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    The best advent calendars for foodies

    18 November 2019

    It’s never too early to use Christmas as an excuse for excess food and drink and chocolate is by no means the only way to treat yourself this advent. Start December as you mean to go on with these food-themed advent calendars.

    Craft cider

    Craft beer? Craft Gin? That was so last year… the craft cider revolution has arrived this December with ​this calendar showcasing 24 craft ciders – the first of its kind. The calendar includes tasting notes to go with each drink and takes you on a whistle stop tour of the nation’s best cider producers. And for some added Christmas bling, you can dress your favourite drink up in a Santa hat – what’s not to love?

    £75 from Crafty Nectar

    Baked goods

    Internationally renowned artisanal French bakery Poilâne will be introducing their first advent calendar this year, showcasing all the joys of the season with daily themed edible delights. An invitation to enter and visit Poilane’s universe, the calendar showcases their original bakery in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a drawing by Axel Charrier. Expect to find tempting biscuits, nougat, shortbread and chocolate to enjoy throughout Christmas.

    Cheese

    Yes, you read that right. Cheese advent calendars are a definitely a thing. And this one was a sell-out last year at Lidl and is now back by popular demand. Find it in Sainsbury’s for only £10.

    Chocolate

    For a traditional choice, it’s hard to beat Charbonnel and Walker’s chocolate advent calendar for playful luxury. Please be upstanding for the start of show! Open the doors to a magical array of decorated paper characters with our Ballerina, Nobleman and his steed!. Each day is filled with a decadent drawer that opens with a sumptuous chocolate or truffle surprise.

    Popcorn

    If chocolate isn’t for you, Joe & Seph’s popcorn advent calendar is the perfect alternative. Illustrated as a snow-covered, Joe & Seph’s Victorian shop-front, the calendar opens like a giant Christmas storybook. Behind each of the 24 doors are snack sized packets of our artisan popcorn in 12 unique flavours,from Salted Caramel to Speculoos Chocolate Orange and Banoffee Pie.

    American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye

    Perfect for the fan of American Rye, brilliant Bourbon or wheat-based Whiskey! You’ll get 24 different tastes of liquid Americana in 30ml drams, ensuring this festive season you won’t be missing out on a pour from across the pond.

    £124.99 from Winebuyers

    Gin

    An excellent treat for someone beginning their jaunt into gin enthusiasm, or rather “ginthusiasim”. That Boutique-y Gin Company and Drinks by the Dram have teamed up to deliver 24 days of stupendous gin, from the world’s first independent gin bottler. Each gin has been thoughtfully curated to deliver the ultimate tasting experience. £49.95

    Gourmet food

    New this year, the calendar has 25 delicious treats which includes Fortnum’s best-selling products, from the decadent Toffolossus Biscuits, the iconic 181 sauce to Sir Nigel’s Marmalade and more. Each gift has been carefully chosen to brighten up each day, such as Fortnum’s coffee on a Monday, a cheeky tipple on a Friday and for the most joyous occasion, Christmas Day, there’s a small bottle of Fortnum’s champagne!

     Rum

    Light up those dark winter days with reams of radiant rum, including some of the tastiest tipples from around the world. This is the perfect treat for the rum lover in your life! From white, to dark, to spiced, navy strength and beyond, there’s all kinds of rum hidden behind the 24 windows, each presented in the form of a delicious 30m dram, accompanied by a tasting glass. £79.95

    Scotch Whisky

    Got that loved one who loves Scotch whisky and need to get them a Christmas gift? Look no further than this stylish box filled with 12 30ml drams of superb Scotch whisky from some outstanding producers located across Scotland, Ireland, England, America and India. Whether you like single-grains or single-malts, well-aged or youthful whisky, this selection has some of the best around!  £44.95

    Tea

    If you’re on a health kick during advent then this is the calendar for you – start every day of December with a new brew, thanks to Fortnum and Mason’s tea calendar. This show-stopping wooden version can be used year after year with a F&M refill pack or there’s a cardboard version for those watching the pennies.