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Gluten Free Advent Calendar Round Up 2019

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Oooo I had fun writing this gluten free advent calendar guide and it definitely started to get me in the Christmas spirit. There are some CORKERS on the market this year, which is so exciting to see. Every year the selection of gluten free advent calendars increases and there is now some very impressive variety. Whether you are simply gluten free or have additional dietary requirements, dairy free or vegan, there’s a calendar here for you!

This is a round up of gluten free advent calendars available in the UK (sorry international readers) but some may be available in other countries too, however please double check the gluten free status in case ingredients are different. I have not included any calendars with a “may contain gluten/wheat” warning, as in my opinion these do not count as being safely gluten free.

I am running a special advent calendar competition for my newsletter subscribers this month, so sign up via this link and you could be in with a chance to win one of two gourmet marshmallow advent calendars from Belinda Clark, worth £30!

Right, let’s get to this round up. All the calendars featured here are gluten free, listed in ascending price order. First we have a gluten free chocolate advent calendar section, then a gluten and dairy free section, of which there are some delicious choices available this year. Finally a few non-chocolate calendars that are gluten free in case you are looking for something a bit different.

Thank you to all the brands who gifted me with calendar samples for this article, enabling me to review them personally. All gifted items are tagged with a “*” for transparency purposes.

Gluten Free Chocolate Advent Calendars 2019

Tesco Countdown to Christmas – 75p

This year’s best value gluten free chocolate advent calendar is from Tesco. Each day you get a classic milk chocolate piece every day. Contains dairy and soya, may contain nuts.

Flying Tiger Chocolate Advent Calendar – £1.00

I haven’t tried this one but spotted it in a Flying Tiger store the other day. Gluten free with no may contain warning and a very cute design, this is a bargain advent calendar choice worth trying. Available in Flying Tiger stores.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar 90g – £1.50/£2.00

An advent calendar classic and it is gluten free! This seems to be the only Cadbury advent calendar that is suitable for coeliacs this year, as all the others have a “may contain wheat” warning. Available widely, including in Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda and Ocado. Contains dairy, may contain nuts.

Milkybar Chocolate Advent Calendar 85g – £1.50

Another Christmas advent calendar classic, this white chocolate calendar is gluten free and suitable for coeliacs. Available widely including in Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Ocado. Contains milk, may contain nuts and soya.

Galaxy Advent Calendar – £2.00/£2.50

Classic Galaxy chocolate calendar with a milk chocolate piece each day, this was the only Galaxy calendar I could find that was gluten free with no may contain warning. Available in Iceland, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco. Contains dairy and soya, may contain nuts.

Marks & Spencers Classic Advent Calendar – £2.00

M&S have so many brilliant gluten free advent calendars this year. To kick things off, here are the various designs their simple milk chocolate advent calendar comes in this year, including Frozen II and Star Wars. Available in M&S stores nationwide.

Kinnerton Peppa Pig Advent Calendar – £2.00

Another fantastic range of kid-friendly designs, Kinnerton’s calendars are made in a nut free environment. This year designs include Peppa Pig, Marvel Avengers, Toy Story 4, Frozen II and Paw Patrol Calendars. Available in Asda, Ocado, Morrisons and Tesco. Contains dairy and soya.

Thorton’s Advent Calendar – £3.00

I love Thorntons chocolate and was pleased to see they have some gluten free advent calendars this year. This is the cheapest one in the range and features a milk chocolate piece each day. Available in Tesco, Morrisons and Ocado. Contains milk and soya, may contain nuts.

Marks & Spencer Sprout Down Advent – £4.00

A advent calendar/daily game as each day you spin the wheel to release your chocolate “sprout” treat, plus one extra treat for Christmas day.

Quality Street Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar 222g – £4.00/£5.00

I was surprised to realise that this calendar was gluten free! In case you don’t already get enough Quality Street chocolate during December, this calendar ensures you get one every day :). Available in Sainsburys and Asda. Contains dairy and nuts.

Percy Pig Advent Calendar – £5.00

Percy is back in festive form with a milk chocolate shape every day and a bag of sweets for Christmas day. Available in Marks & Spencer stores nationwide.

Thorntons Cheeky Elf Advent Calendar 130g – £5.00

A milk and white chocolate calendar from Thorntons, with is available is Morrisons stores (or Thorton’s stores offer a personalised verison for an extra £1). Contains milk and soya, may contain nuts.

