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Tis the Season to be jolly and enjoy a GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, EGG FREE, MILK FREE, WHEAT FREE, CHOCOLATE FREE, SUGAR FREE Advent… (Refreshed for 2015 & Revised 23/11/15)…

Last year, I couldn’t help buying lots of Advent Calendars along with Mince Pies. Many Calendars with Chocolate and all GLUTEN FREE, as Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (after Halloween, Easter and Valentines). And this year (2015), surprised to see so many GLUTEN FREE Options already in the shops…

This blog post includes…

  • Advent Calendars made for 2015.
  • Largely, items which I have found in the shops and held in my hand so I can examine the ingredients and allergen information.
  • Pictures of the items with ingredients shown (and typed out where it is particularly difficult to read the packaging).
  • Items made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. Warnings have been highlighted from packaging.
  • Links have been included: direct to manufacturer’s websites showing their ingredients listings and allergen information (where available).
  • Others are available but I like to see them for myself before I include them in my review.
  • Revised (12/11/15) to include NEW Advent Calendars found in M&S (x2), Thorntons UK (x1) and West Coast USA (x29).
  • Revised (16/11/15) to include NEW Advent Calendars seen in Harrods (x8) and ASDA (x6).
  • Revised (23/11/15) to include NEW Advent Calendars seen in Thorntons UK (x4).
  • It is accurate at the time of publishing (November 2015) but manufacturers do change their mixes so you should always read the labels before you put anything in your mouth and enjoy! It’s your own responsibility to remain GLUTEN FREE.
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A lot of Advent Calendars (Some Gluten Free, some Dairy Free, Some Sugar Free, some Wheat Free and some Chocolate Free!)

A lot of Advent Calendars (Some Gluten Free, some Dairy Free, Some Sugar Free, some Wheat Free and some Chocolate Free!)

THORNTONS:

Making Chocolate for over 100 years from a Factory in Derbyshire. As seen in several Supermarkets (including Waitrose) and High St Shops (WHSmiths), Thorntons Advent Calendars display children’s characters on the front. No Gluten Containing Ingredients:

The Gruffalo by Thorntons

Contains MILK & SOYA. “May also contain PEANUTS & NUTS”

The Snowman by Thorntons.

Contains MILK & SOYA.May also contain PEANUTS NUTS

And found imported into The USA (Bed, Bath & Beyond, Rego Park NYC) for sale at $5.99

Thorntons Chocolate Advent @Bed, Bath & Body USA.

Contains MILK & SOYA. “May also contain PEANUTS NUTS

And back in the UK: Thorntons shops have lots of stock:

Milk Chocolate Advent by Thorntons with No Gluten Containing Ingredients.

Milk Chocolate Advent by Thorntons with No Gluten Containing Ingredients.

£4.50 The panel of plain chocolate can be decorated with a specific name (in icing) in stores. Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May also contain NUTS“.

Personalised Snowman by Thorntons

Personalised Snowman by Thorntons

£7.00 In their own shops, Thorntons offer as free piped name (in icing) in addition to the regular Snowman Advent Calendar.

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May also contain NUTS“.

Continental Chocolate Advent by Thorntons

Continental Chocolate Advent by Thorntons

£10.00 The Continental Chocolate range means it is a little more luxury than just regular chocolate pieces. Contains MILK, SOYA, HAZELNUTS, ALMONDS. and “May also contain other NUTS, EGGs

Classic Chocolate Advent by Thorntons

Classic Chocolate Advent by Thorntons

£10.00 And their Classic Chocolates range (also similar to the Continental Range) with different Chocolates each day instead of plain Milk Chocolate. Contains MILK, SOYA, ALMONDS, HAZELNUTS, EGG. Also states “may also contain Other NUTS

 

KINNERTON:  Making Chocolate with Characters (the first in the UK) since 1978 with a Factory in Norfolk. Online they answer lots of FAQ about Allergens in their products. Seen in Iceland, Poundland, Poundworld and other supermarkets for £1. A huge range of NUT FREE Chocolate Advents that are GLUTEN & WHEAT FREE Contain MILK & SOYA:

