Win a grown up Advent Calendar from Hotel Chocolat

We are rather fond of chocolate in all its kinds round these parts, and we are delighted to offer something special JUST for grown ups. If like me, you appreciate good chocolate and don’t want to share, but find yourself tempted to hack open the doors of your children’s advent calendars, then you need to enter to be in with a chance to win one of these…


A chocolate caramel advent calendar from Hotel Chocolat worth Β£12.50

“When it comes to Advent Calendars, there are two kinds of people. One counts down to Christmas by opening a door a day, guessing who will be hiding behind it first. The other slides the tray right out of the box, eats the chocolates in one go, then opens the doors by stealth so nobody notices! Whichever you think you are, our solid reindeer, snowmen, penguins and enchanted spruces, now in malty, not-too-sweet caramel chocolate for the first time, could change your mind as you savour or scoff. Will yours make it all the way to Christmas Eve…?”

I am a huge fan of chocolate and caramel and I promise you that this calendar will be one you won’t want to share and you may have to hide it so no one else pinches any of the chocolates…

To enter, simply tell us what kind of advent calendar you had as a child? We had paper or card ones, mostly, but when we came back to the UK, we did have chocolate ones. I used to sneakily eat the chocolates before the dates, which meant I never had chocolate on the right days!

Then click on the Rafflecopter linky and follow the instructions. 

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Terms & Conditions

Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and will be informed via e-mail.

All entrants must comply with all requirements for entry. 

Spam entries will be deleted.

No cash prize alternative.

Ends 29th November 2o16 and will be posted to arrive on December 1st. 

UK entrants only.

Posted in Everything else and tagged Advent Calendar, chocolate, Christmas.


  1. When I was really little I remember only having the Advent calendars with pictures behind the doors then as I got older it was usually a Cadburys calendar of some sort.

  2. I had one with pictures, was always excited to see what the picture was, very tame by todays standards!

  3. My first calendars only had pretty pictures behind the doors but then they started doing chocolate. I remember my Dad being so excited he brought a chocolate one for himself too.

  4. Just a normal boring Cadbury which I probably loved at the time, but my tastes have matured with age.

  5. I don’t remember there being chocolate advent calendars when I was growing up, we only ever had the traditional ones that just had a picture behind the door

  6. The first Advent calendars I remember had Christmassy pictures behind each door. I remember the excitement when they began to have little chocolates πŸ˜€

  7. my mum made our calendar and filled it with candy canes and other sweet treats, still have it now and use it every year, its huge and some of the pockets are big enough for books!

  8. I always had Marks and Spencers advent calendars with pictures and chocolates and then one year they stopped putting the pictures on and I complained because I was always more excited to see what the picture was rather than eat the chocolate.They sent me an apology letter and a voucher, I was made up!

  9. I must admit I’ve never had an advent calendar growing up, I’ve grown up in Italy and they don’t do advent calendars over there..

  10. I didn’t have an advent calendar as a child – you can help me now to make up for the deprivation I suffered πŸ˜‰

  11. When I was a child I had the advent calendar with pictures behind and as I got older I had the chocolate ones. Now I am showing my age!

  12. We had the kind of one where you had a paper door to open and just a picture inside … no chocolate or toy! haha

  13. I had the paper/card ones with pictures behind the doors. I’m not sure that a chocolate one would have lasted! Then went on to an advent candle, where you burnt down a degree each day – still get one of these occasionally for Christmas. However a Hotel Chocolat advent calendar sounds divine.

  14. when i was little i had a material advent calander, my mum used to fill it with sweets and pennies, we used to get so excited πŸ™‚

  15. Without fail, I had a Cadbury’s chocolate advent calendar every year. So did my sister. This year, now I’m 30, Mum has finally put her foot down and stopped buying one for me! xD

  16. i would have a cloth one and my mum would put little things like a rubber inside, except for sundays where it was a single piece of chocolate and on the 19th (my birthday) and 24th

  17. Cant remember what sort they where but id sneak it upstairs and eat all the chocolate out of them on 1st December and my mam would go mad.

  18. I remember being quite excited opening the windows of my paper advent calendar to find a Christmas picture, simple pleasures.

  19. I used to have a very nasty tasting one that tasted slightly like the packaging it was in. I remember it being amazing though πŸ™‚

  20. In the early years just the “picture” advents, but once they began the “chocolate” ones they were mine! πŸ˜‰

  21. Usually cadburys chocolate – as a chocoholic it was my preference and mum figured that out early on!

  22. I always had whichever character/programme I was obsessed with. Usually something Disney or Barbie related!

  23. I don’t remember having an advent calendar as a child. In a Monday school assembly a candle was lit on the advent ring. After the fourth one was lit we knew the holidays and Christmas were close.

