Everything you need to know about your favourite Christmas sweets

Everything you need to know about your favourite Christmas sweets
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The festive season is once again upon and with that, there will be plenty of sweets to snack on here and there! We’ve all got our favourites that we like to treat ourselves to every now and then, and it’s always okay to treat yourself at Christmas! Do you always find that your favourite always disappears really quick? Or do you wonder how environmentally friendly the wrapping is? Which? have conducted this very interesting research into the truth about our tasty chocolates.

Sweet packaging

Which? looked at the top 13 best-selling boxes of chocolates and found that Ferrero Rocher Collection was the worst offender with 42 per cent of the total weight taken up by packaging and only 11 per cent of that packaging being recyclable.

Thorntons Continental Selection came in second with packaging taking up 29.4 per cent of the whole weight and Cadbury’s Milk Tray third with 22.6 per cent. However, the recyclable components were 87 per cent and 93 per cent respectively.

On the other hand, Lindt Lindor Mix only contained 11.5 per cent packaging, with only the individual chocolate wrappers not being recyclable. Marks & Spencer The Big One Selection has the least packaging at just 8.5 per cent, although you would only be able to recycle 71 per cent of it.

Which? found you could recycle over 80 per cent of the packaging of the majority of popular chocolate boxes. However, there was confusion when asking people what the different recycling symbols meant and how they would actually go about recycling. 

Half (48%) wrongly identified the green dot, that is regularly found on packaging, as a sign that the packaging can be recycled. The green dot actually means that the manufacturer pays into a recycling scheme, and the packaging may not be suitable for recycling.

Nikki Stopford, Director of Research and Publishing at Which?, said: “For many of us the indulgent look of these festive chocolate boxes is synonymous with the Christmas season. We are more aware than ever of the impact that we’re having on the world around us - so we want our research to help people to make the right choices for them and to understand how to dispose of packaging in the most eco-friendly manner.”

Where have all my favourites have gone?

Which? Also conducted research into how many of each chocolate can be found in every box of chocolates. In theory, there should be an equal amount of each chocolate in every box but according to this investigation it’s far from the truth. Their findings reveal a shocking truth…

Quality Street

  1. Strawberry Delight - 10

  2. Orange Cream - 9

  3. Milk Choc block - 7

  4. Caramel Swirl - 6

  5. Green Triangle - 6

  6. Fudge - 6

  7. Toffee Finger - 6

  8. Coconut Eclair - 6

  9. Toffee Deluxe - 6

  10. Orange Crunch - 5

  11. Purple One - 5

  12. Toffee Penny - 2

Celebrations

  1. Bounty - 10

  2. Malteaser Teaser - 10

  3. Galaxy - 10

  4. Galaxy Caramel - 10

  5. Snickers - 9

  6. Milky Way - 8

  7. Twix - 8

  8. Mars - 7

Roses

  1. Country Fudge - 8

  2. Caramel - 7

  3. Dairy Milk Chunk - 7

  4. Golden Barrel - 7

  5. Hazel Whirl - 6

  6. Caramel Bites - 6

  7. Tangy Orange Cream - 5

  8. Strawberry Dream - 5

  9. Signature Truffle - 5

  10. Hazel in Caramel - 5

  11. Coffee Escape - 3

Heroes

  1. Fudge - 12

  2. Chocolate Eclair - 12

  3. Dairy Milk - 11

  4. Creme Egg - 11

  5. Caramel - 10

  6. Wispa - 9

  7. Twirl - 6

  8. Caramel Bite - 6

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