Cheese lovers, listen up. If you’re someone who thinks cheese trumps chocolate any day, fancy yourself a bit of a fromage connoisseur or you just really, really love the stinky stuff (um, who doesn’t?), have we got the advent calendars for you.
While chocolate used to dominate the advent calendar market, these days a 24-day choc-filled calendar is so passé (okay they’re still pretty good, and here are 21 that prove that), and now we’re all about the alternative advent calendar. Beauty advent calendars are big business, but alternative foodie options are also on the rise: popcorn, crisps, biscuits, wine, beer and, yes, cheese, are all valid advent calendar options these days.
So if spending the 24 days leading up to Christmas Day nibbling on different varieties of delicious chunks of cheese sounds like your idea of heaven, read on dear reader: we’ve found the best cheese advent calendars out there so you can live out all your mousey dreams (just remember to see them in the fridge!).
Best cheese advent calendars
Ilchester’s advent calendar caused quite a stir last year and this year’s iteration looks just as good. Packed with nine different British cheese varieties (including Applewood Smoke Flavoured Cheddar Cheese and Mexicana Cheddar Cheese with Mixed Peppers), there are 24 in total to get nibbling on, plus some seriously cheesy jokes.
Put a cheesy spin on your Christmas countdown this year with The Chuckling Cheese Company’s advent calendar, stuffed full of 24 mini cheese truckles spanning 8 unique and surprising flavours (including Christmas Pudding, Sunday Roast and Orange & Whisky), all individually wrapped in colourful wax for a wonderfully festive experience.
For a luxurious cheese advent experience, The Mousetrap Cheese Shop certainly delivers. Hidden within their advent calendar are 17 stunning cheeses (including Scrumpy Cider and Apple, Charcoal Cheese and a Snowdonia Black Bomber), 3 lots of crackers, 3 chutneys and a jar of pickled shallots.