The 18 Best Food And Beverage Advent Calendars Of 2022

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Advent calendars are a fun way to countdown to Christmas and celebrate every day of the holiday season, not just Christmas Day. According to Parenta, early Advent calendars were simple, with paper doors revealing a Bible verse, holiday picture, or a tiny piece of chocolate. Today's Advent calendars go above and beyond the traditional and conceal everything under the sun, from hot sauce to spirits, behind their paper doors.

Per the United Methodist Church, Advent — which means "arrival" in Latin — is the four-week period that begins on the Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) and ends on Christmas Eve (December 24). Advent calendars today, however, kick off the Christmas countdown on December 1st.

Naturally, Advent calendars work as great holiday season gifts. We've rounded up the best Advent calendars for the 2022 holiday season, with a focus on the ones that foodies are likely to find the most magical.

Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar

When most people think of Advent calendars, the classic chocolate-filled countdown comes to mind. Per Mental Floss, some people claim that Advent calendar chocolate tastes different, but we've found one that features satisfying rich milk chocolate — and it's affordable, too. Trader Joe's sells a number of chocolate products and has been producing chocolate-filled Advent calendars since the 1990s. The signature Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Advent Calendars feature cute, whimsical holiday designs packed with 24 ready-to-open windows housing creamy, quality milk chocolate. 

Priced at under $1, this is the most affordable Advent calendar on our list. Trader Joe's doesn't skimp on quality despite the low price, either. Their milk chocolate is made with simple ingredients, including a generous amount of cocoa butter.

Flavair Whiskey Advent Calendar

What better way to countdown to Christmas than with a tiny pour of whiskey each day? Whiskey tends to warm up the holiday spirit, and some claim that it cures winter cold symptoms, too (per Maverick Distilling). Flaviar's Whiskey Advent Calendar is a curated calendar filled with 24 1.7-ounce bottles of whiskey. Each day features a different whiskey from across the globe, including rare sips, so you just might discover a hidden, new-to-you gem. 

This year's calendar includes whiskey from as far away as Japan and Australia. Each Advent calendar also includes an exclusive Glencairn whiskey glass, an embossed leather coaster, and a tasting journal, so you can keep notes on your daily whiskey discoveries. This popular Advent calendar tends to sell out, so order ASAP.

Sugarfina 24 Tastes of Christmas Advent Calendar

Sugarfina is a luxury candy boutique founded by a couple that traveled the world and sampled hundreds of candies in search of the best of the best. Their sweet 24 Tastes of Christmas Advent Calendar will take you on a holiday journey via candy and is the perfect gift for the candy lover in your life, or anyone who can use a sweet daily pick-me-up during the hectic holidays. 

Each tiny drawer is filled with four pieces of colorful, unique candy for a total of almost 100 candy delights. Candies include classics like dark chocolate sea salt caramels, sours, and watermelon slices, plus candies so cute you might not want to eat them: Raspberry gummies shaped like Eiffel Towers, green apple gummies shaped like frogs, and even pink grapefruit flavored gummies shaped like flamingos.

Costco Brewer's Advent Calendar

Looking for a gift for the beer aficionado on your holiday gift list? Say cheers to the Advent season with an Advent calendar filled with 24 16.9-ounce beers, one for each day of December to Christmas Eve. The Brewer's Advent Calendar from Costco, available in-store only, is made for beer lovers, featuring beers that go beyond the basics. It's imported from Germany, home of Oktoberfest, where beer comes in a number of styles and every region has a specialty. 

It's priced under $70, so you can kick back and sip a beer from the comfort of your home and save money by not heading to your local bar. Note that this Advent calendar is one of Costco's hottest holiday items and tends to sell out quickly.

Aldi Bay Island Hot Sauce Calendar

Every year, Aldi seems to add more Advent calendars to its holiday aisle, featuring everything from candles to hard seltzer to wine in addition to its many chocolate-filled Advent calendars. Here's the perfect one for the friend or family member who always needs to add a little more heat to their morning scrambled eggs, chicken wings, and marinades. 

Aldi's Hot Sauce Advent Calendar is a spicy Advent calendar featuring 24 samples of the budget grocer's Bay Island brand hot sauces. Every window reveals a miniature bottle of hot sauce in this wallet-friendly Advent calendar (it retails for less than $20). Twenty-four mini bottles of hot sauce could come in handy if you're looking for new ways to use hot sauce.

Walkers Shortbread Advent Calendar

Joseph Walker founded Walkers in Scotland over a hundred years ago when he opened his first tiny bakery. Today, the company is managed by Joseph's grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they still use the original recipe to make the traditional Scottish biscuit, which calls for only three ingredients: butter, sugar, and flour (plus a dash of salt). 

