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Posted by John Nichols on August 09, 2020 at 08:34:04 user Mcneacail.

In the 1930s, a box of chocolates cost 10 weeks’ rent
Solid chocolate was finally invented in 1847. Once the big brands began to industrialise, chocolates with fondant centres became hugely popular. They were sold in handmade boxes decorated with silk, tassels and lace, with names like Cadbury’s The Fancy Box.

By the 1930s, these ornate confections were still popular – and not at all cheap. One box from Rowntree's was priced at 100 shillings, when the rent for a slum dwelling at the time was 10 shillings a week.

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