Frozen by Kinnerton

Disney Kids by Kinnerton

Disney Kids by Kinnerton

And some more glittery and special ones:

Hello Kitty

DC Comics

DC Comics by Kinnerton

And even more luxurious Advents (with flashing lights): clearly one for boys (Darth Vader) and one for girls (Frozen). They are really cool although I don’t understand why the lights have been fitted to the rear of the Advent Calendar: It would have made more sense if the lights were on the front (or maybe it’s just me!). Seen in Selfridges for £5.99 (Also seen in ASDA: See below):

Let it go! With Lights

The Force is Strong with this one!

CHOICES:Celtic Choices (whose website seems to have disappeared!) offer this DF, GF, WF and EF Chocolate Calendar. This seems a little small but covers lots of the Allergens.

Seen in Holland & Barrett as well as Selfridges: £4.99

DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, WHEAT FREE & EGG FREE. 

HOTEL CHOCOLAT: A luxury Chocolate Maker, started in 1987 focused upon on-line orders. Moved into shops and a “hotel” with plenty of different options for Christmas Advent Calendars:

Chocolate Advent for Two by Hotel Chocolat

£26 in Store. Has twice as many Chocolates for a couple (or a greedy person to enjoy). Contains MILK, HAZELNUTS, SOYA, ALMONDS. “May contain traces of tree NUTS and PEANUTS

£12.50 in Store. Contains SOYA. “May contain traces of tree NUTS and PEANUTS. …Made in the same environment as our milk chocolate we cannot guarantee it is free from MILK traces”

Milk Chocolate Advent by Hotel Chocolat

£12.50 in Store. Contains MILK & SOYA. “May contain traces of tree NUTS and PEANUTS”

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER: Another luxurous London based Chocolate Supplier (and despite the foreign looking name: their own website shows off their Royal Appointment!) who have a beautiful multi-boxed Advent Set. Made with no GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. The staff at the Selfridges store were quick to advise that they are made in an environment that handles GLUTEN.

£55 (as seen in Selfridges): Contains SOYA, MILK, HAZELNUTS, ALMONDS, PISTACHIOS, BRAZIL NUTS, WALNUTS. “May also contain egg

CADBURYS: DAIRY MILK: This is a popular Advent Calendar which is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

The Cadburys Website shows Gluten Absent Products but does not cover their Xmas Products (which is a shame). From the Website, it is clear that regular Dairy Milk bars do have a warning “May contain Nuts and Wheat” whilst their Advent Calendars does not mention Wheat:  Contains MILK. States “May contain NUTS

But be careful which Dairy Milk Chocolate Advent calendar you pick:

As seen in Asda at £3.50. This one has a “may contain NUTS, EGG, WHEAT Contains MILK & SOYA.

ASDA: A good selection at this chain of Supermarkets including the Light-Up ones (much cheaper than Selfridges!):

Bonbon Buddies Chocolate Advent: £2.00 No Gluten containing Ingredients but see warning:

Contains MILK & SOYA States “May also contain PEANUTS, NUTS, CEREALS containing GLUTEN and EGGS

Bonbon Buddies Chocolate Advent: £2.00 No Gluten containing Ingredients but see warning:

Contains MILK & SOYA States “May also contain PEANUTS, NUTS, CEREALS containing GLUTEN and EGGS

Part of Asda’s Free From Range: Contains SOYA. £2.00

LIGHT-UP ADVENTS by Kinnerton: (As above in Selfridges listing) but £3.50

These are both NUT FREE Chocolate Advents and are GLUTEN & WHEAT FREE Contains MILK & SOYA.

HOLLAND & BARRETT: The High Street Health Food Store have two own-branded Chocolate Advent Calendars: One is DAIRY FREE, the other is NO ADDED SUGAR

£3.99 DAIRY FREE, NUT FREE, WHEAT FREE, GLUTEN FREE and NO ADDED SUGAR. Note: “Contains naturally containing sugars. GLUTEN FREE -suitable for Coeliacs. Excessive consumption may induce laxative effects“.

