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Opening up each and every compartment of an Advent calendar is an exciting way to celebrate the holiday season before the Christmas morning gifts galore. Typically made with 24 segments, these calendars can be made from anything your heart desires, including delicate pieces of delectable chocolate. Over the years, more than a few luxury chocolatiers have set out to make stunning calendars that double as holiday decoration or early gifts for your loved ones.
Whether you’re looking for a calendar to share with your children, to send as a present, or simply as a little end-of-year bonus for yourself, here are the best chocolate-laden Advent calendars to seek out.
The legendary Belgian chocolates made by Godiva are always appreciated by chocolate lovers. For its 9.8-ounce Advent calendar, Godiva fills the beautifully designed box with popular choices from its collection of pralines.
Beneath the artistic Christmas tree are 24 pieces of assorted chocolate ranging from a classic milk-chocolate Santa and wrapped chocolate squares to ganache-filled bonbons and chocolates filled with crunchy nut praliné. You’ll also find Godvia’s famous caramel and butterscotch-filled lion chocolates and a traditional cherry cordial inside the 10.52 x 10.52-inch box.
As with all shipped Godiva chocolates, there’s a guarantee the calendar will arrive in perfect condition and they can also include a complimentary gift message.
Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain’s premier chocolatiers, where each candy is crafted by hand from the company’s traditional recipes. Their unique take on an Advent calendar includes two front panes that open to 25 tiny drawers filled with an assortment of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and truffles.
The 10.95-ounce box is inspired by Victorian-era crystal displays. Each drawer is decorated with a small vintage design—from a bowl of ice creams to tiered displays of chocolate. Slide each open to reveal a gold box containing the day’s chocolate.
Dylan’s Candy Bar is a childhood dream made into reality, so it’s no wonder its chocolate-filled Advent calendar is one of the best. This year’s calendar comes designed with a gingerbread house covered in candy, Christmas-tree cookies, and candy canes.
The 6-ounce box holds one foil-wrapped chocolate for each day, totaling 24 chocolates in all. In addition to the colorful foil designs, each day comes with a suggested activity like making holiday cards for classmates or taking time to enjoy your neighborhood’s Christmas decorations.
Dylan’s Candy Bar packs its chocolate carefully when sending to warmer climates, and there is overnight shipping available.
Many Advent calendars contain an assortment of milk, dark, and white chocolate, but this one from Williams-Sonoma is perfect for those who only want to savor the milk variety.
Hiding beneath the ornate two-story gingerbread house design are 24 individual pieces of premium chocolate, each wrapped like a gift. Williams-Sonoma draws inspiration for its 8-ounce offering from the 19th-century American poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”
This calendar is for those who prefer their chocolate dark. Divine is an English-German chocolate company that is partly owned by its cacao farmers in Ghana. The gold-and-white design depicts the nativity scene along with winter revelers, all underneath an artistic interpretation of a cacao tree. Inside the 13.27 x 9.69-inch box are 24 pieces of 70 pecent dark chocolate, each in the shape of a woodland animal.
With sustainability in mind, Divine’s chocolate is Fairtrade certified and doesn’t use any palm oil.
To find an Adevent calendar filled to the brim with only white chocolate requires looking across the pond to the beloved English candy maker Nestle. The white chocolate is typically found as a thin candy bar—the Milkybar—but is made into 24 different shapes for this offering.
The top of this 2.9-ounce calendar features the image of a boy hauling home a freshly cut Christmas tree through a snowy landscape. After opening any of the two dozen windows, you’ll see new holiday-related images along with the piece of chocolate kept fresh with a foil overlay.
Opening an Advent calendar is usually a solo affair since there’s only one piece of chocolate per day. This exceptional showpiece from Harry & David not only has chocolate to share, it fits right in with your holiday decorations.
The front design for this sturdy, upright calendar is of six delicate Christmas ornaments hanging in a tree. Inside, instead of compartments, the 100 pieces of chocolate can be hidden in little drawers. The flavors of milk, dark, and white chocolate truffle include orange, cherry, espresso, hazelnut, and peppermint.
The whole calendar clocks in at 3 pounds, 14 ounces, and is well-built enough to be reused year after year.
Many candy factories are not safe for those with allergies due to cross contamination concerns. Enter No Whey Foods, which crafts candy that’s free of common allergens and friendly for vegans, all made in a gluten-free facility.
The 11 x 7.25-inch box comes with traditional windows, each displaying a holiday-related design like reindeers and holly. Each compartment of the 6.3-ounce box contains one of the two dozen creamy, milkless chocolates, each molded with a different design.
Williams Sonoma’s trademark peppermint bark is a staple of the holiday season. Semisweet chocolate is topped with white chocolate and little crunchy bits of crushed candy canes to create an irresistible treat.
For this 8.4-ounce offering, the sweet candy bark is shaped into four shapes: Christmas trees, Santas, toy soldiers, and snowmen. Six pieces of each are found within the 10 x 10.5-inch box, all hidden behind 24 windows.
With its season two premiering during the holiday season, Jedis both young and old will be excited to celebrate Advent with Disney’s The Mandalorian, the latest addition to the Star Wars canon.
This 13.75 x 9.875-inch box features an image of The Child, also known as Baby Yoda, and his adoptive father, The Mandalorian. Underneath are 24 compartments, each with its own piece of milk chocolate. The back of the calendar features a Star Wars-themed maze, perfect for Christmas morning.
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Siobhan Wallace has written about food and wine for over a decade, in addition to doing a stint as a baker. She hopes you get your chocolate-fill this holiday season.