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The major change is affecting all Quality Street chocolates this winter, except for two which will remain exactly the same.

There are 12 sweets in a Quality Street chocolate tin, and 10 of them will now be wrapped in recyclable waxed paper.

However, two chocolates will remain the same: the foil-wrapped orange crunch and the green triangle chocolates.

A Nestlé spokesperson explained: “Traditionally, the orange crunch and green triangle have not been twist-wrapped in cellulose, only packaged in a simple layer of foil.

“As this material is recyclable, it did not need to be changed.”

The rest will all have new recyclable packaging including the purple one, orange creme, toffee finger, milk chocolate block, strawberry delight, fudge, toffee penny, caramel swirl, coconut eclair and lemon zing chocolate.

Head of sustainability at Nestle, Cheryl Allen, commented on the change: “Quality Street is a brand that people feel very strongly about.

“We know that opening the lid and seeing ‘the jewels’, as we call them, is really important.

“We think we’ve done a really good job with the redesign, and feel confident that people will respond positively.”

The new paper wrappers are covered with a specially created vegetable-based coating designed to keep the sweets fresh without hindering the recycling process.

The change will take several months to complete, therefore, this Christmas consumers will find a mix of old and new wrappers in their Quality Street tubs and tins.

Many shoppers took to social media to comment on the change with Facebook user Dolly Aldis saying: “That’s sad.

“We used to spend Christmas afternoon at my Nanna’s watching the black and white telly through the coloured cellophane and thinking it was a colour telly!! We had to make our own fun in those days.”

Babs Clegg commented: “Very sad. Grown up all my life with lovely colourful Quality Street.

“Over 80 years. Always make wrappers into cups or ships.”

Amanda Ryan added: “Why… my childhood at Christmas when mum and dad bought a tin…

“They always said, get your favourites quickly, before anyone else… favourite was the purple one, chocolate with caramel and a hazelnut.”

Twitter user Kim wrote: “Dreadful, miss the shiny wrappers. Looks too dull and boring now.”

Kira Morgana added: “Aww… great for the environment, but not so good for post Christmas suncatcher crafts… ah well.”

Nestlé also said it will be switching KitKat wrappers to 80 percent recycled plastic that can be recycled at supermarkets across the UK, or put in household recycling in Ireland.

The company said it hoped the changes would eliminate three billion pieces of packaging a year from its supply chain.

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