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Hotel Chocolat's vegan advent calendars are the stuff of dairy-free dreams

Is it too early to put these on our wishlist?

Fiona Ward

Whether you're lactose intolerant, vegan or just following a dairy-free diet, it can be tricky to find a suitable chocolatey treat to see you through until Christmas Day - but happily, there's now plenty of plant-based advent calendars on the market to ensure every diet is catered for. And, what could be more yum than a decadent Hotel Chocolat morsel for the best-part of December? Our favourite chocolatiers have once again launched their vegan-friendly calendars for Christmas 2018 - and trust us, you're going to want to indulge, meat-free or not… 

The folks over at Hotel Chocolat are pretty great at catering for vegans, with a whole range of animal-friendly goods to choose from in their wider choccy collection. Hoorah. They actually offer two vegan advent calendars, depending on your tastes. Our pick is the 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar, with a sweet treat behind each door - extra-decadent because of the chunky portion sizes. Winning. 

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The dark chocolate option is certainly for those with a sweeter tooth - at 70% cocoa, it's a rich, deep taste but has just enough sugary 'traditional' advent calendar sweetness - but if you're a hardcore chocoholic, you might want to try the 100% Ecuador calendar. Made of purely ground cocoa nibs - and nothing else - it's a love-it-or-hate-it flavour that some would say is bitter, while others love it for its almost smokey, savoury flavour. And, sugar-free - bonus! 

Both calendars are £12.50, so more expensive than your average chocolate calendar, but much more luxurious - and flavoursome - than any other vegan choices we've found. Still not sold? 2018's advent calendar market is even bigger than last year, with everything from wine, to fragrance, beauty and biscuits to choose from. Any excuse, eh? Would it be wrong to have two (or three)… 

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