SEE: 121-year-old 'Boer War chocolate' found in helmet!

SEE: 121-year-old 'Boer War chocolate' found in helmet!

What a sweet, sweet surprise!

121 y/o chocolate

It's that time of the year where stores, shelves, and cupboards are filled with delicious chocolatey treats (generally in the shape of eggs and bunnies).

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As it turns out, Easter egg hunts aren't the only time you might find some candy hidden in different locations and also forget a few of them only to discover it weeks, or even months, later.

Over more than a century ago the British Queen Victoria commissioned the production of a bunch of chocolate and one of these historic bars has now appeared almost out of nowhere like a tasty surprise.

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Way back in the year 1900 Cadbury, Rowntree, and Fry, who are some of the major confectionery producers in England, manufactured batches and batches of chocolate with the hopes of uplifting and boosting the morale of the soldiers who were fighting on the frontlines in South Africa during the Second Boer War.

Fast forward to the year 2021 where one of these chocolate bars has been found in the helmet of 8th Baronet Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfeld, a man who fought in the war.

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Frances Greathead, his daughter, passed away last year and donated her home to the National Trust. Staff and family members were busy sorting through the attic when they stumbled across this helmet only to discover that it was much more than it seemed.

Within the helmet was a fully intact, although a bit deteriorated, piece of chocolate!

chocolate helmet

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Historians say that these confectionery companies initially refused to brand the chocolate that had been requested by the Queen because they were pacifists who were opposed to the war that was being waged in South Africa but they eventually caved.

They ended up producing 100,000 tins which were then inscribed with messages from Queen Victoria and each tin held around 226grams of chocolate according to the National Trust.

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The curators at the National Trust have carefully wrapped up the chocolate bar in acid-free tissue paper and are storing it in a temperature and humidity-controlled room, with the hopes that it will last 100 more years.

It isn't clear which company is actually responsible for producing this specific tin of chocolates but one thing is clear: we highly doubt that chocolate ages like fine wine.

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We would recommend you eat all your chocolate within days of purchase, the sooner the better. You wouldn't want it to go to waste, would you?

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