  24. We used the same advent calendar every year with little doors that I opened each day, with no reward expected but a little picture behind πŸ™‚

  25. A flat paper one with a simple picture behind it, it still did what it was supposed which was to get us excited towards Christmas

  26. I always remember one advent calendar I had, It was purple with a big santa on the front, I don’t think it was a brand name it was just little plain chocolate shapes! πŸ™‚

  27. When I was really little I remember having the type of advent calendar that had pictures behind the doors not chocolate. I do remember having them in my teens with The Simpsons on.

  28. We had a card one with pictures behind each door. The main picture was the manger scene and I remember that number 24 was the Star of Bethlehem (we used it for years πŸ™‚ )

  29. I had a traditional advent calendar as a child, one of those that told the Christmas story but didn’t contain any chocolate πŸ™ You’d open the door and find a picture of a fairy or one of the wise men :O

  30. we didnt get one in the kids homes so brought my 1st one about 20years ago just a chocolate one,its also my birthday on xmas day !

  31. I had the kind where my brothers and sisters used to steal all the chocolates out before I got the chance to eat them!

  32. The only sort around when I was a child was the one with the pictures behind each door. My sister and I used to take it in turns, then open 1 door each of the double door for Christmas Eve

  33. Well I’m 57 now so the Advent Calendars were very basic,no chocolates or toys inside just a glittery Nativity scene or a Santa scene and I’ve not had an Advent Calendar for over 45 years now,I just seem to buy them for everyone else x

  34. A snowy scene with pictures of candles or Christmas Trees behind the doors – on the last day there was a big door with a special picture!

  35. I remember fighting my brothers over who’s turn it was to open the cardboard door ones with the very uninspiring little pictures behind them – like church bells or holly…but do you know what – they still made me happy and excited about Santa coming. x

  36. I had a paper one for a while and then I remember the first year chocolate ones came out. They were the most amazing things ever!

  37. We used to have one to share between us and it was always a gorgeous Christmas scene with glitter sprinkled over it and pretty pictures behind each door we used to love it.

  38. I was always one of those card ones, with no chocolate behind, just a very festive picture, I loved it

  39. We didn’t have advent calendars as such when I was a child, but we lit advent candles, it was the highlight of our week :0)

  40. They hadn’t invented chocolate calendars when I was a kid. We just opened the windows to reveal a picture, usually Nativity related

  41. I had one of those cardboard Christmas scenes with milk choc shapes behind the doors. Unbranded I think, but it was still fun to open the doors knowing you were getting closer to the day!

  42. I had a cardboard advent calendar with a nativity scene on the front and then inside were different pictures.

  43. I never had an advent calendar as a child. My family was too poor. I always made sure my children had one though.

  44. I was talking about this to my children recently. I had a santa with string attached to his legs, when you pulled the string the legs and arms moved, Behind the doors were traditional pictures of trees and bells etc..

  45. A milk chocolate advent calendar, like clockwork, every Christmas. I can still taste that rather sweet chocolate. having prised it out of the tiny windows with my nails πŸ™‚

  46. I had a milk chocolate one. It would have been everything from princesses to the simpsons, whatever my favourite thing was that year.

  47. We had a home made one when I was a child. We would just open the paper bag and find either a home made cake or break, some broken biscuits or if we were lucky some chocolate.

  48. As a child I had a cardboard advent calendar with seasonal pictures, no chocolates or treats in it!

  49. A mars or a milky way one. Back in the day when they used to treat you on the last day by including a full chocolate bar behind the door.

  50. Money used to be tight so mum would make me one throughout the year adding little chocolates then give me it 1st December

  51. I remember having a mr blobby one, and I couldn’t wait to see what the slightly bigger 25th window housed, so I remember peeling back the cardboard back of the calendar just to see…. i don’t quite know what my optimistic 6 year old mind expected but it was a slightly bigger version of the other 24 chocolates!

  52. I had a Cadbury s one when I was little kinda boring whrn I see all the wonderful ones around today x

  53. I remember the picture ones I used to have, which I found exciting then but then it got to chocolate ones and they were much more exciting especially on 24th December when it was a bigger chocolate piece πŸ™‚

  54. One with just pictures behind the doors. When I got older I could choose my own uusally a pop group or something like that.

  55. I remember a handmade felt calendar I had that I made at school and my parents put a sweet in each pocket

  56. My sister and me had exactly the same Cadburys chocolate advent calendars and would race downstairs to be the first to open their door so we could spoil it for the other one and tell what picture and chocolate was inside

  57. We never had them, but the church we went to always did a great one where you’d get pens, crayons colouring books, sweets and books. You would get a weeks worth of treats on Sunday, I looked forward to it every year.

  58. didn’t have chocolate advent calenders when i was little there were 24 windows with bells, angels presents etc and number 24 was the nativity scene

  59. When I was a child the only kind available were those ones where you open the windows to reveal a different picture.

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