Marks & Spencer Milk, Dark & White Advent Calendar – £5.00

An assortment of milk, dark and white chocolates with various centres in this M&S calendars. Available in stores nationwide.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Minature Cups Advent Calendar* – £7.99

Peanut butter fans, rejoice! This Reese’s calendar is gluten free and you get a mini peanut butter cup every day, with a variety of flavours across the month. Yummy! Available in Selfridges, Sainsburys and Ocado. Contains milk, nuts and soya.

Jenny Wren Advent Calendar – £8.00

This cute cube-shaped advent calendar is completely gluten free and filled with milk chocolate character chocolates. Available in Waitrose or online.

Toblerone Advent Calendar – £8.00

A selection of Toblerone pieces, with a white or milk chocolate nougat-filled chunk each day. Mmmmmmmm, Toblerone. Available in Sainsburys and Tesco. Contains dairy, soya and nuts.

Thorntons Continental Advent Calendar 280g – £8.00/£9.00

I was amazed to see that this chocolate truffle advent calendar was gluten free, but having studied the ingredients list a good dozen times it is! You get a truffle every day and a full bar for Christmas day. Available in Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda. Contains dairy, soya and nuts, may contain egg.

Montezuma’s Christmas Organic Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar 240g – £9.99

Available from Ocado. No dairy ingredients but has a dairy may contain warning, hence why I am listing it here rather than the dairy free section. Free from soya. May contain nuts.

Marks & Spencer Gin Truffle/Whisky Truffle Advent Calendar – £10.00

Milk and dark chocolate gin/whisky truffles and a mini bottle of London gin/12 year matured speyside whisky for Christmas day. Available in Marks & Spencer stores or online.

Green & Black’s Organic Advent Calendar* – £12.99

With a generous mini bar of their decadent chocolate every day, this Green & Black’s calendar is gluten free and a real treat for December. Given the size of chocolate and brand quality I think it’s pretty good value too. Available online or from Sainsburys and Tesco. Contains milk and soya, may contain nuts.

Gluten & Dairy Free Advent Calendars

Morrisons Free From Advent Calendar – £2.00

A new gluten and dairy free advent calendar from the supermarket.

Holland & Barrett Advent Calendar – £2.49

Holland & Barrett have created their own gluten and dairy free advent calendar this year. I haven’t tried the chocolate but it’s a really bargainous price for a dairy free calendar.

Asda Free From Advent Calendar – £2.50

Quite a cute design, this new chocolate alternative advent calendar from Asda is dairy, egg and gluten free. Contains soya, may contain nuts. Vegan. Avialable online or in stores.

Moo Free Advent Calendar 100g – £4.75

An alternative to milk chocolate made from a blend of cocoa, sugar & rice, this organic calendar is gluten, soy and dairy free and vegan. Available from Sainsburys, Morrisons and Ocado.

Plamil So Free Advent Calendars* – £4.95

This popular dairy free range makes some lovely gluten and dairy free advent calendar designs, including a white chocolate variety. I was not a huge fan of the chocolate but it’s a decent option within a lower price bracket. Available online.

Hotel Chocolat Free From Advent Calendars – £6.00

My lovely friend Becky from @fittiefodmapldn sent me these photos and details of the new Hotel Chocolat calendars (thank you Becky!). This year they have two varieties that are free from gluten, dairy, nuts and wheat: a milk chocolate variety and a dark chocolate variety. Both are also suitable for vegans. Available in Hotel Chocolat stores and online.

Nomo Advent Calendar – £9.99

I should have a review for you on this one soon, as I am due to get a sample but Nomo dairy free chocolate is very good in general. I suspect this will be a popular calendar this year. Available in Holland & Barrett.

Cocoa Libre Advent Calendar* – £12.00

Fantastic dairy free chocolate, which I really enjoyed as it is very smooth with a lovely flavour. Each day serves up a chunky chocolate treat, from elves and stars to reindeer and Christmas trees, and the packaging design looks very high quality. Definitely one to try. Available online or at Hollan & Barrett.

Nono Cocoa Chocolates Advent Calendar – £18.00

What a beautiful selection of hand-decorated vegan chocolates. I have not tried this calendar but spotted it just as I was finalising this round up. Created by a parent who did not want her autistic son to miss out on equal enjoyment of Christmas treats in spite of allergies, I simply had to include it. Gluten and dairy free, raw and vegan. Available online.

