I love Christmas and even more the build up to it.

What better way to excite yourself silly throughout December than to own a chocolate advent calendar. 24 reasons to get up in the morning. The building excitement as you hit the double figure windows. Then finally the opening of door 24 and knowing this is it, this is the night he’ll visit and spoil me rotten for all my hard work throughout the year. However we’re a long way off yet, so here are my top 5 chocolate advent calendars to help you build the festive cheer this coming December.

La Maison Du Chocolat: The Advent Calendar

£48.00 – 24 chocolate boxes.

This delightful tree shaped calendar decorated with cream and gold numbered boxes hide a collection of holiday chocolates and pralines. My mum will love it even more as it’s the kind of thing she’ll keep to refill herself next year. Top tip, don’t allow her to, she won’t refill with the quality of these delicious chocs!

www.lamaisonduchocolat.co.uk

Hotel Chocolat: Truffle for Two Advent Calendar

£26.00 – 48 truffles

There’s nothing worse than having your morning choccie pinched by the boyfriend before you’ve had chance to wipe the sleep from your eyes. Well here’s the perfect solution. Behind each window are two mini-dome truffles, one for you and one for him. Of course there’s no law that says you have to share them.

www.hotelchocolat.com

Charbonnel et Walker: Christmas Advent Calendar

£30.00 – 24 chocolates

A smart classy red box with gold dangling bauble design hides 24 windows to hand-made milk and dark chocolates (non-alcoholic). The trick is to hold off opening all the doors on day one.

www.charbonnel.co.uk

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Thorntons: The Snowman and the Snowdog Advent Calendar

 

£5.99 – 28 chocolates

The cheapest in the bunch and chosen mainly because Christmas isn’t Christmas without watching The Snowman and turning into a blubbering heap on the floor. Well now every morning can be one long emotional mess as you tuck into the milk chocolate treats. Plus there are extra white chocolate snowmen to enjoy and you can have your name iced onto the main window chocolate. It’s what every adult wanted as a child and never got!

www.thorntons.co.uk

Drinks by the Dram: Whisky or Gin Advent Calendars

£149.95 – Whisky, £109.95 – Gin

For those of you who hate chocolate and feel you need something stronger than a shot of coffee to get out of bed on a cold winters morning, here is the perfect solution. 24 windows each containing 3cl bottles of whisky or gin. These aren’t just your standard wee drops though, these are a selection of the finest tipples from around the world. You can make your own tasting notes throughout the month to find your perfect Christmas plonk. This may be one for opening in the evenings!

www.masterofmalt.com

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