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Chocolate Advent Calendars

rizzo0904 Jun 2, 2009 01:45 PM

Does anyone make one with quality chocolate? The ones at the grocery store are awful...but they are so fun at Christmas time. I always had them growing up and would like to get them for my son as well.

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    1. Sooeygun Jun 3, 2009 01:46 PM

      In a Martha Stewart moment several years ago, I made little cloth bags with number tags on them, 1 to 24. I put chocolate in them and hang them on the tree (well, actually, the tree doesn't usually go up until a week into December, so I start at 7 or 8). Each day the hunt is on for that day's numbered bag. This way, we get the good chocolates.

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        rizzo0904 Jun 4, 2009 09:01 AM

        Oh, that's a cute idea!

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        laliz Jun 3, 2009 11:20 AM

        I've been buying Trader Joe's for children in my life for over 30 years. A tradition. Never a complaint.

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          dvsndvs Jun 3, 2009 11:40 AM

          I would love to find one too, please post a link if you are able to source anything!

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            rizzo0904 Jun 3, 2009 01:38 PM

            I couldn't find any at Ikea, but Vermont Country Store does have them. Search advent on their page. It comes with toy animals but you can easily substitute your own items. It's $12.

            I've found some wooden ones that are $50-$90 as well. If you're looking to spend that kind of money let me know and I'll give you a link.

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          schrutefarms Jun 2, 2009 01:51 PM

          I've only ever seen them at Trader Joes-I would guess that the chocolate is probably OK. Cost Plus, too.

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            rizzo0904 Jun 2, 2009 02:12 PM

            no, they really aren't very good from there either :( i'd love one made with dark chocolate, but even high quality milk would be fin.

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              Cathy Jun 2, 2009 03:12 PM

              Get a reuseable Advent Calendar (24 little cubbies with doors; I know Ikea had some a few years ago and Vermont Country Store has sold in the past) then you can fill with whatever treats you would like and the piece becomes part of the Family Heirlooms.

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                rizzo0904 Jun 3, 2009 11:17 AM

                Hmmmm, that's a great idea. I've never seen one of those before...I'll have to google it.

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