Advent calendars 2020: The best food and drink ones we’ve seen so far – CNET

The best Advent calendar hinges on your personal taste, but if you prioritize food and drink these 2020 Advent calendars — full of everything from cheese and chocolate to wine and beer — are all delicious ways to mark the holiday season. There’s even a pork rind calendar for committed carnivores. And of course there are options for your pets.

We know it’s only October, but for many, Christmas shopping season is well under way (in no small part because we can expect coronavirus-related shipping delays this year). Anyone who loves a good Christmas Advent calendar will need to order theirs ASAP in order to get them in time to actually count down the days until Dec. 25.

In a festive season of joyous excess, what better way to mark the days leading up to the main event than to indulge in yet another little treat? Besides, you deserve every morsel of pleasure you can find in the last days of 2020. (Note: Prices shown do not include shipping and handling where applicable.)

Macy’s

For a more gently priced option, you can’t go wrong with Godiva. Everyone knows it, everyone loves it and it’s packed into a charmingly illustrated Advent calendar that’ll make you smile even before you fetch your daily piece of creamy chocolate.

Williams Sonoma

For wannabe wizards, this Harry Potter-themed calendar conceals a mix of candies that even muggles will love, including Fizzing Whizbees, Gummy Frogs, Butterscotch Drops and (of course) Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Cast your summoning charm ASAP because we’re guessing these will sell out before you can say accio!

Direct Wines Inc.

Just one of many options for wine lovers, this traditional-looking Advent calendar has a grown-up twist: It contains 24 quarter bottles of vino from around the world, including French reds, Italian whites and prosecco for a little sparkle. Order by Nov. 17 to receive it in time to start your Christmas countdown on schedule, but be aware it may sell out a lot sooner than that.

Vinebox

This year, wine subscription service Vinebox is offering a Home for the Holidays version of its popular wine advent calendar. It contains 12 glasses of wine (a mix of red and white — and potentially a surprise winter rosé) expertly curated from all over Europe, in a sleek, sophisticated package to boot. Drink one every night (or day) to wind down 2020, or give it as a sure-to-be-appreciated gift.

Aldi

If you’re near an Aldi, it’s also bringing back its cult-favorite wine advent calendar for 2020, in stores on Nov. 4. It features a mix of red, white and bubbly in 24 mini bottles. Look out for several other Advent calendars in store too, including ones for beer, hard seltzer, chocolate, cheese and both cat and dog treats — you can pretty much check off everyone on your list.

Craft Advent Box/Etsy

Both Aldi and Costco are selling beer Advent calendars with brews included this year, but if you can’t shop at either store, never fear. This Santa’s Evening Craft Beer Advent calendar ships empty with slots for 24 standard 12-ounce bottles or cans so you can make your own festive mix pack.

Flaviar

For those who prefer their good cheer in stronger liquid form, this calendar serves up 24 samples of whiskey from around the world, plus a Glencairn glass, Flaviar coaster and tasting notes for everything you’ll be sipping.

Bonne Maman

With 24 adorably petite jars of different limited-edition jams and jellies (plus honey), all of which are free of high fructose corn syrup and totally all-natural, this is perfect for any toast lover on your list (or, you know, yourself). There’s a mix of both new and classic flavors, including fig with cardamom, cherry with Christmas spice, lemon and yuzu, and apricot with lavender. This sold out fast last year, so don’t hesitate if preserves are your jam!

Harry and David

This delightful wooden gift box looks like a stack of presents — and each of the 12 drawers contains a different candy treat such as Moose Munch, chocolate-covered cherries, truffles, mints and malt balls. And once the confections are gone, the box can be reused for years to come.

Harry and David

If all you care about is the Moose Munch — and who could blame you? — this merry, snowy-scene Advent calendar contains a dozen different flavors of the sweet gourmet popcorn mix, including dark chocolate salted caramel, white chocolate Cinnabon, dark chocolate peppermint bark and mint chocolate with candy trees.

Sugarfina

This adorably festive calendar houses 24 different candies (four pieces of each), from apple frogs and pink flamingos to gingerbread cookie bites and edible Christmas trees, and is perfect for the person with a sweet tooth in your life who’s tired of the usual chocolate — if such people actually exist.

Nordstrom

Open the double doors of this theater-inspired Advent calendar to reveal a grand assortment of rich truffles and bonbons from the luxury English chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker, known for its couverture dark chocolate since 1875.

Harry & David

Big spenders have other options for chocolate Advent calendars, including this one with assorted truffles in milk and dark chocolate with fillings like raspberry, espresso and hazelnut, plus Moose Munch and mini mints. The ornament-bedecked box is sturdy enough to refill next year too.

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma is offering a lavishly illustrated chocolate Advent calendar filled with the usual milk chocolate confections, but even those of us who eagerly await each season’s hater’s guide to its Christmas catalog must admit, its peppermint bark is fire. This cute calendar contains 24 pieces of it in festive shapes. Good luck not getting ahead of yourself.

No Whey! Foods

Chocolate Advent calendars are the most prevalent of the edibles, but, sadly, most of them aren’t vegan-friendly. But this one is — and it’s also gluten-free and allergy-friendly. The vegan chocolates are each adorned with a different holiday design.

David’s Tea

Tea lovers, look no further. In this advent calendar from Parisian tea company Palais des Thés, you get 24 different teas so you can enjoy a fresh cup every morning leading up to Christmas. Naturally, the red and gold design is très chic.

Williams Sonoma

If you’re a fan of this British brand, it also offers a cozy calendar with 24 different rare teas inside, including classic options like Earl Grey and more unusual offerings such as gin and tonic green tea and apricot, honey and lavender infusion.

Tea Revv/Etsy

If you or your lucky gift recipient prefers java to tea, this compact package holds 24 different craft coffees (ground or whole bean) to jolt you into a jolly mood — but the brand also offers a tea Advent calendar of its own, as well as a hot cocoa advent calendar for those who want to wind down with a cozy cup of chocolate.

Joe & Seph’s Popcorn

The charming snowy Victorian storefront conceals 12 different flavors of popcorn, including salted caramel, toffee apple and cinnamon, banoffee pie, pumpkin spice, double chocolate, tiramisu and gingerbread. And none of them contain artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. But all of them are suitable for vegetarians. It’s made in the UK, but the company will ship to the US and Canada.

The Snaffling Pig

If your cravings are more carnivorous, check out this amazing pork crackling Advent calendar. It’s filled with 24 mini bags of crunchy pig skin snacks in six different flavors — Pigs in Blankets, Low and Slow BBQ, Maple, Black Pepper, Salt ‘n’ Vinegar and Perfectly Salted. It’s also available on Amazon.

World Market

There’s no reason to leave your best four-legged friend out of the Advent calendar tradition either. This one is filled with three different types of rawhide-free chews that are easy to digest and sure to delight, made with real chicken and sweet potatoes. If you want to lavish them with even more affection, get them a pet food delivery subscription for Christmas. Because even dogs don’t want another sweater.

Be sure to see sister site ET Online’s picks for the best beauty Advent calendar options.

A version of this story originally posted last year, but it’s been updated with new picks for 2020.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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