A cheese advent calendar exists and we want it

Dusty Baxter-Wright, Abigail Malbon
Photo credit: Annem Hobson

From Cosmopolitan

  • A cheese advent calendar exists, featuring little blocks of Cheddar, Red Leicester, Edam and Wensleydale hide behind every door.
  • Diary fans are desperately hoping it will be back for 2019, but so far there's no news from distributors.

While we've always thought beauty and gin advent calendars were the height of sophistication (and that's not forgetting trusty chocolate), a cheese advent calendar is now a thing for the third year running. We can't thank the gods of Christmas enough.

Cheese lovers, this ones for you. Yes, an actual advent calendar with little blocks of cheese hidden behind every door. We don't brie-leave it (sorry).

Annem Hobson, a food blogger from London, created the cheese advent calendar back in 2016, before launching it to the general public in 2017. Two years on, it's still going strong, and we're not sure we want to picture a future Christmas without it.

It was the first one of its kind (because no-one thought to make our dreams a reality before now. Wut?) and has been a fan favourite ever since, with thousands of people expressing their interest from the first year. Which is hardly surprising, considering our obsession with cheese and the fact Christmas = the perfect excuse for eating as much as possible.

Anyway, do you hear what we're saying? CHEESE. ADVENT. CALENDAR. THE DREAM.

Photo credit: Annem Hobson

Last year, the product was be available in ASDA and Sainsbury's stores nationwide from early November, and people could sign up on cheeseadventcalendar.com to be the first to hear about it when it hits shelves.

When Annem first thought up the incredible concept during Christmas 2016, over 11,000 people signed up to show their interest in less than four weeks, and The Cheese Advent Calendar was trending on Facebook for more than 2 days.

The calendar costs £8-10.00 for 24 pieces of individually wrapped cheese, and features seven different varieties of cheese: Jarlsberg, Applewood, Mature Cheddar, Red Leicester and Wensleydale with cranberries, Edam and Wensleydale with gingerbread.


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Speaking about her invention, Annem said, “Thousands of people have supported my #CheeseNotChoc campaign, and with every single cheesy invention I make, I want to bring the fans along the journey. Without them, none of this would be possible. That’s why this year, not only have we added more variety of cheeses to the Cheese Advent Calendar."

We are very, very keen to get involved. Sadly there's no news of when the 2019 version of the cheese calendar will come about, but we're praying to the gods of cheese and Christmas that there's definitely one in the pipeline.

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