£3.99 “Made to the highest vegan and no NUT Standards. May contains traces of SOYA. GLUTEN FREE – suitable for Coeliacs”. No ANIMAL. NO EGG or DAIRY INGREDIENTS. 

FORTNUM & MASON:The Luxury store on Piccadilly, London, have several beautiful Advent Calendars. These range from a simple Chocolate one to a wooden boxed Tea Advent Calendar.

Children’s Chocolate Advent by F&M

£9.95 in store. Contains MILK & SOYA. “Produced in environment that handles NUTS

GF Tea Advent by F&M

The Tea Advent is available filled at £125 or unfilled at £90. No GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

And a selection of Chocolates & sweets, primarily for the empty wooden Advent Calendars:

Chocolate Selection for Advents (with some GF options).

£55  seen in Store. This Chocolate Selection for Advent Calendars is sold separately (from Advent Calendars) and has a selection of sweets. NOTE Some are made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

  • Foiled Snowmen & Santa Balls (Contains MILK & SOYA).
  • Chocolate Santas & Snowmen (Contains MILK, HAZELNUTS & SOYA).
  • Dolly Mixtures
  • Bubble Bee (Contains MILK & SOYA). “May also contain traces of Hazelnuts
  • Foiled Milk Chocolate Coins: (Contains MILK & SOYA).
  • Chocolate bells: (Contains MILK & SOYA)
  • Assorted Jelly Belly Beans.
  • Dew Drops.

The following sweets (in the boxed selection) are NOT SUITABLE:

  • Jazzy Stars: (Contains MILK, WHEAT, & SOYA).
  • Pale Gold Twist wrapped White Truffle Ball: (Contains MILK, BARLEY, GLUTEN)
  • Bronze Twist wrapped Dark Truffle Ball: (Contains MILK, BARLEY, GLUTEN)
  • Red Twist wrapped Milk Truffle Ball: (Contains MILK, BARLEY, GLUTEN)

M&S: A good option with Marks & Spencer available on most UK High Streets as well as Airports, Motorway Service Stations and Petrol Stations. M&S are a great GLUTEN FREE store with an extensive listing of GF products (63 pages in October 2015) available on their website (and lists the Chocolate Santa Advent). And a specific section for Coeliac suffers.

Santa Advent Calendar by M&S

And what is Advent without STAR WARS!

Star Wars by M&S

 

Where’s Wally by M&S

£2.10 Contains SOYA & MILK. Also stated “Not suitable for NUT allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods.

Sainsbury’s: Another major UK Supermarket chain with a good GLUTEN FREE option. This is also DAIRY FREE and WHEAT FREE. Although I thought it was a little small!

Free From Advent Calendar by Sainsburys

£2.50 Contains SOYA.

TESCOS: Free From Advent Calendar:

Free From Chocolate Advent: @Tescos

Free From Chocolate Advent: @Tescos

Contains SOYA. Free From: Milk, Dairy, Wheat and Gluten

Tescos Free From was on offer at £1, when it was launched but is now at the regular price of £3.50!

HARRODS: One of the most famous Departments stores in the UK, if not the world, with a good selection of Advent Calendars most with  NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but read the notes!:

24 Milk Chocolate Advent by Harrods

£7.50 Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain Nut traces

30 piece Advent seen in Harrods.

Made by Simply Chocolate in Demark.  £24.95 with 30 individual chocolates (for extra delight) Contains MILK, HAZELNUTS, ALMONDS & SOYA. “May contain traces of PEANUTS“.

Chocolates include:

  • Light Leo – Milk chocolate with 33% Cocoa and Persian Liquorice
  • Persian Perry – White chocolate with Persian licorice
  • Misty Martha – Milk chocolate with grinded hazelnut
  • Crunchy Coco – Milk chocolate with coconut grains
  • Almond Alex  – Dark chocolate with 70% Cocoa and Almonds
  • Black Betty  – Dark chocolate with 66% cocoa from Mexico
  • Pink Polly – White chocolate with raspberries and Persian Liquorice
  • Mocca Molly – Dark chocolate 66% with coffee crunch

Chocolate Advent by Newhaus as seen in Harrods.

