Food52’s Highly Coveted Advent Calendars Start Shipping Next Week
Count down with caramels, coffee, and even hot chocolate this year.
Updated Oct 26, 2022 3:56 PM
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If you, too, are drawn each year to Food52’s Advent calendars like a moth to a nostalgic holiday flame, then buckle up: The premium purveyor of gourmet giftables dropped its 2022 countdown collection earlier this month. In addition to the return of our tried-and-true favorites from previous years, there’s a selection of never-before-seen exclusives to really get into. (Think: McCrea’s decadent handcrafted caramels alongside Maison Boissier’s famous French confections.) While it may seem a little on the early side to be buying into the holiday staple, Food52’s A-list offerings are notorious for selling out quickly. So we heartily advise you to preorder your chosen treats now in time for November 1 shipments. Still mulling over which fabulous boxes to bite the bullet on? Keep reading for our recommendations.
Boston-based McCrea’s selection of caramels is always a best-seller, and it’s easy to see why. Inside this holly-adorned Advent calendar are 12 deliciously different flavors, featuring unexpected ingredients such as rosemary, anisette, and black lava sea salt. The card-stock box’s interior showcases a darling illustration of an inn near a tree farm, with a fox delivering the same sweets purchasers will enjoy over 24 days.
Inspired by the iconic French maker’s own tins that have been around since the 1800s, this exclusive collaboration between Maison Boissier and Food52 is sure to sell fast. Inside is an assortment of all sorts of sweets, like chocolate-covered nuts and heart-shaped gummies, that will make every day counting down to Christmas feel like a treat.
One of Food52’s first Advent calendars (and repeat best-seller), the Palais des Thés offers up 24 blends of Parisian tea wrapped up in cotton bags, including this holiday’s limited-edition flavor, Le Thé Féerique. Steeping all of these little luxuries won’t cost more than $36, which is why we reckon it’s also always quick to sell out.
Coffee aficionados, take note. This Advent calendar offers 24 two-ounce bags of single-origin beans that will brew the perfect pot (or fill an entire Chemex) each day. And while it costs nearly $200, these servings are more than just the roaster’s best-selling blends. There are also rare, one-of-a-kind offerings from the award-winning café that you won’t be able to sip any other way. Plus aside from starting each morning of the holiday season off right, the box doubles as a game board to incite a little caffeinated competition among those in your household.
Skip the Swiss Miss and indulge in something a bit more decadent with Whittard of Chelsea’s take on powdered chocolate packets. While made famous for its teas (that box, right here), this Advent calendar dishes out 24 nights’ worth of hot cocoa for two. Discover 12 different gourmet flavors in each of the drawers, from crème brûlée to raspberry ripple, and mix with milk for a particularly creamy, cozy cup. Consider it a gift for the sweetest tooth in your life.
As we already noted in our roundup of the best Advent calendars, not all snack-y options out there are so aesthetically pleasing on the outside. But Goodio’s box, decorated with a bright geometric exterior, certainly caught our eye. The best part, though, is the fact that the Finnish cacao confections inside can be enjoyed by all, even if you happen to have vegan or gluten-free family members.
If you’re looking for an Advent calendar that’s more than milk chocolates, La Maison du Chocolat is a medley of sweets of all kinds. Each specially crafted candy comes in a perfectly wrapped petite present, though the calendar itself could easily be mistaken for a gift—all you have to do is add a gilded satin bow.
Perhaps one of the best-known makers of sweet and salty Danish licorice is Lakrids by Bülow. The brand’s candy-coated delights are flavorful and fun to snack on, whether as a nighttime treat or next to your morning coffee. This calendar comes with a selection of classic flavors like salted caramel and milk chocolate, as well as some other sweet and salty surprises along the way. Whomever you gift one to might find they need more of the chocolate-covered licorice immediately, and we would agree wholeheartedly.
Hanukkah, December 18–26 this year, doesn’t always get included in the mix of holiday celebration calendars, so we were glad to see an option in Food52’s stable. Los Angeles–based maker Sugarfina packed its offering full of kosher-certified candies, including mini sugar cookies, caramels, toffee almonds, and cold-brew cordials. Reviewers say recipients were delighted to receive it, both for the quality of the candy and the calendar construction.