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Chocolate advent calendars have been popular since the 1950s as a way to count down to Christmas Day.
Traditionally, they've been relatively simple in design. Just chocolate squares behind paper doors. However, in recent years, you've been able to get everything from Lindt truffles (opens in new tab) and pralines to vegan chocolates and even booze-infused chocolates. Brands selling advent calendars for kids (opens in new tab) have mix-and-matched sweets, chocolates and other treats in some of their calendars now too.
While non-chocolate advent calendars (opens in new tab) have become popular over the years, with top Christmas toys (opens in new tab) behind the door, nothing beats counting down to Christmas the old fashioned way with a chocolate treat on every single day of December. So we’ve rounded up the best chocolate advent calendars for 2021 below. From classic Lindt advent calendars to Next-Day Delivery guaranteed calendars, there’s something here for everyone.
The best chocolate advent calendars in 2021 - top picks
Lindt Milk Lovers Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £9.50 (opens in new tab) Green & Blacks Advent Calendar 2021 - GREEN & BLACKS | £12.99 (opens in new tab) Lindt Teddy Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £9.50 (opens in new tab) Tony's Chocolonely Countdown Calendar 2021 - AMAZON | £12.99 (opens in new tab) Ferrero Collection Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £10 (opens in new tab) Love Cocoa Charity Advent Calendar - OCADO | £20 (opens in new tab) Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent Calendar - AMAZON | £14.99 (opens in new tab) Niederegger Cafe Chocolate & Marzipan Advent Calendar 2021 - JOHN LEWIS | £35 (opens in new tab) VENCHI Chocolate Advent Calendar - SELFRIDGES | £13.99 (opens in new tab) Montezuma's Christmas Truffle Advent Calendar MONTEZUMA'S | £25.49 (opens in new tab) Harrods Glow-in-the-dark Kids Chocolate Advent Calendar - HARRODS | £12 (opens in new tab) Butlers Chocolate Advent Calendar 2021 - AMAZON | £29 (opens in new tab)
The best chocolate advent calendars in 2021
1. Lindt Milk Lovers Advent Calendar
If your favourite Lindt chocolates are the classic milk chocolate truffles, this is the advent calendar for you. There are 24 truffles in this calendar - one for each day counting down to Christmas – ranging from the quintessential Lindt truffle balls, to the heart-shaped version of the truffles and simple square chocolates.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £9.50 (opens in new tab)
2. Green & Blacks Advent Calendar 2021
Enjoy five different flavours of bite-size chocolates from Green & Black's organic range in the days leading up to Christmas this year with this advent calendar. Inside is a selection of milk and decadent dark chocolates. Made up of 70% cocoa, Green & Black's dark chocolate is prized for its great depth of cocoa flavour in every bite.
VIEW AT GREEN & BLACKS | £12.99 (opens in new tab)
3. Lindt Teddy Advent Calendar
It's not Christmas without a Lindt bear. And now you can get one early! There's a small Lindt bear behind every door of this calendar, making it essential for all those who love a morning chocolate treat in the lead up to Christmas.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £9.50 (opens in new tab)
4. Hotel Chocolat's Milk, White and Dark Chocolate calendars
Everyone's got their own favourite kind of chocolate: be it white, dark or classic milk. And you can certainly rely on Hotel Chocolat for quality and value - with these indulgent 24 door advents available for under £15.
VIEW AT HOTEL CHOCOLAT | £12.50 (opens in new tab)
5. Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar for Two
You get double the truffle fun in this fabulous Hotel Chocolat advent calendar. Each window contains two delicious and different flavoured truffles by the much-loved chocolatiers, that are sure to melt in your mouth. A special and delicious way to countdown to Christmas 2021 together.
