Top 10 Advent calendars 2017

With Christmas coming we've rounded up the best 2017 Advent calendars for foodies, boasting all sorts of treats from luxury chocolate to mini bottles of booze.

Kellogg's 24 Bowls 'til Christmas

Kellogg's advent calendar multi-pack on white background
Best for: Kids (and nostalgic adults)

Presenting the first-ever Christmas countdown for cereal fans by Kellogg's. This one gets our vote for the most unique calendar of 2017 and definitely one to appeal to the kids or nostalgic adults. You get to enjoy a different cereal every morning from Coco Pops to Rice Krispies for the reasonable price of just £4. The box doesn't open in the normal format (the boxes slide out from the side), however, it is still a novel idea to take you through December. Buy from Tesco (£4)

 

Superstar Sparkling Advent calendar

Black advent calendar with miniature sparkling wine bottles on each side

Best for: Fizz fans

If you're a prosecco fan, you may want to check this out. It is the first of its kind – a sparkling Advent calendar with a luxurious mixture of 20cl bottles of white and rosé fizz, including prosecco, cava and champagne. Perfect for putting an element of glamour into your festive season – plus, you can stock them up and make fizzy cocktails if you're entertaining this December. Keep your eyes peeled for the extra special miniature of Laurent Perrier. Available from The Pip Stop (£125)


Pierre Marcolini Advent calendar

Colourful dome advent calendar on white backgroundBest for: Luxury chocolate fans (with cash to burn)

If luxury chocolate is something you know a thing or two about, you're bound to have sampled a Pierre Marcolini chocolate or two. As well as being great to look at, this luxurious gift offers real Christmas indulgence. Known for making some of the best chocolates in the world, Pierre Marcolini's calendar brings you a wide variety of some of his tastiest creations in small half-moon shapes from his new collection. Whether you love pralines or fondants, you'll wish December lasted longer... Available from Pierre Marcolini (£49)


Biscuiteers' Advent biscuit tin

Biscuit tin full of Christmas biscuits on white backgroundBest for: To enjoy with tea

Start a new Christmas tradition by purchasing the Biscuiteers' wonderful Advent biscuit tin that contains some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas biscuits you'll ever see. They've created an assortment of 24 hand-iced winter-themed biccies nestled in a beautifully illustrated keepsake tin. You also have the option of buying a gift set that includes a cloth calendar with numbered pockets to present them in. Available from Biscuiteers (£48)


Prestat Rocking Horse Advent calendar

Red rocking horse advent calendar with gold foil writing on white backgroundBest for: Beautifully festive packaging

Prestat's Rocking Horse calendar is a feast for the eyes as it opens like a storybook to reveal what's inside. However, the magic doesn't stop there – the choccies are spellbinding too! Behind each door is a selection of milk chocolate bonbons with caramel and sea salt alongside a sweet festive story to read in the build-up to the big day. Of all the chocolates we tasted (and trust us, there were a lot), the sea salt bonbons inside this calendar were our absolute favourite. This one is extravagant and compared with the price of other high-end calendars, it's great value. Available from Prestat (£22.50)


Carluccio's Limited Edition Advent calendar

Carluccios multicoloured Italian food advent calendarBest for: Italian food lovers

Calling all serious foodies, this calendar is bursting at the seams with delicious Italian delicacies. Restaurant and café chain Carluccio's is well-known for delicious award-winning products of which some are presented behind each door of this colourful calendar. Treats range from truffle butter to delicious panettone – a true Italian feast. However, it is expensive, so perhaps suited to those who are really dedicated to cooking with fine ingredients. Available from Carluccio's (£75)
 

That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent calendar

Blue and copper gin advent calendar on white background


Best for: Indie gin fans 

Quirky gin makers That Boutique-y Gin Company develop their range in collaboration with some of the word's finest and rarest distillers to create some of the most unusual blends (try their fab Moon Rock gin if you don't believe us, made with botanicals that were sent into space!). We love the festive packaging that matches the lovingly illustrated designs of their full-sized bottles. Every day throughout December, discover another sample of a unique gin that will instantly become your new favourite. Available from Master of Malt (99.95)


House of Newby 2017 Advent calendar

Newly tea white chest on white backgroundBest for: Fine tea drinkers

This sumptious treasure chest of teas is up there with one of the best designed Advent calendars of 2017. Behind the shopfront are 24 numbered drawers that slide open to reveal a selection of premium teas. A little on the pricey side but appropriately indulgent for Christmas, we reckon this would go down well at the office to share with other tea drinkers. The packaging can be used after Christmas to store jewellery, or would be perfect for the kids to play with. Available from Newby Tea (£55)


Montezuma's organic kid's Advent calendar

Multicoloured advent calendar on white background Best for: Good quality children's chocolate

If you're tired of giving your kids the average sugary chocolate of most Advent calendars, you should opt for one of Montezuma's wild and wonderful creations. We liked this one, particularly aimed at kids because as well as containing high quality white and milk chocolate, it also comes in an easy-to-open box – and they can colour in each door as they go! Also, the chocolates are slightly smaller than for grown-ups. Available from Montezuma's (£8.99).
 

Pukka Herbs Christmas Calendar

Pukka green advent calendar on white background
Best for: Discerning tea drinkers

Why start December off on the wrong foot? Cleanse your system in readiness for the festivities with Pukka's calendar of herbal teas. Hang it on the wall and fold downwards to reveal a different blend each day. Try Wild Apple & Cinnamon for a warming kick or sip on Three Mint to keep you fighting fit this winter. This is a great quality gift for someone who really appreciates a good cuppa – and it won't break the bank. Buy from Pukka Herbs (£7.99).
 

Check out BBC Good Food's full Advent calendar taste test 2017

Have you spotted an unusual foodie Advent calendar this year? Leave a comment below...

 

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