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

Have a delicious tasting December with these foodie advent calendars

foodie advent calendars
Katherine Robinson
Katherine RobinsonSenior Lifestyle Editor
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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.

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.

How we chose the best chocolate advent calendars 

  • Variety: Whether you love cheese, crisps or spices, I've chosen a variety of options, including some unique flavours, too.
  • Price: I've selected a range of price points for every budget, ranging from affordable to luxury. 
  • Trusted brands: While I haven't been able to try all of the advent calendars in the list, I've taken into consideration the brands that are trusted by the HELLO! team.

The best foodie advent calendars to shop for 2023

 Pork crackling advent calendar for 2023

pork crackling advent calendar

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.

Preserves advent calendar for 2023

foodie preserves advent calendar

If you're a fan of preserves then you'll be in heaven with this foodie advent calendar. The Mrs Bridges Preserves calendar comes with 24 preserves in a range of unique flavours, from pink grapefruit to lemon curd and pineapple and ginger. Whether you're spreading on your toast or an afternoon scone, the preserves are the perfect daily treat - with an extra special champagne surprise on Christmas Eve. 

Chilli hot sauce advent calendar for 2023

hot sauce advent calendar

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 12 sachets of hot sauce, from mild to extra fiery, so it's definitely one to spice up December.

Fortnum & Mason’s feasting advent calendar for 2023

Fortnum Mason advent calendar

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!

Cheese advent calendar for 2023

Cheese advent calendar

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 2023

marzipan advent calendar

This beautiful Santa illustration calendar 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 2023

Pip and nut advent calendar

Pip & Nut has launched its first ever advent calendar last year, 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.

Paxton & Whitfield cheese advent calendar for 2023

paxton and whitfield cheese advent calendar

This one really is for the foodies! If you're a cheese lover looking to treat yourself throughout December (why not?) then this Artisan cheese advent calendar is the one. Coming in three separate parcels throughout the month to ensure the freshest quality, the set comes with 24 individually hand-cut and wrapped cheeses to enjoy.

Spices advent calendar 2023

spices advent calendar

Whether you're a spice connoisseur or want to be introduced to new flavours, the Just Spices advent calendar is the perfect way to level up your meals. There are 23 mini spice sachets included with a full-size version on Christmas Eve, with a variety of flavours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A great way to inspire new meals, some of the flavours include avocado topping to banana bread seasoning and more. 

Retro sweets advent calendar for 2023

swizzels advent

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 2023


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.

Gourmet popcorn advent calendar for 2023

popcorn advent

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 and 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 2023

gourmet marshmallow advent calendar

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 2023

Jam advent calendar

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.

Nuts and gourmet snacks advent calendar for 2023

munchkings advent

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. 

Pringles crisps advent calendar for 2023

pringles advent

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

Shortbread biscuits advent calendar 2023

foodie advent calendar shortbread

If you're a biscuit lover, you need the Walkers advent calendar. Filled with pure butter shortbread fingers, you can sit back and enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit as you count down to the big day. 

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