Pensioner claims a Nestle Easter egg he was given 92 years ago is a record breaker

A grandfather says he owns the UK’s oldest unopened Easter egg which he has kept safe for 92 YEARS. Eric Boden was just a baby when his uncle gave him the Nestle milk chocolate treat in 1931. His mother put it in a cupboard so Eric could enjoy it when he was older but it has remained unopened - and in mint condition - for almost a century. The egg, measuring 9ins (22cm) tall, is now believed to be the UK’s oldest unopened Easter egg. Eric, from Evesham, Worcs., now keeps the precious chocolate treat in a dark cool cupboard at his home. The retired toolmaker, who has four grandchildren, said: “My uncle Harvey was an army officer and fought in the First World War. "He gave the chocolate egg to me to mark my first Easter. “My mum didn’t want me to get in a mess as I was given lots of chocolate treats so she put it away and it didn’t get eaten. “When my parents Florence and Arthur passed away 37 years ago we were cleaning out their house we found it. “I always knew the Easter egg was there, but I didn’t know where. “When it was found it was brought back to my house and that it is where it lives now in my cupboard. “It has never been out the packaging and it is still in the same condition as when it was bought. “The egg is milk chocolate and wrapped in red and silver foil with a big red ribbon on it. “It sits in a big green box which has hand painted eggs and chickens on it.” Eric, whose wife June died in 2004, is in the process of having his egg verified by Guinness World Records. His youngest son Stephen, 64, said: "I've done some research and seen Easter eggs online claiming to be the oldest - but they are only around 70 years old. "Obviously this is 92 so it would seem to be the oldest unopened one in the UK. "It became a bit of a family joke. It was kept in a cool, dark place and that's where it stayed.” A Nestle spokesperson said: "It's really nice to hear it's been preserved as a keepsake all these years although it would not be worth anything. "Vintage chocolate is not like vintage wine. It's well past its sell by date and I don't recommend anyone should eat it."