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Buying an advent calendar in the lead up to Christmas is something we all do and love. Each year we rush to the shops to buy our favourite one, whether that is a Maltesers, Cadbury’s or Galaxy calendar box full of yummy chocolates.
But over the years, that can get a bit - can we say - boring. Luckily, we have seen a whole host of alternative advent calendars appear on our radars that are packed with sumptuous cakes and treats or high-end makeup and skincare for beauty lovers.
Whichever one you choose, there’s now something to suit everyone’s tastes. If you love getting stuck into delicious food and drink then these are for you.
From rich and gooey marshmallows and decadent cakes to mini cheeses and refreshing wines, here you will find some of the best foodie advent calendars to help kick start your Christmas celebrations - and keep your stomach happy - in the non-traditional way.
Want to sweeten up the countdown to Christmas? Ladurée’s advent calendar features plenty of chocolates and sweets. Behind each door, you’ll find 24 delicious treats ranging from sweets, flavoured chocolates, caramels, nougats, calissons, and more.
Available from 1 November
Calling all cheese lovers: this advent calendar features 24 individually-wrapped cheeses for you to enjoy during the countdown to Christmas. It contains a variety of cheeses, such as Jarlsberg, Applewood, Ilchester Cheddar Cheese, Ilchester Wensleydale with cranberries as well as cheesy jokes to keep you entertained throughout the festive period.
The world’s first gourmet marshmallow advent calendar is back for its third year and it’s better than ever. The calendar features six deliciously moreish flavours including salted caramel, milk and cookies, butterscotch, gingerbread, mint choc chip and s’mores hidden behind 24 doors. Plus on the big 25th, you’ll be treated to a chocolate spoon to make a delicious hot chocolate drink with an accompanying vanilla bean marshmallow. In addition, you’ll have the option to add a marshmallow toasting kit for £3.75.
Perfect for children, this Haribo advent calendar houses 24 treats behind each door containing family favourites from MAOAM, Goldbears and Tropifrutti; the perfect alternative if you don’t fancy the traditional chocolate countdown this year.
This luxury foodie advent calendar contains everything you’d want for a delicious countdown to Christmas. Filled with 24 delicious treats, from F&M’s teas, coffees, confectionary, biscuits, preserves, condiments and alcohol, you won’t have a single disappointment during the festive build up.
Preorder now for delivery on 1 November.
Love a cuppa? Now you can sample some of Pukka’s herbal teas during your countdown to the big day. This calendar features 24 different organic and herbal teas behind each door so you can enjoy a healthy, mindful Christmas holiday.
Spice up your life this Christmas with this one of a kind curry advent calendar. Featuring 12 unique flavours behind each door, foodies will discover curries from all over the world, including a mild to medium korma to a fiery madras or a spicy Jamaican curry goat. Plus, the calendar includes recipes so you can rustle up a storm in the kitchen for your loved ones this festive period.
This advent calendar is perfect for the wine connoisseur. This calendar box features 24 award-winning different mixed wines from all over the world, more grape varieties, more wine styles and more independent wine makers. Each bottle has been handpicked due to being the top rated wines on Virgin Wines. The calendar features wines such as The Black Pig McLaren Vale Shiraz from Australia, Savvie Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and the award-winning Senti Prosecco.