|
|Misc||Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
|Occasion||Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 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
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.
|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!|
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
We Should Cocoa hosted by Chocolate Log Blog
December is Chocolate with Alcohol
Four Seasons Food is hosted by Delicieux and Eat Your Veg
Anneli Faiers 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
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!
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 🙂
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
Craig - The Usual Saucepans 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!
Thanks Craig! This is a great little recipe and worth making over Christmas if you get the chance!
Glamorous Glutton says
What a great idea, a perfect Christmas dessert. They look wonderful in the vintage cups, so pretty. GG
Thanks GG! A simple recipe and a simple way to serve them, but, they looked and tasted great! Karen
Julie's Family Kitchen says
Chocolate and mint are a heavenly combination. Such a clever recipe, I’m sure it tastes fabulous.
Thanks Julie! I was so pleased with the way these turned out, and so easy to make too!
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
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!
Tracy Nixon says
Super thanks! G+1’d!
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+.
Thanks Maya, I am sure you would LOVE this recipe, as it’s so easy to make!
What a lovely idea, my children would love this, it looks delicious!
Thanks Anna, and it would be VERY easy for your children to help you make these too! 🙂 Karen
ursula hunt says
These look and sound delicious 🙂
Thanks Ursula – they tasted divine!
Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry says
Chocolate – tick, easy-tick.
LOL! Thanks – tick! Karen 🙂
Vanesther - Bangers & Mash says
These look absolutely beautiful – much more sophisticated than my very OTT sundaes! And just wonderful served in your vintage china too.
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
How lovely, Karen! Not a great chocolate fan, I *do* love chocolate and mint. AND I have a vast collection of teacups and saucers, so this goes on my to-do list!
Tracy Nixon says
This is going to be our dessert on Christmas Day!!!!
ursula hunt says
I love things presented ‘en tasse’ very delicate
Jo Carroll says
Wonderful recipe….a must try – thanks 🙂