Let's face it, 2020 has been a sucky year. Dominated by the devastatingly-destructive COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, pretty much all joy and excitement has been sucked out of this year.
But we're not far from December now and Christmas will still hopefully be a time of good cheer (albeit with socially-distanced merriment). The approach of Yuletide means that the chocoholic's favourite tradition is finally upon us - chocolate advent calendars for 2020! Hurrah!
As I did for Christmas 2019 and Christmas 2018, I've scoured the web looking for my favourite chocolate advent calendars for 2020. This year, as well as my favourites from big brands, I've used my local chocolate finder to find small businesses with big ideas. This list is sorted by price, from most expensive to the cheapest.
Top Tip: Some of these advent calendars - especially those by artisan chocolatiers and craft chocolate makers - are often available only in very limited quantities, so if you are interested in any of these, I recommend you place an order as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
UPDATE: Want to see my favourite advent calendars for 2021?
In this article:
- Fortnum & Mason Filled Wooden House Advent Calendar
- The Chocolate Smiths Ultimate Chocolate Advent Calendar
- Melt Chocolates Notting Hill House Advent Calendar
- Whittard of Chelsea Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two
- Neuhaus 3D Pop-up Make A Wish Advent Calendar
- Pierre Marcolini Advent Calendar 2020
- Benjamin Chocolatier Luxury Chocolate Truffle Wooden Advent Calendar
- Fifth Dimension Chocolates Advent Calendar
- Chocolate Tree Advent Calendar 2020
- Cocoa Delicious BYTEZbox Advent Calendar 2020
- Lakrids by Bülow Chocolate Coated Liquorice Christmas Calendar
- Bullion Chocolate Advent Calendar 2020
- Éponine Fine Chocolate Vegan Advent Calendar
- Nibblette Luxury Christmas Advent Calendar 2020
- Harry Specters Advent Calendar
- The Painted Peacock Christmas Advent Calendar
- Cocoa Therapy Luxury Advent Calendar
- Sugarsnap Chocolate Artisan Chocolate Advent Calendar
- ArtChocolat Luxury Advent Calendar
- Cocoa Tree Luxury Advent Calendar
- Harrods Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar
- White Rabbit Chocolatiers Advent Calendar Truffle Box
- Hotel Chocolat The Everything Advent Calendar
- Yawn Brew Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar
- Montezuma's Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar
- Artisan Chocolates by Saffire Advent Calendar
- Nono Cocoa Vegan Advent Calendar
- Love Cocoa Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar
- Chocbox Vegan Advent Calendar
- Lindt 3D Teddy Advent Calendar
- Thorntons Continental Advent Calendar
- Marks & Spencer Milk Chocolate Treats Advent Calendar
- Pure Heavenly Dairy-Free Advent Calendar
- Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk Advent Calendar
1 Fortnum & Mason Filled Wooden House Advent Calendar
£135 | Reusable
Let's kick things off with a delightful reusable wooden advent calendar that can be refilled year after year with a new assortment of chocolates. Depicting Fortnum & Mason's Piccadilly store-front, this advent calendar conceals confectionery behind 24 doors in a four-by-six grid.
Inside, you'll find an assortment of foiled milk chocolate coins, foiled milk chocolate Santa's and snowmen, foiled milk chocolate balls, and natural fruit pectin jellies.
Next year, you can choose to fill it with whatever you like. If you have a wooden calendar from last year and are looking for refills, Fortnum's sells an Advent Calendar Refill Pack (£36°) with a similar assortment as above.
Fortnum & Mason Filled Wooden House Advent Calendar
2 The Chocolate Smiths Ultimate Chocolate Advent Calendar
£70 | 1.06kg
Epic doesn't begin to explain this chunky advent calendar. The Chocolate Smiths describe it as "the most chocolatey advent calendar ever". For those unfamiliar with The Chocolate Smiths, they create a Bizarre range of chocolate bars in weird and wonderful flavours. Their bars frequently sell out in a heartbeat, and this advent calendar is no different. Get in when the opportunity next arises and you'll not be disappointed.
