My Mum kept my diet quite healthy when we were kids, but like most children, I loved sweets and chocolate. Being a parent myself I can now see her dilemma – I love to treat my boy – and he’s very motivated by food, but I want him to be healthy too. Just as my Mum did I try to save sweet things for an occasional treat and make sure he has a healthy and varied diet the rest of the time.

One time that went out of the window a bit was Christmas. Ah, Christmas – the only time of the year when it’s suddenly acceptable to have dishes of chocolate everywhere and to start the day with mince pies!

If I was very lucky, one of the gifts under the tree might turn out to be much coveted selection box – 5 or 6 whole bars of chocolate in one go that were all mine! To be honest I liked them all, but a particular memory of the 80s offerenings were the selection boxes in the shape of a stocking, with netting around them.

I remember one year, for a few days after Christmas, I would wake early, grab one of my Christmas annuals and something from my selection box, and spend an hour or so reading and chomping under my duvet before starting the day!

This is Year I’m rather taken with this Cadbury selection box with its special reissue packaging. It retails for around £5 and contains four classic bars in retro wrappers. It comes in a cardboard box – not the crinkly plastic we’re used to – and has some information about the history of Cadbury on the inside. Of course, it is a shame there’s no purple foil in sight, and even more of a shame that the chocolate is not the quality we had in years gone by too, but the spirit here is nice. It would make a great gift for an older relative, presenting them with a little trip down memory lane – or of course a lovely early morning snack!

It is with a watering mouth I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

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