Thursday, January 7, 2016

Downton-worthy: Quality Street chocolates


If you came to the Christmas tour, you probably noticed that I pointed out a tin of Quality Street Chocolates and told you there was a story.



My grandma Flossie (my mother's mother) was a war bride. She met my grandfather when he was serving with the 2nd Battalion Central Ontario Regiment with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. My grandmother was twenty years old, and she gave up her life in Scotland to begin a new life with my grandfather in Canada.

I think she must have been terribly homesick.

But every Christmas a package arrived from her family in Edinburgh, and it invariably included candy.  My favorites were the Quality Street. They used to be made by Mackintosh (now they are a part of Nestle), and they always had the soldier and the lady on the tin.  The chocolates are an assortment: some are solid, some are filled, and there are even toffee "pennies," which are chewy buttery discs. 

Grandma Flossie is long gone, and the doctor has mentioned I probably should quit with the candy, but at Christmas I just can't help myself. This year I found a Quality Street tin at World Market, and it came home with me.

7 comments:

Maureen Wyatt said...

The story is even sweeter than the candies in the pretty tin!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

My doctor would probably like for me to get off the candy as well. I don't seem to have a cut-off valve though. It's funny how family food memories are so strong.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I love World Market. So many fun things to find there.

Feral Turtle said...

I have never tried one of those chocolates :(....yet!! What an leap for Grandma Flossie! I can't imagine leaving my country; a scary thought. She must have had an adventurous spirit! Happy New Year Kirby to you and your family!

Art and Sand said...

What a sweet story!

Kim said...

Sweet! The story I mean. Well......the chocolates too. I always try to open the tin first and take all the coconut ones with the blue wrapper

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Awww.... I love this! I have to admit I'm guilty of taking bites to see what the candies are and putting them back if I don't like them which isn't a huge problem because I hardly ever meet a candy that I don't like :)

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