Each day for the first 24 days of December you'll open the door to a generous 40g Bizarre chocolate bar. Most advent calendars stop there but this one gives you a double-size bar (100g in fact) on Christmas Day.
They're keeping their cards close to their chest on flavours - and I'd hope to see a few festive treats in there - but they have teased some flavours. There's Bubblegum Sundae; Salted Caramel Brownie; Banoffee Bread; Pineapple Upside Down Cake; Caramel Apple; Peanut Clutter; and even a 99 Bizarre bar that they reckon tastes just like a soft serve ice cream topped with raspberry sauce.
If, like me, you enjoy weird and wonderful chocolate flavours, this is the advent calendar for you.
The Chocolate Smiths Ultimate Chocolate Advent Calendar
3 Melt Chocolates Notting Hill House Advent Calendar
£69 | Reusable
An illustration of Notting Hill houses adorns the front of this Melt Chocolates book-style advent calendar. Open the two doors and you'll find 24 cute numbered pouches of chocolate in pastel shades of blue, yellow, pink, purple, and green.
Recipes for their fresh chocolates include almonds, hazelnuts, chestnuts, nougat, candy canes, tangerine, coffee, ginger, and tangerine, so you can be assured of festive flavours galore.
This delightful advent calendar is also completely free from single-use plastics. It also looks like something you'd want to keep and refill for 2021.
Melt Chocolates Notting Hill House Advent Calendar
4 Whittard of Chelsea Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two
£60 | 960g | 48 sachets
Think of advent calendars and you'll picture solid or filled chocolates hidden behind 24 doors. This one's a little bit different, and appeals to hot chocolate lovers. And it makes so much sense, doesn't it, during those chilly December days?
This sharing advent calendar contains two single-serve sachets of hot chocolate powder each and every day in the build up to Christmas. Besides their Luxury, Luxury White, and 70% Cocoa hot chocolates, they've also included Salted Caramel, Rocky Road, Peanut Butter, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Raspberry Ripple, Orange, Mint, Strawberry, and Crème Brûlée.
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Check out my review of Whittard's Mumbai Spice Hot Chocolate.
If you love Whittard of Chelsea's hot chocolate, or fancy working through their range of hot chocolates, this hot chocolate advent calendar is for you. Do yourself a favour and buy The Chocolate Society's Hot Chocolate Shaker to go with it, and you'll get a thick, frothy, café-style hot chocolate in mere seconds.
Oh, and in case you wondered, you don't have to share that second sachet each day with somebody else!
Whittard of Chelsea Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two
5 Neuhaus 3D Pop-up Make A Wish Advent Calendar
€62.50 (around £56) | 331g
The pop-up advent calendar by Neuhaus is back for 2020, and this year there's a twist. The impressive red advent calendar features an assortment of full-size Belgian chocolates and will be enjoyed by the young and young at heart. It's ideal to be sent as a gift to friends and family, godchildren, and grandparents. As you lift open each door, it forms a three-dimensional scene that develops daily throughout December, completing the festive diorama on 25th December.
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[Gifted] Read my review of the Neuhaus 3D pop-up advent calendar, which the company kindly sent me this year.
That twist I mentioned? This year, for every calendar sold, Neuhaus will make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Belgium. The Foundation seeks to make the dreams of sick children come true. It's a lovely gesture and nice to see in the advent calendar world.
Neuhaus 3D Popup Make A Wish Advent Calendar
6 Pierre Marcolini Advent Calendar 2020
Pierre Marcolini never fails to impress, and this year's window-style advent calendar is no different. Two doors tied with a bow open to reveal a charming festive scene. Appealing to chocoholics young and old, this advent calendar is themed in navy blue, pinks, golds and soft reds.
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[Gifted] Pierre Marcolini kindly sent me the 2020 advent calendar so I could get a hands-on look at this beautiful product. Check out my review here.
