It can be disappointing to not find your favourite chocolate in the tin, and one fan kicked off the annual backlash after taking the time to sort all the sweets in a box of Quality Street
It’s that time of year again – chocolate fans are completing audits of the Christmas tins.
One sweet treat lover has kicked off with reviewing two of the biggest hitters: The Quality Street and Roses 800g tins.
Fearless researcher Inequality Street shared a picture of their findings on Facebook after taking the time to sort the sweets in the box by shapes and colours.
Their study found that in an 800g Quality Street tin, only four were Green Triangles, but a whopping 12 were Caramel Swirls.
Meanwhile, the intrepid reviewer praised Cadbury Roses, where they found the tin contained 10 Golden Barrels, and 10 Caramels.
And they were impressed that the 800g tin actually weighed 818g when you included the wrappers, while Quality Street includes the wrappers in the overall weight.
Their post said: “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.”
Other researchers were keen to offer their expert assessments of the fragile situation.
One 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 added: “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.”
A third wrote: “Suspicions Confirmed! Never enough of The Purple One! A great Math provocation for data too!”
Responding to the pages findings, a Nestlé spokeswoman 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.”
And for those concerned about the lack of Purple Ones or Green Triangles, rest easy, you can make your own tin.
The spokeswoman added: “We know that Quality Street fans feel passionately about their favourites and there is something for everyone within the mix.