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.