Courtesy of Hansons Auctioneers

Only true chocolate lovers need apply. 

Elisabeth Sherman
December 12, 2017

Have you ever received a gift so precious to you that you never wanted to use it, open it, or touch it, but preserve it forever in its original, perfect state? If you have, then you can certainly relate to Eileen Margaret Elmes, who, more than 100 years ago, received a box of chocolates as a Christmas gift. Elmes (who passed away in 2007 at the age of 99) cherished the gift so much that she never ate the chocolate. The sweets are still perfectly persevered inside their original box, and now her childhood treasure up for auction in England.

Courtesy of Hansons Auctioneers

Elmes held onto the box of Little Red Riding Hood Pascall’s Chocolate Novelties for most of her life, which are now covered with a white sheen from age. But according to Hanson Auctioneers, the box still smells like cocoa powder as though it were brand new. Elmes likely received the chocolates as a young girl, between 1910 and 1914.

Elmes' niece revealed the box to Hanson Auctioneers, telling the auction house, “My aunt told me she couldn’t eat the chocolates because they were so pretty and beautifully wrapped, even though she loved chocolate. The chocolates were so special to her she wanted other people to see them and asked me if I could do anything about it. She hoped a museum would buy them, perhaps a chocolate museum, so they could be on display.”

Now that the box is up for auction, it will hopefully enter the home of a collector who loves chocolate and Christmas just as much as the box’s original owner did.

The chocolates “go under the hammer,” as they say in the auction business, on December 19, and are expected to sell for around £70 to £100. Would you pay more than a hundred dollars for a box of chocolate you can’t even eat, in the shape of dolls (complete with their own outfits)? You’ll find no judgment here about how people choose to spend their money—as long as the buyer doesn’t try to eat them.