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Best Food-Filled Advent Calendars for 2023

These tasty Advent calendars will add a little more magic to your December, and the time to order one is now.

David Watsky Senior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's logged more than a decade writing about all things edible, including meal kits and meal delivery subscriptions, cooking, kitchen gear and commerce. Since earning a BA in English from Northeastern in Boston, he's toiled in nearly every aspect of the eats business from slicing and dicing as a sous-chef in Rhode Island to leading complex marketing campaigns for major food brands in Manhattan. These days, he's likely somewhere trying the latest this or tasting the latest that - and reporting back, of course. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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$40 at Bonne Maman
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Bonne Maman Jam Advent Calendar
$46 at Williams Sonoma
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Harry Potter Candy Advent Calendar
$260 at Flaviar
flaviar whiskey advent calendar
Flaviar Whiskey Advent Calendar (for now, preorder only)
$110 at The Open Bottle
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Craft Beer Advent Calendar (for now, preorder only)
$100 at Molly J
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CBD Gummy Advent Calendar (for now, preorder only)
$110 at Compartés
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Compartés Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar
$150 at In Good Taste
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In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar
$40 at Uncommon Goods
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McCrea's Caramel Advent Calendar
$44 at Drizly
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Jack Daniels Advent Calendar
$65 at Amazon
Vahdam Loose Leaf Tea Advent Calendar
$65 at Amazon
$20 at Aldi
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Aldi Hot Sauce Advent Calendar
$60 at Sugarfina
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Sugarfina Candy Advent Calendar
$55 at Etsy
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Tea Revv Yawn Coffee Advent Calendar
$39 at David's Tea
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David's Tea Advent Calendar
$90 at Harry and David
Harry and David's Candy Advent Calendar
$28 at Godiva
Godiva Chocolate Advent Calendar
$30 at Williams Sonoma
Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark Advent Calendar
$36 at Uncommon Goods
Palais des Thés tea Advent calendar
$35 at World Market
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Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar
See at Aldi
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Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
$199 at Vinebox
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$15 at Walmart
DreamBone Dog Chew Advent Calendar (Update: Out of Stock)

It's not too late to order an edible Advent calendar. There's no shortage of variety when it comes to these food- and drink-filled December countdowns. In fact, there are now Advent calendars for wine lovers, whiskey drinkers and cheese fans. Some are stocked with jam or candy while others are flush with hot sauce or fresh coffee. Here you'll find the best Advent calendars for foodies. Some we've tried (maybe a few times), and others we certainly plan to. 

A note on Advent calendar inventory: These calendars are often made in limited supply, and some of the most popular ones such as Flaviar's Whiskey calendar and Bonne Maman's jam calendar often sell out. If you're set on a particular calendar, you'd be wise to order now. 

Best food and drink Advent calendars for 2023

With 24 adorably petite jars of different limited-edition jams and jellies (plus one honey), all of which are free of high fructose corn syrup and totally all-natural, this is perfect for any toast lover on your list this holiday season (or, you know, yourself). There's a mix of both new and classic flavors, including chestnut and orange spice, mango raspberry and Mirabelle plum. This sold out fast last year -- and most years before that -- so don't hesitate if tasty preserves are your jam.

For wannabe wizards, this Harry Potter-themed calendar conceals a mix of candies that even muggles will love, including Fizzing Whizbees, Gummy Frogs, Butterscotch Drops and (of course) Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. Cast your summoning charm ASAP because we're guessing these will sell out before you can say accio!

For those who prefer their holiday cheer in stronger liquid form, this calendar serves up 24 1.7-ounce pours of whiskey from around the globe, plus a Glencairn glass, Flaviar coaster and tasting notes for each pour. There is a lovely mix of offerings from every region of the whiskey-producing world -- Japan, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, US -- all packaged in a fun deep sea-themed case. 

It's not cheap but the booze is mostly top-shelf, and I can't think of a better gift for a spirits lover. Be warned, this decadent Advent calendar typically sells out faster than most.

Did someone order a 24-beer tasting for December? Yes, I did. This sudsy calendar features 24 unique beers (12- or 16-ounce cans) with no repeats. Talk about a hoppy holiday.

This downright adorable Advent calendar features 25 handmade and excellent tasting CBD gumdrops to take the edge off during the holiday. Choose gummies with 25mg ($90) or 50mg ($120) of CBD and enjoy a more mellow December. 

Compartés makes some very unusual chocolate creations including strawberry Champagne dark chocolate and another with lavender. The Advent calendar is a perfect way to taste Compartés' inventive collection without committing to one flavor. 

