BLY and discoloured, these chocolates have seen better days.
But what they no doubt lack in taste, they more than make up for in historic value.
The misshapen sweets date back 106 years, making them contenders for the title of oldest chocolates in the world.
Hailing from Scottish town St Andrews, they were made especially to mark the Coronation of King Edward VII - the successor to Queen Victoria - and come in a decorated tin announcing Coronation Day on June 26, 1902.
And they have lasted considerably longer than the king's reign, which ended with his death in 1910. Alongside the chocolates is an old newspaper cutting dating back to their 50th anniversary. It explains that the sweets were presented to schoolgirl Martha Greig in August, 1902.
She mustered up the willpower to avoid eating the chocolates, instead keeping them as a souvenir. When she grew up, she handed the box down to one of her children, who in turn gave it to her own daughter, Freida McIntosh. Ms McIntosh also resisted temptation and has now passed the confectionery into the safe hands of the St Andrews Preservation Trust, which aims to maintain the character and history of the town.
- Daily Mail