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Have a Very Dairy Christmas With This Cheese Advent Calendar

There are few things in this world quite as wonderful as a piece of delicious cheese. But why settle for one piece, when you could have an entire advent calendar full of cheese?

British food blogger Annem Hobson — the voice behind the awesome So Wrong It’s Nom — has teamed up with the Ilchester Cheese Company to create the world’s first Cheese Advent Calendar.

The Cheese Advent Calendar from Ilchester Cheese and So Wrong It's Nom, with a package designed to look like a holiday wreath decorated with miniature cheese wheels

Seriously, is there any better way to count down time until Christmas than with 24 pieces of cheese?

The calendar — which first appeared last year as a UK-exclusive — will this year feature seven cheeses, including the seasonally-appropriate Wensleydale with cranberry and a limited-edition Wensleydale with gingerbread, as well as old favorites Cheddar, Red Leicester, Edam, Jarlsberg, and the smoky Applewood. All seven cheeses are vegetarian.

2018 also marks the first year the Cheese Advent Calendar will be available outside of the UK. In the United States, it will be available at Super Target stores starting later this month, where it will sell for $20. (Sorry, Canada: no Cheese Advent Calendar for you.)

Since the primary ingredient of the Cheese Advent Calendar is, well, cheese, it does need to be refrigerated. Fortunately, it was designed with storage in mind, so not only does the Calendar fold in half like a book, you can also tear off one side after the first twelve days to minimize the space it takes up in the fridge.

You can even check out how the Cheese Advent Calendar is made, from field to final package:

If you share my fondness for cheese, you’re probably going to want like seven of these just for yourself. But these also make fabulous presents for folks in your life who might enjoy a change from the classic chocolate advent calendar, but aren’t quite geeky enough for a LEGO advent calendar. Just, you know, be sure to get them early so they can start counting down to Christmas on December 1. Wouldn’t want to miss out on any days of cheese, would we?

Have you seen any other fabulous non-chocolatey advent calendars? Let us know in comments below!

Images: So Wrong It’s Nom, Ilchester Cheese Company

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