118-year-old chocolate from the Queen is being auctioned
LONDON—An 118 year-old chocolate that is in no way fit to be eaten is up for grabs with an estimated price of £120 in an online auction held by Scunthorpe-based Eddisons CJM.
What’s so special about an old chocolate bar, you ask? It is from no less than Queen Victoria herself.
During the First World War, Queen asked Cadbury to make to produce the 123,000 tins of chocolates as her gift to the soldiers who fought in South Africa. There were some who managed to keep the casing and was successfully sold at an auction.
Paul Cooper, from the auctioneers, told Express UK that “This tin was entered as a result of the success of a First World War hero’s 1914 Colonies Chocolate Gift Tin which we sold recently.”
But then a woman claimed that she has a Boer War tin and all of the 118-year-old chocolate is still inside. It was later on confirmed that those were indeed the chocolates.
The chocolate was originally a single block and is now somewhat broken up, but it is all there.
“All this means the tins are not as rare as you might imagine but it is pretty unusual to have all the contents intact.” Cooper said.
According to an Archivist for Nestle, Alex Hutchinson, there weren’t much chocolate to go around for the working class at the time so many have saved it.
“They were made with plain chocolate not milk chocolate, which would have helped to preserve it so it’s probably not in as bad a condition as you might think but I wouldn’t recommend eating it.” Hutchinson said, noting that the chocolate inside at least still has its sweet chocolatey aroma.
The online bidding for antique chocolate will end at 6pm on July 10.