I opened every door of 11 chocolate advent calendars – these are the best

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Is this coca cola truck watching on telly? Or listening to Maria on the radio? Or maybe it’s getting decorations.

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Whatever makes you think that Christmas has officially begun, it is traditionally marked by the opening of the Advent calendar.

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I Had the Tough Task of Testing a Chocolate Advent Calendar

If you’re planning on crafting chocolates on December 1, we’ve tested them to see which chocolates are the best.

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We took a look at 11 different ones from a range of stores and brands, dividing them into two categories: those under £10 and those more.

So whether you’re looking for a cheap and enjoyable countdown, or want another great treat to look forward to, here’s how they fared.

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We rated them out of five based on price, looks, and the chocolate itself.

But we also awarded bonus points if there’s an extra feast at the end—either a surprise behind a window or door on December 25th.

Spoiler alert: We reveal what’s behind the doors so watch now if you don’t want to ruin the surprise.

And don’t forget that you might find some of these on the cheap with Christmas sales and discounts available, so check that first.

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Two Chocolate Advent Calendars Earned Top Marks

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Two Chocolate Advent Calendars Earned Top Marks

Our range of Chocolate Advent Calendars under £10 includes some classic chocolate brands.

Unfortunately fans of the Celebrations advent calendar won’t get their hands on one because Mars isn’t making them this year.

Here are the scores, and the favorites of the bunch.

Dairy Milk £2 – buy now

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Is Basic But A Deal

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Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Is Basic But A Deal

At only £2 and with genuine Dairy Milk Chocolate in the classic shape behind each door, you can’t go wrong for an inexpensive treat for kids.

But don’t expect anything extra—there’s no door for chocolates on the 25th or different on Christmas Eve.

This is a basic chocolate advent calendar with no extra frills.

  • Price: 5
  • Looks : 3
  • Shocks: 3
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 11

Maltese £2 – buy now

Maltese fans may be disappointed with chocolate

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Maltese fans may be disappointed with chocolate

Another on the cheap end, the Maltesers advent calendar has the usual tasting chocolate behind almost every door.

It’s not until you get to Christmas Eve that you get a proper Malteser – a large reindeer chock with a malted center.

While it got points for the extra treat, it lost some of the flavor as I would expect a calender branded Malteser to have them.

  • Price: 5
  • Looks : 3
  • Shocks: 2
  • Extra: 1
  • Total: 11

Galaxy £2 – buy now

Galaxy Chocolate only comes on the last day

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Galaxy Chocolate only comes on the last day

Unfortunately Galaxy’s advent calendar faced the same problem – no Galaxy Chocolate until the last day.

So despite the extra treatment of a large piece of the Galaxy on December 24th, we got to mark it for normal chocks for the rest of the month.

  • Price: 5
  • Looks : 3
  • Shocks: 2
  • Extra: 1
  • Total: 11

Heroes £5 – buy now

There are heroes behind every door

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There are heroes behind every door

If you can’t wait until Christmas Day to open your tin of heroes, the Advent calendar might be for you.

Behind each door is a smaller version of nine different Heroes Chocs: Crme Egg Twisted, Wispa, Twirl, Dairy Milk Caramel, Dairy Milk, Fudge, Crunchy Bites, Dinky Deckers and Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs.

It is more expensive than the others, but you get a better range of chocks and they are all individually wrapped.

But there’s no December 25 feast or surprise on Christmas Eve, so it missed out on bonus points.

  • Price: 4
  • Looks : 3
  • Shocks: 4
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 11

Winner – Under £10

Kit Kat £5 – buy now

Behind Every Door Are Delicious Kit Kat Chocks

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Behind Every Door Are Delicious Kit Kat Chocks

Kit Kat’s Chocolate Advent Calendar delivered exactly what it promised and had a cute little cutout on the top that made it more interesting than just a square box.

You’ll find a Kit Kat chocolate individually wrapped behind every door and in a selection of festive shapes.

There’s also a full-size Santa on Christmas Eve that will cost 65p if you buy it separately.

You pay a little more than others with the normal chocks, but you get better chocks in return, so we think it’s worth it, and so it scored the joint highest.

  • Price: 4
  • Looks: 4
  • Shocks: 3
  • Extra: 1
  • Total: 12

Lindt £6 – buy now

Lindt offers an extra special chalk treat behind the last door

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Lindt offers an extra special chalk treat behind the last door

Lindt’s Advent calendar features the greatest variety behind each window, including mini Lindor truffles, milk chocolate snowdrops, and chocolate Neapolitans.

