It is that time of year again, the one where the seasonal aisle in the supermarket becomes full to bursting with sweet treats - chocolate and Christmas puddings galore.
In honour of the occasion, and because wherever I turn there appears to be a new tin of Quality Street, Roses or those Miniature Hero things, here are my favourite five Quality Street sweets.
- Fudge. Clearly, because it is just like a mini fudge bar, and everyone knows a finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat. And by your kids, I mean me. My only complaint is that it’s in a pink wrapper which just doesn’t seem to suit the fudge thing. Not pink, surely?
- Orange chocolate crunch. It’s no secret that no one likes the orange sweets or the strawberry sweets, but the orange chocolate crunch is different. It’s just like chocolate but with an orange tang, rather than a weird mess of fruit flavoured creme stuff.
- The green triangle. An odd shape for a sweet but delicious nonetheless. Come to think of it, I’m not really sure what is in this one. Sort of, squidgy chocolatey stuff. I know they made giant green triangles at one point, but I was not brave enough to try one of those.
- Toffee finger. There are far too many toffee related items in the Quality Street tin - three, in fact. The toffee penny is a surefire way to need a dentist, but for some reason, the toffee finger is a bit less dramatic. It’s still chewy, and you still have to be careful of your pearly whites, but it’s the best of the three options.
- Milk choc block. This is a new one on me, I don’t recall there being a single slab of chocolate in these tins before, but I quite like it. I always find that a full bar of just chocolate can be quite dull, but if you get the occasional block here and there, it is definitely a treat to enjoy it by itself.
Mmm, chocolate. It’s such a shame that I had to open a new tin of Quality Street just to make sure I was doing full research for this post. Maybe next Friday I’ll have to do my top five Roses. That would be a shame too.