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If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to boxes of Christmas chocolate, you’ll be pleased to know that someone out there has already crunched the numbers for you on which ones you should be going for.
In a remarkable and wonderful piece of pedantry, a person online called Inequality Street meticulously weighed up and measured the sweets to present a fully-costed analysis of their relative value for money.
On Facebook, they presented their findings and discovered that in an 800 gram Quality Street tin, there’s just four of the coveted green triangles, but 12 caramel swirls.
OK, no-one is worried about the amount of caramel swirls – the more the better – but the sparse green triangles represents a big problem.
They’re easily the best one, right?
However, the reviewer did reserve praise for Cadbury’s Roses, as they discovered that the box had no less than 10 golden barrels, as well as 10 caramels.
Furthermore, the 800g Roses tin weighed in at 818g, which is a whole extra 18g of sweet chocolatey goodness.
Quality Street – they remarked – weighs the wrappers as well, adding them to the overall total.
It’s a minefield, basically.
The person wrote: "Kicking off the Christmas 2021 chocolate audits are the two big hitters: The Quality Street and Roses 800g tins.
"On first viewing it definitely appears to be a case of Quality Street by name, Inequality Street by nature with a whopping disparity of 12 Caramel Swirls (14.3%) to a measly 4 Green Triangles (4.8%).
"Delve a little deeper and the picture is even more bleak for the delicious 3-sided featherweight: Weighing in at just 8.2g each, their 32.8g contribution to the tin represents an even more paltry 4.1% of the overall 800g tin - Hang your heads in shame, Quality Street!
"Over at Cadburys things definitely seem to be far more democratic with a top to bottom spread of 10 Golden Barrels and 10 Caramels (13.2% each) to 7 Signature Truffles (9.2%).
"An honourable mention to the folks at Bournville for the fact that their 800g tin is Christmas-Tree-Busting 818g when you include the wrappers (yes, Quality St include the wrappers in their 800g).
"Quality St could’ve given us an extra 2 Green Triangles if they had been a bit more generous with their accounts."
Not everyone agrees with this incredibly important analysis.
One person commented: "I assume this research was done with a single tin of each product. We need a bigger sample to understand the natural variations.
"The Roses tin sampled appears to be even numbers allowing for a variation in the tin filling. I agree Quality Street appears to be uneven. More data please."
Another said: "I am always taken aback at how many of those circular gold toffees there are. I put them straight in the bin as the ratio of toffee cost to filing replacement cost is off the scale."
In response, a Nestle spokesperson said: “We balance our Quality Street selection by grouping the sweets into three categories that we know our consumers love: fruits; toffees and fudge; and nuts, chocolates and caramels, with each roughly making up a third of the total.
"We don’t give exact numbers for each sweet as the contents may vary. We know that Quality Street fans feel very passionately about their own particular favourites, so we ensure there is something for everyone within the mix.”