Chocolate advent calendars

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  1. leighbball

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    When I was younger, my neighbor (who was like a second mother to me after my mom passed away) bought me an advent calendar every year. Every day in December, you'd open the next compartment and find a new piece of chocolate. I want one for this year, but can't find them anywhere:-( Has anybody seen them??
     
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    I just bought a bunch at Cost Plus World Market.
     
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    I used to have them every year when I was younger. I had completely forgotten about them.
     
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    I used to love those.
     
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    Try a speciality food store- Mayb even Trader Joe's (do you have one near you- they are great!!) My town has a little German/Italian butcher- he always has them.
     
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    Maybe Hallmark, walgreens, osco, cvs or such a place may have them also
     
  8. leighbball

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    Thanks for the ideas...I'm going to start looking harder:) I really want one now! Yes, we have a Trader Joes...I love that place!
     
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    Our German club at the high school sells them. Are advent calendars German?? They are printed in German and in English. Anyway, that's where I get mine. Check your local German club!:p
     
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    We used to love to open the advent calendar doors. Many arguments about whose turn it was ensued each year. We never got candy, though, we were happy just to see the scene inside. I have a darling wooden one, handpainted. It doesn't have doors that open, just wooden blocks.
     
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    I buy mine at Cost Plus MArket World every year. Thanks for reminding me...I better get out and get them before they are gone. My kids are 14 & 17 and still want them every year. I guess it has become a tradition!
     
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    I just got a hardcover book through Scholastic that is an Advent Calendar for my classroom.
     
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    Cost Plus is the coolest store. I got lost in Boise a few weeks ago and was so excited because I ended up driving past one. I did all of my Christmas shopping there. I bought my brothers and sister each one of the chocolate calendars- they'll get those when I'm home on Thursday.
     
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    I saw one in Trader Joe's just yesterday, half empty, in the bottom of a shopping cart that also contained a quiet toddler.
     
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    It wouldn't be Christmas in my house without these! many of our local grocery stores carry them.
     
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    Hallmark has them.
     
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    Our Dollar Tree's usually have them. My parents use to buy them for me and my brother every year :)
     
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    I use to sneak the chocolate days earlier! One just isn't enough:)
     
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    I love these! I know I have seen them at Hallmark. Also at a mall near me around Christmas time there is a speciality calendar store. I bet they would have something like that.
     
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    I have these pockets on a string that I got for a Christmas present one year. You fill it with whatever treats you want and it's actually quite classy looking, not cheap.
     
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    I remember one Christmas, back in my childhood, when someone gave me and my sis an Advent calender! wow, I didn't recall them anymore! I don't think they are for sale near where I live, but I'll definitely do a search!
     
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    Dollar Tree has them here.
     
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    Carmen I will mail you one if you would like! Let me know.
     
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    Thanks Rosieo! :love: I'll search over the weekend to see if I find some, and I'll let if I did or not...
     
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    On my way home from work I noticed a sign outside a candy store that advertisied they had them. Hope that helps.
     
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    Hickory Farms has them. I also find them in gourmet grocery stores around town. What I would like is a DARK chocolate advent calendar. I don't like milk chocolate.
     
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    Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE dark chocolate!
     
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    The hallmark store in the mall I went to today didn't have them. Neither did CVS. But I will find one!! I'm determined...I'll be hitting Dollar Tree tomorrow:)
     
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    How about buying one with milk chocolate and replacing the milk chocolate with suitable dark chocolate? That would also give you something to share, as well as letting you subtly share your preferences in chocolate.
     
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    I searched all over today too...and no luck. But I found one online...I ordered two! Yay!! Hopefully they will come quickly or I will have to eat more than one piece of chocolate to catch up:)
     
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    Oh, and wouldn't that just be too, too bad...
     
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    I found them and bought a few...and opened one of them :eek:
     
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    Too much work!!!!!haha :p They are definitely milk chocolate, and the ones bought have too much sugar...oh, better than nothing! I'll keep searching for other qualities though...
     
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    Talking about Xmas candies...Do you have chocolate tree decorations over there?
     
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    Some, yes. My philosophy with chocolate tree decorations is as it is with chocolate-filled Advent calendars: generally, the chocolate's better when it's not busy being decorative. So I don't do the chocolate calendar. Instead, I've got a very nice non-chocolate Advent calendar by Peter Spier, and the unbeatable Trader Joe's sells a range of really good Belgian chocolate under the name "Pound Plus Bar" (because each bar is 500 g = 17.6 oz of chocolate: milk, milk plus almonds, dark, or bittersweet - Hershey's, eat your heart out!) - each bar is scored into 24 pieces, which makes them equally good for Advent and for hands-on fraction practice. ("How many grams in one chunk of a Pound Plus Bar? What percent of the whole bar would six chunks be?")
     
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    Math in the real world!;) How about, how many calories in one chunk? How many hours exercising to lose those calories, etc etc etc!:D
     
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    Let's see: proportions; conversions; quantitative comparison ("You have 1/12 of a Pound Plus bar. Your best friend offers you a 1.5-oz Hershey bar in trade. Do you say yes?" Answer: No: even if there were less Pound Plus chocolate, it's better.)

    Now THAT'S math that hits a woman where she lives...
     
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    Try Harry & David's

    If you have an outlet mall near you, Harry & David's has nice chocolate advent calendars and they even have a little Christmas verse inside in addition to the chocolate. Cost Plus also had them, but they were going fast - the lady ahead of me bought 40 of them!
     
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    I looked online for dark chocolate calendars and could only find them for $35! Yikes. I may make one.
    Also we used to hang chocolate ornaments from the tree. I think they are charming. We hung homemade cookie ornaments from the tree ONCE. (the cat loved them)
     
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    We always hang chocolate ornaments along with other decorations!
     
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    I absolutely LOVE Harry and Davids! They have the best spreads and dips! YUM! The closest one around here though is a 20 minute drive, but it's well worth the trip.
     

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