Inside, 24 chocolate treats await, including favourites such as Petit Câlin Praline Gianduja, Pavé de Tours Milk Chocolate, Passion Fruit Heart, and even a Golf Ball. It's a delightful collection of chocolates presented in a remarkably beautiful advent calendar.
Pierre Marcolini Advent Calendar 2020
7 Benjamin Chocolatier Luxury Chocolate Truffle Wooden Advent Calendar
£42 | Reusable
This delightful, reusable wooden advent calender by Benjamin Chocolatier (Wicked & Wonderful) is bound to impress everyone this Christmas. Featuring 24 drawers of handmade chocolate truffles, this showstopping advent calendar displays reindeer in a snowy woodland scene. This will look great on any mantelpiece.
Throughout December, you'll tuck into an assortment of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Truffles; Chilli Milk Chocolate Truffles; Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Truffles; Pink Marc de Champagne White Chocolate Truffles; and buttery Pecan Milk Chocolate Truffles. Divine, decadent, and beautiful.
Benjamin Chocolatier Luxury Chocolate Truffle Wooden Advent Calendar
8 Fifth Dimension Chocolates Advent Calendar
5D Chocolates wants to take you on a 25-day journey of the flavours of the world in their take on an advent calendar. Virtually walk in the footsteps of Santa Claus as you navigate the world, trying an innovative chocolate flavour combination each day in the run up to Christmas.
Each day also reveals a QR code. Scan this with your smartphone and you'll be taken to a webpage that explores the background behind each flavour. For those less technically gifted, the calendar is also supplied with a printed menu.
Expect to embark on an exciting journey tasting some unusual and creative flavour combinations courtesy of the team at Fifth Dimension Chocolates.
Fifth Dimension Chocolates Advent Calendar
9 Chocolate Tree Advent Calendar 2020
Welcome to Chocolate Tree's very first advent calendar, and what a beauty it is. Featuring 25 boxes, each decorated with vivid tessellation artworks, this advent calendar boasts an assortment of milk, dark, and white chocolates hiding ganaches, caramels, jellies, and pralines.
Expect big, bold flavours including Christmas Cake; Mulled Wine; Roasted Chestnut; Mandarin & Black Sesame; Cranachan; Gingerbread; and Cinnamon & Sandalwood, to name but a few.
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[Gifted] Chocolate Tree kindly gifted me a delicious 85% Porcelana bar and an equally divine 60% Marañón bar, which prompted me to buy stacks of their bars, including the curious Haggis Spice Dark Chocolate bar.
This advent calendar has been designed to be plastic-free yet durable, meaning it can be squirrelled away at the end of December, ready for next year.
Chocolate Tree Advent Calendar 2020
10 Cocoa Delicious BYTEZbox Advent Calendar 2020
If you seek pretty-looking chocolates inside your advent calendar then this BYTEZbox advent calendar by Cocoa Delicious is right up your street.
Behind 24 windows sits "BYTEsized" artistic chocolates in a cacophony of flavours and shapes, including a selection of festive treats. The exact flavours are a secret but there'll be something for everyone in the collection.
Cocoa Delicious BYTEZbox Advent Calendar 2020
11 Lakrids by Bülow Chocolate Coated Liquorice Christmas Calendar
£36 | 340g
Cover almost anything in chocolate and it's bound to taste great. But cover Danish liquorice in dulce, white, dark and milk chocolate and you've got yourself a winner.
This 24-day advent calendar features a daily dose of Lakrids by Bülow Danish liquorice, covered in a selection of chocolate jackets. There's enough to share (or, if you are like me, you can look at this as double the pleasure for you).
Chewy, sweet, and satisfying, this advent calendar is an essential advent calendar for die-hard liquorice fans. Lakrids by Bülow has also used sustainable packaging to make this year's sleek and luxurious advent calendar.
Lakrids by Bülow Chocolate Coated Liquorice Christmas Calendar
12 Bullion Chocolate Advent Calendar 2020
£35 | 400g
One for true chocolate lovers, this bean-to-bar advent calendar by Sheffield's Bullion Chocolate boasts some of the best chocolate you'll ever taste. 25 numbered mini bars of chocolate are clipped onto a golden ribbon, and you can hang this in your living room or decorate your Christmas tree.
