Food for Thought

Advent for those with a very sweet tooth

November 30, 2016

Growing up we had a fabric advent calendar, with pockets waiting to be filled as the beginning of December approached. Coming downstairs on the first of the month we’d be excited to see that treats were ready and waiting, one each for every day in the run up to Christmas.

The shape of a Christmas tree, each pocket also hid a Velcro ornament ready to stick up place, decorating the tree as the days passed by.

With our first child on the way we’re keen to start some family traditions of our own, so I surprised my husband with this traditional Gisela Graham reindeer advent calendar. The perfect mix of shabby chic, this new friend looks beautiful in our lounge.

The question is what to fill the empty drawers with?

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For something a little different these chocolate covered caramel filled marshmallows from Baru are simply delicious (and addictive) Light and fluffy each one is individually wrapped, perfect as a gift or even a filler for homemade crackers. Artisan Marshmallows are experiencing a bit of a renaissance so your Christmas will be on trend as well as tasty.

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I’ve been obsessed with Monty Bojangles truffles ever since we first tried them at Easter. Sweet and smooth on the inside, the outside is dusted in bitter cocoa. Beautifully packaged I’m hoping I might find some more under the Christmas tree this year (Hint hint!) for now I’ll have to look forward to my truffle hit every few days… I’ve never been more tempted to swipe my husband’s advent treat as well!

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Guylian truffles are always a family favourite, with the seaside shapes reminiscent of happy holidays spent on the beach. A box of these detailed beauties never last long in our house, so as well as enjoying them over advent we’ll be having a box on hand for boxing day movie marathons.

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These little tasting bars from Divine are perfect for a more grownup advent, filling the drawers with sophisticated flavours. As well as advent favourites, the bars would be the perfect addition to place settings for Christmas dinner, matching favourite tastes to family and friends. We’ve bought one of the larger sets as a secret santa gift… you really can’t go wrong!

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Equally delicious the bigger bars aren’t even close to fitting into the drawers, but we have a tactic to make sure these more substantial treats are still part of our calendar. Carefully chosen hiding places and a notes with clues add a little extra fun to advent mornings. Chocolate hunts aren’t just for Easter!

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual sugar rush, and all of the above would be perfect gifts as well as advent calendar treats. Roll on the 1st of December…

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