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Chocolate Advent Calendars

November 23, 2012

Now that Thanksgiving's over, I can (safely) talk about Christmas-related items, like Advent calendars. Here are five have their own charm and appeal, and are worth seeking out. 1. Dark Horse Chocolates from Dean & Deluca, $34 Fans of Currier & Ives will appreciate the horse-drawn sleigh winding its way through the snowy village. The oval-shaped, goil-foiled chocolates follow an equestrian theme (Tallyho [solid milk chocolate], Dressage Classic [almond butter crunch]) and were deemed to be a good size by some, although anyone looking for visual variety will be disappointed. Fans were especially wowed by the "dark horse"--a chocolate-mint combination. Perfect for: The Nostalgia Buff 2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat Advent Calendar, $135 By the time this post goes up, Vosges will be out of stock of this luxe calendar. Unfortunately, there won't be any more produced but there is a silver lining to this news: Two new items that were part of the calendar are also offered individually. Check out the Gnome Lollipops (Peppermint, Sugar & Spice, Deep Milk) and Petit Chocolats. With the latter, taste buds danced in delight especially for the Smoke & Stout Caramel: "The bitter center was so luxurious. Creamy, smooth, and noncloying. A wallop of intense flavor. I want to eat one every night with a glass of Cabernet." Perfect for: The Hedonist 3. Prestat Advent Calendar, $49 The Three Kings shimmer on the front of this British import, and in my opinion, it looked the nicest of the boxes. This collection is all about flavored truffles, and it plays upon the magi's exoticness with flavors like Orange and Frankincense, Coconut Oasis, and Sicilian Key Lime. Unlike all the other calendars which wrapped their chocolates, Prestat's were not so if grubby hands are a concern, might want to keep this to yourself. Perfect for: The Truffle-Lover 4. Valrhona's Advent Calendar, $30 This bright, red calendar features small Valrhona chocolate squares. Known for their single origin chocolates, the snack-size pieces are perfect for anyone who knows bigger isn't always better. The "days" were consistently a challenge to pry open, but for Valrhona fans, the reward was well worth the effort. Perfect for: The Dark Chocolate Fiend 5. Lindt Advent Calendar, $35 This bright and festive box portrays the busy North Pole, and the Lindt's milky chocolates are all on display here. Each day opens up to a differently shaped and flavored treat. Here, variety is key. Note: It's already sold out online but check with select retail Lindt shops which may still have them in stock! So hurry! Perfect for: Kids and Kids-at-Heart


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