Each day, tuck into alternating 50% milk and 70% dark chocolate bars, made with the finest heirloom cacao nacional beans from the Cedeno Aguilar family farm in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. There's a splash of gold leaf too for extra pizazz.
Bullion Chocolate Advent Calendar 2020
13 Éponine Fine Chocolate Vegan Advent Calendar
£35 | Vegan
Éponine Fine Chocolate has two advent calendars to choose from this year. There's a classic dairy-based calendar, but it's the brown and gold vegan chocolate truffle advent calendar I'm focussing on.
Inside this advent calendar you'll find 24 full-size, individually-wrapped chocolate truffles in eight different flavours. These might be entirely plant-based recipes but they still come in exciting flavours, such as Mince Pie; Gingerbread Praline; and Clementine & Almond.
This versatile calendar also features tabs on the rear to enable you to hang this on the wall, or you can stand it up like a picture frame.
Éponine Fine Chocolate Vegan Advent Calendar
14 Nibblette Luxury Christmas Advent Calendar 2020
£34.95 | Vegan option available
Available in a regular assortment or a vegan chocolate assortment, the Nibblette Luxury Christmas Advent Calendar boasts two-dozen individual and unique handmade chocolates.
Flavours will be a mix of classic favourites, signature flavours, and festively spiced chocolates. I love that a flavour menu will also be included for reference but it won't tell you what order they're in (so you can't cheat!).
Nibblette Luxury Christmas Advent Calendar 2020
1.5kg Deluxe Giant Advent Calendar, Belgian Chocolate, Fudge And Hot Chocolate
Mini Fudge Bites. Occasionally we may need to substitute an item or will include a new flavour. Over 1.5kg of fudge and chocolate. Belgian Hot Chocolate. Chocolate Bark.
£100.00 + £6.50 postage
Large Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar Willy Joke Perfect Naughty Rude Gift
Laser Cut and Engraved Wooden Christmas Chocolate holder.
Maltesers Chocolate Advent Calendar Chocolat Christmas Xmas Advent Calendar
Maltesers Chocolate Advent Calendar. Eat your way through December with this Maltesers Advent Calendar. Contains milk chocolate moulded shapes.
Large Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar Dinosaur Pesonalised Children Kid Gift
Laser Cut and Engraved Wooden Christmas Chocolate holder.
2 X Christmas Advent Calendar 90g Cadbury Chocolate Advent Calendar Kids 2023
2 X Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar 90g Kids Christmas Advent Calendar Xmas Gift. 2 x Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar 90g. The ideal Advent Calendar for kids and adults alike.
Chocolate Advent Calendar Christmas 2023 Lindt Lindor Teddy Cadbury Anthon Berg
Lindt Teddy Bear Chocolate Advent Calendar. Lindt Lindor Chocolate Advent Calendar. The perfect countdown until Christmas to make every festive morning taste delicious! Lindt Lindor Chocolate Advent Calendar (Mini).
15 Harry Specters Advent Calendar
£34 | 430g
This year sees the launch of Harry Specters' first advent calendar, and is a fantastic looking collection of fresh, handmade chocolates presented in a stylish box. Available to pre-order, this advent calendar features an assortment of 25 chocolates.
The list of flavours spans everything from Coffee and Apple Cinnamon through to the likes of Rose & Cardamom, Seasalt caramel, and Maple & Pecan. There's a selection of festive flavours and even a helping of dark chocolate-covered coffee beans.
Harry Specters Advent Calendar
16 The Painted Peacock Christmas Advent Calendar
As tasty as they are pretty, this advent calendar by The Painted Peacock features a selection of 24 beautiful handcrafted chocolate bonbons.
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[Gifted] Read my review of these pretty chocolate bonbons by The Painted Peacock which were kindly sent to me recently.
Featuring an assortment of classic and vegan recipes, flavours of these award winning hand-decorated chocolates will include the likes of Passion Fruit, Pink Peppercorn Pistachio, and the sublime Fresh Mint, amongst others.
