It’s Christmas and you’re sat around arguing in front of the telly. You reach into the tin of Quality Street, searching for the pink wrapper, for a Strawberry Delight. But no, he has eaten them all… again.
This scene is a variation of one commonly played out in homes across the country during the festive season. We all feel passionately about what we claim to be our territory within the purple tin. But often preferences overlap and it can cause a scuffle.
Thankfully, however, the problem is soon to be solved and Quality Street fans will be able to buy a tin filled only with their favourite variety, with department store John Lewis launching a pick and mix service.
They did something similar last year, however shoppers had to choose at least three different sweets. But this year the option is essentially ‘pick and don’t mix’ enabling those that are purist about their sweet treats to not have to purchase unwanted sweets that’ll just stay in their wrappers.
This means you could go home with a whole tin of hazelnut noisettes, the green triangles, or perhaps a golden haul of toffee fingers or filled to the brim with orange cremes. Excitingly the famed chocolates, owned by Swiss company Nestlé, will also bring out another sweet.
The new addition will mean that now there will be 13 flavours to choose from in the tin. While this may be an unlucky number for some, it won't be for those that like the idea of a milk chocolate crispy truffle bite with a praline and cereal centre. It has not yet been revealed what colour the new treat will be, but it is coming to a tin near you shortly.
Selecting your sweets in a John Lewis tin costs £12 and refilling a tin from last year with pick and mix is £10. This is naturally more than traditional Quality Street with mixed flavours that costs £7.50, however to many it will be worth the cash.
The service is currently offered in seventeen stores including Bluewater in Kent, Southampton, Cardiff, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Oxford, Nottingham, Cambridge, London’s Oxford Street, Southampton and Manchester’s Trafford Centre.
Shoppers will also be able to personalise their pick and mix by replacing the word ‘Quality’ on the lid with a different name for £15.
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