Made by Neuhaus. £25.00 No Gluten Containing Ingredients: Contains HAZELNUTS, MILK, ALMONDS, SOYA. States “May contain traces of EGG, GLUTEN, SESAME, GROUND NUTS and other NUTSSo if you’re sensitive or a Coeliac, maybe one to avoid.

Beautiful Harrods Chocolate Advent (Individually Wrapped) BUT READ NOTE!

Made for Harrods: This does contain GLUTEN (WHEAT FLOUR and BARLEY) but each individual chocolate is wrapped and kept in it’s own drawer, with ingredients on each treat. (The staff assured me that only 2 of the chocolates contain Feuilletine but at £125.00 I would want to eat all of them). Contains WHEAT, BARLEY, MILK, SOYA, PEANUTS, PECAN NUTS, WALNUTS, HAZELNUTS. States “contains alcohol

Tea Advent (by Harrods)

No Gluten Containing Ingredients listing for Tea Advent by Harrods

 

£12.95 No GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. CHOCOLATE FREE, EGG, GLUTEN FREE, SOYA FREE & DAIRY FREE Similar to other Tea Advents but with “Harrods” on the cover.

Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Advent as seen at Harrods.

JELLY BELLY: Advent Calendar: Had one last year (with 24 bags of beans!) £14.95 (Ingredients below)

Also states: Gluten Free, Gelatine Free, Dairy Free, Fat Free, Peanut Free, Certified OU Kosher  But contains lots of SUGAR!

And of course, Harrods had tow refillable beautiful-stylish (but empty) Advents:

East of India Empty Advent £64.95 at Harrods (WF, GF, DF, EF and Chocolate Free)

Nordic House £59.95 at Harrods (Empty so GF, WF, EF, DF & Chocolate Free).

MOO FREE ADVENT: A great award winning ORGANIC, GLUTEN FREE, SOYA FREE & DAIRY FREE Advent Calendar. I had one last year and enjoyed the Rice-based chocolate. It is a shame that they haven’t incorporated their flavoured chocolates into this Advent Calendar so maybe next year…

Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Soya Free Advent by Moo

£4.75. Contains Rice! “May contain HAZELNUTS

LAKRIDS: 24: Seen in Selfridges but from Denmark. This includes 24 Mixed Liquorice and Chocolate Advent Calendar. I am not a fan of Liquorice and know many do contain Wheat so it was interesting to see this on show. Again, they did not have one open but on their website, the contents is wrapped balls (gold, silver and bronze) with a mixture of Liquorice and chocolate. and stated on the packaging: “GLUTEN FREE

Liquorice & Chocolate Balls Advent Calendar by LAKRIDS

£29.99 Contains MILK, SOYA & ALMONDS. “May contain traces of HAZELNUTS GLUTEN FREE.

MONTEZUMA’s: Another specialist Chocolatier who have two options for a GLUTEN FREE Advent. Organic and Vegan Dark Chocolate Advent and Organic White & Milk Chocolate Advent I had one last year  and they are an indulgent rich chocolate. I regularly pick up their bars of chocolate.

Organic Milk & White Chocolate Advent by Montezumas

£9.99 Contains MILK, SOYA, BUTTER, CREAM, ALMONDS. “May contain traces of PEANUTS & SESAME Seeds” (Free from GM & GLUTEN).

Organic Millk & White Chocolate Advent by Montezumas

£9.99 Contains MILK. (Free from GM, Colouring GLUTEN, SOYA and Preservatives): “May contain NUT traces… Made in a factory where PEANUTS & SESAME Seeds are used

MILKYBAR Advent Calendar: From my Chocolate listing, Milkybar Buttons are GLUTEN FREE (as stated by Nestle) but others do contain warnings. This Advent Calendar is stated GLUTEN FREE by Irish Coeliac Society (in a discussion forum) and it is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. I’m not a fan of White Chocolate and so never said “The Milky Bars are on me…!

