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18 best advent calendars for foodies – from gourmet cheese, crisps, chilli and marshmallows

Have a delicious tasting December with these foodie advent calendars

Food fans know that Christmas is the best time of year – there are so many mouth-watering treats to be had. Well bon vivants will be pleased to know that you don’t have to wait 'til the big day to indulge, thanks to the amazing range of decadent foodie advent calendars available.

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You can get an advent calendar totally devoted to cheese, and there are options featuring gourmet popcorn and marshmallows. And then there’s Fortnum & Mason's stellar offering… We’ve gathered together the best, so keep scrolling and make your choice for a delicious festive countdown.

Pork scratching advent calendar for 2021


Snaffling Pig 2021 pork scratching advent calendar, £16.99, I Want One Of Those


Behind each of the 24 windows in this foodie advent calendar you’ll find a mini bag of deliciously flavoured pork scratchings – from Perfectly Salted to Marvellous Maple and even Pigs in Blankets. All so tangy and moreish – possibly the winner of the ‘Advent calendar we never knew existed but want immediately’ award.

Cartwright & Butler luxury advent calendar for 2021


The Cartwright & Butler advent calendar, £200, Cartwright & Butler


Well this is a little bit special! This beautifully illustrated, gigantic advent calendar is a foodie dream. It features 24 sliding drawers filled with full-size editions of Cartwright & Butler’s best-selling goodies including; sweet and savoury biscuits, preserves, hot drinks, cakes and confectionery. Yum!

Cheese advent calendar for 2021


Ilchester cheese advent calendar, £28.99, Amazon


Welcome to cheese heaven! This foodie advent calendar from Ilchester features 24 individually wrapped mini cheeses in mouth-watering flavours including Jarlsberg, Applewood, Mexicana and even Wensleydale and Gingerbread! It's made to fit perfectly in your fridge door.

Gourmet marzipan and praline advent calendar for 2021


Niederegger Santa advent calendar, £35, John Lewis


This beautiful Santa illustration calendar is one of John Lewis’s bestsellers, and at just £35 comes jam-packed with marzipan, truffles, pralines, and more often than not has more than one treat per window! Niederegger marzipan is made in Germany, from 100% finest marzipan paste, made using traditional roasting cauldrons and with production supervised by a master confectioner, so it's definitely an advent calendar for foodies.

Nut butter advent calendar for 2021


The Nut Butter Cup advent calendar, £20, Pip & Nut


Pip & Nut has launched its first ever advent calendar, filled with 24 individually wrapped (full-size) dark chocolate nut butter cups. As well as being vegan and sustainably sourced, for each advent calendar sold, they will donate three jars of peanut butter to a local London Foodbank.

Gourmet jam and honey advent calendar for 2021


Bonne Maman limited edition calendar, £26.49, Amazon


If you're a fan of preserves then you'll be in heaven with this foodie advent calendar. The limited-edition Bonne Maman advent calendar lets jam lovers count down to Christmas with 24 different mini jars of fruit spreads and honey. Some of the standout flavours include Apricot with Lavender, Cherry with Christmas Spice, Fig with Cardamom, Honey, Lemon & Yuzu, Mandarin, Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit, and many more.

Gourmet chilli powders advent calendar for 2021


Gourmet chilli powders advent calendar, £39.99, NotOnTheHighStreet


Do you know someone who likes it hot when it comes to their food and can’t get enough of chilli? This foodie advent calendar comes with a new chilli from around the world to try every day – definitely one to spice up December, from the legendary Carolina Reaper to the fruity flavours of Mexico and the colourful chillies of India.

Retro sweets advent calendar for 2021


Swizzels sweet factory advent calendar, £9.04, Amazon


This bargainous sweets advent calendar is packed with some of the classics you will no doubt remember from your childhood. Refreshers, Drumstick Squashies, Parma Violets, Fizzlers, Love hearts, Drumsticks... ring any bells?

Luxury Licorice advent calendar for 2021


LAKRIDS BY BÜLOW - Licorice Advent Calendar 2021, $49, Amazon


This is an advent calendar for those who love luxury confectionery.  You get 24 sweet delights featuring gourmet Scandinavian licorice. With 100% recyclable packaging and sleek Scandi modern design, this is a stylish and delicious advent calendar for foodies.

Luxury herbal tea calendar for 2021


Pukka herbal tea advent calendar Christmas selection, £8.55, Amazon


All about the tea? Pukka’s tea advent calendar is a perfect choice then, hands down. Countdown to the big day with 24 tea bags of best-selling, ethically sourced Pukka flavours, including wonderberry green, peppermint & liquorice and blackcurrant beauty.

Gourmet popcorn advent calendar for 2021


Joe & Seph’s Popcorn Advent Calendar, £29.99, Amazon


Popcorn never tasted so good, seriously. Joe & Seph’s foodie advent calender offering contains 24 bags of their award-winning popcorn in 19 different flavours, with highlights including Banoffee Pie, Caramel & White Chocolate and Toffee Apple & Cinamon. Oh, and they save the best till last – the milk chocolate popcorn bites are the treat behind door 24.

Gourmet marshmallow advent calendar for 2021


Naked marshmallow advent calendar, £18.95, NotOnTheHighStreet


The gourmet marshmallow advent calendar is back for its fourth year, with 25 hand-made marshmallows to enjoy. There are 12 different flavours, including Vanilla Bean, Candy Floss and Cookies & Cream. There’s an extra treat on Christmas day – a milk chocolate enrobed vanilla marshmallow bar made using yummy Belgian milk chocolate. 

Jam and marmalade advent calendar for 2021


Tiptree jam advent calendar, £29.58, Amazon


For a very British foodie advent calendar, look no further than this festive London bus filled with a selection of jam and marmalade. Enjoy on toast, with a pastry, in porridge, or for a festive cream tea.

Fortnum & Mason’s feasting advent calendar for 2021


Fortnum's Feasting advent calendar, £200, Fortnum & Mason


If money is no object, then this is the one for true gourmands. There really is no better way to countdown to Christmas than with a luxury foodie advent calendar from Fortnum & Mason each day, up until and including 25 December. There is a bit of everything, from tea and coffee to confectionary and biscuits, preserves and condiments, with highlights including Pistachio & Clotted Cream Biscuits, Cognac Butter and a quarter Champagne Bottle. Heavenly!

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Luxury beer advent calendar for 2021


Beerwulf's beer advent calendar, £61.99, Beerwulf


Not only does this great calendar come packed with 24 distinctive beers from 24 world-class brewers, but it also has a month full of fun activities that relate to each daily offering. This means that in addition to opening up a different beer every day, you’ll get access to virtual events, tastings and festive content. And delivery is free, which is a nice touch!

HARIBO advent calendar for 2021


HARIBO advent calendar, £12.99, Amazon


Everyone's favourite sweets now come in the form of a 24-day advent calendar. Expect HARIBO favourites from across the world with Tropifrutti, Goldbears and MAOAM all included. One for the kids and the grown-ups.

Nuts and gourmet snacks advent calendar for 2021


Munchkings Christmas advent calendar, £39.99, Amazon


The Muchkings foodie advent calendar is a great one for anyone who’s nuts about nuts, and similar snacks. You’ll find Chocolate peanuts & Yoghurt raisins, smoked paprika coated peanuts and wasabi peanuts among the 24 surprises to open. 

Crisps advent calendar for 2021


Pringles 12 days Christmas advent calendar, £24.98, Amazon


Yes, you can even get a crisps advent calendar! Pringles have thrown their hat into the ring with their 12-day advent calendar for savoury fans, there are four different flavours to open, with a different tub each day. 

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