Open Door Policy – Eleven of the Best Chocolate Advent Calendars

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Cheerful Snowman Advent Calendar with surprise treats including bonbons of milk chocolate with caramel or dark chocolate with sea salt and a new Christmas story.

Snowman Advent Calendar, £22.50, Prestat,

Wild Forest Creatures

Decorated with whimsical animals and frosted glitter, drawers containing 24 chocolates (salted caramels, pearls, truffles, soft pralines and ganache) spring a Christmas Eve surprise…

Ultimate Advent Calendar, £40 (gift-wrap, £1.99), Artisan du Chocolat,


First ever advent calendar for the  luxury French patisserie, Laduree who have chosen Scandinavian design as their inspiration. The calendar is  limited-edition and contains  chocolates, toffees, nougat and calissons

Scandi Advent Calendar, £32 Laduree,

Fairtrade Milk Chocolate

Stephen Waterhouse’s 10th advent calendar for Divine features a traditional Nativity scene and the bean-to-bar journey from Kuapa Kokoo to the UK. Each window reveals a step by step Christmas story and a milk chocolate heart.  Waterhouse has included flags of the countries from which Divine chocolate is sourced and a Fairtrade board game on the back of the pack. Educationally speaking, a lot for your money. Divine have also sourced a 70% dark chocolate vegan advent calendar (£5)

Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, £4 Divine,

Italian Luxury

Calendar tribute to the late Antonio Carluccio, containing mini versions of Italian products such as chocolate truffles, fig jam and biscuits as well as pasta, sauces and olive oils.  Carluccio’s also do a less flamboyant version – a chocolate advent calendar featuring gianduja-filled chocolate characters wrapped in foil (£9.95)

Italian Luxury Advent Calendar, £85 Carluccios,

It takes two

Godiva’s first, bespoke luxury advent calendar. The Godiva Deluxe Calendar contains two chocolates of your choice behind every window.  Share it with your beloved or go for Godiva’s singleton’s Advent Calendar, 24 milk dark or white chocolate treats (£15)

The Deluxe Sharing Calendar, £60 Godiva,

Christmas Sculptures

Twenty-four solid reindeer, snowmen, penguins and enchanted spruces made from 40 per cent milk chocolate

The Chocolate Advent Calendar, £12.50 Hotel Chocolat,

Merry Go Round

Advent calendar that opens up like a story book to reveal a collection of magical characters. Chocolate treats include almond praline, caramel hearts, milk pavé de tour, pistachio and nougat croustillant, pistachio hearts  and soft cashew gianduja

Merry Go Round Advent Calendar, £49 Pierre Marcolini,

Selection Box

Chococo’s iconic  limited edition Advent Selection – 25 fresh, handmade, luxurious chocolates, in a  box containing  a frosted, numbered sleeve & menu, so that the chocolates can be eaten in date order

Advent Selection Box, £23.50 Chococo (only delivered in the last week of November),


Designed to look like a Victorian shop-front, posh popcorn makers Joe & Sephs’ advent calendar contains 24 bags of seasonally flavoured popcorn including salted caramel, toffee apple and cinnamon

Pop Corn Advent Calendar,  £25 Joe & Seph,

DIY calendar

The inaugural Cocoa Runners craft chocolate Advent Calendar comes in kit form (festive string, pegs, envelopes and 25 tasting bars from Pralus, Original Beans and Pump Street Bakery). Tasting notes and a book to record your tasting impressions are included

Craft Chocolate Advent Calendar, £44.95 Cocoa Runners,