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 are still interesting for their historical or sentimental value. There’s the example of the box of chocolates presented to Scottish schoolgirl Martha Greig in August 1902, to mark the Coronation of King Edward VII. Martha mustered the (almost superhuman) willpower to avoid eating the chocs and kept them as a souvenir until she got married and had a family of her own. She handed the box down to her daughter, who in turn later gave it to her own daughter, who in turn handed the chocolates into the care of the St Andrews Preservation Trust, in Scotland, where they reside today.

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