Bitter truth of festive sweet treats
THE secret is out of the box – taste testers have lifted the lid on why our favourite tins of chocolates are packed with the least popular varieties.
Consumer watchdog Which? found that there are twice as many of the sweets we prefer to let others pick first.
Strawberry Delight and Orange Creme are the last to go in a tub of Quality Street with 10 and nine each, compared with just five of top choice The Purple One.
And there are just two Toffee Pennies in a Green Triangle Purple One Orange Creme Fudge
Caramel Swirl Toffee Finger Strawberry Delight Milk Choc Block Toffee Penny Twix
Bounty Malteser Teaser Milky Way Galaxy Caramel Snickers 720g tub, compared with six fudge sweets and six Coconut Eclairs. And while Hazel in Caramel were the top Cadbury Roses choice for a third, there are only five in a 660g tub. Cadbury Heroes were found to have too many Eclair sweets – 12 in a 660g tub – but just nine Wispas.
The survey of 1,000 adults found 650g tubs of Mars Celebrations struck the best balance, with an equal number of Malteser Coconut Eclair Orange Crunch Toffee Deluxe Teaser, Bounty, Galaxy and Galaxy Caramel chocs – 10 each. Which? Magazine editor Harry Rose said: “It’s not your family’s fault that your favourite flavours disappear from the tub so quickly.”
Quality Street maker Nestle said the chocs were put into three sections – fruit creams, chocolates and caramel/fudge
– with each category making up one-third of the total. A spokesman said: “Each tub is broadly split into thirds along these lines, which is why you will get more sweets like Hazel Whirl Strawberry Dream Country Fudge Signature Truffle Golden Barrel Coffee Escape Hazel in Caramel Caramel the Strawberry Delight, which is one of only two fruit creams and fewer of The Purple One or Green Triangle, which are just two of the five, mainly chocolate based sweets.”
Cadbury admitted there could be “minor deviations” but said the mix for Roses and Heroes tubs were “specifically hand-picked” and reviewed regularly. Celebrations owner Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK said: “Every year we enjoy seeing the debates rage about the nation’s favourite Celebrations. The random mix makes it perfect for sharing.” Dairy Milk Chunk Fudge
Dairy Milk Creme Egg Wispa Chocolate Eclair Twirl
Coffee Escape Caramel Bites Tangy Orange Creme Strawberry Dream Signature Truffle Caramel Bite