VIEW AT HOTEL CHOCOLAT | £26 (opens in new tab)
6. Tony's Chocolonely Countdown Calendar 2021
The one we've been waiting for - the first ever Tony's Christmas countdown calendar! This advent offering is like something straight out of Willy Wonka's factory, thanks to a rainbow of flavours including: White Chocolate Raspberry Popping Candy, Dark Milk Chocolate Pretzel Toffee, plus Milk Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt and more. Unwrap one of these miniatures each day in December.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £12.99 (opens in new tab)
7. Ferrero Collection Advent Calendar
Arriving 30th September on Amazon is this Ferrero Rocher calendar masterpiece. Behind each of these 24 doors, you'll find one delicious Ferrero Collection praline - including the classic Rocher as well as Raffaello (coconut and white almond) and Rondnoir (wafer and dark chocolate). A little more expensive than some of the other advent calendars on our list for 2021, but we promise it's worth it if you're looking for something special this year.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £10 (opens in new tab)
8. Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar 2021
Brand new for 2021, this Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar is slightly more sophisticated than the ones aimed specifically at kids. Perfect if you want a classic chocolate treat to enjoy in the run-up to Christmas! Filled with individually wrapped Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates, this calendar features caramels, chocolate walnuts and solid chocolate treats.
VIEW AT WILKO | £5 (opens in new tab)
9. Cadbury Heroes Christmas Advent Calendar
You'll find yourself gorging on a Twirl one day and a Crunchie the next in this best selling Cadbury Heroes Advent Calendar. Perfect for those seeking an advent calendar that offers a little bit of variety in the chocolate selection.
VIEW ON AMAZON | £9.84 (opens in new tab)
10. Love Cocoa Charity Advent Calendar
We're HUGE fans of this Love Cocoa calendar - the company founded by Mr Cadbury's great-great-great grandson, James Cadbury. In the true spirit of Christmas, the luxury and ethical chocolate brand has launched this luxury truffle calendar with 100% of the profits going direct to NHS Charities Together (opens in new tab) (yes, you read the right). And if you look carefully you can spot NHS heroes like Sir Captain Tom Moore, Joe Wicks and doctors and nurses in the beautiful illustration on the front. Good for the soul and tastebuds, this is our pick for the best advent calendar of 2021.
VIEW AT OCADO | £20 (opens in new tab)
11. Galaxy Chocolate Advent Calendar
For one of the best budget chocolate advent calendars in 2021, opt for Galaxy's chocolate advent calendar. Every day of December, behind each of these cardboard doors, is a smooth Galaxy chocolate. They're one of the nation's favourite chocolate treats for a reason! With their unique flavour and texture are totally unmatched.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £4.59 (opens in new tab)
12. Milky Bar Chocolate Advent Calendar 2021
This Milky Bar advent calendar is an absolute classic. And while it might be a kids' favourite, there's no reason why adults can't indulge in 24 days of white chocolate bites. Behind each door is a Christmas-themed Milkybar white chocolate slice. Simple and effective, this advent calendar is available to buy now.
VIEW AT MORRISONS | £2 (opens in new tab)
13. Hershey's Cookies n Cream Advent Calendar
Fans of the much-loved American company Hershey's can get their hands on this stunning Cookies 'n' Creme advent calendar for the festive season. Tuck into candy flavoured white chocolate with crunchy cookie pieces. Oh and look out for the extra-special bar behind door number 24!
VIEW AT OCADO | £5 (opens in new tab)
14. Kinder Advent Calendar 2021
Kids will love the quirky and fun design of Ferrero's Kinder advent calendar for 2021. The three-dimensional snow chalet scene calendar with Santa and his elves has 24 hidden mini milk chocolate bars. The perfect way to ensure a smile at the start of the day in December.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £10 (opens in new tab)
15. Moo Free Advent Calendar 2021
Big kids and little kids with food intolerances need not miss out on the fun of advent calendars this year. Cult vegan and plant-based brand Moo Free have two dairy free, gluten free and soya free, milk or white chocolate advents that are sure to go down a treat.
VIEW AT OCADO | £3.99 (opens in new tab)
16. Happi Free From Advent Calendar 2021
Listen up you healthy oat milk (opens in new tab) drinkers! Happi have announced their Oat M!lk chocolate advent calender for 2021 - and it's sure to have you smiling. Open a door a day and find a 4g vegan friendly and ethically sourced sweet treat to indulge in this December.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £7.50 (opens in new tab)
17. Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent Calendar
Make your countdown to Christmas more delicious this year, with Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures Advent. Filled with 23 mini Peanut Butter Cups in white, milk and dark chocolate flavours, plus two full-size white Peanut Butter Cups behind window number 24.
VIEW AT AMAZON | £14.99 (opens in new tab)