Christmas has officially arrived here on Female Original and I’m kicking off the most wonderful time of the year with a round up of the best foodie advent calendars available this Christmas. Now I for one love an advent calendar. But I haven’t actually had one of my own for a couple of years. I haven’t quite got over the fact that my mum says I’m too old for them now and doesn’t buy me one anymore. Like, mum…I’m ONLY 23?! So I’m very much excited to share some delicious calendars with you all this year.
For quality control purposes (let’s be honest, it’s actually just because I couldn’t wait until December to try them) I tried the first treat in each of the calendars. I’ll be giving you a little peak inside each calendar to give you an idea of what you can expect. I guess it’s sort of a spoiler but it’s a fun one so I figured you’d let me off. This post contains items that were gifted to me. They’ve been marked with an asterisk.
Joe & Seph’s Classic Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar*
Joe & Seph’s is a family run UK-based gourmet popcorn company that was founded back in 2010. The idea for the company first came about after the family took regular trips to the USA, and found themselves inspired by the amazing popcorn that they came across whilst there. Having noticed that there wasn’t anything quite like American popcorn in the UK, they decided to try making their own version at home.
Starting by air-popping their corn and then coating it with a smooth caramel, they then began testing out different flavours and using 100% natural ingredients. After experimenting with different recipes, both sweet and savoury, they took their popcorn to a food show in 2010. After only two days they’d completely sold out! Which is how Joe & Seph’s was born. 10 years later, all of Joe & Seph’s popcorn is still handmade in their London kitchen by their small team of pastry chefs and they continue to use 100% natural ingredients. They now have over 40 different flavours available as well as plenty of new combinations on the way!
Advent calendars in my experience have always been strictly chocolate. And that’s not because I think that’s the best form of calendar but it’s more that I had no clue that alternative foodie calendars existed until recent years. Joe & Seph’s Classic Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar switches things up from your standard chocolate advent calendar and brings you 19 original flavours of festive popcorn behind 24 windows. The calendar itself opens like a storybook, and on the inside there’s a little snowy story scene of Joe’s Popcorn Kitchens making up some festive gifts which is just the cutest thing. How can you not want that in your life?
A Peak Inside Joe & Seph’s Classic Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar: Day One
So what’s inside window one of the calendar? It’s a bag of their delicious Salted Caramel popcorn! The popcorn itself is crisp yet light which is exactly what you want in a piece of popcorn. And the salted caramel flavour makes it feel like a really luxurious treat. Something that I particularly love about not only this flavour but all of Joe & Seph’s popcorn is that they use a technique called ‘flavour-sequencing’. Which means that as you eat their popcorn, the flavours are released at different intervals. It’s a proper tasting experience!
RRP £25.00, You can pre order your Joe & Seph’s advent calendar from their website for shipping after 16th November 2020. The full Christmas range is also available in store at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, QVC, Harrods, Ocado and Boots.
Lindt Pick & Mix Advent Calendar*
Next up we’ve got a chocolatey treat in the form of Lindt’s Pick & Mix Advent Calendar. As a child I was always absolutely desperate to get my hands on a Lindt advent calendar but they always seemed to be the most impossible advent calendars to get your hands on back in the day (did anyone else find that when they were younger too?). As a huuuge Lindt fan I’m so excited to be sharing their 2020 calendar in my round up, which is their Pick & Mix Advent Calendar.
I’m almost certain that Lindt is a brand that we’re all very much familiar with but, for anyone who is yet to discover the delicious chocolately goodness that is Lindt, I’ll give a very quick intro to them. Lindt (Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG) are a Swiss chocolatier and confectionary company founded in 1845 in Zurich, Switzerland. Known for their iconic chocolate truffles, bars and sweets, Lindt are a real household name in the world of chocolate. Beginning as a small family run confectionary shop, Lindt have come a long way since their starting days that’s for sure!
If you want to read more about the history of Lindt then feel free to check out their full about page here.
RRP £12.00, you can pick up your own Pick & Mix Calendar at your local Lindt store and check out the full Lindt advent calendar range on their site here.