The Painted Peacock Christmas Advent Calendar
17 Cocoa Therapy Luxury Advent Calendar
The advent calendar features 24 beautiful filled chocolates, including Cocoa Therapy's seasonal and classic flavours. Expect to find milk, dark, white, and blonde chocolates filled with everything from caramels and ganaches to pâte de fruits.
Cocoa Therapy Luxury Advent Calendar
18 Sugarsnap Chocolate Artisan Chocolate Advent Calendar
You won't get bored working through this stylish white and silver advent calendar by Sugarsnap Chocolate. That's because it features at least a dozen different flavours over the first 24 days of December.
Inside, you'll find an assortment of pretty-looking white, dark, and milk chocolates filled with caramels and ganaches. If you're looking for a nut-free, gluten-free, or alcohol-free advent calendar, get in touch with Sugarsnap Chocolate and they'll sort you out, subject to availability of course.
Cocoa Therapy Luxury Advent Calendar
19 ArtChocolat Luxury Advent Calendar
This advent calendar compresses all that eye candy into a handy format for counting down the days until Christmas. The flavours sound great too, with a mix of classics and festive favourites. Unveil pretty bonbons daily with flavours such as Morello Cherry & Amaretto, Black Sesame & Passion Fruit, Blueberry & Peanut, Cinnamon Caramel, and plenty more.
ArtChocolat Luxury Advent Calendar
20 Cocoa Tree Luxury Advent Calendar
If you're not a fan of surprises, or you want the comfort of knowing you'll love every single chocolate in your advent calendar, this creation by Cocoa Tree is for you.
Presented in one of a trio of designs, you can choose whether you receive a random assortment of chocolates or you can pick your favourites from their flavour menu. So, if you prefer Coconut & Passion Fruit and Raspberry & Rose over Peanut Butter and Cherry Liquor, you can pick those, safe in the knowledge that there'll be a glimmer of happiness this December as you count down to Christmas.
Cocoa Tree Luxury Advent Calendar
21 Harrods Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar
£30 | 252g
A chocolate truffle a day is a decadent way to see you through December. This advent calendar by Harrods features the famous Knightsbridge store in gold and green, and hides chocolate truffles behind 25 doors.
Each day you'll discover a new Belgian chocolate truffle hand-finished by chocolatiers in Kent. There's a variety of flavours from hazelnut praline and salted caramel through to more indulgent options such as Marc de Champagne and Christmas pudding.
Harrods Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar
22 White Rabbit Chocolatiers Advent Calendar Truffle Box
What's not to love about this advent calendar by White Rabbit Chocolatiers? The advent calendar features delightfully cute festive doodles, with 25 chocolate truffles to see you through the lead up to Christmas.
Created by Master Chocolatier Amy Fenner in Beverley, East Yorkshire, the calendar features a collection of award-winning and seasonal truffles.
White Rabbit Chocolatiers Advent Calendar Truffle Box
23 Hotel Chocolat The Everything Advent Calendar
£26 | 305g
My favourites from 2019 and 2018 - The Grand Advent Calendar and the Chocolate Advent Calendar For Two - are back again this year, and are the perfect choices for Hotel Chocolat addicts and those that like to share (or have double helpings of) their chocolates each day.
For 2020, my top pick is The Everything Advent Calendar. 24 doors hide milk, dark and white chocolates from across the Selectors range, featuring caramels, pralines and truffles.
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I'm a Hotel Chocolat addict and have reviewed all sorts, reviewing their Mellow Tasting Box, enjoying a Rare & Vintage bar tasting flight, and devouring vegan chocolate cherries. I also had a session with their Velvetiser hot chocolate maker to see it in action (and taste test the results).
Other notable advent calendars in the range this year include a vegan 100% cacao advent calendar (£12.50°), and a Free From vegan advent calendar (£8), which is free from dairy, nuts, gluten and wheat. Hotel Chocolat reckon it's perfect for milk chocolate lovers with a mellow, creamy taste.
