The hidden chocolate was a sweet find. A British royal souvenir from 1900 during Queen Victoria’s reign was just found tucked away in an attic in a National Trust Hall. The still-wrapped chocolate was in a helmet case used during the second Boer War. Chocolate bars were ordered by the Queen as a special gift to be given to boost morale of soldiers during the war. It was packed in a tin box printed with a note from the Queen wishing a Happy New Year. There were 100,000 tins made, and the chocolate came from three different factories. Tins without chocolate bars are often found at antiques shows, shops and auctions today. The 120-year-old bar just found is probably safe to eat, but experts warn it will have a strange taste.

royal souvenir - chocolate tin

Photo: National Trust


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