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If you’ve ever dined at Olive Garden (no judgments), you’ve received a pleasant surprise after the meal is over: Andes Candies, those chocolate mint candies that everyone who doesn’t hate the flavor of chocolate mint seems to love. But have you ever really looked at them, and compared them to what Andes Candies actually look like?
Take a look at the picture above. On the right, Olive Garden’s after-dinner mints, clearly marked with the Andes logo. On the left, Andes Candies as they’re usually found in the wild. Clearly two completely different things. The candies on the left are actually Andes best-selling Crème de Menthe variety, which sandwiches mint between two layers of chocolate. Andes also produces a harder-to-find Mint Parfait variety, which sandwiches chocolate between two layers of mint. But the version served at Olive Garden is clearly just two equal layers, one with chocolate and one with mint.
So we reached out to Olive Garden to see what the deal here is. Where are these magical candies coming from, we asked them, and are there any differences besides the design? “They are custom-made for us, featuring a different shape and wrapper,” a representative replied. “The recipe is the same.”
So there you have it! You won’t be able to find those Olive Garden after-dinner mints anywhere else.