Onto the advent calendar…the Lindt Pick & Mix Advent Calendar is a 24-window calendar filled with silky-smooth Lindor chocolates. Each day you’re treated to one of their iconic 32-flavour range of Pick & Mix chocolates. It’s the perfect countdown to Christmas! There’s also a very special treat bar inside the Christmas Eve window of the calendar which Lindt say might just be big enough to share. But I for one will be keeping that all to myself! (anyone else?).
A Peak Inside Lindt’s Pick & Mix Advent Calendar: Day One
What’s inside day one? Oh boy it’s a good one. It’s their incredibly moreish Stracciatella Truffle. Honestly I could’ve eaten about 10 of them and it took ALL of my self restraint to not just eat the entire calendar at once. But I’m powering through and waiting until the 2nd of December to carry on with the festivities.
Popcorn Shed Advent Calendars*
We’re back on the popcorn hype with the next two calendars and I for one am completely here for it. Give me all the popcorn this Christmas!! This time we’ve got two delicious calendars from Popcorn Shed. Founded back in 2016 by cousins Sam and Laura, Popcorn Shed is a UK-based gourmet popcorn company who focus on creating the most delicious popcorn with a deep and rich flavour. Why the name Popcorn ‘Shed’ you ask? Well it’s because the business was actually built from their garden shed! While they were in the experimentation phase of the company, Sam and Laura were working out of Laura’s mum’s kitchen. They ended up being banished to the garden shed because of all the mess they were making and that’s how the name ‘Popcorn Shed’ came about. Pretty cute right?
Popcorn Shed Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar*
The first of the TWO advent calendars that Popcorn Shed have released this Christmas is their Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar. Filled with 24 bags of 6 of their gourmet popcorn flavours, Popcorn Shed’s Gourmet Calendar sounds like the ideal sweet treat for this December.
A Peak Inside Popcorn Shed’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar: Day One
Inside window number one is their Pecan Pie flavoured popcorn! Coated in delicious caramel and topped with roasted pecan pieces this flavour is the perfect chewy texture with a lovely sweet flavour. A proper decadent treat.
Popcorn Shed Free From VEGAN Mini Pop! Popcorn Advent Calendar*
How exciting is this? A completely VEGAN popcorn advent calendar! Not only that but Popcorn Shed’s Vegan Mini Pop is free from dairy and gluten too. It’s also a low calorie option for anyone looking for a lighter treat this December. If you’re on the lookout for a completely vegan alternative to your usual chocolate advent calendar then this is a must try this season.
RRP £18.00 (for both), you can purchase both calendars directly from Popcorn Shed here, as well as at Amazon, John Lewis, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
A Peak Inside Popcorn Shed’s VEGAN Mini Pop! Popcorn Advent Calendar: Day One
Just like the Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, their vegan calendar has 6 different flavours inside the 24 windows. I won’t spoil what they all are but…here’s what’s inside day one of the calendar. It’s a bag of their Sea Salted popcorn! I loved how light and crunchy this flavour was. Yet it was totally packed with sea salt flavours. Salted popcorn can often feel a bit light on the salt to me but Popcorn Shed’s Sea Salted popcorn was deliciously salty.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent Calendar*
Finishing off the 2020 advent calendar round up we’ve got Reese’s new Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent Calendar. As with Lindt, Reese’s is a company that I’m sure you’re all familiar with. But again, if not, I’ll give you a super quick little intro to them. Owned by American chocolate company Hershey’s (The Hershey Company), Reese’s are an American chocolate and sweet company founded in 1928. They’re known for their unique pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, and iconic products including Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Their latest festive product, the Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent Calendar, comes as a part of their new Naughty and Nice 2020 Christmas collection and it’s filled with 23 windows of mini Reese’s PB cups. PLUS a bonus two full sized cups behind window number 24. Despite not being a fan of Hershey’s chocolate myself, I’ve always really loved Reese’s and their insanely delicious peanut butter cups. So an advent calendar full of Reese’s is this foodie’s dream come true.
RRP £5.00, you can purchase the calendar at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Morrison’s.
A Peak Inside Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent Calendar: Day One
Before I tell you what’s behind window number one I think we all just need to take a second to appreciate how cool DJ Santa looks on the front of the calendar. He’s honestly my new favourite thing. I love the light-hearted fun he brings to the calendar. I think we could all do with a bit of fun and silliness especially under the current circumstances. Anyway, what can you expect inside window number one? A classic Reese’s milk chocolate mini peanut butter cup. Each mini PB cup comes wrapped in foil and they’re the perfect little treat sized snack. If you’re a fan of a sweet/savoury combo then this is the calendar for you.
