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14 of the best food and drink advent calendars - from gin and whisky to cheese

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

Published: November 6, 2020

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 gin lovers, to fans of cheese, here’s our pick of the best food and drink advent calendars…

Coco Chocolatier

Coco’s advent calendar for 2020 is a contemporary addition and features a design by Parisian artist François Mangeol.

The artist was inspired by Charlie and The Chocolate Factory when producing this design
for Coco - especially in his references to the notorious ‘golden ticket’.

The calendar comprises of 24 delicious mini bars totalling 480 grams of single origin chocolate, and is priced at £50.

Bonne Maman jam calendar

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: Mango, Peach and Lime, Apricot and Mango, White Nectarine & Peach and Raspberry and Redcurrant jams plus Lemon and Yuzu and Orange and 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.

BrewDog Lone Wolf 12 gins of Christmas

BrewDog Distilling Co.’s Twelve Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar is a limited edition box that include four classic LoneWolf gins and eight exclusive brand new gins, fresh from the distillery’s HQ in Aberdeen.

The perfect gift for a gin fan, the box is adorned with the signature copper embossed LoneWolf and promises a feast of botanicals.

Each of the 12 gins are 50ml in size (a generous 2.5 serves), showcasing the original LoneWolf gin pack - LoneWolf Gin, LoneWolf Cloudy Lemon, LoneWolf Gunpowder and LoneWolf Cactus & Lime, in addition to new flavours, including:

Cranachan - Inspired by the classic Scottish dessert, with raspberries, double cream and oats, leave a smooth and creamy finish with a touch of sharpness

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Christmas Spiced - Festive flavours of blood orange, cinnamon and raisons, perfect to get into the Christmas spirit

Old Tom Gin - Matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for 18 months, naturally sweet with juicy notes of Christmas cake.

Accompanying the advent calendar is a dedicated website with tasting notes and cocktail inspiration to shake up some Christmas cocktail fun.

The calendar is priced at £49.95 and is for sale online now.

Craft cider calendar

Crafty Nectar have brought back their cider advent calendar, which includes 24 award-winning craft ciders.

The calendar includes ciders from award-winning producers from the likes of Kentish Pip in the Eastern counties to the best of the West country including one of the world's best cider makers, Tom Oliver.

There will also be exclusive ciders that have never been on sale before from the Newt in Somerset and the team's very own Crafty Nectar No.9 – Blackberry and Hibiscus Co-Ferment cider with Once Upon Tree.

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

Walker's shortbread

Following the success of the very first Walkers Shortbread advent calendar in 2019, the Walkers team has announced the launch of its 2020 advent calendar – back by popular demand, and bigger and better than last year.

Featuring a new design and delicious products behind every window, this limited-edition launch is the perfect gift for any Walker’s Shortbread fan.

Behind the 24 advent doors are individually wrapped, bite-size treats from the Pure Butter Shortbread Fingers, Rounds and Mini Chocolate Chip Shortbread.

The Walkers Shortbread advent calendar will be exclusively sold on the Walkers Shortbread website now, with a RRP of £14.99, for a limited time only.

Eteaket tea advent calendar

Award-winning eteaket, a Scottish independent whole leaf tea company, have launched their festive hand-made limited edition Tea Advent Calendar for 2020, priced at £29.95.

Available to pre-order online, the calendar features 25 sachets of speciality loose leaf teas and infusions, including popular blends and two limited editions.

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Open each door daily for a tea surprise and follow the daily tea routine on the reverse, which encourages tea fans to pause, re-balance and create calming space for your mind this December.

Eteaket’s  support of the mental health and wellbeing charity ‘Health in Mind’ continues, and for every advent calendar purchased, the are donating £2 to their charity.

Drinks by the Dram drinks calendars

food and drink advent calendars

Toast the countdown to Christmas with a the range of spirits calendars from Drink by the Dram.

The range includes whisky, bourbon, gin, rum and vodka and inside each there are 24 hand-waxed 30ml bottles from brands such as That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Hendrick's, Edinburgh Gin, Benromach and Cîroc.

The calendars start at £49.95 are are available to buy online now, here.

Popcorn Shed

For a slightly different sweet treat this December, why not try an advent calendar from Popcorn Shed?

Behind each of the doors, you'll find a packet of mini popcorn in flavours such as salt and vinegar, toffee and smoky maple.

There is a new vegan, free-from calendar as well as a gourmet option and both are ideal for those looking for something a bit different from traditional chocolate.

Available to order now, priced at £20.

Cadbury calendars

food and drink advent calendars

For traditionalists, Cadbury have a range of chocolate calendars available for Christmas 2020, including a Dairy Milk and white chocolate options.

The white chocolate calendar is priced at £2.19 and is available exclusively at ASDA stores whereas the Dairy Milk calendar has filled with chocolate treats, including walnut and caramel, and has a RRP of £5.99.

M&S Harry Potter calendar

M&S have launched a special edition collection of Harry Potter sweet treats in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and there's an advent calendar ideal for fans to countdown to Christmas.

The Harry Potter Enchanted Forest Advent Calendar is £12 and filled with milk chocolate snowballs, soft enchanted animals, and solid milk chocolate gold discs – and a special Harry Potter quiz.

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Aldi Wine and fizz calendars

food and drink advent calendars

Back for a fourth year, the sell-out Aldi wine advent calendar is an ideal gift for wine lovers to count down to Christmas.

Priced at £49.99, the popular calendar is filled with 24 mini bottles of red, white and rosé.

Those who love fizz can treat themselves to the Aldi sparkling wine calendar, priced at £59.99, which has 24 mini bottles of fizz.

Eden Mill 12 gins of Christmas

This set – priced at £50 – sees established Eden Mill favourites joined by some festive flavours and liqueurs – including Candy Cane Gin and Baked Apple Cinnamon & Salted Caramel Gin Liqueur.

Other flavours include the Spiced Rhubarb & Blackcurrant Gin Liqueur, and Chilli & Ginger Gin and Caraway & Black Pepper Gin.

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

Cheese advent calendar

food and drink advent calendars

An alternative to a standard chocolate advent calendar, the Cheese Advent Calendar is available to buy now in Lidl and Morrisons for £8.

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, the calendar includes: Jarlsberg, Applewood, Ilchester Mature Cheddar, Ilchester Edam, Ilchester Mature Cheddar and lIlchester Derby with Sage.

B&M Pringles advent calendar

food and drink advent calendars

Crisp fans can tuck into a mini tub of Pringles to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas.

Featuring 12 pots of Pringles crisps with flavours including original, salt and vinegar, sour cream and onion, and BBQ, this calendar is ideal for those that prefer a savoury snack.

The calendar is available now for £7.99 at B&M stores nationwide.

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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