The Protein Ball Co Advent Calendar* – £19.99

A brilliant healthy alternative to chocolate, this calendar is filled with gluten and dairy free protein balls (also vegan). The peanut butter protein balls are especially good and I really enjoyed these bite-sized treats. Available online.

Livia’s Kitchen Advent Calendar* – £39.99

After selling out last year, Livia’s have produced greater numbers of their advent calendar this year. It’s a really good one as each day you get a full sized Livia’s treat, from Millionaire’s bites to cookie Dunx. Gluten and dairy free and vegan. Available online and in Selfridges.

Play In Choc* – £55.00

Yes this one is expensive but oh my goodness it is gorgeous. I fell in love with this calendar when Play In Choc sent me one to review and cannot wait for Alba to play with it in December. Each day you get a gluten and dairy free mini chocolate (probably the best dairy free chocolate I have tried – it was so smooth and creamy), a fact card and an animal or scenery figurine to make. At the end of the month you have a lovely play set for your child to keep and enjoy. PLUS everything is made from recycled, recylable and compostable materials. Ocado and direct from Play In Choc.

Non-Chocolate Gluten Free Advent Calendars

Swizzels Advent Calendar – £5.00

Full of classic Swizzels sweets, including Love Hearts and Refreshers bars, this calendar is gluten free and available in various supermarkets.

Candy Kittens Advent Calendar 288g – £10.00

Gourmet sweets calendar designed for sharing (apparently) with at least two sweets in every window (not going to lie, I would definitely eat both sweets myself :D). Available in Boots, Ocado and Waitrose.

English Tea Shop Organic* – £10.99

Tea lovers rejoice, here’s a calendar that will keep you toasty warm this December. Gorgeous, high quality presentation makes this tea calendar a bit of a bargain too. Each day you get a bag of their organic, fair trade tea in a variety of flavours and all packaging is recyclable. Available via Amazon.

The Snaffling Pig Gluten Free Advent Calendar* – £15.00

A very fun alternative calendar filled with mini bags of pork scratchings! They Snaffling Pig co have produced a gluten free version of their calendar this year and it’s huge. Each day you get a flavoured packet of scratchings, including salt and vinegar and low n slow BBQ, which is perfect for savoury food fans. I haven’t really tried pork scratchings before but thought they were really yummy – mini bags of crackling! Order online and be sure to select the gluten free version from the drop down.

Popcorn Shed Gourmet Popcorn Calendar – £16.95

Mini bags of six different popcorn flavours including pecan pie and salted caramel. Contains nuts, soya and milk. Available online or from Amazon, John Lewis, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

Jelly Belly Advent Calendar – £18.00

This Jelly Belly calendar is gluten free and features a variety of flavours and a mini bag each day. Festive flavours include hot chocolate and candy cane. Available from John Lewis.

Beanie’s Advent Calendar* – £20.00

Well I obviously had to find a calendar for you coffee lovers too! This calendar from Beanie’s is gluten free and starts with the gift of a brand new mug to enjoy the next 23 days of fun flavoured coffee from. Plus on the final day you get a full size jar of coffee, which should see you through to the new year. Available online.

Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar* – £25.00

I tried and loved this gorgeous advent calendar from Joe & Seph’s. Not only is the packaging fantastic, but each day you get a mini bag of their handmade popcorn. It comes in amazing flavours such as speculoos chocolate orange and banoffee pie and is completely gluten free. Available online and from Ocado, Selfridges, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis Food Hall, Booths and Whole Foods Market.

Belinda Clark Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar* – £30.00

A beauty of a calendar, with a pop up present stack image and then mini boxes of marshmallows inside for each day of advent. The marshmallows are all gluten free and handmade, featuring lovely flavours like salted caramel and chocolate-coated mallows. Available in Fortnums OR sign up to my newsletter to be in with a chance to win one as I have two to give away this November!

Sweet Reason Company Brownie Advent Calendar – £69.00

Sweet Reason are producing a gluten free brownie advent calendar this year, featuring a whole host of delicious brownie varieties. The ultimate advent treat! Available online. PLEASE NOTE THESE COME WITH A MAY CONTAIN WARNING, as they operate in a mixed kitchen but do make every effort to keep things separate.

I hope you have found this guide helpful, please do drop me an email if you have any additions mygfguide@gmail.com. Otherwise I will have some more Christmas guides and recipes coming for you soon! In the meantime, check out some of my other gluten free product guides:

Laura x

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