Countdown to Christmas with Walkers 2022 Limited Edition Advent Calendar, where you'll find a sweet Walkers treat behind each window from December 1st through Christmas Eve. The calendar is filled with several different takes on classic shortbread, including heart-shaped shortbread, salted caramel squares, chocolate chip shortbread, star-shaped shortbread, and more. The box is also quite appealing and has a certain Christmas feel to it, which is a plus.

12 Days of Spirits Advent Calendar

Make it a spirited Advent season with the 12 Days of Spirits Advent Calendar by Total Wine & More. You just might discover your next favorite vodka as you countdown to Advent with 12 spirited, flavored vodkas from a variety of brands like Veil, Ellington, Largo Bay, King's Creek, and Scatterbrain. Sip straight from the mini drams, enjoy over the rocks, pour it into your coffee, or use it to make a cocktail that's perfect for vodka. The bright blue box also features a few cocktail recipes. 

And if you're not up for drinking vodka, no worries — did you know it's a multi-purpose spirit? Use it to freshen up your linens, make your own vanilla extract, clean glass 'til it shines, and more.

24 Cups of Cheer Keurig K-Cup Pod Advent Calendar

Chilly winter mornings call for a warm, delicious beverage. Here's an Advent calendar for anyone who wants to countdown to Christmas with coffee and cocoa: the 24 Cups of Cheer Keurig K-Cup Pod Advent Calendar. It's a festive and colorful countdown calendar filled with 24 K-Cup pods. This is a great way to discover new K-Cup varieties that just might become new favorites. 

The calendar features genuine Keurig K-Cup pods by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Original Donut Shop Coffee, McCafé, Peet's Coffee, Caribou Coffee, Cinnabon, Newman's Own Organics, Kahlua, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread, and Swiss Miss. Plus these Keurig K-Cup pods are recyclable; after you've brewed your beverage, just peel your pod, empty it, and recycle it.

English Tea Shop White Organic Tea Advent Calendar

Cozy up with a warm cup of tea every day of the Advent season with the English Tea Shop White Organic Tea Advent Calendar. Each window of this winter-themed calendar features a loose-leaf tea pyramid bag filled with a different variety of English Tea Shop's organic teas. Some favorites include Gingerbread Treat (organic black tea with cinnamon, ginger, apple, and cardamom), Ghostly Green (organic green tea with cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, and rose petals and Irish Holiday (organic black tea with ginger, rooibos, and cinnamon. 

English Tea Shop sources premium tea leaves from small-scale farms in Sri Lanka and strives to support fair trade and sustainability by ensuring that all packaging is fully compostable; even its tea bags are GMO-free and made from polyester for recycling.

Bonne Maman 12 Days of Christmas Spread and Honey Gift Set

Founded in a small village in Southwest France, Bonne Maman is known for its jams made with natural ingredients. Whether you spread them on toast, use them to fill a crepe, or swirl them into yogurt, they're the perfect accompaniment to morning. Plus, Bonne Maman's jams contain no preservatives, no additives, no high fructose corn syrup, and they're sulfite-free. 

Their sweet 2022 Advent calendar is packed with 23 limited-edition jams in cute, miniature versions of their iconic glass jars. Many of the featured flavors are hard to find in the U.S., including cherry, cherry with elderflower, raspberry, orange with cinnamon, apricot with mango, raspberry with rose, fig with cardamom, plum with star anise, and wild Blueberry with lemon balm. Plus, you can save the adorable mini jars and use them for a cute holiday DIY project.

Godiva Chocolatier 2022 Holiday Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar

Treat a friend — or yourself — to a holiday truffle every day of Advent. Born in Belgium, Godiva has been making quality chocolates for over 75 years. Each tiny door of the Godiva Chocolatier 2022 Holiday Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar reveals an exquisite truffle for a total of 24. Every day introduces a different dark, milk, or white chocolate truffle filled with vanilla custard ganache, strawberry puree, cherry brandy, and more. 

Enjoy a truffle as a mini-dessert, pair it with coffee, or bake up beautiful coffee-flavored cupcakes and use a truffle as a topper. If truffles aren't your thing, you might prefer Godiva's 2022 Holiday Classic Chocolate Advent Calendar, which features a variety of chocolate pieces shaped like Santa, a snowman, a penguin, and other holiday icons. Chocolate purists rejoice.

Dolly Parton Advent Calendar

Celebrate the season with beloved music icon Dolly Parton. Parton, who famously reminded everyone that the holidays can be both difficult and sweet in her 1983 hit song "Hard Candy Christmas," owns a theme park, a dog clothing brand, and now the Dolly Parton Advent Calendar, a Williams Sonoma exclusive. The calendar depicts a smiling Dolly, her face framed in an evergreen wreath, while each of the 24 windows hides a sweet surprise: an individually wrapped, colorful candy. Featured candies include chewy strawberry crème-filled gummies, gummy grape butterflies, buttery caramels, champagne gumdrops, milk chocolate stars wrapped in gold foil, and sour cherry Santa-shaped gummies. And of course, it wouldn't be a "Hard Candy Christmas" without classic peppermint hard candies, which you'll also find hidden inside.

