New Zealanders pick their favourite chocolates from the box

ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

People tell us their favourite chocolates from the popular Cadbury Roses, and Favourites boxes.

Strawberry Creme, Turkish Delight and Flake are New Zealand's favourite chocolates in Christmas pick-n-mix boxes, based on our informal poll. 

We hit the street with boxes of Roses and Favourites and asked 21 people along Wellington's harbourside to pick their favourite treat from each box.  

Overall, women enjoyed berry and floral options such as the rose-flavoured Turkish delight, which, interestingly, men said they loathed. Strawberry Creme, which got four votes, took the crown for Roses as most of the woman surveyed opted for the smooth treat.

Jack Ingham makes his pick from a box of Favourites.ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

Jack Ingham makes his pick from a box of Favourites.

Flake tied with Turkish Delight when it came to the Favourites selection, with three males and only one lady picking the crumbly classic. 

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Strawberry Creme come out on top for Roses, with nutty and minty options not far behind.ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

Strawberry Creme come out on top for Roses, with nutty and minty options not far behind.

Dairy Milk came in second place, with all three bars being chosen by women. 

Shawn Teague, a 25-year-old Aucklander who works at Joe's Garage said the winning Roses choccie was "nice and creamy, strawberry and good." 

"But I do like them all, apart from the classic fudge. I just don't like the texture."

Despite being a Turkish Delight fan, she was set on Dairy Milk from the Favourites box, "just because you can't go wrong with that one".

We took boxes of Roses chocolates and Cadbury Favourites out on the streets of Wellington to poll the people's favourites.ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

We took boxes of Roses chocolates and Cadbury Favourites out on the streets of Wellington to poll the people's favourites.

Men tended to favour caramel and nutty flavours, from our observation. There were two hazelnut options, the Praline Crisp and the Whirl, which would explain why a nutty choc didn't come out on top for Roses. Added together, the hazelnut sweets actually tie with the Strawberry Creme. 

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For most, their choices were connected to memories as well as taste.

Student, Harry Senior, said Moro from the Favourites box reminded him of school sports day. Forty-year-old teacher Bridget Price, who was visiting Te Papa Museum from Masterton with her daughter, said that both the Strawberry Creme and the Turkish Delight were a part of her childhood.      

Flake tied with Turkish Delight when it came to the Favourites box.ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF

Flake tied with Turkish Delight when it came to the Favourites box.

Unsurprisingly, almost nobody missed Cherry Ripe, which was pulled from Favourites this year. 

"The Cherry Ripe used to get left," Price says, "no one likes them."  

"I just don't like fake cherry", said Wellington student Aydan Hart, who was showing around friends from Dunedin.

"I love real cherry."    

Marketer Vicki Bealing, who also didn't take kindly to the artificial taste or bright food colouring, suggested the selections should also include chocolate covered marshmallows.    

 - Stuff

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