The best edible advent calendars for 2020, from hot sauce to gourmet chutney

Not a fan of chocolate? This year, retailers and independent brands have sweet and savoury foodie advent calendars to please everyone

10 of the best foodie advent calendars, from pork scratchings to gourmet popcorn
Many brands have opted for unusual flavours this year

With the countdown to Christmas about to begin, now is the time to find the perfect advent calendar for the foodie in your life. And if chocolate isn’t their thing, many supermarkets and independent brands have extended their offering to include other delicious treats for the discerning foodie. from maple-flavoured pork scratchings to gourmet popcorn. Here’s a round-up of our favourites. 

Candy Kittens Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

(£8, candykitten.co.uk)

Candy Kittens Christmas Tree Advent Calendar  Credit: Candy Kittens

The brainchild of Jamie Liang (of Made in Chelsea) and Edward Williams, Candy Kittens was started in 2012. Since then, the adult sweets have become a sensation. Stocked at Ohh Deer, Boots and Amazon, this build-your-own 3D advent calendar contains miniature packs of sweets, from wild strawberry, sour watermelon, and tropical mango to blueberry bliss. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 

24 Days of Hot Sauce advent calendar

(£10, Wilko

24 Days of Hot Sauce advent calendar  Credit: Wilko

Are you a fan of heat? Wilko is stocking a hot sauce advent calendar for chilli lovers. Underneath each window, you’ll find a different fiery hot sauce or marinade. Flavours include Hawaiian Lava, Thai-riffic and Death Valley. Any excess is great as a dip, drizzle or marinade. 

The Tiny Marmalade Co Advent Calendar

(£39, tinymarmalade.com)

The Tiny Marmalade Co. Advent Calendar Credit: The Tiny Marmalade Co

Founded by self-confessed “lover of tiny things” Paloma Hermoso, The Tiny Marmalade Co is an independent jam producer that specialises in one-off flavours. The advent calendar features 12 award-winning preserves such as Christmas marmalade, hand-picked berries, pear and kiwi, and Applebrook Cottage. 

Snaffling Pig Co. pork scratching advent calendar

(£17.50, snafflingpig.co.uk)

Snaffling Pig Co. pork scratching advent calendar 

After a sell-out year in 2019, Snaffling Pig Co. has brought back its pork scratching advent calendar with a twist. Packs and pieces are now bigger, plus Scottish illustrator Allan Deas has designed a limited edition pack illustration depicting ‘the craziness of Christmas time’. There are five flavours: black pepper, low and slow BBQ, perfectly salted, marvellous maple, and pigs in blankets.

Chucking Cheese Company gourmet cheese advent calendar

(£34.99, yumbles.com

Chucking Cheese Company gourmet cheese advent calendar  Credit: Yumbles

Surprise and delight the cheese-lover in your life with the Chucking Cheese Company's gourmet cheese advent calendar. Wrapped in bright-coloured wax, eight flavoured truckles are hidden underneath 24 windows. Inside you'll find classic flavours such as traditional apple-smoked alongside unusual charcoal, Sunday roast (yes, that exists) and Christmas pudding.

Lakrids Liquorice Advent Calendar 2020

(£36, souschef.co.uk

Lakrids Liquorice Advent Calendar 2020  Credit: Black Liqourice Company

The perfect gift for lovers of liquorice. Behind each door is either a familiar or unusual flavour: chocolate, coffee, raspberry all appear, while some boozy treats contain trendy sea buckthorn and agave. Also, the card and plastic in this advent calendar is made from recycled materials and the whole calendar is 100 per cent recyclable. 

Borneo Pantry Advent Calendar 

(£65, borneopantry.com)

Borneo Pantry Advent Calendar  Credit: Borneo Pantry 

Established in 2011, Borneo Pantry has quickly become a foodie favourite, going on to win Great Taste Award Gold Star for their pickled watermelon in 2017, and a Gold Star for the Proper Piccalilli in 2018. This limited edition chutney advent calendar is packed full of goodies. Behind every door you'll discover one of 12 flavours of their award-winning chutneys, pickles and sauces. Delights include Christmas chutney, spicy mango chutney, caramelised onion marmalade and spicy sweetcorn relish, among others. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.