choccy tins that actually still taste like chocolate?

(34 Posts)
Monkeyandanimal Thu 03-Oct-13 10:07:17

Do you remember that exciting part of christmas when the tin (not plastic box, and bigger, deeper than cheapo-feeling tub of nowadays) of Quality Streets was opened? For us it was opened while we were putting up the tree, and we were allowed one or two as a real treat; the tin would last all through christmas time and was something special. I want to recreate that feeling but i need an alternative as modern tubs of so-called chocolates don't do it for me any more; QS have been Nestle-d and taste of grit, Roses taste similarly cheap, and Celebrations and heroes are just like everyday bars of mediocre chocolate. What else is there? I want choc that tastes like cadbury's used to! I don't necessarily want to go the route of expensive, Belgian style as actually they are a different thing altogether and don't fulfil the same purpose...and actually some of those begian truffles coat the mouth unpleasantly and actually don't taste of much anyway.......Any suggestions? Sorry for going on about such a trivial topic, but choc means a lot to me!!

There's a special offer on some M&S chocolates at the moment.
Half price on the chocolates and special offer on the Operetta and Cherry Brandy chocolates.

picnicbasketcase Sun 06-Oct-13 16:21:43

I was looking at the tubs of sweets in the supermarket the other day - I can't believe how much they've shrunk! I saw them being advertised at £4 or £5 and thought it sounded like a bargain and a good idea to put away as gifts but they weigh bog all nowadays. I miss the proper heavy old metal tins. It's not the same is it? < Old fogey emoticon >

raisah Sun 06-Oct-13 16:05:23

M&S Swiss Collection is lovely aswell as their version of ferrerro rocher called Operetta.e

IcedTeaOneSugar Sun 06-Oct-13 15:50:19

We had thorntons Moments last year, I wasn't impressed.

I'm sure I read that M&S won an award recently for their boxed chocolates.

HugAndRoll Sat 05-Oct-13 13:43:50

I may do that and make my own truffles. Mmmm.

Slippersocklover Sat 05-Oct-13 13:18:43

I think I'm going to steal adopt the idea of buying a lovely festive tin and filling it with my own chocolates, thank you flowers

I bought a tin on roses on the £4 offer from tesco as I wanted the tin to hold my Christmas cake as the one I've used the past few years has mysteriously disappeared. The chocolates were horrible (cheap and greasy tasting) and the tin is far too shallow! Very disappointing all round. I'll keep an eye on this thread for chocolate tips!

IcedTeaOneSugar Sat 05-Oct-13 12:59:45

Those Lindor selection boxes look great, but a bit expensive per 100g.

I'm totally sold on the idea of buying a nice tin, just need to find one.

Amazon has some coca cola ones not sure if they're big enough There are a few designs.

I like terrys segsations

DTisMYdoctor Fri 04-Oct-13 23:09:13

I got some nice Christmas cake tins from dunelm mill last year, which would be perfect for filling with chocs. Totally stealing the Ida of finding some nice chocs to fill it with this Christmas.

BaconAndAvocado Fri 04-Oct-13 21:42:22

Aldi Moser Roth is the best chocolate on the market IMO.

Shame Aldi isn't 24 hour.......

girlywhirly Fri 04-Oct-13 13:46:34

Have come back from Tesco and looked at a few products ingredients, it seems the QS no longer have soya on there, although it was 2 yrs back. Some products of Cadbury's have palm oil in them, some products just state vegetable fat without specifying what sort.

Bit of a minefield really. But in the end it's all down to personal taste.

Crutchlow35 Fri 04-Oct-13 12:59:53

We always get a lot of these tins handed into work from suppliers and customers. The worst are now Roses and QS. Awful chocolate. For gifts last year, we bought the Thorntons deal which I think was 5 boxes for about £10 or something similar. Again, the chocolate didn't taste great.

The best chocolate and a treat as Christmas is Lindor but I am going to look at the M&S stuff too.

Last year I bought a santa and snow man biscuit jars. I keep my chocs in those.

girlywhirly Fri 04-Oct-13 08:51:34

I think John Lewis might have some festive tins. You could try all the usual cookery supplies places; also Wilkinsons, Hobbycraft, and shops like The Range, Home Bargains, and Dunelm Mill might have some. Plus all the supermarkets.

We are still using something I bought from Homebase years ago, a circular basket with a fabric santa wrapped around it as if he's holding it, iyswim. We just put the sweets in that to hand around. If you are a craftsperson you could buy a basket and make a cover with Christmas fabric, or applique a design on plain fabric etc, which would make it special. In fact, would make a good present!

girlywhirly Fri 04-Oct-13 08:29:00

I agree Monkey, the giant company take overs always result in a drop in quality of products; and cheats like same size tin but less content to keep prices down. I think Cadbury are having to make changes to their products in order to compete and be profitable.

I'm glad that this is an all adult home and we can have more expensive good quality chocs and just eat less of them! It must be hard to do that when taking into account DC wishes and preferences.

jennymac Fri 04-Oct-13 08:03:21

Any ideas for where you could buy a nice Christmas tin?

girlywhirly Fri 04-Oct-13 08:01:20

I really like fair trade chocolate. The Divine bars are fab and also the choc coins. Am also a fan of Green and Blacks which also do boxes of chocolates also and dark choc mints for after lunch. Last year I couldn't find the mints anywhere, not even Waitrose so DH and I had a bar of the mint chocolate broken into squares with our after lunch coffee. (We didn't eat the whole bar between us all at once you understand!) I also love those mini bar selection boxes they do.

anniepanniepears Fri 04-Oct-13 07:41:37

last year my brother bought me a box of continental chocolates and they were the co-op's own make and they were the best ever

Monkeyandanimal Fri 04-Oct-13 07:24:43

Thanks, i think will try the M & S chocs and find a lovely trad xmas tin. good work everyone. so pissed off that cadbury has changed for the worse....

raisah Thu 03-Oct-13 20:59:17

Daim bars are lovely. Will get lots of those to pass around this year. I agree that own bar chocolates have more cocoa solids than the branded chocs so taste much nicer.

worm77daisy Thu 03-Oct-13 20:34:54

Lindt selection boxes - My DH got me a mahoosive one last Christmas it was divine:

Lindt Selection Box

Really peanut butter truffles! Right must buy them for DH.

SmokedMackerel Thu 03-Oct-13 20:20:58

Aldi Moser Roth chocolates are lovely.

Whilst on the subject, has anyone tried the new Lindt peanut butter chocolate truffles?
I have been resisting, but they have been calling to me in the supermarket.

I am so nicking the idea of our own christmas tin or jar and fill with different chocs. Agree that the tubs they sell nowadays are rubbish and really don't cut it anymore. Aldi all the way, they do some really nice truffles in a blue hexagon box, not sure what they are called but they are devine!

BrianButterfield Thu 03-Oct-13 20:16:01

I like those M&S tins, too. They're like a proper box of Christmas chocolates.

I will buy.....

(DC don't like chocolate orange. DS doesn't like nuts but likes white Toblerone. DH will only eat a small amount of white chocolate)

Toblerone Minis to share between DD and DS and keep the dark ones that nobody likes to melt with cream as a rich sauce.

Lindt mini for the stockings
Lindt bear for DD (she likes the heart necklace)
White Toblerone for DH
Mint Matchmakers/After Eights for DC
Thorntons Double Cream Mints for me

Maybe a tub of Celebrations or Heroes for pre Christmas picking,

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