MilkyBar Advent by Nestle.

£2.00 (in Sainsburys) Contains MILK SOYA and states “may contain traces of NUTS

CARLUCCIOS: The Italian cafe chain have produced their own Chocolate Advent Calendar this year. It is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

Carluccios Chocolate Advent

£11.95 (as seen in their restaurant shops). Contains MILK, SOYA & HAZELNUTS. “May also contain traces of other NUTS.

Chocolate Puzzle: Made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS: an alternative to the traditional calendar although I’m not sure it would be kept for 24 days if I had one!

Chocolate Puzzle seen in Selfridges

£8.99 Contains MILK & SOYA. Warns “may contain traces of HAZELNUTS and ALMONDS

Mini Chocolates (for Advent):

Mini Chocolates in Selfridges

£2.49. A little treat but these are really small: almost bite size but not a mouthful. Not sure I would bother as they’re too small to keep but maybe as a treat?

Contains MILK & SOYA. Warns “may contain traces of HAZELNUTS and ALMONDS

NIEDEREGGER LUBECK: Frohliche Weihnachten Advent: A luxury beautiful mix of Pralines with bittersweet and milk Chocolate filled chocolate with Marzipan treat filling, flambeed marzipan, croquant with milk chocolate and marzipan. I’m not a fan of Marzipan so I cant say I would try these: and definitely NOT with the below warning.

Marzipan & Chocolate Advent by Niederegger (SEE BOX WARNING)

Contains ALMONDS, MILK, SOYA, HAZELNUTS, WALNUTS, CREAM, BUTTER, PISTACHIOS, BUTTERFAT, EGG, WHOLE MILK.

£26.99 seen in Selfridges. Made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS: But read the Warning NOTE: “May contain traces of other tree NUTS, CEREALS containing GLUTEN and LUPINSso I put this one back!

And again:

NIEDEREGGER LUBECK: Similar to above, with 32 doors with a mixture of Milk Chocolate Marzipan Chocolates.

Advent by NIEDEREGGER (but see WARNING on Box).

£30.00 Contains ALMONDS, MILK, SOYA, CREAM, PISTACHIOS, HAZELNUTS, BUTTER, BUTTERFAT, EGG WHITE. 

Made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS But read the Warning NOTE: “May contain traces of other tree NUTS, CEREALS containing GLUTEN and LUPINSso I put this one back as well!

 

OTHER NON-CHOCOLATE (GLUTEN FREE) ADVENTS:

JELLY BELLY: Advent Calendar: Love my Jelly Belly Beans and had one last year (with 24 bags of beans!) States GLUTEN FREE

Advent by Jelly Belly

Also states: Gluten Free, Gelatine Free, Dairy Free, Fat Free, Peanut Free, Certified OU Kosher  But contains lots of SUGAR!

HARIBO: I had one of these last year, as many of the gummy sweets are GLUTEN FREE.

Advent by Haribo

Advent by Haribo

Of course not all of them are GLUTEN FREE: The following sweets do contain GLUTEN:

Not Gluten Free

  • Fruity Pasta
  • Juicy Gold Bears
  • Licorice Wheels
  • Sour S’ghetti
  • Strawberry Wheels

Check the individual selection of bags: it was such a shame that only one day could I not eat the sweets!

ENGLISH TEA COMPANY: Another Tea calendar (similar to F&M but more reasonably prices). I had one last year but the teas were a little disappointing. They sounded really interesting but actually didn’t necessarily taste as they were described.

Tea Advent by the English Tea Company.

Ingredients

£8.99 No GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

TEA FORTE; “TEAS THE SEASON” Advent: Also seen in Selfridges £33.99.

Tea Forte: Teas The Season Advent. (SEE THE NOTE ABOUT ONE OF THE TEAS!)

NOTE: One of these teas DOES CONTAIN GLUTEN! Was so surprised that “Run Raisin Biscotti” Tea contains BARLEY. Therefore you can enjoy 23 days of Tea and definitely one of them needs to be avoided!