Are you treating yourself to an advent calendar this Christmas? If you haven’t decided on what calendar to spoil yourself with then why not try one of these out? You won’t regret it I promise! Which one are you adding to your wishlist this festive season?
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36 thoughts on “The 5 Best Foodie Advent Calendars For This Christmas”
Oh my chocolate and popcorn – my favorites! I love all these calendars!
You can’t beat chocolate and popcorn can you?! Glad you like them 🙂
OMG I want all of these food advent calendars! That Lindt one looks gorgeous, these are great for any foodie to have! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Honestly they’re all SO good! I can’t wait to eat the rest throughout December 🙂 x
Hi Faye. You know how to give yourself a difficult job, don’t you? Fancy just having to eat those samples in order to provide a review for us 🙂 Seriously though, they all sound very appealing – and we’re all going to have plenty of time on our hands to choose now, aren’t we? Will you be finishing off the rest of the contents of each calendar? 🙂
Haha the things I do for this site ey? So difficult (not! haha). I’ve got them in the cupboard ready to start eating them from the 2nd December. I’m determined to wait until the official countdown to Christmas! 🙂
These calendars look divine! I love the idea of gourmet popcorn or chocolate in an advent calendar. I do not like eating a lot of sweet at once so having a little bit each day would sweeten the time until Christmas. 🙂
They’re the perfect little treat for December aren’t they! Trying gourmet popcorn was honestly a life changing experience for me haha – so good 🙂
Okay, they all look and sound amazing. I was about to say something about my advent choices usually being super limited due to my dietary situation but Popcorn Shed have a vegan one this year?? And it’s GF? *adds to basket* x
When I saw the Popcorn Shed GF calendar I was like ‘oooh Sophie will appreciate that one’ haha! x
So many options! They are all very pretty. I like the Lindt and Joe&Seph’s the most. The design and colors are just lovely. Your post got me excited for the holidays. Thank you!
They’re so pretty aren’t they! Thanks so much 🙂
Oh my gosh, I didn’t realise there was so much choice! I love the look of the lindt one.
There’s such a huge variety of calendars now, it’s fab! 🙂
oh wow so many beautiful ones! They all look so good!
There are so many different foodie advent calendars out there now! So much choice 🙂
Love the packaging of Lindts but love the contents of Joe & Stefs
The Lindt packaging is so lovely isn’t it! 🙂
I love Popcorn Shed! I think that’s so cool that they have an advent calendar! Something a bit different from the normal 🙂
Their popcorn is so lovely isn’t! I’m loving the alternative foodie advent calendars that are out there now 🙂
Pretty calendars! Suit all foodies. The Reese Peanut Butter calendar is the cutest for me.
They’re so lovely aren’t they! 🙂
I’ve always love the idea of advent calendars and must find a popcorn one here in Canada! Thanks for sharing.
They’re so cute aren’t they! I’m loving the alternative foodie advent calendars that are available now 🙂
Really enjoyed this post 😊 I love Advent calendars! Can’t even decide which if yours is my favourite!
Thanks so much! I’m torn as well haha, they’re all so lovely x
AAH! You’ve literally hit both my weaknesses. Lindt and Reese’s! I’ll have to look for these in Canada so I hope we have versions of this too! Reading this made me hungry for chocolate in the morning haha 🙂
Haha honestly they’re my weaknesses too! (well, tbh all of them are my weaknesses). Hopefully you can find them in Canada! 🙂
These look so great! I gave a Celebrations one to my dad but a popcorn one is so original.
They’re so cute aren’t they! Oooh a Celebrations one sounds dreamy 🙂
Ooo some great ones here! Who doesn’t love popcorn!
Katie | katieemmabeauty.com
Thanks so much! Oh agreed, it’s the best 🙂
I am such a fan of advent calendars and these ones look amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed reading 🙂
The Lindt pick n mix one seems so cool! Maybe I’ll try that next year if they still have it 🙂 x
Oh it’s SO good! Hopefully they’ll have something similar next year x