If you’re looking for an alternative to your regular chocolate advent calendar, look no further. Here are the best food and drink advent calendars for 2022.
With Christmas edging nearer it’s time to make the all-important annual decision of which advent calendar to choose. Will it be one of our best wine advent calendars (opens in new tab) with a boozy twist, or how about one of our bubbly beer advent calendars (opens in new tab) – all the rage for this year? Or if you’re more of a foodie, you might fancy diving into Cartwright & Butlers’ all-mighty advent calendar – a best seller from Christmas last year.
“By swapping a chocolate advent calendar for a non-chocolate advent calendar (opens in new tab), it’s a great way to sample a variety of different food and drink products that you might not buy on a regular basis,” says Consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour (opens in new tab).
“For 2022, retailers have really upped their game and we have an abundance of food and drink advent calendars to choose from this year. Highlights for me include Fortnum & Mason indulgent Feasting advent calendar, for those looking for a serious treat or Biscuiteers simplistic advent calendar which certainly doesn’t shy away from quality or flavour.”
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Best food and drink advent calendars for 2022
This delightful advent calendar contains 24 packs of handmade gourmet popcorn by award-winning brand Joe & Seph’s (Great Taste Awards from The Guild of Fine Food). The popcorn flavours for 2022 include banoffee pie popcorn, bucks fizz popcorn, caramel, chocolate, and more.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “Alongside tucking into the 14 best flavours from Joe & Seph’s you can also have a crack at the illustrated novelty puzzle to find Joe. This calendar was also a popular choice last year among vegans and a great gluten-free option too.”
For those who love a preserve, this advent calendar is brimmed with a variety of popular Tiptree jams including strawberry, raspberry, apricot, blackcurrant and more. The perfect accompaniment to your morning slice of toast or festive scone at the weekend.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “And the great thing about jam is that it has a lengthy use-by date so if you don’t get through all 24 jars in the lead-up to Christmas, you’ll have them to enjoy after.”
Push the boat out and indulge in this luxurious £200 food and drink advent calendar by Fortnum & Mason – new for 2022. It’s got everything you could want in the run-up to Christmas; winter spiced nuts, figgy pudding liqueur, salted caramel hot chocolate, damson gin, Christmas tea biscuits, Champagne and so much more.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “Once you’re done for the year, you can keep the advent calendar box and add your own treats for next year.”
For those of you who love a good cup of tea, we bring you the English Tea Shop advent calendar for 2022. This beautifully presented advent calendar is tied with a red ribbon and would make the perfect early Christmas present for a loved one.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “It’s a great way of trying an array of different tea from white tea lychee cocoa to spiced red fruit tea, from chocolate rooibos and vanilla to classic elderflower. A lovely, floral choice of teas to sample – and good quality too.”
The ultimate treat this Christmas – Hotel Chocolat The Grand Advent calendar bursting with some of the best Hotel Chocolat produce including chocolate such as caramel supernova, Christmas mess, simple milk bauble not to mention chocolate slabs, chocolate cream, salted caramel vodka, cacao gin, hot chocolate sachets to name a few.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “There’s a surprise behind each door including Hotel Chocolat ever-so-popular praline crackers. If you’re looking for a bit of chocolate magic this Christmas, this is it.”
Transport yourself into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with this sweet jelly bean-packed advent calendar – new for 2022. And it’s not just any old jelly beans that are hiding behind each door of this iconically illustrated advent calendar, no, it’s Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “Flavours include banana, marshmallow, candy floss, watermelon, and some hidden surprises along the way. A great one for the kids, or for those true Harry Potter fans among us.”
This Limited Edition and limited stock advent calendar is making its appearance for the second year in a row. This epic calendar by Cartwright & Butler takes advent calendars to a whole other level.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “In each of the 24 sliding drawers are full-sized Cartwright & Butler best-selling goodies including; sweet and savoury biscuits, preserves, hot drinks, cakes, and confectionery. Think lemon shortbread, iced Christmas cake, cheese biscuits, onion chutney and so much more.”
Teapigs have launched their very own advent calendar including some of their best-selling teas. Spiced winter red, orange blossom, cinnamon, and Jasmine among many others. A great option for tea lovers or those wanting to expand their tea repertoire.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “Each individual tea bag is wrapped in a parcel-style envelope behind each door to ensure the freshest, best-quality tea when serving.”
New for 2022, this beautifully designed advent calendar is a keepsake loaded with some of the finest spirits and liqueurs sold by sought-after brand Fortnum & Mason. This calendar contains 24 5cl bottles and one 20cl bottle of alcohol ranging from whisky to scotch, from vodka to gin.
Consumer editor Heidi Scrimgeour says: “Liqueurs include chocolate chestnut liqueur, tea, and coffee liqueur as well as festive mince pie and marmalade liqueur. The countdown to Christmas has never been so classy.”
As a parenting specialist, Heidi has written for Prima Baby, Gurgle and Practical Parenting and was baby gear editor of Mother & Baby magazine for six years, looking after regular consumer features for the shopping pages as well as specialist consumer content such as buying guides and gift guides.
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