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I opened every door to find the best, including Lindt and Harry Potter

Is it seeing the Coca Cola truck on the phone? Or listen to Mariah on the radio? Or maybe it’s decorative.

Anything that makes you feel it Christmas has officially begun, traditionally marked by the opening of the discovery calendar.

I've had the hard work of checking the chocolate release schedule

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I’ve had the hard work of checking the chocolate release schedule

If you’re planning on preparing a chocolate for December 1st, we’ve put them to the test to see which is the best.

We looked at 11 different types from a range of shops and brands, breaking them down into two categories: under £10 and over.

So whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful countdown, or want a more luxurious treat to look forward to, here’s how they rate it.

We’ve evaluated them for price, looks, and chocolates for a number of years.

But we also award bonus points if there are any more late game bonuses – a window on December 25th or a surprise after door 24.

Spoiler alert: we reveal what’s behind the door, so look away now if you don’t want to ruin the surprise.

And don’t forget that you can find some of these available for less during Christmas sales and discounts, so check ahead.

BELOW £10

Two chocolate calendars came out with the highest score

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Two chocolate calendars came out with the highest score

Our under £10 line of chocolate calendars includes a number of classic chocolate brands.

Unfortunately, fans of Celebration’s advent calendars won’t get their hands on the calendar like Mars won’t make them this year.

Here are the scores and favorites of the group.

Milk Milk £2 – Buy now

Cadbury's Dairy Milk is basic but a bargain

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Cadbury’s Dairy Milk is basic but a bargain

For just £2 and with vintage-shaped actual Milk chocolates behind each door, you can’t go wrong buying a cheap treat for the kids.

But don’t expect anything extra – there’s no door for the 25th or other chocolate on Christmas Eve.

Here’s the basic no-frills chocolate birth calendar.

  • Price: 5
  • Figure: 3
  • Chocs: 3
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 11

£2 man – Buy now

Maltesers fans may be disappointed by chocolate

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Maltesers fans may be disappointed by chocolate

Another at a cheaper price point, this Maltesers arrivals calendar features generic tasting chocolates behind almost every door.

It’s only until you get to Christmas Eve that you get a proper Maltesers – a larger reindeer with a malt center.

While it has points for the extra treat, it has lost some of its flavor as I would expect a Maltesers-branded calendar to have them throughout.

  • Price: 5
  • Figure: 3
  • Chocs: 2
  • Additional: 1
  • Total: 11
Chocolate Galaxy only arrives on the last day

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Chocolate Galaxy only arrives on the last day

Unfortunately, the Galaxy launch calendar suffers from the same problem – no Galaxy chocolate until the last day.

So despite processing one more larger piece of the Galaxy on December 24, we had to bookmark it for general computing for the rest of the month.

  • Price: 5
  • Figure: 3
  • Chocs: 2
  • Additional: 1
  • Total: 11
Heroes are behind every door

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Heroes are behind every door

If you can’t wait until Christmas Day to unbox your Heroes, the adventure calendar might be for you.

Behind each door is a mini version of nine different Hero chocs: Creme Egg Twisted, Wispa, Twirl, Dairy Milk Caramel, Dairy Milk, Fudge, Crunchie Bits, Dinky Decker and Cadbury chocolate Eclairs.

These are more expensive than the others, but you’ll get much better chocs and they’re all individually wrapped.

But there was no treatment or surprise on December 25th on Christmas Eve, so it missed out on bonus points.

  • Price: 4
  • Figure: 3
  • Chocs: 4
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 11

WINNER – BELOW £10

There are delicious Kit Kats behind every door

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There are delicious Kit Kats behind every door

Kit Kat’s Chocolate Birth Calendar delivers on what it promises and has a cute little cutout at the top that makes it more fun than just a square box.

You get a individually wrapped Kit Kat chocolate behind each door and in a variety of festive shapes.

On Christmas Eve there is also a full size Santa Claus which if purchased separately will cost 65p.

You pay a little more than others for regular chocs, but in return you get better chocs so we think it’s worth it and that’s why it scores tallest.

  • Price: 4
  • Figure: 4
  • Chocs: 3
  • Additional: 1
  • Total: 12
Lindt offers a special choc dish behind the last door

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Lindt offers a special choc dish behind the last door

The Lindt Birth Calendar features the largest variety of chocs behind every window, including mini Lindor truffles, milk chocolate snowflakes, and chocolate Napolitans.