This wonderful wine calendar has 24 different wines (more than six ounces of each) to try in the lead-up to Christmas. Try new reds and whites from wine-producing regions all over the globe including California, Spain and Italy.

Yet another way to treat a sweet tooth, this whimsically designed calendar hides creamy, handmade caramels in 12 amazing flavors like Tapped Maple, Cinnamon Clove, Dark Roasted Mocha, Chocolate Peppermint and Ginger Fusion -- as well as classic Vanilla. The small-batch candies are slow cooked in copper kettles using the best (and fewest) ingredients possible.

This boozy Advent calendar houses 12 50ml bottles of Jack Daniels and other whiskies from the JD family. Yes, please.


Vahdam Loose Leaf Tea Advent Calendar

For a loose leaf tea drinker, this is the clear pick. Enjoy a different one of Vahdam's many delicate in-house tea blends each day in December until Christmas. 

Unfortunately, you'll have to get yourself to an actual Aldi to snag this one. In addition to wine, cheese and other calendars, the fan-favorite grocery chain has stocked a hot sauce Advent for pepperheads in 2022. That's 25 days of holiday heat to make your chicken, roast beef and bloody marys sizzle. 

This meaty calendar only has 12 offerings, but considering each one is a full bag of jerky, that's probably plenty. 

This adorable and festive calendar houses 24 different candies (four pieces of each), from apple frogs and merry berries to birthday cookie bites and Santa's donuts and is perfect for the person with a sweet tooth in your life who's tired of the usual chocolate -- if such people actually exist.

If you or your lucky gift recipient prefers java to tea, this compact package holds 24 craft coffees (ground or whole bean) to jolt you into a jolly mood. The brand also offers a tea Advent calendar ($45) of its own, as well as a hot cocoa Advent calendar ($70) for those who want to wind down with a cozy cup of chocolate.

If it's tea that makes you merry, this calendar will have you calm, relaxed and ready for whatever the holidays bring. It hides a mix of 24 high-quality loose-leaf tea including inventive holiday creations like roasted chestnut and dark chocolate orange.

This delightful wooden gift box looks like a stack of presents -- and each of the 12 drawers contains a different candy treat such as Moose Munch, chocolate-covered cherries, truffles, mints and malt balls. And once the confections are gone, the box can be reused for years to come. 

There's a wide range of chocolate Advent calendars, from the cheap (and waxy) drugstore kind to high-end luxury Advent calendar versions that are way beyond any Secret Santa budget. But for a fairly priced option and solid quality too, you can't go wrong with Godiva. Everyone knows it, and it's packed into a charmingly illustrated calendar that'll make you smile even before you fetch your daily piece of creamy chocolate.

Williams Sonoma is offering a lavishly illustrated chocolate Advent calendar filled with the usual milk chocolate confections, but even those of us who eagerly await each season's hater's guide to its Christmas catalog must admit, its peppermint bark is fire. This cute calendar contains 24 pieces of it in festive shapes. Good luck not getting ahead of yourself.

Tea lovers, look no further. In this Advent calendar from Parisian tea company Palais des Thés, you get 24 different teas so you can enjoy a fresh cup every morning leading up to Christmas. Naturally, the red and gold design is très chic.

The charming snowy Victorian storefront conceals 12 different flavors of popcorn, including salted caramel, raspberry cheesecake and double chocolate. And none of them contain artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. 

Savory Advent calendars are fairly rare but this one would be special even if they weren't -- because it's full of nine varieties of fine cheese (like smoky Applewood British cheddar and herbal Ilchester Derby with sage), all suitable for vegetarians. It will be available at select Target stores, as well as Supervalu, Sprouts, Schnucks, Meijer, Jewel, Lidl and Publix locations starting in November. Check back for more details.

If you're near an Aldi, it's also bringing back its cult-favorite wine Advent calendar for 2022. As in past years, this one will likely feature a mix of red, white and bubbly in 24 mini bottles. Look out for several other Advent calendars in store this holiday season too, including ones for beer, hard seltzer, chocolate, cheese and both cat and dog treats.

Vinebox's 24 Nights of Wine tasting contains 24 pours of premium reds and whites housed in sleek vials and curated by Vinebox's in-house sommeliers. 

There's no reason to leave your four-legged friend out of the tradition. This one is filled with three different types of chews (all rawhide-free) that are easy to digest and sure to delight, made with real chicken and sweet potatoes. If you want to lavish them with even more affection, get them a pet food delivery subscription for Christmas. Because even dogs don't want another sweater.

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