Advent Calendars – 24 Days of Treats – Advent calendars have become more and more of an indulgence. As a child, I was happy enough to see the little image behind the paper doors, with chocolate for Christmas Eve. Then, of course, we had a chocolate every day and now…well, you name it: beer; gin; preserves; whisky; beauty products – even pork scratchings and dog treats! But most of these have nothing whatsoever to do with Advent, and at least this year, some companies have had the good grace to call them a Christmas, a CANvent calendar or a Christmas countdown.
That said, it’s all about the anticipation of festive things ahead, so now, more than ever, we need something positive in our lives and to look forward to. I’ve done some research on the more sensibly priced options, and here is my round-up of some of the more interesting Advent calendars.
I’ll start with the Divine Chocolate one. It is, I think, just about the only one that actually shows an actual Advent scene. The chocolate is fabulously good, Fairtrade, excellent value and ethical. In milk or dark chocolate it’s just £5, from Divine, Ocado, Amazon and Oxfam.
Another excellent calendar is from German company Niederegger – that produces the ultimate marzipan. This calendar an indulgence at £35 (from John Lewis and online retailers) but it weighs 500g and is packed with interesting and tasty treats.
Marks and Spencer always has a range of great value options, though what Percy Pig has to do with Christmas is rather lost on me.
Advent calendars are available in all manner of other food and drink varieties:
Pukka Teas herbal calendar at around £10 is great for anyone being ultra healthy before the Christmas onslaught. If Popcorn’s your treat, then check out Joe & Seph’s Advent Calendar (Gourmet, Vegan and Tipsy versions) at around £25 with 24 individual bags of assorted popcorn, or Popcorn Shed’s Jingle Bell Pop calendar at £17 from John Lewis, or Amazon.
And last but by no means least in my round-up is one for Craft beer aficionados from Flavourly the online craft beer specialist. With 24 330ml cans, the CANvent Calendar is available to pre-order now at £39.95 inc delivery in time for December.