YANKEE CANDLES: Now who says Advent Calendars should be edible? Yankee Candles offer three different calendars this year (from last years: one). All GLUTEN FREE!

Advent by Yankee Candle

From £24.99 to £31.99 with a selection of Christmas fragrances including  “Bundle Up”, “Candy Cane Lane”, “Icicles”, “Spiced Orange”, “Snowflake Cookie” and “Christmas Eve”

Further down in this post, a Tea-Light USA Advent Calendar from Yankee Candle Stores (Found in NYC).

MASTER OF THE MALT: AN ADULT ADVENT: GIN: Imagine 24 miniatures of flavoured GIN. Made by Drinks by the Dram, last year they introduced a Whiskey Advent Calendar and now have several versions of this including: Drinks By The Dram whisky advent calendars (The Whisky, Premium Whisky and Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendars) and gin advent calendars, made in conjunction with Gin Foundry, (The Ginvent Calendar and Botanical Ginvent Calendar), as well as the Rum, Cognac, Tequila,Mezcal, Armagnac, Absinthe and Vodka Advent Calendars!

A GIN Advent by Masters of the Malt

This was seen in Harvey Nichols at £145.

NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. I rang them up (Freephone Number) and spoke with Customer Services who advised that it is a distilled product and therefore there is no GLUTEN in the end-products. NO ALLERGEN information is included as they DO NOT CONTAIN GLUTEN.

LEGO: FOR KIDS: LEGO ADVENT: Several versions of LEGO Advent Calendars. This was seen in Selfridges’ Toy Department but I know they have a Star Wars one which is very popular.

LEGO Advent.

£19.99 Contains NO GLUTEN. NO WHEAT, NO EGGS, NO MILK, NO SOYA! But small parts which children may swallow!

HOUSE OF FRASER: Beauty Advent Calendar: For women (and men who wear make-up):

Beauty Advent by House of Fraser.

Seen in House of Fraser for £20. With lots of beauty products including gloss, nail varnish, mascara, crayons, and glitter (among other items).

THE BODY SHOP: (Seen in Ulta Beauty, Rego Park NYC):

The Body Shop Cosmetics Advent

Available in the UK  (£60) as well as imported into USA (to Ulta Beauty $105!) this contains 24 cosmetic /toiletry gifts from cremes, eye gels, soaps etc.

 

L’OCCITANE: Beauty Advent Calendar: One that I picked up which contains 17 beauty products and 7 Provençal  treats. I was so surprised that one of the products CONTAINS GLUTEN.

Beauty Advent by L’Occitane. (SEE WARNING)

CONTAINS WHEAT!

£39 in L’Occitane: NOTE: Creme Facial was one product that CONTAINS WHEAT! Whilst you don’t eat cream: NOT SURE I WOULD BOTHER.

TO BE FILLED BY YOU ADVENTS: Plenty of options which can be used again and again (as they’re empty!) Seen in Selfridges:

Soft GingerBread (Empty) Advent in Selfridges.

£40.95 States “Warning: Decoration only” If you were wondering!?

Wooden (Empty) Advent seen in Selfridges.

£56.00

PAPER ONES: With no chocolate, no sweets and nothing edible: Therefore ALLERGEN FREE (Unless you have an allergy to Paper!)

As seen in Selfridges (ranging from £4.99 upwards) Other stockists of Paper ones include WHSmiths which surprised me, given the wide array of Advent options. Even with my shopping habits, there are some good low-priced options (£1) to the more luxurious and extreme (£145!) and many with Chocolate! 

Paper Advents

Contains PAPER ONLY! 

And supporting our Coeliac UK Charity: £3.50 I like this one as it is for our Charity (and contributes to the work they do, on our behalf). It is also the only one I have found which has the real meaning of Christmas on the cover. Clearly nothing edible (as mine came through the post )but does includes Bible texts.

Coeliac UK’s Charity Advent (NO GLUTEN, NO SUGAR, NO DAIRY, NO EGG, NO WHEAT).

