Are you the type of person who starts buying mince pies from September? Or have you ever had candy floss at a funfair and thought you could eat a tub every single day? Well, good news, this year there is an advent calendar for you.
The world of food advent calendars continues to expand every year: what was once a simple choice between a basic chocolate square each day is now a booming world of innovation to cater for every foodie passion. This year, the BBC Good Food team taste tested more than 60 different foodie advent calendars to showcase the best on offer. From sweet and savoury treats to tea, coffee, hot chocolate and alcohol, these ranged in price from just £2 for a Galaxy chocolate advent calendar to £220 for a Cartwright & Butler wardrobe full of food.
Along the way, we discovered some truly one of a kind advent calendars that delve headfirst into niche areas, with many new creations we hadn’t seen in previous years, including candy floss and crisps. These are our top picks for the most unique advent calendars to buy this year – check out our full guide to the 60 best foodie advent calendars to see them all.
Top 5 most unique advent calendars for foodies 2022
Selfridges mini mince pie advent calendar
It’s not truly the festive season until the first mince pie has been consumed, and with this Selfridges advent calendar you can be promptly on schedule on 1 December. The luxurious red and signature Selfridges yellow drawers each hide a mini mince pie, with four different flavours to try across the month. On Christmas Day itself, there’s a mini Christmas cake to complete the festive fun.
Pringles Advent calendar
If you’ve got more of a savoury than sweet tooth, skip all the chocolate advent calendars in favour of this Pringles offering. Every day you’ll get a mini 40g tub of Pringles from the four classic flavours, just like you’d get on an aeroplane – perfect for Christmas road trips or snacking in front of festive television.
JB Treat Carts candy floss advent calendar
One for the seriously dedicated sweet tooth. From JB Treat Carts comes the UK’s first ever candy floss advent calendar, delivering 24 tubs of sweet, sugary fluff to power you through December. Gourmet flavours include pistachio, strawberry cheesecake, Irish cream and many more.
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JB Treat Carts (£39.99)
We tried lots of different boozy advent calendars this year – from whisky and gin to canned cocktails and even boozy marshmallows. But this super-sized cracker-design calendar filled with mini 50cl bottles of prosecco stood out for capturing the decadence of party season, with a few different styles of fizz hidden inside.
M&S House of Whips
- Available from Marks & Spencer in store (£10), Ocado (£10)
A cheaper unique alternative, this advent calendar from M&S hits the bill for being unusual by focusing on a true niche. For fans of a retro walnut whips, this calendar has two different flavours inside (classic and chocolate orange), with one super-size salted caramel one to discover on Christmas Eve.
Marks & Spencer in store (£10)
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