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The best chocolate advent calendars for Christmas 2021

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Play the Christmas chocolate Advent calendar game this year and discover new, lesser-known labels at the same time.

Instead of heading to your local supermarket and picking up the same calendar you buy every year, make this festive time special by opting for an off-the-beaten-track advent.

From the now cult favorite Tony’s Chocolonely to independent chocolatiers like Chococo, you can make the countdown to Christmas a little more exciting where you’ll never know what new flavor is next. We just hope you have some kind of elf control (sorry) to stop after your first taste.

For those who can’t eat dairy or choose not to, we haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, quite the opposite. The ever-growing market for non-chocolate products has paved the way for one of the most comprehensive vegan advent offers to date, so there’s no need to miss the fun.

Here are our favorite advent calendars for Christmas 2021 in descending price order.

Montezuma Truffle Advent Calendar

If you haven’t tasted one of Montezuma’s most indulgent truffles yet, you’re in for a treat. The brand excels in its selection of truffles, and you can dine on every flavor before Christmas. Every day you’ll be surprised by a scoop of classic rich dark chocolate, salted dulce de leche caramel or creamy chocolate where the outer shell reveals a oozing center.

Montezuma’s

£30 | john lewis

Joe & Seph Popcorn Advent Calendar

When it comes to popcorn, few do it better than Joe & Seph’s. The family-run artisan brand uses real ingredients to create its flavors, each as delicious as the last. The gourmet popcorn is handmade and popped in the brand’s kitchens in North London, where the ever-growing range boasts over 60 varieties. In this calendar, you will taste 19 of them including the very popular salted caramel and milk chocolate bites.

At Joe and Seph’s

£25 | Very

Pip & Nut Advent Calendar

For those on a plant-based diet, we’ve got just the thing to bring the magic of the seasons to Christmas. Pip & Nut – the brand that offers some of the best vegan chocolates on the market – have designed this advent containing their hugely popular range. Within the walls you will find the Nut Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Chunks. The chocolates are made in the UK from single-origin, ethically-sourced Colombian chocolate, natural ingredients and palm oil free.

Seed & Nuts

£20 | Planet Bio *Out of stock

Advent Calendar Pierre Marcolini ‘Magical Mountain’

Behind this suitably festive snowy mountain scene, you’ll find an advent that’s sure to delight you. A total of 24 showcases unveil delicious creations, including the brand’s signature Pralinés Anciens, as well as hearts, bells of gianduja and many other classics for which Pierre Marcolini is known and loved.

Pierre Marcolini

£49 | Pierre Marcolini *Available from November 5

Chococo Advent Selection Boxes for 2021

Independent chocolatier Chococo has packed its best-selling artisan chocolates along with exclusive new flavors into an advent calendar. The Dorset brand offers not one but two boxes inspired by Christmas tree balls. Each contains 25 chocolates with variations such as Cherry Bakewell, Sea Salt Caramel and even Devon’s Salcombe Pink Grapefruit Gin. The boxes are completely plastic-free as well as reusable, recyclable and compostable.

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£25 | chocolate *Available for pre-order now with last order November 26

Love Cocoa – Deluxe Charity Advent Calendar

Ethical chocolate brand Love Cocoa is giving back this Christmas – all proceeds from its advent calendar will be donated to NHS Charities Together. It is filled with the brand’s luxury truffles with hazelnut praline, dark chocolate ganache, square of gianduja and giant rock. The box features an illustration of London at Christmas, while the contents are palm oil free. In addition to the charitable donation, three trees will be planted with each calendar purchased.

love cocoa

£25 | love cocoa

Popcorn Shed Advent Calendars

Recasting the traditional chocolate Christmas candles, Popcorn Shed has two advents this year – and we can say they’re sure to pop. The Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar (£20) and Free From VEGAN Mini Pop! The Popcorn Advent Calendar (£18) has 24 branded handmade popcorn bags behind each of the windows. There are six flavors in the Gourmet, including Salted Caramel, Say Cheese! And Pecan Pie, while in the Free From there’s a low-calorie selection of vegan, dairy, and gluten-free variations, including white truffle, caramel, and maple bacon (with a smoky maple flavor that will delight those who miss the real thing).

popcorn shed

From £18 | popcorn shed

Tony’s Chocolonely Countdown Calendar

After many pleas from loyal fans, Tony’s has unveiled its first-ever advent calendar that has the beloved chocolate hidden within its walls. There are 25 mini versions of the bestsellers, including Dark Almonds & Sea Salt and Dark Milk Pretzel Toffee, which have been made from Fairtrade cocoa and contain no palm oil. The calendar is also produced entirely without plastic packaging.

Tony’s Chocolonely

£12.99 | Ocado *Out of stock

Candy Kittens Advent Calendar

Candy Kittens has designed its 2021 advent calendar to claim even more eco-references. The brand – which was recently deemed carbon neutral – has teamed up with TreeSisters to plant a tree for every purchase. The Advent itself is a 3D tree that opens to reveal one of Candy Kittens’ signature vegan candies, including the new Gourmies range.

candy kittens

£12 | candy kittens

Happy Free From Advent Calendar

Oat milk chocolate brand Happi Free From has entered the Advent sphere with its first-ever calendar. The vibrant box features the brand’s signature design and contains 24 pieces of chocolate, all ethically sourced without dairy. The packaging is also sustainable.

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£7.50 | Amazon

Swizzels Sweet Advent Calendar

While it’s not about chocolate, this calendar welcomes a different kind of sugar rush that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. For 2021, Swizzles has pulled out all the stops for the advent of Sweet Factory after the huge success of its calendar last year. This edition welcomes the brand’s bestsellers, including Drumstick Squashies, Refreshers chew bars and Love Hearts.

Swizzles

£5.99 | Amazon

NOMO Christmas Advent Calendars

If you’re not familiar with NOMO yet, there’s no better time than the present. The brand offers vegan-free chocolates to rival their dairy-filled counterparts. For Christmas 2021, two advents are proposed; the classic (£5) returns with 24 creamy treats in flavors like Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate plus a brand new Premium Caramel Advent Calendar (£10) for a special take on the classic calendar. The box contains 24 gooey caramel treats with a full size bar on the big day.

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£7.99 | Amazon