Oliviers & Co. Advent Calendar (olive oil, vinegar, truffles, jam, honey, and salts)

For the home chef or foodie that has everything, here's a delicious Advent calendar for counting down to Christmas with flavor. The Oliviers & Co. Advent Calendar's tiny doors open to reveal a different gourmet condiment for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Also exclusive to Williams Sonoma, the condiments are imported from France, Italy, Morocco, and Portugal. Use the honey, olive oils, vinegars, tapenades, pestos, and herbed salts to make marinades and sauces or a homemade vinaigrette for salads

The olive oils featured include green lemon olive oil, bergamot olive oil, and thyme olive oil, while the featured vinegars include grapefruit vinegar, pomegranate vinegar, and Balsamic vinegar from Modena. The surprises aren't just savory, either — sweet surprises include a panna cotta truffle, a cappuccino truffle, and a white chocolate and pistachio truffle.

Williams Sonoma 24 Days of Baking Cookies

Making and decorating sugar cookies is a classic way to celebrate the holiday season. Williams Sonoma treats home bakers to a cute Advent calendar that promises to up your baking game. The 24 Days of Baking Cookies Advent calendar depicts a French patisserie with 24 windows concealing items that are bound to inspire creative cookie baking. 

The surprises hidden within include spatulas, cute cookie cutters in 16 different holiday shapes, stencils for dusting cookies with creative powdered sugar designs, piping bags, and decorating tips for making sugar cookies with royal icing. Ten snowflake gift bags included in the Advent calendar make it easy to share the cookie bounty with your favorites this holiday season. This is perfect for the baker in your life.

Le Comptoir Colonial Spice Advent Calendar

Paris-based spice specialists Le Comptoir Colonial have created an Advent calendar for the foodie who could use a little more spice this holiday season. The Spice Advent Calendar — sold exclusively in the U.S. at Williams Sonoma — features 24 premium spices and spiced salts. 

These high-quality spices go beyond the ordinary and are bound to inspire new holiday dishes. Spice up roasted potatoes with Lebanese Zaatar, a blend of thyme, sesame, and sumac; enhance a salad with White Summer Truffle Salt; add woodsy and fruity notes to steak with Island Pepper Blend, a combination of Sarawak pepper from Malaysia and wild pepper Madagascar; or season a white fish dish with Festive Pepper — a tangy mix of crushed peppers and berries. The gingerbread spice blend (cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom) will add a dash of holiday flair to gingerbread cookies.

In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar

Celebrate the Advent season sommelier-style with the In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar. Wind down with 24 mini bottles of premium wine, one for each day of the Advent season. If you're looking to learn more about wine and try a new wine or two, you're bound to find a new-to-you wine among the sips sourced from Spain, Sicily, California, Spain, Portugal, and Argentina. 

Red, white, and rose varietals include Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Pinotage, Moscato, and more. Each bottle of wine is equal to a stout pour (a little more than 6 ounces). You'll also receive an email with tasting notes and recipes, as well as suggested food and wine pairings every day from December 1 through Christmas Eve from the folks at In Good Taste. The Advent calendar will also give you access to In Good Tastes virtual guided wine-tasting videos.

Whittard of Chelsea Hot Cocoa Calendar for Two

Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa every day of Advent with Whittard of Chelsea's Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two. Since 1886, when Walter Whittard set up his first store in London, Whittard of Chelsea has been a go-to spot for the finest quality tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. 

Instead of windows, this deluxe Advent calendar is a star-themed patterned box outfitted with 24 drawers, each containing two sachets of hot cocoa mix, so you can dedicate Christmas season days to all things hot chocolate. Flavors include classic hot cocoa to unique concoctions like rocky road hot cocoa, sticky toffee hot cocoa, raspberry ripple hot cocoa, mini hot cocoa, and more. Share with a friend, or save both sachets for yourself. Just mix with hot milk (or milk alternative) for a creamy cup of hot cocoa.

Vintner's Choice 12 Days of Bubbles Advent Calendar

Celebrate the Advent season with 12 days of sparkling wine. According to Forbes, sparkling wines have seen an increase in popularity in the past few years, with sales rebounding post-pandemic, and a glass of bubbly can be a great way to de-stress from the holiday madness. 

The Vintner's Choice 12 Days of Bubbles Advent Calendar is a solid calendar that depicts a snowy winter wonderland, with 12 drawers concealing adorable, foil-capped mini bottles of Barefoot Wine's bubbliest options. Varietals include three bottles of brut cuvée, three bottles of brut rosé, three bottles of Moscato spumante, and three bottles of pink Moscato, all clocking in at a little more than 6 ounces each. We might all need one after seasonal shopping and holiday parties are through.