Gooseberry Cream, anyone? The discontinued flavours of Quality Street that used to feature in the tin – from an Apricot Delight to a Fig Fancy
- Chocolates used to contain variety of flavours which are no longer available
- Includes a Mint Fondant, Hazelnut Éclair, Vanilla Octagon and Fig Fancy
- The iconic ‘purple one’ used to contain Brazil nut in caramel instead of a hazelnut
- British confectionery company reveals discontinued sweets from octagonal tin
It wouldn’t be Christmas without someone brandishing a colourful tin of Quality Street – leading to a fight over the last Green Triangle.
But not all of the flavours we’ve come to know and love in the purple octagonal box have been part of the mix since the sweets were created.
A Quality Street representative has revealed there used to be a whole host of different choccies which have since been discontinued, reports Delish.
They also provided a series of sketches of the 18 original varieties of chocolates which filled the tin.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without someone brandishing a colourful tin of Quality Street – leading to a fight over the last green triangle
Many of the discontinued sweets are fruity concoctions, with a Gooseberry Cream, Apricot Delight, Fig Fancy (in a light brown wrapper) and Fruits of the Forest Crème (in a pale purple wrapper) among the mix.
The Gooseberry Cream, which was encased in a green wrapper, featured a light green fondant with a dash of gooseberry preserve, covered in milk chocolate, while the Apricot Delight came in a blue wrapper and was a square chunk of apricot flavour jelly coated in milk chocolate.
Meanwhile the iconic ‘Purple One’, which is a crescent-shaped chocolate containing runny caramel and whole hazelnut, used to feature a Brazil nut.
The sketches of the original Quality Street show how the sweet – then called Chocolate Creme Toffee Brazils – used to look, with a description explaining how the Brazil nut was ’embedded in a lovely rich toffee which is as soft as a fondant’.
A Quality Street representative has revealed there used to be a whole host of different choccies which have since been discontinued. Pictured: An exploding tin advertisement shot of Mackintosh’s Quality Street from 1972
These original sketches show the 18 original varieties of chocolates which once filled the tin
Many of the original Quality Street sweets were a traditional blend of chocolate and toffees
The current Milk Choc Block, in a green wrapper, replaced the Milk Chocolate Round, while the Mint Fondant, in a pale green wrapper, was akin to the current Strawberry Crème, but with a mint crème filling.
There was also a wider range of toffees in the tubs back in the day, likely down to the origins of Quality Street.
These included a Chocolate Nut Toffee Cream, a Malt Toffee (later replaced by Toffee Deluxe), a Toffee Square (a small square of very hard toffee in a metallic pink wrapper) and a Chocolate Toffee Cup (now the Caramel Swirl).
Quality Street was invented in 1936 by Harold Mackintosh, who inherited his father John’s toffee factory.
Discontinued Quality Street sweets
Chocolate Nut Toffee Cream
Milk Chocolate Round
Fruits Of The Forest Crème
Chocolate Strawberry Cream (now replaced with Strawberry Delight)
Chocolate Toffee Cup (now replaced with Caramel Swirl)
John and his wife started out with a shop in Halifax, where they created a new sweet by blending hard toffee with soft caramel.
They were so popular that the operation was expanded in 1898, with the couple opening the world’s first toffee factory.
The original 18 Quality Street
Chocolate Crème Toffee Brazils
Cafe Au Lait Carameline
Milk Chocolate Whirl
Jaffe Chocolate Toffees
Quality Street Toffee
Chocolate Toffee Crispets
Quality Street Extra Butter Toffee
Quality Street Almond Extra Butter Toffee
Quality Street Harrogate Toffee
Chocolate Butter Toffee
Chocolate Butter Toffee Walnut
Quality Street Cream Caramel
Quality Street Vanilla Toffee
Harold’s vision was to produce boxes of chocolates – back then only affordable for the wealthy – that were accessible to the working classes, presented in a brightly coloured tin with the sweets individually wrapped.
The name was inspired by J.M. Barrie’s play, with characters dressed in Regency era costumes on the front – known as Miss Sweetly and Major Quality.
They featured on all Quality Street boxes and tins until 2000, with the original models being Tony and Iris Coles – the children of Sydney Coles, who designed the advertising campaign that first appeared in an advert on the front page of the Daily Mail on May 2, 1936.
The brand was acquired by Nestlé when the company bought Rowntree Mackintosh in 1988.
In September we reported Nestlé cut the size of the family favourites for another year, with tubs shrinking from 720g to 650g.
Beleaguered customers have complained they’ve been hit by ‘shrinkflation’, as the tubs shrunk by 70g – with the RRP remaining the same at £7.74.
In 2014, Quality Street went from 820g down to 780g (wrapped weight), while in 2017, the tubs reduced in size and weight from 780g to 750g.
In 2018, the sweet Christmas staple that is shared across the nation remained the same price at £5 but was reduced from 750g to 720g.
Nestlé said it had chosen to invest in new designs, sweets, wrapping, and larger tins with a more expensive mix.
Customers can buy a 650g tub or 800g, 1kg, 1.2kg and 2kg tins, with prices set by retailers.
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