Count down to the most wonderful time of the year with these food and drink advent calendars.

With only a few weeks to go until December, festive goodies are starting to line store shelves, with a string of food and drink related advent calendars available.

From something for beer lovers, to fans of cheese, here’s our pick of the best…

Cheese advent calendar

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An alternative to a standard chocolate advent calendar, the Cheese Advent Calendar is available to buy now in Lidl for £7.99.

Including 24 individually wrapped cheeses, the calendar has a unique ‘book style’ packaging design, allowing one half to be torn off after the initial 12 days of Christmas to maximise fridge space.

The Cheese Advent Calendar includes 24 pieces of individually wrapped cheese.

With seven varieties available, including a limited edition surprise cheese – the calendar includes: Jarlsberg, Applewood, Ilchester Mature Cheddar, Ilchester Edam and limited edition Ilchester Wensleydale with gingerbread.

Bonne Maman jam calendar

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Enjoy a different jam or marmalade this December thank to this calendar from Bonne Maman.

Doors one to 23 carry a 30g mini jar of jam or marmalade, in different flavour combinations not usually available in the UK.

Flavours include: Cherry & Blackberry, Apricot & Mango, White Nectarine & Peach, Purple Fig & Cinnamon, Mirabelle Plum & Linden or Grapefruit & Dragonfruit jams plus Sweet Orange & Mandarin, Lemon or Orange & Cinnamon marmalades.

Then on Christmas Eve discover a festive surprise gift to welcome the day itself.

The Bonne Maman Advent calendar is available exclusively online priced £23.99 plus postage & packing.

Edinburgh Gin calendar

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Gin connoisseurs can countdown the days until Christmas with this calendar packed with miniatures.

Created exclusively for John Lewis, the Edinburgh Gin Advent calendar contains 25 mini 5cl bottles showcasing the full Edinburgh Gin range and is priced at £99.

This includes their London Dry style gins – such as the navy strength Cannonball and festive Christmas gin – and their popular fruit gin liqueurs such as Plum and Vanilla, and Raspberry on offer behind each door.

Wine calendar

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Back for a third year, the sell-out Aldi wine advent calendar has undergone a makeover for Christmas 2019.

Priced at £49.99, the popular calendar is filled with 24 mini bottles of red, white, rosé and fizz, including customer favourites such as The Exquisite Collection Macon Villages and the Calvet Cap d’Agde Rose.

The calendar is perfect for anyone that prefers a tipple to chocolate and is ideal for raising a glass to the beginning of the festive season with your nearest and dearest.

Craft cider calendar

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Crafty Nectar have launched what they say is the first ever cider advent calendar, which includes 24 award-winning craft ciders.

As well as the drinks, cider fans can look forward to interactive tasting notes and reviews.

Producers included range from Nightingale in south east England to the best of the West country including Perrys, Pilton and Tom Oliver’s Cider.

There will also be exclusive ciders that have never been on sale before from the Newt in Somerset.

Priced at £75, more info can be found here.

Bailey’s 12 days of Christmas

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One of the ultimate festive drinks, Bailey’s can now be enjoyed in miniature form in this advent calendar.

The calendar features three different flavours, including coffee and orange truffle – plus the (Christmas) classic Bailey’s flavour.

The Bailey’s calendar is prices at £20 and available from Asda now.

Popcorn calendar

Debuting last year, Joe & Seph’s popcorn advent calendar includes snack-sized packets of popcorn, including some favourites such as – salted caramel, caramel and Belgian chocolate – and some never before tried flavours, such as cookies and cream, chocolate orange and banoffee pie.

Ideal for festive film nights, this calendar is priced at £25.

BrewDog beer calendars

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Pub chain and brewery, BrewDog, has released its own take on the classic chocolate option, with the launch of three boozy advent calendars that will appeal to all beer connoisseurs.

Named the Pack Leader, Premium Advent and the EFP calendar, each contain 24 craft beers from the core range as well as special editions.

The Pack Leader contains lighter beers and ‘some surprises from the BrewDog family’ whereas the Premium box has a mix of light and dark beers and the EFP is only available to the Equity for Punks members and contains a selection of limited release and collectable beers.

The advent calendars are available to purchase from the BrewDog website, with orders due to be shipped between 11-30 November.

The Pack Leaders calendar is priced at £40, while the Premium calendar costs £75, including shipping for orders in the UK.

Eden Mill 12 gins of Christmas

This set – priced at £45 – sees established Eden Mill favourites Original Gin, Love Gin, Hop Gin and Golf Gin joined by some festive flavours – including Mulled Gin, Orange and Clove Gin and After Dinner Gin.

Other flavours include the Baked Apple Cinnamon & Salted Caramel Gin Liqueur, Spiced Rhubarb & Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur, and Chilli & Ginger Snap Gin.

The set also comes with a suggested serve booklet and two tulip glasses.

Sophie Conran for Biscuiteers calendar

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Add a homemade touch to your festive countdown with this limited edition cloth advent calendar, designed to hold a beautifully decorated biscuit from Biscuiteers.

Designed by Sophie Conran, the calendar features a snowy scene and 24 pockets in which to add a sweet treat.

Available to order now priced at £125 or £175 including a box of 24 decorated biscuits.

Protein ball advent calendar

The healthier option for gym heads, this calendar comes with flavours including: Peanut Butter and Jam, Raspberry Brownie and Cherry Bakewell. Plus behind door 24 there is a special festive flavour.

Priced at £19.99, the calendar is available to order online here.

Percy Pig calendar

Kids both big and small will enjoy this advent calendar, which features Marks and Spencer’s most popular pig.

With 24 chocolate Percy’s to enjoy in the countdown to Christmas, a bag of Percy Pigs is waiting to be eaten on Christmas day.

Priced at £5, the calendar is available in stores now.

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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