Friday, September 13, 2013

After Eight (man) time is up

Part of my project - "Lebanon's History Book"

The man who gave us After Eight and Lion Bar (Bian Sollit) is dead. Of why this is of importance, it's because After Eight was part of my own "Contemporary History of Lebanon" project which tries to re-tell versions of the past, not necessarily official ones. After Eight, whereas ubiquitous today, was only imported to Lebanon around Christmas while I was growing up. So one had to wait for it on yearly basis to explore the chocolate-minty combination to perfection. And one had to ration the amount allowed. So the news that the man who invented the item so interlinked with a Christmas ritual has now passed away makes that past look even more distant - and paradoxically more contemporary.


Anonymous said...

How come I've never heard of After Eight? Do they sell them in Lebanon?

Tarek Chemaly said...

Yes, anywhere from the Duty Free to Chocolate ice creams (like Mars and Snickers, there's also After Eight). Chase restaurant even has a dessert based on mint and chocolate called After Eight.