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Ends on Sunday 17th December 2023. Terms and exclusions may apply. See website for details.
Hotel Chocolat The Everything Advent Calendar
24 Yawn Brew Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar
£25 | 552g | 24 sachets | Dairy Free
Yawn Brew might be known for its coffees but it also serves up a range of speciality teas and hot chocolates. This here is their Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar, filled with 24 sachets of hot chocolate mix. Incidentally, the sachets are biodegradable so this advent calendar is fully biodegradable.
Their hot chocolate mixes are made using 65% dark chocolate Belgian chocolate flakes and do not contain dairy or milk powder. Simply mix the hot chocolate flakes with hot dairy milk or an alternative milk to enjoy.
The flavours that will see you through December include Classic Dark; Chilli Willy; Salted Caramel; Santa Spice; Cinnamon Socks; Xmas Pud; Enchanted Forest; Campfire Marshmallow; Irish Dream; Cheeky Chai; Chocha Mocha; and Ginger.
Yawn Brew Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar
25 Montezuma's Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar
£24.99 | 360g
At a time of year when most chocolate brands look to a colour palette of dark blues, rich reds, and festive greens, Montezuma's advent calendar stands out in vibrant lime greens, magenta pinks, and cyan blues - and I love it more for it.
Inside this colourful calendar is a selection of filled chocolates and truffles to see you through December. Expect to find an assortment of chocolates, salted dulce de leche caramel, and smooth and creamy milk, white, and dark truffles as well. You'll also be pleased to hear that the packaging is 100% recyclable.
Montezuma's Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar
26 Artisan Chocolates by Saffire Advent Calendar
There's a choice of two designs of advent calendar at Artisan Chocolates by Saffire this year. Either choose a snowy scene or a stylish black and gold number. Not only can you choose the look of your advent calendar, you can tailor the insides too, so if you're looking for a nut-free and/or an alcohol-free advent calendar this year, this one's for you. Alternatively, opt for the classic mix to receive a bit of everything.
Expect to find a mix of flavours tucked inside beautiful chocolate exteriors. Depending on your choice, you'll find an assortment of boozy centres, nutty chocolates, and fruity flavours, including strawberry and raspberry, as well as herbal chocolates such as lavender.
Artisan Chocolates by Saffire Advent Calendar
27 Nono Cocoa Vegan Advent Calendar
£21 | Vegan
Nono Cocoa produces a fantastic range of organic and vegan raw chocolates that are also free from gluten, dairy, nuts, and artificial nasties, but are certainly not devoid of flavour, as you can see here.
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Check out my review of Nono Cocoa's advent calendar a few years ago.
The 24 flavours include a wide and varied section of classic flavours as well as a few festive picks. Expect the likes of Raspberry & Beetroot; Orange Caramel; Green Coffee; Mint & Lime Mojito; Saffron & Orange; Blue Marzipan; Mulled Wine, plus many more. Dark Cocoa & Cherry looks particularly lovely, and the Gift Box Surprise is shrouded in extra mystery.
Nono Cocoa Limited Edition Vegan Advent Calendar
28 Love Cocoa Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar
This advent calendar by Love Cocoa features an assortment of chocolates, including 12 chocolate squares, 11 chocolate truffles, and a surprise on day 24.
If you're familiar with Love Cocoa chocolates, you'll recognise some of the most popular flavours in here, including Gin and Tonic; Orange Milk; Raspberry Champagne; and Salted Caramel Milk. There's also an assortment of single-origin milk and dark chocolates.
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I bought a Love Cocoa Earl Grey chocolate bar to review.
Besides the tasty chocolate inside, Love Cocoa pledges to plant three trees for every purchase as part of its sustainability commitment.
Love Cocoa Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar
29 Chocbox Vegan Advent Calendar
£18 | Vegan
Bristol based Chocbox has launched its limited edition vegan advent calendar. There are seven varieties of handmade chocolate treats spanning 24 days, with flavours including pistachio, forest fruits, peppermint, and caramel.
