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kjen Nov 30, 2007 08:43 AM

This past week I bought a tin of Quality Street Chocolates and Caramels at World Market thinking the chocolate and caramel would be creamy and soft. It turns out neither are creamy and both are more-or-less hard/stale. Does anyone know if the candy is supposed to be this way? I thought it would be the equivalent of See's candy in the US, but it seems more like Whitman's...

Thanks.

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    snowcat619 Dec 15, 2008 12:18 PM

    kjen- I have grown up on Quality Street chocolates and really love them. I remember the first time I had them in Iceland with my mom. BUT it is hard to find any in the US that is not REALLY old. Once they get old the chocolate starts to taste different/hard and the fillings get tough. I have a hard time finding them at all in the U.S. but when I do 50% of the time the chocolates are old and not any good at all. That is always a disappointment. If you can get your hands on a tin that is fresh...it is a much more enjoyable treat. They are very good quality...nothing like Whitmans chocolates. (those are just bad)

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      tenjo Apr 12, 2010 07:33 PM

      I too grew up on Quality Street. Back in 1960s, my parents would bring them for me whenever they went to London or wherever else in Europe. They were creamy, caramely, and very sweet. However, after Nestle bought them, the quality started going downhill. Nestle, like any other corporation, is more interested in selling subpar product for higher prices. I stopped buying them in 2000.

    2. FoodieKat Jan 4, 2008 10:21 PM

      Celebrations and Cadbury's Roses are much better chocolate selections, as well as Galaxy's variety pack (not readily available in the US unfortunately). I'm not crazy about Quality Street either.

      1. typetive Jan 2, 2008 12:33 PM

        Yes, they're made with lots more sugar than chocolate.

        I'm not that keen on them, though I just figured it was personal taste. The chocolate is too sticky, milky sweet for me and the flavored centers/caramels are just not distinctive enough.

        I'll definitely stick with See's if given a choice. (Whitman's or Elmer's seems like a good approximation, except I think QS is more expensive unless you get it at the post-holiday sales.)

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          Chomp Jan 1, 2008 10:45 PM

          We received a box of Quality Street for Christmas this year, and we were so disappointed with what they've become, that I was looking to see if anybody else had noticed the drop in "quality". Years ago, they were really good, now they're just like any other boxed chocolates - even the wrappers aren't as nice anymore. We've been referring to them as "Inferior Alley" as opposed to "Quality Street".

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            Axalady Jan 2, 2008 05:11 AM

            Inferior Alley! Good one. My MIL is English. She insists on buying Quality Street chocolates every year and puts them in bowls for people to eat, but nobody eats them! I don't know why she buys them year after year. I guess that she must enjoy eating them after the new year. Absolutely lousy quality. On the other hand, her brother is visiting from England and brought us some Flakes, Cadbury and Aero bars. Quite a treat.

          2. Kajikit Dec 3, 2007 02:25 PM

            Quality Street is very low-grade chocolate... I swear they used to be better when I was a kid! But nowadays they're something to have for nostalgia purposes only.

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              Blueicus Dec 1, 2007 07:53 PM

              Man, those bring back memories... and realizing how misnamed those chocolates are (unless they actually were made on a street named Quality). I think the only ones I ate were the soft artificial tasting strawberry ones (round, double line) and the green triangles. Otherwise I generally left them alone. Chocolate's also somewhat chalky.

              1. Greg B Dec 1, 2007 01:08 PM

                Quality Street used to be very good back in the 70s when I first had them. They were made by Rowntree-Mackintosh and imported into North America from England. Then they started being made over here and the quality slipped a little. Then Rowntree was sold and thereafter the quality went over the cliff. There are house brands you can buy in a supermarket that are better now. What you want instead is a tin of Cadbury's Roses, still imported from England. Yummy.

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                  smartie Dec 1, 2007 08:14 AM

                  only 2 of them are any good, the green triangles and the purple wrapped ones with sticky runny toffee and a nut in the middle. All the others are either too hard to bite into or too soft and somehow wrong. In England they are a standard last minute gift or stand by and the same ones are always left in the bowl. Their best use IMO is the tin which EVERYONE stores cakes and biscuits in. I am sure that is why they are bought in the first place.

                  You can now buy, in England, large versions of the green triangles and purple ones in many stores and garages at the check out. They are good in this format too.

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                    jujuthomas Dec 1, 2007 07:39 PM

                    the tins we used to get had a coffee cream that i really enjoyed. I like the strawberry sometimes - if it isn't too dried out, but the taste reminds me of roses not strawberries.

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                    jujuthomas Dec 1, 2007 06:29 AM

                    we used to enjoy qs very much - my husband's parents would bring them to us from england. however the last few batches we received were as you described. I don't know what they changed, but it isn't the same.

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                      kjen Dec 1, 2007 03:08 AM

                      Thanks for the feedback regarding Quality Street. At least I know it wasn't just me.

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                        glitch Nov 30, 2007 02:21 PM

                        After trying Quality Street Chocolates, I vowed never to buy them again. They were a great disappointment to me and they seemed stale and cheap. The chocolate used did not taste rich or good quality at all.

                        1. MsMaryMc Nov 30, 2007 09:29 AM

                          When I lived in Britain, that's the impression I got--that they were roughly equivalent to Whitman's or Russel Stover. They were sold in similar places and seemed to fit in that niche in terms of quality and price. You'd probably find them fresher over there, but they're not a premium brand.

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                            moh Nov 30, 2007 09:09 AM

                            Every time I eat Quality Street, it is as you describe, hard caramels and chocolates. I also don't think the chocolate is really high quality. I like them, but they aren't the best ever, and I tend to eat them when i get them as gifts or if they happen to be around. I don't usually choose to buy them myself. I don't know Whitman's at all, but I think I get your drift, and yes they are probably closer to whitman's.

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