Chococo Advent Calendar 2016

Best foodie Advent calendars | Christmas 2016

Our favourite Advent calendars for 2016, and this year it's not just chocolate. Will you experiment with gin, coffee and do-it-yourself treats or stay sweet with pralines, lustred truffles and dairy-free delights?

Prestat rocking horse Advent calendar

Prestat rocking horse Advent calendar 2016

This Prestat calendar ticks all the boxes if you want to maximise festive nostalgia while still satiating your sweet tooth. With a traditional rocking horse illustration and a Christmas tale by W.B Keeling Esq. behind the doors, it fills us with as much homely warmth as a rendition of ’Twas the night before Christmas.


Alternate between well balanced dark chocolate and sea salt; and milk chocolate with a caramel that evokes the flavours of old school butter toffees. It’s not surprising Prestat chocolates were a firm favourite of Roald Dahl. £22.50

Lakeland light-up Advent house

Lakeland Light-Up Advent House

Invest now, reap the rewards for Christmases to come with this enchanting reusable Advent house. Soft lights add a festive glow to this cityscape, making it a festive ornament in its own right. 24 foil-covered milk chocolate balls come in the box, but the wooden draws have plenty of space to add your own treats, too! £39.99

Cookie Advent cookbook

Cookie Advent Cookbook

Earn your morning sugar hit with this cookbook Advent calendar. Each door on the hardback cover opens to reveal a picture preview of that day’s recipe. With 24 recipes for festive treats, you can hone your baking skills in the run up to the big day. There’s plenty to bake with children, including mint meringue wreaths and malted milk chocolate cookies. £10.99

Marks and Spencer assortment of lustred milk and dark chocolate truffles

Marks and Spencers Truffles Advent Calendar

We love a generous Advent calendar and this shimmering delight doesn’t disappoint. There’s a sizeable chocolate truffle behind each door and a full six-truffle selection on the 25th – no chance of reaching Christmas day hungry! Featuring six sparkle-dusted truffle flavours in total, watch out for the devilish liquid-centred salted caramel and the festive orange, hazelnut praline and fig. £20, available in-store.

Montezuma’s organic & vegan dark chocolate Advent calendar

Montezuma's Christmas Advent Calendar

Advent can be a minefield of dairy-based terror for the vegan and lactose-free among us, but everyone’s catered for with Montezuma’s dairy-free solution. 24 73% cocoa dark chocolates (we love their satisfyingly solid consistency and the fact that they’re not too sweet, with just the right amount of bitter) hide behind a red and gold reindeer scene. £9.99

Bake it yourself Advent biscuit kit

bake it yourself advent calendar

Craft, cookies and Christmas: three essentials for recapturing the halcyon days of childhood. Which is why we love this do-it-yourself Advent calendar. Perfect to make with children or those young at heart, it contains a recipe and instruction booklet; three festive cutters; icing tubes; decoration; and all the craft materials needed to hang the biscuits, with individual bags and tags for each day. Plus it’s all boxed up in a keepsake Christmas tin. £27

Chococo Advent selection box

Chococo Advent Calendar 2016

We’re thrilled to see this Chococo bestseller back on shelves with a stylish new lid design, and 25 fresh handmade chocolates and truffles. Menu booklet included to guide you through the festive flavours for 2016, from figgy pudding with orange oil and popping candy to arbequina olive oil and sea salt. A definite olive favourite thanks to the distinct flavours and quality finish. £21.95

Gin Foundry Ginvent

Gin Foundry Ginvent Advent calendar 2016

We’d be disappointed with anything but chocolate behind an Advent door… unless it’s gin. Gin Foundry scour the world for 24 of the best, most unusual and inventive gins on the market to fill their 30ml bottles, dedicating three months each year to preparation and research. Live tastings and G&T serving suggestions run alongside each day’s reveal (via Ginvent’s social media platforms), so if you’re harbouring any guilt over this alcoholic splurge you can always claim it’s educational… £124.95

Perkulatte Coffee Advent Calendar

Perkulatte coffee Advent calendar

We love this more adult take on the Advent calendar for those early winter mornings. Spring out of bed with the promise of an all-important dose of caffeine. Each of the 24 numbered bags is sealed for freshness and contains 20g of fresh artisan roasted coffee. When you order you can choose between cafetiere, espresso, aeropress, filter or turkish grind to ensure you get the perfect coffee for your kitchen. Suitable for any french press or cafetiere. £35

Moo Free dairy-free advent calendar

moo free advent calendar

Gluten-, dairy- and soya-free, this organic Moo free calendar is slightly kinder to the budget than other dairy-free options. Made from a combination of cocoa, sugar and rice, these chocolates don’t have the dark chocolate hit of Montezuma’s but they’re softer and sweeter – perfect for any dairy-free children who have been used to the sweeter taste of regular calendars. £4.99


Written by Pippa Cole