Contains NO GLUTEN. NO WHEAT, NO EGGS, NO MILK, NO SOYA, NO SUGAR Available ONLINE (Click HERE)  And supports Coeliac UK.


 

USA (West Coast) Advent Calendars:

On a recent trip to New York and Philadelphia, I couldn’t help noticing a few Chocolate (and non-Chocolate) Advent Calendars, and of course, had to get my iphone out and take pictures. Here is a selection of Advent Calendars found in the States, with Photos, Allergen Information /Warnings and Links.

FIVE BELOW: Seen in Downtown Philadelphia with Chocolate Advents (made by Frankford Chocolate & Candy Company which had a locally factory in Philly).

$2.00. Contains MILK & SOY. And states “Made in a Peanut Free Facility”. (Also seen at Toys R Us at $2.99)

Santa Chocolate Advent @Five Below

Toys Chocolate Advent @Five Below

And below $2.00: Contains MILK & SOY. States “Manufactured in a facility that processes WHEAT and EGG.”

Disney Princesses Chocolate Advent @Five Below

Mickey Mouse and Friends Chocolate Advent @Five Below

Marvels Avengers Chocolate Advent @Five Below

Spongebob Square Pants Chocolate Advent @Five Below

BARNES & NOBLE: (Again in Philadelphia but available nationwide and seen in NYC):Made by Vermont

$5.95 Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain traces of NUTS and /or PEANUTS, EGG protein and /or WHEAT protein”

Vermont Chocolate Advent @Barnes & Noble

Vermont Chocolate Advent @Barnes & Noble

Vermont Selection of Chocolate Advent @Barnes & Noble

Vermont Selection of Chocolate Advent @Barnes & Noble

And paper ones: including 24 books going through the Story of Christmas:

The Story of Christmas Advent Book Collection @Barnes & Noble.

$15.95. EGG FREE, WHEAT FREE, DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE AND CHOCOLATE FREE.

WALT DISNEY (available at DISNEY USA): As seen on another Gluten Free Blog  which I love and follow: This is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

Disney’s Chocolate Advent

And of course, has Mickey and Minnie on the cover with milk chocolate to enjoy! Contains MILK & SOYA.  “Manufactured on equipment that processes PEANUTS and TREE NUTS (ALMONDS, PECANS, CASHEWS and HAZELNUTS)“. 

STARBUCKS: Now, along with Seasonal Red Cups, I thought they would have an Advent Calendar with Coffee and Teas but in the USA found it includes Milk Chocolate and Peppermint Bark, and a $5 Gift Card in a reusable Tree:

Starbucks Advent with Chocolates @Starbucks USA

$44.95 (with $5 Gift Card) as well as Chocolate Gifts

Contains: MILK and SOYA.

DYLAN’S CANDY STORE: A great famous Candy Store, located just behind Bloomingdale’s in NYC. Last year, they had a Chocolate Advent Calendar but this year, it is similar to the Starbucks Tree, with reusable decorations (filled for this year with Chocolates).

Chocolate Ball Tree @DYLANS Candy Store.

Ingredients Details:

Dylans Candy Store Chocolates (See Warnings)

$40.00 and includes:

  • Milk Chocolate Hershey Kisses: Contains MILK & SOYA
  • Milk Chocolate SNO Fun Ball: Contains MILK, LACTOSE, SOYA. States “Manufactured on equipment which processes WHEAT, PEANUT Butter and ALMONDS“.
  • Milk Chocolate Caramel Kringles: Contains MILK & SOYA. States “Manufactured on equipment which processes WHEAT, PEANUT Butter and ALMONDS“.
  • Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Kringles: Contains MILK, SOYA & PEANUTS. States “Manufactured on equipment which processes WHEAT, PEANUT Butter and ALMONDS“.

HERSHEY’S Countdown to Christmas with Kisses: As famous as Cadburys in the UK, Hershey Kisses, in a Chocolate Advent Calendar was a surprise to find at It’s Sugar (Broadway, NYC).

