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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).


The one with the seriously posh chocs


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.

Price: £49

Buy online on the Pierre Marcolini


The one with all the booze


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.

Price: £60

Buy online on the Chase website


The one with the chilli


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.

Price: £29.95

Buy online on the Sous Chef website


The one with all the beer


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.

Price: £69.90

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The one with the sourdough chocs


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.

Price: £18

Order online


The one with the houses filled with chocolate

Paul A Young

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.

Available instore


The cloth one full of biscuits


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.

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The one with the pork scratchings

Snaffling Pig

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?

Price: £17.50. 

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The one with the popcorn


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

Price: £25

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The one with all the fizz


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.

Price: £125

Buy online


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