One of the most difficult things about living with Celiac Disease or a dietary restriction is the impact it has on holidays. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of gluten free advent calendars that anyone can enjoy. Options include chocolate, toys, crafts and more!
What is Advent? Where Do Advent Calendars Come From?
The season of Advent dates back to the fourth century, and is celebrated by most Christian churches in the Western tradition. The four-week period begins on the Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30) and lasts for the next three Sundays.”
Rachel Treisman, Michigan Public Radio
Rachel further explains in the article that Advent calendars started in Germany, and became popular in the states after World War II. They’ve been popular here ever since!
Do Chocolate Advent Calendars Contain Gluten?
Some chocolate (and other food) advent calendars contain gluten. There are many that contain no gluten ingredients. However, I wanted to create a list of gluten free Advent Calendars that confirm their gluten free status.
How Do I Order One of These Advent Calendars?
Under the description for each advent calendar, you’ll see a “Click to Order” button. Click that button it will take you to the associated website for ordering.
Michigan Made Gluten Free Advent Calendars
Oh MI Organics
Oh MI Organics in St. Johns, Michigan will be offering a chocolate advent calendar. All of their handmade chocolate is created in a gluten free facility. In addition, all chocolates in this advent calendar are vegan, and free of the top 9 allergens. (Contains coconut) Contains 24 different flavors of chocolates.
While I've never had them, I know See's is popular with the Gluten Free community. This is what the See's website states about gluten in their facility.
"Candies produced in See’s Candies facilities do not contain gluten, and these products are the vast majority of those we sell. We sell a small amount of specialty candies that we purchase from other partner confectioners. Although these don’t contain gluten, they are manufactured in shared facilities or in shared equipment with gluten-containing products. These products are candy canes, peanut butter bites, lemon drops, apple pie bites, Hanukkah hard candy, hot cocoa, chocolate covered coffee beans sold in our retail shops and online at Sees.com."
This horse themed chocolate advent calendar from Harbor Sweets is specifically labeled gluten free. There are six diffferent flavors to enjoy throughout the month, including peppermint, caramel, and toffee Flavors do contain milk, soy and almonds.
No Whey Chocolates are well known for their range of products that are all free from the top 9 allergens. In addition to the advent calendar, they also make a 24 count signature truffle collection. Look for it under the "Christmas" tab on their website. (Click the "continue reading" button to head to their website.)
Amanda's Own is a small woman-owned business in Ohio. Her advent calendar is free from the top 9 allergens as well.
"From December 1st through Christmas Day, you can open a little door and find a piece of our chocolate adorned with a picture representing the holiday. On Christmas Day a big chocolate Santa is waiting for you! "
I have been to XO Marshmallow in Chicago and it is nothing short of magical. I've never seen so many flavors of marshmallows in my life. Flavors include Black Forest, Cotton Candy, Cookies and Cream (yes, GF!), Egg Nog, Lavendar, and more.
XO Marshmallows are made in a gluten free and peanut free facility.
My husband and I have enjoyed this cheese advent calendar for many years. While it's not available to order online, it is available in many stores. Click the button to read where you can find it. This advent calendar should be available at Sam’s Club, Target, Supervalu, Sprouts, Schnucks, Meijer, Jewel, Kroger, Lidl and Publix.
"Count down the days to a spellbinding holiday season with this Harry Potter trivia game advent calendar from Jelly Belly. Test your Hogwarts knowledge and indulge your candy cravings with gourmet jelly beans in delicious fruity flavors including green apple, toasted marshmallow, very cherry and more."
This gluten free popcorn advent calendar will be a great fun snack each day. "Inside, you'll find 24 doors with snack-sized packets of Joe & Seph's artisan-crafted popcorn in 12 delicious flavors including salted caramel, raspberry cheesecake and double chocolate."
Contains milk, soy, tree nuts and peanuts. Gluten Free.
Beverage Advent Calendars
Whether it's hot or cold, these beverage advent calendars will help you count down to Christmas.
Wine Advent Calendars are all the rage. (I think Aldi even has one right now.) And alas, even though Michigan has many wineries, none of them are offering their own advent calendar. This one from Maker comes in cans, and contains 12 different flavors.
Wooden Advent Calendars
While food and beverage calendars meant to be discarded once the holidays are over, these Wooden Advent Calendars can be reused year after year.
Surrounding the scene are 24 numbered red and blue alternating doors with golden handles; when opened each day during Advent, each door reveals a new magnetic figure to place on the Nativity scene. Your family will love interacting with this piece each day during Advent, year after year.
Unlike other advent calendars where you get something each day, this daily countdown to Christmas encourages you do do something kind for someone else.
"This one-of-a-kind Kindness Advent Calendar features a daily countdown marked by 25 powerful, easy-to-do, self-reflective kindness activities. Matched with confidence and resilience building affirmations designed for the whole family to enjoy!
Each day also presents a fun re-usable sticker to add to the festive Christmas scene, providing endless opportunities for creative and open-ended play."
Crafty Advent Calendars
The holiday season is the perfect time to get "crafty." From paint to felting to baking, these advent calendars will inspire your creative spirit during the holidays.
Amanda Watson's kit is a crafty take on the traditional Advent calendar that provides a merry new design to stitch every day from the first of December to the 25th. Amanda's easy-to-follow instructions are welcoming to newbies, and with 12 different stitches, this is also an ideal project for needlers who want to learn some new techniques.
"Our Advent Calendar includes 25 different felt ornament sticker craft kits to keep your little ones busy every day in December. There’s no sewing or glue required, kids can follow the picture instructions and create ornaments all on their own."
Treat your favorite baker to 24 days of holiday happiness. Our festively decorated advent calendar is filled with two dozen numbered boxes that each hold a special surprise. From cookie cutters to spatulas, piping bags, gift bags, decorating tips and more, the goodies are guaranteed to inspire creative baking.
Other Advent Calendars
From toys to make up to socks, a collection of other advent calendars to make this season merry and bright.
Countdown the days until Christmas with toasty warm toes. This Disney Collection and many other sock "advent calendars" are available at Target. Other collections include Nightmare Before Christmas, Holiday Dogs, Holiday Cats, and Harry Potter.
Looking for a gluten free gingerbread house. Click this link to my article to find Michigan made and other gluten free gingerbread kits available nationwide.
Question: What would be your favorite kind of gluten free advent calendar? If you could have 24 days of some item or food, what would it be?
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As of right now, I do not. While I am an Amazon affiliate, none of these are Amazon links. My goal is to simply help you find a gluten free advent calendar you’ll enjoy, so you can participate in holiday traditions.
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