There’s even a vintage golden bunny behind one of the doors, but the best is saved for last. Behind door number 24 is a small – but quite large – chocolate Santa Claus figure.

It’s by far the best add-on, and getting Lindt chocolates every day is again worth paying a little more for, while also scoring the best.

  • Price: 3
  • Figure: 3
  • Chocs: 4
  • Also: 2
  • Total: 12

OVER £10

There is a standout winner among the more expensive calendars

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There is a standout winner among the more expensive calendars

Our range of calendars over £10 offers a bit more than the basic calendars above, but won’t cost much if you’re looking to indulge in a bit of luxury.

The birth of Hotel Chocolat The Everything £26 – Buy now

Unique bags are behind each door

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Unique bags are behind each door

Hotel Chocolat is known for its fancy chocolates and this birth calendar doesn’t disappoint in that respect.

You get one of 15 different chocs each day, from the Eton Mess to the Salted Espresso Martini, and the folding design looks sophisticated.

But it’s the most expensive of the bunch by far at £26 and so you don’t get December 25th or anything more special.

  • Price: 2
  • Figure: 4
  • Chocs: 5
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 11

Tony’s Chocolonely £12 – Buy now

Tony's colorful calendar looks amazing

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Tony’s colorful calendar looks amazing

Tony’s adventure calendar is by far the most impressive to look at. It’s large with vibrant colors and is made of incredibly thick cardboard – it took me two hands to tear open the door.

Behind each is less spectacular, because compared to the chocolates are quite small.

You’ll get a good selection of unusual flavors like dark milky toffee and almond sea salt. When you get to door 24, there’s a larger door, which holds two inductors instead of a larger rod.

Unfortunately, our Tony’s adventure calendar was missing a chocolate for December 8, it must have been misplaced in the post.

  • Price: 4
  • Figure: 5
  • Chocs: 4
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 13

Thorntons Continental £12 – Buy now

A bigger choc bar is behind the last door on Christmas Day

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A bigger choc bar is behind the last door on Christmas Day

Thorntons may have closed all of its stores on the highway, but you can still get their goodies online and in the supermarket.

Fans of the choc shop’s Continental lineup can enjoy one of nine flavors behind each door, including Salted Caramel and Amaretti Crisp.

It’s a lot cheaper on a wide range of still-delicious chocolates, plus, you’ll get an extra stop on December 25th: not far from the oversized Alpine Praline chocolate bar.

  • Price: 4
  • Figure: 3
  • Chocs: 5
  • Also: 2
  • Total: 14

M&S Colin the Caterpillar £12 – Buy now

Colin's calendar contains white chocolate

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Colin’s calendar contains white chocolate

Marks and Spencer drew inspiration from the classic Colin the Caterpillar cartoon character for this adventure calendar.

Shaped like a cake until you open it in half, it’s a creative shape that stands out from the rest.

Behind each door is a white chocolate Colin’s face, though nothing more special for the last day.

  • Price: 5
  • Figure: 5
  • Chocs: 4
  • Extra: 0
  • Total: 14

WINNER – OVER £10

M&S Hogwarts Express £12 – Buy now

Hogwarts Express will be a kean

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Hogwarts Express will be a kean

Marks and Spencer’s Harry Potter Adventure Calendar will also glow before you open it thanks to its fun and unusual shape

Hogwarts Express offers a number of delicious chocolates, including golden chocolate (choc bi) and Hedwigs (chocolate caramel).

On the 25th, you also get an additional gift – a chocolate ticket for the service leaving platforms 9 and 3/4.

The only disappointment is that it says what’s inside so you lose sight of the surprise.

  • Price: 4
  • Figure: 5
  • Chocs: 5
  • Additional: 1
  • Total: 15

VERDICT

Under £10

Personally, I think you might feel a bit cheated if you expect Galaxy chocolate or Malteaser behind those doors.

Of course, the £2 from Dairy milk, Maltesers and Galaxy is a bargain, and great if you just want something simple to count down to Christmas.

But we think it’s a good idea to spend a bit more on a Kit Kat or Lindt calendar to get better-tasting chocolates and a little extra magic on the final window.

Over 10 pounds

We love the magical Harry Potter M&S schedule, and it’s earned its spot across the board.

While not quite as fussy as some other calendars, they are delicious.

And at this price, any child (or adult) would look forward to being open every day through December.

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Bobby Allyn

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