Best food and drink Advent calendars in 2021

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift.

There was a time not long ago when all you’d find in Advent calendars were nibbles of chocolate and other so-so sweets. Nothing against chocolate (CNET is pro-chocolate) but times have changed and these daily December tastings go way beyond simple sweet stuff in 2021. The season has never been better for those seeking a delicious food or drink surprise on each day in the run-up to Christmas.

The best Advent calendar varies according to your tastes, but if you and your crew are passionate about exploring good food and even better drinks, these tasty 2021 calendars will get you into the spirit. We’re talking all sorts of edible and drinkable treats, including cult favorites like coffee, tea, cheese and beer.

A quick note on inventory: Advent calendars are often made in limited supply and so there’s reason to believe many of the most popular ones will sell out or experience shipping delays. This can make snagging the best ones a scrappy affair. Some of the top-rated calendars will such as Flaviar’s Whiskies of the Galaxy 24-pour tasting or Bonne Maman’s jam calendar have sold out in the past. so order yours as soon as possible to ensure it arrives on time.

For a fun food adventure for the family, these are CNET’s picks for the best edible Advent calendars in 2021, which we update periodically. (Note: Prices shown don’t include shipping and handling where applicable.) We’ve also noted calendars that aren’t available yet for order and will update this article when they are.


For those who prefer their good cheer in stronger liquid form, this calendar serves up 24 1.7-ounce pours of whiskey from around the globe, plus a Glencairn glass, Flaviar coaster and tasting notes for everything you’ll be sipping. There is a lovely mix of offerings from every region of the whiskey-producing world — Japan, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, US — all packaged in a fun space-themed case.

I can’t think of a better gift for a spirits lover than this one. These boozy calendars are available for preorder now.


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Man Crates

December is a sprint and you’ll need your protein to get through it. A tasting of 25 different jerkies should do the trick and that’s what you’ll get with Man Crates’ Jerky Advent calendar. Try flavors like garlic, honey bourbon, whiskey maple and Thai satay right up until the big day.

A version of this story originally posted last year, but it’s been updated with new picks for 2021.

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