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We interrupt this mid-August day with an announcement that some of us wait for all year: Bonne Maman just released their limited-edition 2021 Advent Calendar, and, if history has taught us anything, it’s likely to sell out fast. The beautifully illustrated and delicious calendar has become a holiday tradition for many, so if you’re looking for a fun way to countdown to Christmas, or need the perfect gift for someone sweet on your holiday list, we recommend getting your hands on a calendar now before they’re gone.
Several things make the Bonne Maman Advent Calendar extra special, starting with a 3D design that folds out to reveal a bucolic winter scene. Scattered among cozy houses, snowy streets, and a towering tree are 24 numbered doors marking the days leading up to Christmas. But rather than a small piece of chocolate or trinket, each door opens to reveal a written greeting, and a 1-ounce jar of a Bonne Maman fruit spread or honey.
Mind you, these aren’t the standard strawberry jams or orange marmalades you’ll find at your grocery store, but a collection of unique flavors that you won’t taste anywhere else. With each new advent calendar, Bonne Maman introduces a handful of limited-edition preserves and spreads, and this year’s calendar includes newcomers Cherry with Hibiscus Flower, Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit, Peach with Jasmine, Wild Blueberry with Lemon Balm, and Raspberry with Rose. Other delicious spreads like Lemon with Yuzu, Strawberry with Verbena, and traditional Honey round out the calendar.
With a total of 24 different flavors, you can indulge your taste buds in something new and exciting each day, or set aside several jars for moments when you want to add a little sweetness to a warm scone or buttered toast. Each jar has Bonne Maman’s classic French feel, topped with a decorative gingham lid that would make them a cute stocking stuffer if you want to share the goodness.
At $35, the calendar is priced perfectly to give as a gift at the start of the holiday season, but most likely won’t be available if you wait that long. Whether you pick one up for a friend or yourself (or both), your future self will be glad that you thought ahead!
Buy: Bonne Maman 2021 Limited Edition Advent Calendar, $34.99