Real Advent Calendar 2017

Belgian Fairtrade Chocolate and The Real Christmas Story

by The Meaningful Chocolate Company;

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Filled with 24 FairTrade chocolates, and a free 24-page activity book, this year's Real Advent Calendar is a treat for all ages this December.

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Real Advent Calendar 2017

Full Product Description

  • Want an Advent calendar that encourages faith?
  • These calendars are made with Fairtrade chocolates, and contain a 24 page booklet
  • Excitement for Christmas will grow each day with these calendars
The Real Advent Calendar is a fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. The 2017 design calendar comes with a free 24-page Christmas story activity book designed to be used every day in Advent. This year, the book is illustrated by award winning artist, Alida Massari.

Meaningful Features
  • Behind each of the 25 windows there is a line from the Christmas story with colourful matching picture
  • Foiled for freshness
  • 25 Festive chocolates made from a quality Fairtrade blend-35% cocoa
  • Palm oil free
  • Charitable donation
  • Recyclable box and tray
  • Made, designed and produced in the UK

As well as celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the calendar makes a charity donation from every sale to Traidcraft Exchange and The Funzi & Bodo Trust.

The picture on the cover is a beautiful illustration of the Nativity scene, featuring all of the main characters from the Christmas story. It reminds us that the birth of Jesus is at the heart of Christmas. The accompanying book has a page for every day of advent which illustrates the story as well as providing a range of challenges and activities throughout Advent.

Backed by Alan Titchmarsh.

Real Advent Calendar 2017 by The Meaningful Chocolate Company was published by The Meaningful Chocolate Company in October 2016 and is our number one best seller. The ISBN for Real Advent Calendar 2017 is 5060253080261.

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I need to know what all the ingredients are in the chocolate please, as there are some things I cannot eat. Thanks

A:Hi Kathleen. Of course I can. The ingredients are as follows: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole MILK powder, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier, SOYA Lecithin. Cocoa Solids 35% Minimum. Hope that helps. Thank you for using the Q&A Forum. Aaron.

What date in October is the real advent calender available?

A:Hi Fiona. The calendars will be available by the end of the week at the latest. You can order them now, however, and they will then be sent out to you upon release. Thank you for using the Q&A Forum.

How much of the £3.99 per Calendar goes to the Charities, please?

A:Hi. Meaningful Chocolate, the company who produces the Advent Calendar, make a yearly donation from the profits from the Calendars. This is from their website: 'From sales of the calendar in 2013, we donated more than £18,000 to the Children's Society. Then, in 2014, we donated a further £18,000 to equip a baby clinic on the Kenyan Island of Funzi . Further donations were made in 2015 to The Funzi and Bodo Trust and Traidcraft Exchange' I am sorry I am unable to get a per-calendar figure, but I hope the provides you with a better understanding of how the charitable donations work. Thank you for using the Q&A Forum. Aaron

Does the chocolate contain nuts or is there any danger it may have been contaminated by nuts?

A:Hi, Sunday School Librarian. Thanks for your question about The Real Advent Calendar. The chocolate in the calendar contains natural ingredients. It's handmade in the UK in a facility where people also handle and process nuts - also items containing wheat/gluten. Therefore, the chocolate can't be guaranteed to be totally nut - or gluten, free. Also, the milk chocolate contains milk and so is not suitable for those with an allergy to lactose. There is also soya lecithin in the used in the recipe. Yours, Les.

Suitable age group  for the story text please?

A:Hi, A Campbell. Thanks for your question about the Real Advent Calendar. The Christmas story booklet included with the calendar is a colourful retelling of events in pictures, puzzles and questions helping you lead children into the story. There are generally no more than 30 simple words for each day of Advent. The contents of the storybook recounting the first nativity are ideally suited to children aged 4 to 7, though younger children will enjoy having the story read aloud to them and older children will enjoy the chocolate! Yours, Les.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the chocolate allergy free?
The chocolate contains natural ingredients. The 2016 Real Advent calendar is handmade in the UK in a place where people also handle nuts, therefore we cannot guarantee totally nut free chocolate in this year's calendar. The milk chocolate contains milk and so is not suitable for those with an allergy to lactose. There is also soya lecithin. 

Is the Real Advent Calendar suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, the chocolate is made with natural cocoa butter and contains no vegetable fat substitutes.

Where does the chocolate come from and where is it made?
The sugar comes from cooperatives in Paraguay and Belize. Our cocoa from cooperatives in the Ivory Coast with additional higher quality beans, used to create our unique blend, from cooperatives in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Peru, Panama and Ecuador. The chocolate is made in Belgium. 

Why is the chocolate not more healthy?
The aim is to make chocolate that most people can enjoy as a treat and as part of a balanced diet. They use the best natural ingredients in their chocolate. If they replaced natural cocoa butter or sugar with highly processed artificial alternatives then fewer people would enjoy it. So enjoy the chocolate, but be treat wise.

Why is the chocolate not 100% Fairtrade?
All the cocoa and sugar used to make the chocolate is certified Fairtrade. Some ingredients are not yet certified as Fairtrade.

Does the chocolate contain palm oil?
No. In the UK it is possible to add 5% vegetable fat to chocolate. Unlike some larger manufacturers, they don't add any palm oil or any other oils to their chocolate. It's just natural chocolate.


Details for Real Advent Calendar 2017

Author / Artist
Items in PackSingle
PublisherThe Meaningful Chocolate Company (October 2016)
Thickness150 mm
Height345 mm
Width255 mm
Product Code4446283
Page last updated 1st December 2017
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