All 12 Quality Street chocolates ranked from worst to best - and the top offers for 2020

While a tub of Quality Street is the confectionery of choice during the festive period, not all of the sweets within it are made equal

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Outraged cries of “shrinkflation!” have echoed through the streets over the years with news that boxes of Quality Street are getting smaller. In the last ten years, the nation’s most seasonal chocolatey staple has dropped in weight from 1,200g in 2009 to a weedy 720g.

And, most chillingly, the consumer body Which? has reportedly discovered that you’re only likely to find “five to six” of the much-loved Purple One in each box.

With there not being an option to customise your own tin of Quality Street at John Lewis & Partners this year, the real wise men (and women) know not to sit patiently as the tub slowly circulates the room this Christmas, but to get in there fast, bundle your nan out of the way, and grab as many of the good ones as you can in one go. In the spirit of goodwill, and so you know exactly where your darting hands should be aiming, we thought we’d correctly rank the treats inside from worst to best.

If you have your own ideas, tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

THE WORST...

12. Orange Creme

Orange Creme Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

In some circles, this botched attempt at pairing chocolate and orange is about as welcome as Simon Cowell’s seasonal smear on the pop charts. And much like the impresario’s signature boot-cut jeans, don’t be surprised to find these not exactly catching on.

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11. Strawberry Delight

Strawberry Delight Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

The debate will rage throughout history as to whether these were christened sarcastically or not. Are they really a “delight”? Those who voted it the second-best Quality Street in a 2016 survey would argue that they are. But for the sake of clarity, they’re wrong. These are unutterably horrible.

10. Caramel Swirl

Caramel Swirl Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Were you to see this on the floor - rather than in its natural chocolate box habitat - you might mistake it for a shiny golden button, which is fitting, because it’s really rich. Too rich, in fact. So rich that you may find yourself reacquainted with it.

MIDDLING...

9. Toffee Penny

Toffee Penny Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Based on the big pennies from the olden days (Quality Street has been around since 1936), these lumps of incredibly chewy Mackintosh toffee are great for keeping outspoken family members quiet all afternoon.

8. Milk Choc Block

Milk Choc Block Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Unfussy, and presumably aimed at the “boring uncle” demographic, this is literally just chocolate. No frills. If it’s the most coveted item in your house, save everyone time and just cancel Christmas and buy a big Yorkie.

7. Fudge

Fudge Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Christmas is a bumper harvest for ruddy-cheeked “Santas” who somehow find room on their faces for every single shade and hue of the colour red, and if you look closely, you’ll probably find this exact pink lurking in there somewhere. As for the fudge inside, it’s fudge isn’t it? It’s fine.

GETTING BETTER…

5. Toffee Deluxe

Toffee Deluxe Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

The problem you get when you introduce a high end “deluxe” item to a box of chocolates is that it immediately downgrades everything else. Have they been using the awful, cheap toffee on the other ones? So for the psychological damage it causes alone, this one loses points (though, whisper it, it is nicer).

4. Orange Chocolate Crunch

Orange Chocolate Crunch Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Chocolate and oranges are notoriously good bedfellows, which only makes the Orange Creme abomination even more discombobulating. Thankfully, the Orange Chocolate Crunch, featuring fun little edible crystals, goes some way to righting that wrong.

AND THE BEST…

3. Coconut Éclair

Coconut Éclair Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Just as you wouldn’t expect a parasitic plant like Mistletoe to somehow muscle in on Christmas, likewise who’d have thought that the tropical taste of paradise would find a seat in the seasonal sitting room? Imagine a really good Bounty.

2. The Green Triangle

The Green Triangle Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

The marriage of hazelnuts and chocolate is prevalent in the confectionery industry, and rightly so; it’s essentially a guaranteed slam dunk every time. This is also an equilateral triangle, which makes it far less complicated than an “isosceles” or a “love” one. Hence, very popular.

1. The Purple One

The Purple One Credit: JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Think about purple icons and these little parcels of chocolate, runny caramel and hazelnut (formerly Brazil nut) would be found fractionally behind Prince (RIP) in terms of cultural impact, and news that there are now less of them will only add to the allure. Sort of like when Prince just became a weird symbol for a while. Our winner.

Best Christmas chocolate offers for 2020

Quality Street Advent Calendar

1. Cadbury Christmas Chocolate Set

£10, Cadbury Gifts Direct

Cadbury Christmas Chocolate Set

With such a wide selection of Cadbury chocolates including Mini Snow Balls, Dairy Milk Buttons, a Dairy Milk Winter Edition bar and Fudge Minis, this set is an absolute bargain at only a tenner. 

Buy now

2. Quality Street Advent Calendar

£5.00, Wilko 

Quality Street Advent Calendar

A sweet surprise for each day leading up to Christmas is the best thing about a chocolatey advent calendar, and a Quality Street one is guaranteed to have at least one your favourites. 

Buy now

3. The Salted Caramel Hamper Collection

 £27.50, Hotel Chocolat

The Salted Caramel Hamper Collection

For the more sophisticated among us this salted caramel hamper, which is a homage to Hotel Chocolat's best-loved caramel recipes, will last the entire festive period. 

Buy now

4. Lily O'Brien's Desserts Collection

£4.60, Waitrose

Lily O'Brien's Desserts Collection 

Lily Obrien's is offering the world's most loved desserts in chocolate form. A Crème Brûlée becomes a sweet vanilla custard truffle on a layer of caramel in a milk chocolate cup topped with white chocolate and sprinkled with caramelised sugar.

Buy now

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