You’re never too old for an advent calendar, especially when each door opens on to one of 24 handmade artisan chocolates you’ve chosen specially. Art Chocolat create exquisite hand-painted chocolates, seeing each one as a piece of art. When you order an advent calendar for yourself or a friend/lover, they’ll give you a choice of a random selection, or a menu which you can select from. Then they mix them up so you don’t know which day is which choc. I went with the latter option so I could eliminate chocolates I hate, like coffee and super-dark, yuck! Instead I have a beautiful range that includes lemon meringue, peanut butter, praline, rose and coconut, strawberries and white chocolate, salted caramel almond, and velvet vanilla. I can’t even remember what they all are, but they range from standard looking chocs (below) to insanely vivid-coloured ones. Take a look at their website, they do boxes and bars you can order in time for Christmas. They really are something out of the ordinary for chocolate lovers, though I appreciate the old-fashioned Victorian-style calendar, it looks super Christmassy on the mantlepiece.
Advent calendar £35.99 from Art Chocolat