by The Chocolate Dictionary

Chocolates kept for so long that although no longer edible – philosophical question: how is it possible to keep chocolates this long? – they’re still worth keeping for another reason. Perhaps they have some historical or sentimental value. There’s the example of the chocolates presented to Scottish schoolgirl Martha Greig in August 1902, to mark the Coronation of King Edward VII. Martha summoned superhuman willpower to resist eating the chocs so she could keep them as a souvenir until she got married and had a family of her own. She did get married and have a family, and later handed the box down to her daughter, who in turn later gave it to her own daughter, who in turn handed it into the care of Scotland’s St Andrews Preservation Trust, where the box resides today.


A full box of uneaten Rowntree chocolates from the 1930’s. (Image from: