While it is way more simple to fill a candy jar with mint candy and serve them after dinner, it is way more impressive and satisfying to serve these mints in the form of a homemade dessert. Very similar to: it is way less hassle to serve a take out menu! But nothing beats the feeling of serving an impressive, five-star festive dinner, entirely homemade! Otherwise, it would be way more relaxing to just reserve a festive dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants; in the same sense as: who needs the mess at home?! But we all like to gather up at home, we all like “Aunt Jane’s Turkey”, we all want childhood memories, so we all go the extra mile in the festive season.
Since we are going all out this festive season, and making sure to put our cooking talents on display with my carefully selected menus, it is only fitting to include these beautiful servings of after dinner mints. Yes, it is a bit of extra work, but I know there are lots of you out there who will settle for nothing less than a completely home-cooked festive dinner that is absolutely impressive. And for you guys, this recipe 🙂
These After Eight Domes look fabulous and the rim of assorted mini chocolate balls lends them a more festive feel. The mixed chocolate cigarillos on top of the domes tie up the look together, making the domes even more festive. These domes are delicious, with luscious servings of chocolate cake and Bavarian Mint Mousse, all encased in Dark Chocolate Ganache. They will cool and refresh your palate, while also satisfy your sweet tooth. Much better than the medicinal overpowering flavour of those candy mints!
With that said, not everyone is into the flavour of mint in desserts. If you or your guests don’t fancy minty flavours, then don’t worry, I have gone for fresh mint instead of the menthol essence – menthol essence is very powerful (go for the essence if you really want that minty flavour). The use of fresh mint will make this dessert slightly minty but not overly. However, and if you still prefer not to have mint at all, just omit the mint leaves, and you will end up with a vanilla and chocolate flavoured dessert. Not many will argue with that option!
Please note that because this dessert includes multiple steps of prep, I would advise you consider the required time, and make it over a couple of days.
- Day 1, prepare all the parts.
- Day 2 assemble and leave to set.
Ok now, let’s do this…