The back of one of the doors is also made of classic gold, but best is saved for last. Behind the number 24 of the door is a small – but quite significant – chocolate Santa figure.

This is by far the best addition and getting Lindt chocolate every day is again worth paying a little more, giving it top marks too.

  • Price: 3
  • Looks : 3
  • Shocks: 4
  • Extra: 2
  • Total: 12

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There was an extraordinary winner among the treasured calendars

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There was an extraordinary winner among the treasured calendars

Our range of calendars over £10 offer a little extra than the basics above, but you’ll have no luck if you’re looking to indulge in a little fancy.

Hotel Chocolate The Everything Advent Calendar £26 – buy now

Fancy chalks are behind every door

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Fancy chalks are behind every door

Hotel Chocolate is known for its fancy chocolates and this advent calendar does not disappoint on that front.

You get 15 different choux each day, from the Eaton Mess to the Salted Espresso Martini, and the design folds up and looks very sophisticated.

But it’s by far the most valuable of the bunch, £26 and you don’t get 25 December or anything extra special for it.

  • Price: 2
  • Looks: 4
  • Shocks: 5
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 11

Tony’s Chocolate £12 – buy now

Tony's colorful calendar looks impressive

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Tony’s colorful calendar looks impressive

Tony’s advent calendar is by far the most impressive to watch. It’s big with loud colors and made from incredibly thick cardboard – I needed two hands to tear down the doors.

The back of each one is less spectacular, because there are smaller ones than chocolates.

You get a nice selection of unusual flavors like Dark Milk Pretzel Toffee and Almond Sea Salt. When you get to door 24, there’s a big door with two chokes instead of one big bar.

Unfortunately our Tony’s advent calendar didn’t have a chocolate for December 8th, it must have been lost in post.

  • Price: 4
  • Looks: 5
  • Shocks: 4
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 13

Thornton Continental £12 – buy now

There's a Big Choke Bar Behind the Last Door on Christmas Day

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There’s a Big Choke Bar Behind the Last Door on Christmas Day

Thornton may have closed all of their shops on the High Street, but you can still grab their goodies online and in supermarkets.

Fans of the Chalk Shop’s Continental range can get one of nine flavors behind each door, including Salted Caramel and Amaretti Crisp.

That’s pretty cheap for a still-delicious range of chocolates, plus you get an extra door on December 25th: not far from a full-size Alpine Praline chocolate bar.

  • Price: 4
  • Looks : 3
  • Shocks: 5
  • Extra: 2
  • Total: 14

M&S Colin the Caterpillar £12 – buy now

Colin's Calendar Has White Chocolate

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Colin’s Calendar Has White Chocolate

Marks & Spencer draws inspiration from their classic Colin the Caterpillar cartoon character for this advent calendar.

Shaped just like a cake unless you open it in two halves, this is a creative shape and stands out compared to the rest.

Behind each door is a white chocolate Colin face, though nothing special for the last day.

  • Price: 5
  • Looks: 5
  • Shocks: 4
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 14

Winner – over £10

M&S Hogwarts Express £12 – buy now

Hogwarts Express will be a Keane

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Hogwarts Express will be a Keane

Marks & Spencer’s Harry Potter Advent Calendar also strikes a chord with you thanks to its fun and unusual shape even before you open it

Hogwarts Express offers several delicious types of chocolate, including Golden Snitch (chocolate ball) and Hedwigs (chocolate caramel).

You also get an additional treat on the 25th – a chocolate ticket for the service leaving Platform 9 and 3/4.

The only disappointment is that it says what’s inside so you lose the wonder.

  • Price: 4
  • Looks: 5
  • Shocks: 5
  • Extra: 1
  • Total: 15

Decision

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I personally think you might end up feeling a little cheated if you expect Galaxy or Maltizer chocolates behind those doors.

The £2 arrival from Dairy Milk, Malteser & Galaxy is definitely a bargain, and great if you want something simple for the countdown to Christmas.

But we think it’s worth spending a little more on a Kit Kat or Lindt calendar to get better-tasting chocolate and a little extra magic on the last window.

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We loved the magical M&S Harry Potter advent calendar and it took a place across the board.

Although not as fancy chalk as some other calendars, they were delicious.

And for this price any child (or adult) would be eager to open a door every day in December.

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