Hershey Kisses Chocolate Advent @It’s Sugar

$9.99 Contains MILK & SOYA. Made by GALERIE in Kentucky.

MACY’S I BELIEVE Chocolate Advent:

I Believe Chocolate Advent by MACYS

Contains MILK & SOYA and states “Manufactured on equipment that processes PEANUTS and TREE NUTS (ALMONDS, PECANS, CASHEWS & HAZELNUTS)”. 

$9.99: Made by The Madelaine Chocolate Company.

GUNZ “ONLY” Chocolate Advents: Seen in GUNZ Fine European Foods in NYC:

Santa German Chocolate Advent by GUNZ

Santa on Sleigh German Chocolate Advent by GUNZ

Working Girl German Chocolate Advent by GUNZ

On sale for $4.99. Contains MILK & SOYA. (And according to their website, there is a “Sexy Boys” Calendar available although this was not seen in NYC).

BED, BATH & BEYOND:  Seen in Rego Park, NYC: Surprised to find a good selection of Chocolate Advent Calendars with a variety of prices:

Elf on the Shelf @Bed, Bath & Beyond by Frankford (Canada)

$2.99 Contains MILK & SOYA and states “Manufactured in a facility that processes WHEAT and EGG.

Snowmen Chocolate Advent @Bed, Bath & Beyond by CEMOI

Snowmen Chocolate Advent @Bed, Bath & Beyond by CEMOI

$1.99. Made by CEMOI (France). Contains MILK and States “Made in a facility that also uses WHEAT, ALMOND, HAZELNUTS.”

Bauble Chocolate Advent @Bed, Bath & Beyond by CEMOI

Bauble Chocolate Advent @Bed, Bath & Beyond by CEMOI

$1.99. Made by CEMOI (France).  Contains MILK and States “Made in a facility that also uses WHEAT, ALMOND, HAZELNUTS.”

Thorntons Chocolate Advent @Bed, Bath & Body USA.

Thorntons Chocolate Advent @Bed, Bath & Body USA.

$5.99. Made by Thorntons (UK). Contains MILK and SOYA. States “Made in a facility that also uses WHEAT, ALMOND, HAZELNUTS.”

YANKEE CANDLE: I love the candles and the fragrances, and excited that the USA has it’s own Advent Calendar (with Christmas Tea Lights).

USA Tea Light Advent @Yankee Candle.

USA Tea Light Advent @Yankee Candle.

$24.99: Seen in Yankee Candle Store. EGG FREE, WHEAT FREE, DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE AND CHOCOLATE FREE.

TARGET: Seen in Rego Park, NYC:

Reusable & Refillable (i.e. Empty!) Advents which looks rather stylish:

Reusable (empty) Advents @Target

Reusable (empty) Advents @Target

$31.49 EGG FREE, WHEAT FREE, DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE AND CHOCOLATE FREE.

And for the kids (and Big Kids):

Cloth Advent Calendars @Target

Cloth Advent Calendars @Target

$15.00 but empty (with pockets to be filled) with Darth Vader /Frozen pictures. EGG FREE, WHEAT FREE, DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, SUGAR FREE AND CHOCOLATE FREE.

 

ULTA BEAUTY:  THE BODY SHOP (Seen in Ulta Beauty, Rego Park NYC):

The Body Shop Cosmetics Advent

The Body Shop Cosmetics Advent

Available in the UK  (£60) as well as imported into USA (to Ulta Beauty $105!) this contains 24 cosmetic /toiletry gifts from cremes, eye gels, soaps etc.

 


If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK.

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters (featuring Yours Truly) from Coeliac UK launched for Awareness Week, held earlier in 2015. And possibly to be seen in 2016.


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Other GLUTEN FREE Advents are available (but check the labels for the Ingredients and any warnings the Manufacturers place on them)
  • No money, samples or freebies have been provided by any of the featured Manufacturers but some Chocolate has been eaten! (I just visit lots of shops and take photos!)
  • This information was correct as of NOVEMBER 2015. The links should take you to relevant manufacturer’s pages where the latest information should be available.

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