Quality Street and the Advantage of the Tall Tin

It’s the time of the year when many people are fortunate enough to receive tins of chocolates.  But the truth of it is that most of us cave and buy them in November even though we have piles of Halloween candy left over.  At least, that is the way it works Stateside.

Well, the Nestlé Quality Street tin is one of the British national favorites and is available year round.  John Mackintosh first started making his toffees in his sweet shop in Halifax, West Yorkshire back in 1890.  His business grew so much that he opened his factory in 1898.  Unfortunately, it burned down in 1909, and Mr. Mackintosh ended up buying an old carpet factory and started again.  To make a long story short, after Mr. Mackintosh’s death, his son, Harold, inherited the business, and rebranded the toffees as Quality Street after a J.M. Barrie play.  It was a play off the words, “Quality Sweet”.  Nestlé bought Rowntree Mackintosh in 1988 and have maintained its deliciousness ever since.

As you can see from the French text, I imported ours from Canada with the custard powder.  There was a reason for this.  They had the tall tin.  The tall tin is very important.  The tall tin has the ever important guide.  We got the wide tin last year, and it didn’t have one.  Being that I am the American, I still don’t have the wrapper colors memorized, and I didn’t want to keep bothering The Boffin.  (“Which one is the green one again?”)

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The only other option is to get this tattooed on my arm.

Secondly, the tall tin is a good lesson in sharing for The Sprog because it forces her not to hog her favorite chocolates and leave the rest for us. As you can see from the opening, it prevents the person from rifling through to hunt for the “good” ones.

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And we can easily catch anyone who dumps the tin out. Because someone who hogs one particular kind of chocolate is a nobhead. And the worst thing is if you are left with the one chocolate that nobody likes because the others hogged the good ones. We don’t want our daughter to be a nobhead.  We are a family.  Family means being kind to each other and sharing the good chocolates.

And with that notion, I hope your friends and family share the good chocolates with you too.

9 thoughts on “Quality Street and the Advantage of the Tall Tin

  1. If you can promise that the Sprog isn’t reading this, I’ll tell you about someone I know who–even as an adult–was known for pinching the bottoms of boxed, unwrapped chocolates to see what was inside. She would have had no hesitation about dumping out the whole box to get at the ones she wanted.

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  2. You are such lucky ducks! I haven’t had Quality Street since we emigrated. My sister and I had a great arrangement as she liked only soft centers and I dislike those but like the nutty and crunchy ones. We could, therefore, happily divide a ton between us. Shame about our parents and other siblings.

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  3. As a child with chicken pox, I hallucinated that there was a giant mauve wrappered brazil nut by my bed, it made me get up but when I did it wasn’t there. I was obviously worried that if I didn’t get up out of bed all of my favourite Quality Street sweets were going to be gone. They have a number of other brands now – Celebrations is popular but everyone’s favourite is Quality Street.

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