By Hannah McFadyen
Over 100 years ago little Eileen Margaret Elmes received a very special Christmas present – a box of Little Red Riding Hood themed chocolates.
But the young chocolate-lover thought they were so lovely that she simply couldn’t bring herself to eat them.
Eileen kept the treasured chocolates up until her death, aged 99 years old in 2007, and never took even the tiniest bite.
The small box of Little Red Riding Hood Pascall’s Chocolate Novelties contains four tiny chocolate figures with little paper clothes. There’s little Red Riding Hood, a baby in a cradle, a man in a blue sailor suit and a lady in a bonnet and a dress.
Now for the first time, the beloved chocolates have been revealed to the public after Eileen’s neice has offered them up for sale at Hanson’s auction house in Derby.
While Eileen’s nice wishes to remain anonymous, she did say: “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.”
“My aunt told me she couldn’t eat the chocolates because they were so pretty and beautifully wrapped, even though she loved chocolate.
Of course, after 100 years the chocolates don’t look as good as they once did, but the smell of cocoa still wafts out when you lift the lid
Eileen was born on November 17, 1907 and told her family that she had been given the gift as a little girl.
It is estimated the chocolates date back to between 1910-1914 when she would have been aged between three and seven.