EVERYONE loves an advent calendar - but if you want a little more than Cadbury's chocolate a day, we've rounded up some of the best 2018 advent calendars that should suit the food folk in your lives (or just be a sneaky present for yourself).
What: Pierre Marcolini 24 Notes of Sweetness
One for serious chocoholics - this beautiful merry-go-round calendar features all manner of chocolates and praline includinng two pistachio croustillants, a caramel duck and a soft cashew gianduja.
What: Chase Twelve Festive Single-Estate Spirits
In previous years, Chase have gone all out with a full-blown Advent Calendar, but we rather like their 2018 alternative featuring 12 of their field-to-bottle award-winning spirits including their famous potato vodka, Sloe & Mulberry Gin and Elderflower Liqueur.
What: The Big Chilli Advent Calendar
Fancy an advent calendar which will help you get creative with your cooking? Then how about the Sous Chef Big Chilli Advent Calendar? Updated for 2018, this year's calendar features 25 sachets of different dried chillies for you to cook with, and a recipe booklet with recipe ideas for every single chilli featured.
What: The Honest Brew advent calendar
If spirits aren't quite your thing, then how about a beer a day in the run-up to the 25th? This advent calendar from Honest Brew has 24 handpicked beers from a range of breweries including exclusive collaborations with Cloudwater and Northern Monk and the calendar itself features bespoke artwork from artist and illustrator HATCH. Delivery is from 15 November 2018.
What: Gails' Advent calendar
This is a calendar for the legions of sourdough fans out there. This year, GAIL's have teamed up with Melt for their Advent Calendar. Each window features chocolates made using breadcrumbs from the bakery’s signature French Dark Sourdough that are slowly caramelised by GAIL’s bakers and folded into milk and dark chocolate by Melt.
What: Paul A Young's Advent Calendar
Paul A Young usually pulls out the stops for his Christmas chocolates and it's the same with his advent calendar which returns for another season. There are 24 mini wooden houses, each filled with solid chocolate goodness.
Price: £65 with refills available for £35.
What: Biscuiteers advent calendar hand-made by Susie Watson
We love the look of this year's calendar from Biscuiteers. This is a cloth, hand-made advent calendar with 24 pockets all ready for a selection of Christmas biscuits.
Price: £175 when you buy it with the Susie Watson cloth Advent Calendar or £55 if you just need the refill tin.
What: Snaffling Pig Pork Scratching Calendar
An early sell-out last year (and likely to this year), the Snaffling Pig's pork scratching calendar is back once again for all your piggy advent needs. And who wouldn't want some "Pigs In Blankets" or Low & Slow BBQ flavoured scratchings?
What: Joe & Seph’s Popcorn Advent Calendar
2018 marks the first time the gourmet popcorn maker has come up with its own Advent Calendar. The Victorian shop-front opens up like a Christmas storybook with each door concealing snack sized packets of artisan popcorn including brand-new flavours like Chocolate Orange and Banoffee Pie
What: Fizz Advent Calendar
Featuring all manner of fizz from Prosecco to Moscatel and one mini bottle of Lanson Champagne - this drinks Advent Calendar makes every day in Advent feel like you're pushing the boat out on a flight somewhere with a wee bottle of fizz.
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