Best chocolate advent calendars 2023, from Cadbury to Quality Street
If there’s one thing Christmas calls for, it’s a chocolate advent calendar. And this year, there’s more choice than ever.
Simple yet refined, an advent calendar bursting with teeny-tiny chocolate pieces — whether they resemble traditional slabs, miniature characters or foil-wrapped, flavoured picks — is one that’s truly hard to beat.
From classics like Cadbury and Lindt, to more out-there picks from Tony’s, Kinder Bueno and Fortnum’s, we’ve rounded up the best advent calendars filled with chocolate for Christmas.
Shop now: Nestlé Quality Street Advent Calendar | £10 from John Lewis
Quality Street at Christmas is a non-negotiable. (Nestlé / John Lewis)
We’re kicking off this list of chocolatey recommendations with a number from leading chocolate brand, Nestlé, and it’s in the form of best-selling chocolate range: Quality Street. Complete with a variety of wrapped chocolates, toffees and fruit crémes, this advent comes packaged in a classic calendar with Quality Street’s signature purple colour palette, and features a festive house scene on the front.
Shop now: Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar | £13 from Hotel Chocolat
Hotel Chocolat’s festive range is one that’s hotly-anticipated come Christmas time, and that includes the brand’s iconic advent calendars. Loaded with 24 milk chocolate sculptures (festive icons like reindeers, trees, angels and more) it promises a “satisfying creaminess” with each piece, making it the perfect daily treat to enjoy in the days leading up to Christmas.
Shop now: Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Chunk Advent Calendar | £6 from Amazon
A classic for a reason! Let’s face it, Christmas just isn’t complete without a taste from Cadbury. Bursting with Dairy Milk Chunks, Caramel Chunks and Whole Nut Chunks, this advent calendar delivers year after year.
Shop now: Lindt Teddy Milk Chocolate AR Advent Calendar | £12 from Amazon
Not only does this advent calendar come with 24 of the finest milk chocolate pieces from Lindt (including a full-size chocolate teddy bear), but it also comes with AR (Augmented Reality) capabilities. How? It simply features a QR code which can be scanned with your smartphone to watch 24 heartwarming Christmas adventures with Lindt’s iconic Teddy.
Shop now: Ferrero Collection Advent Calendar | £17.50 from Boots
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Described as offering a “unique assortment of irresistible specialties”, this advent calendar from Ferrero Rocher doesn’t just contain the brand’s classic chocolate, but two more variations, too: Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Rondnoir and Confetteria Raffaello. All are equally as delicious and moreish, and perfect for Christmas.
Shop now: Kinder Bueno Advent Calendar | £11 from Boots
It doesn’t get more nostalgic than Kinder Bueno, and this advent calendar comes filled with different variations of the childhood favourite, including both the milk chocolate and the white chocolate takes.
Shop now: Fortnum’s Chocolate Truffle Selection Advent Calendar | £35 from Fortnum & Mason
Albeit a little pricier for a chocolate advent calendar, but it’s Fortnum & Mason after all. Recognised for its range of premium hampers, the team over at Fortnum’s are also partial to an impressive chocolate advent calendar, too. And this pick is proof of just that. Featuring a mix of flavoured chocolate truffles — from milk to sea salted caramel, maple to pecan — it comes in a slimline, bauble-printed calendar finished with Fortnum & Mason’s signature logo.
Shop now: HiP Vegan Oat M!lk Chocolate Advent Calendar | £10.99 from Selfridges
For those of us who are dairy-free (by choice or health requirement), this pick from H!P Chocolate is perfect. Featuring 24 oat milk chocolate pieces, presented in a quirky advent decorated with festive characters, it features plant-based chocolate that actually tastes good.
Shop now: Lindt Teddy 3D Chocolate Advent Calendar | £24.99 from Selfridges
The Lindt Teddy Bear is a signature personality as far as chocolate characters are concerned. And at Christmas, anything remotely related to it flies off shelves, including this super-cute advent calendar.
Shaped just like the iconic Teddy, this 3D advent houses mini chocolates behind every door, including bite-sized versions of the classic bear as well as chocolate Santas, reindeers, creamy snowdrops and truffles.
Shop now: Tony’s Chocolonely Countdown Advent Calendar | £15.99 from Selfridges
Tony’s is known for producing ethically-sourced chocolate, and this advent calendar comes jam-packed with it. Find miniature chocolate treats behind every door, with a range of flavours from hazelnut to white chocolate up for grabs.