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This Advent Calendar Makes For A Very Merry Crispmas


By Cooking Panda

If anything can cure our cold-weather woes, it’s a nice, heaping serving of potatoes — be they fried, scalloped, baked, mashed, boiled, roasted or in the form of chips, they are always a welcome sight.

Alex Donoyou, 32, totally wins the Partner Of The Year award for the brilliant gift he bequeathed to his girlfriend of six years, Heather Lloyd — an advent calendar for the holidays comprised entirely of chips (or, as they say in the U.K., crisps).

“Merry Crispmas” the advent calendar reads, followed by 25 bags of Lloyd’s favorite fried snacks — a brand that Metro reports as being called Twiglets — hanging decoratively on the wall.

We guess after six full years of dating, you have to get creative beyond the typical chocolate and wine gifts usually exchanged during the holiday season.

Look how happy she looks!

According to Metro, the task was not an easy one — Donoyou reportedly ran around trying to find copious amounts of different, yet delicious, crisp flavors so that Lloyd would not tire of the gift, and every day would be a new and tasty surprise.

Additionally, all of the gifts were hidden inside of identical and seasonal white-and-red striped bags (just like candy canes!) to further build the suspense for Lloyd each yummy morning.

Would you like to receive a Merry Crispmas advent calendar? Or are you content with your typical chocolate fare?

Sources: Metro / Photo Credit: Snackgold/Instagram, Alex Donoyou/Guzelian via Metro

Tags: advent calendar, chips, crisps, holiday gift, potatoes, relationship goals
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Cheese Advent Calendar Is Everything You Could Want (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

Cheese fans, your moment has come!!

Now you can have your very own cheese advent calendar. Yes, you read that correctly. For every day in December, you can open that glorious little door and munch on a delectable piece of Camembert or Stilton.

Our only real complaint about advent calendars is that they only last for one month. There’s something really ingenious about the idea of opening up your calendar every day and scoring a piece of chocolate that you can devour right then and there, right? Simply wonderful.

But we get that you might be tired of advent calendars by now if you’ve had them every year of your life. Maybe it’s time to mix things up a little. With some cheese, preferably.

You can go ahead and thank English food blogger Annem Hobson, the mastermind who decided that the holidays needed something savory and stinky.

“Last year, I woke up one weekend in November and [realized] I needed an advent calendar to get into the Christmas spirit,” Hobson told the Evening Standard.

You’ll have to keep the glorious calendar in your fridge, but it’s a small price to pay to sample a new cheese every day.

“I’m a bit of a cheese addict so searched online to see if I could combine the two,” Hobson explained. “To my complete surprise, there wasn’t one and not a single cheese company had jumped on the idea. Not even as a marketing gimmick!”

We can’t believe it either. We’ve been waiting for this all our lives.

“So, we got creative with some cardboard and heaps of cheese,” she said. “One year on and I’ve spoken to manufacturers and tried to get the process underway.”

The product is still in its early stages, so it’s currently prototype-only, as Hobson fine-tunes the details, but she says that the real thing should be available for retail by next Christmas season, and we’ll be first in line.

If you want to pre-register, you can put your name down here on Hobson’s blog, So Wrong It’s Nom, or just follow her step-by-step tutorial to make your own with a pre-existing chocolate advent calendar. She used Vintage Gouda, St. Helen’s Farm Goats’ Cheese, Blue Stilton, German Smoked Cheese and French Doux De Montagne, but you can use just about anything. Good luck and happy eating!

Sources: Evening Standard, So Wrong It's Nom / Photo Credit: Annem Hobson/So Wrong It's Nom

Tags: advent calendar, cheese, cheese advent, Christmas cheese, Food News, So Wrong It's Nom
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