In the 1960s and 70s I remember my advent calendar was usually a piece of card featuring a snowy scene, lots of sparkly glitter and very tiny doors. The doors opened to a picture of a toy, an animal, maybe bells or an angel and, if you were lucky, double doors on 24th December revealing a little Nativity scene. There were no toys, no treats and definitely no chocolate: just a very small picture. Yet it was still the highlight of every day during Advent, to pick at the corner of the little paper door to see what was behind it.
Over the years Advent calendars have become much more sophisticated and the addition of chocolate has been an irreversible and irresistible trend. But why is it just the kids having fun with their chocolate treat before breakfast. Can’t the adults indulge in some Advent appetisers too?
Hotel Chocolat have come up with some rather gorgeous Advent calendars featuring white, milk or dark chocolate. Would I like to try one? They didn’t need to ask twice so the dark chocolate calendar was sent for the Burgess family to try. It felt very sinful testing them out in November but needs must.
I was sent a complimentary Advent Calendar to taste and review.