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December is here and that means that time has arrived when it's appropriate to crack out the chocolate - but customers of some family favourites have been less than pleased with this year's offerings.
We all have our favourite chocolates that we'd prefer a whole tin of, but the Green Triangles are often a safe bet as a crowd pleaser - however, this year, customers have been complaining there just isn't enough of the chocolatey-hazelnut treats.
One person took to Twitter to complain that there were only a meagre three Green Triangles in their tin and another person was shocked to find they had absolutely zero.
@QualityStreetUK I literally made a brand new Twitter just to tell you I'm disappointed with this. Not a single green triangle in the can. Some fucking sick joke. pic.twitter.com/00Y3aKz7Is
- popqr (@popqr1) November 9, 2018
They tweeted: "@QualityStreetUK I literally made a brand new Twitter just to tell you I'm disappointed with this. Not a single green triangle in the can. Some fucking sick joke."
The Sun got in touch with Quality Street's owner Nestlé who said it doesn't sell any products in the UK with no green triangles.
However, apparently there is a fairly simple reason there could be less of the triangular treats in each tin.
So went to buy my standard @QualityStreetUK for under the xmas tree... only 3 green triangles and 4 orange biscs for the whole box?!? I know green triangles are everyones favs but have the employees been eating them before they get boxed?! So upset :weary::sob: pic.twitter.com/xTLLwMYSCx
- :sparkles:♀️K.W:maple_leaf::crescent_moon: (@lem0nwade) November 27, 2018
In an interview with iNews a Nestlé spokesperson said it takes 'cost, weight and nutrition' into consideration during the production process, which is 'why there is little variation from product to product'.
The spokesperson said: "The Quality Street assortment is made of up of three different types of sweet: fruit cremes, chocolates, and toffees and fudge.
"Each tub is broadly split into thirds along these lines, which is why you will get more sweets like the strawberry delight, one of only two fruit cremes. [You get] fewer of the purple one and green triangle, [as they] are just two of the five mainly chocolate-based sweets.
"Other factors we have to consider during the process are keeping the weight, nutritional value, and cost of each tub steady so that the on-pack labelling and RRP is accurate and consistent."
The Nestlé spokesperson went on to say, obviously, some of the sweets contain more sugar and fats meaning if too many of them made it into the tin the average nutritional value would be too high.
So, if you think about the fact obesity is on the rise, they are just trying to help us. But that doesn't mean we don't want our Green Triangles - I suppose you could always head over to John Lewis and choose a tin of your favourites.