These vegan chocolates are gluten-free and free from refined sugar. They are made using Peruvian raw criollo cacao together with natural sweeteners such as date or agave nectar. Ingredients are organically sourced and entirely natural too.
Chocbox Vegan Advent Calendar
30 Lindt 3D Teddy Advent Calendar
£15 | 310g
The Lindt bunny, reindeer, and bear are characters that appear seasonally throughout the year. This 3D advent calendar takes the shape of the iconic golden teddy bear.
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Check out my Lindt Creation Pistachio Delight review.
Behind 24 doors sits a variety of hollow chocolate teddies, Santa's and reindeers, as well as Lindor Milk Truffles and milk chocolate snowdrops. This advent calendar should speak volumes to Lindt chocolate fans.
Lindt 3D Teddy Advent Calendar
31 Thorntons Continental Advent Calendar
£15 | 298g
The flagship Continental range at Thorntons now welcomes an advent calendar, filled with an assortment of chocolates. Fans of the Continental range will enjoy working their way through 25 doors of chocolate.
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When a friend sent me the a Christmas hamper, how could I not review the Thorntons Classic Flavours Chocolate Hamper?
24 windows contain a selection of Alpini Praline, Salted Caramel, Sicilian Mousse, Seville Caramel, Viennese Deluxe, Gianduiot, Espresso, Hazelnut Milano, Vanille Truffle, and Hazelnut Slice chocolates, while door 25 contains a Alpini Praline snack bar.
Thorntons Continental Advent Calendar
32 Marks & Spencer Milk Chocolate Treats Advent Calendar
£10 | 387g
Marks & Spencer presents a fun advent calendar, and one of the few on this list that include a '25' door for Christmas Day.
This M&S advent calendar contains an assortment of Peanut Butter and Caramel Chunkies; Sea Salt Fudge Bits; Mini Whips; and Caramel Filled Buttons. Behind day 25 is a mysterious "surprise bag", although the images on their website hint at a bag of Milk Chocolate Gigantic Buttons. I could be wrong through, so you'll have to let me know what it is on Christmas Day in the comments below.
Marks & Spencer Milk Chocolate Treats Advent Calendar
33 Pure Heavenly Dairy-Free Advent Calendar
£7.95 (£4.95 to VIP Club members) |120g | Vegan
Pure Heavenly specialises in dairy-free low-sugar chocolates, using ingredients such as rice, soluble maize fibre, and chicory fibre to create a milk chocolate alternative.
They've got six different designs of advent calendar available, and the reindeer one reminds me of my time in Rovaniemi (Finnish Lapland). Each box is filled with 24 5g pieces of Pure Heavenly's Silk 43% cocoa milk chocolate alternative. This boasts just 2% sugars.
Pure Heavenly Dairy-Free Advent Calendar
34 Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk Advent Calendar
£5.99 | 258g
For some people, Christmas and Cadbury chocolate goes hand-in-hand, and I for one enjoy raiding the annual tub of Cadbury Heroes. While you could get the Cadbury Heroes Advent Calendar (£4.99°), my favourite from the Cadbury range this year is this simple-yet-stylish Dairy Milk advent calendar.
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I'm pretty sure most people have tried Cadbury chocolate at some point in their lives. In case it's been a while, here's my Cadbury Dairy Milk Premier League Football Pitch Bar review.
Each day presents a new chunk of Cadbury Dairy Milk, in either original, Whole Nut, or Caramel edition. There's 24 in this calendar. My only gripe is that the Dairy Milk chunks are individually wrapped, which creates unnecessary waste, albeit in exchange for a fresher tasting chocolate.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk Advent Calendar
Whichever chocolate advent calendar you choose this year, I urge you to find your local chocolate shops and support them as much as you can. Many chocolate businesses rely on Christmas trade to survive, and the impact of COVID-19 means this Christmas is going to be particularly tough for many businesses, big and small, across the country.
Which chocolate advent calendar for 2020 will you be buying? Let me know in the comments below.