Chilli advent calendar sous chef. The box is black with a white sleeve which has images of chillis drawn in black and red. Outside of the box there are a few chillis outside the box and sachets of chilli too

Best foodie advent calendars for Christmas 2017

Check out our selection of food and drink advent calendars for 2017. There are Lindt chocolate advent calendars for children, gin Christmas advent calendars for adults and pork crackling ones if you've got a savoury tooth

Looking for an advent calendar for the Christmas period? Check out our selection of the best food and drink Christmas advent calendars, whether you fancy 24 bottles of gin in the gin advent calendar, or want to keep it traditional with a chocolate advent calendar. If you’re looking for more gifts for foodies, click here.

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Gin Foundry ginvent

If it’s not chocolate behind the door, we’ll happily settle for a bottle of 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. This year they’ve focused on UK gins (here’s our expert guide to the best bottles), from London Dry to Old Tom and they’ve even made their own blend which uses real Christmas trees for flavour.

£124.95, ginfoundry.com

Ginvent advent calendar. A dark blue box has blue and white designs on each door. There are three mini bottles outside of the calendar


Prestat rocking horse chocolate advent calendar

This Prestat chocolate advent calendar ticks all the boxes if you want to maximise festive nostalgia while still satisfying 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 caramel that tastes like old school butter toffees.

£22.50, prestat.co.uk

Prestat rocking horse Advent calendar 2016


The big chilli advent calendar

Heat things up this Christmas with 24 sachets of chilli, with tasting notes and recipes to match. Each red sachet is numbered (so no skipping ahead) and the booklet will give you information on the type of chilli, be it a pequin from Mexico or a bullet from China. Warning – day two is for the brave hearted.

£35, souschef.co.uk

Chilli advent calendar sous chef. The box is black with a white sleeve which has images of chillis drawn in black and red. Outside of the box there are a few chillis outside the box and sachets of chilli too

Pierre Marcolini advent calendar

We love this stylish advent calendar inspired by space, filled with 24 Pierre Marcolini chocolates. Behind each vibrant door is a different one to try, from a pistachio praline, to a nougat and a caramel. A grown-up calendar that would be lovely to give as a gift.

£49, uk.marcolini.com

Pierre Marcolini advent calendar 2017

Lakeland light-up advent calendar house

Invest now, reap the rewards for Christmases to come with this enchanting reusable advent calendar 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!

£29.99, lakeland.co.uk

Lakeland Light-Up Advent House


Lindt bear chocolate advent calendar

We love a classic chocolate advent calendar and this Lindt one is a real crowd-pleaser for children. Filled with classic Lindt chocolates including milk chocolate snowdrops, mini milk truffles and the favourite gold reindeers, there’s a sweet treat behind every door. Day 24 is what everyone is waiting for with the large chocolate teddy peaking out.

£10.00, lindt.co.uk

A red Lidnt teddy bear advent calendar. The calendar has images of teddys and reindeers on it, and the 24th door is open with a big Lidnt teddy inside

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 spruce up 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, amazon.co.uk

Cookie Advent Cookbook

Pierre Hermé advent calendar

Pierre Hermé have combined two Christmas traditions with this wreath advent calendar for 2017. The classic red and gold box has 24 drawers, each with a chocolate tucked away inside. Once you’ve finished the chocolates (which include nougats, dark chocolate squares and caramels) you can reuse the box (or keep refilling it!).

£59, Pierre Hermé UK boutiques

Pierre Herme red and gold advent calendar wreath

Montezuma’s organic & vegan dark chocolate 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) hide behind a red and gold reindeer scene.

£9.99, montezumas.co.uk

Montezuma's Christmas Advent Calendar


Fortnum and Mason rare loose leaf tea advent calendar

Count down to Christmas with a tin a rare loose leaf tea each day. From a jasmine fairy, to a dong ding oolong, this advent calendar is a great way to try out some new varieties in the run up to Christmas. The wooden box comes in the recognisable Fortnum and Mason teal colour, and can be reused year after year. Find more Christmas gift ideas here.

£125, fortnumandmason.com

Fortnum and Mason Rare Tea Wooden Advent Calendar. The calendar is in a teal colour and has coloured teapots on the front of it

Snaffling Pig pork crackling advent calendar

This larger than life advent calendar is one for the savoury toothed. As the “Merry piggin’ Christmas” name suggests, there’s a meaty favoured treat behind every door, from low and slow BBQ to a limited edition pigs in blankets. Don’t miss out on the ‘time wasting corner’ at the back where you can spot the difference on the packs of pork crackling.

£17.50, snafflingpig.co.uk

A red and green advent calendar that has white letters on the front that say 'Merry piggin' Christmas'

Paul A Young wooden chocolate advent calendar

This traditional chocolate advent calendar is made up of 24 miniature wooden houses, each decorated with a red and white pattern. Remove the roof to find a chocolate hidden inside, with festive flavours including plum pudding and cranberry and cinnamon. If you’re lucky enough to already own this advent calendar village, it can be restocked with chocolates for £34.

£65, paulayoung.co.uk 

Four red and white small wooden chalets have a chocolate inside.
Credit: Paul Winch-Furness

Chococo advent selection box

We’re thrilled to see this Chococo bestseller back on shelves with 25 fresh handmade chocolates and truffles. Menu booklet included to guide you through the festive flavours for 2017, from passionfruit caramel, hazelnut gem and purely pistachio.

£21.95, chococo.co.uk

Chococo Advent Calendar 2016


GAIL’s advent calendar

With only 12 doors, this advent calendar is simpler than others with its black and white festive drawings of bakers, angels, and of course, Father Christmas. Behind each door though, not only do you get twelve chocolate treats, you also get a voucher to use in GAIL’s bakeries, be it a ginger nut cookie, a mince pie or a loaf of your choice. This calendar really is the gift that keeps on giving.

£30, gailsbread.co.uk 

The front of the GAIL's advent calendar. There is a black and white drawing on the front of a GAIL's bakery, with a baker outside. Each door has a red number on it and the calendar has a gold rim

Moo Free dairy-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, ocado.com

A blue advent calendar with a white snowman on the front. He is wearing a red scarf and there are smaller figures of bunnies and Father Christmas also on the front

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