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23rd Sep 2016

Quality Street fans grab their pitchforks after age-old chocolate is ruthlessly dropped

Not happy


It’s been a turbulent week of separations.

First we learned that Hollywood super-couple Brangelina have filed for divorce, then Mary Berry pledged her loyalty to the BBC by officially departing the Channel 4-bound Great British Bake Off, and now – prepare for possibly the biggest bombshell of them all – Quality Street have announced that they’re mercilessly replacing one of their original chocolates.

Yep, it’s goodbye to the Toffee Deluxe – first introduced to the collection in 1919 – and hello to the new-age “Honeycomb Crunch”.

In fairness to Nestlé, it sounds as though the decision was largely down to customers complaining that Quality Street is too toffee-heavy; a ridiculous suggestion, but as Peep Show’s Super Hans famously warned us – you can’t trust people.

The Toffee Deluxe, in case you need reminding, is the chubby, chocolate-covered toffee in brown wrapper. The straight-up Toffee Penny and Chocolate Toffee Finger have survived the cull, and will remain in the selection.

Admittedly the Honeycomb Crunch – a barrel-shaped truffle filled with little chunks of honeycomb – does sound really quite tasty. Nestlé said they’re celebrating the 80th birthday of the legendary last-minute Christmas present by introducing the first new addition since 2007.

But a glance at social media will tell you that a lot of people are simply not having it.

If you’re reading this and find yourself agreeing with those opposing the decision, it is possible for you to do something about it. A particularly passionate toffee enthusiast has launched a petition to bring the timeless chocolate back. Have a voice. Join the movement.

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