EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Aldi’s cheese Advent calendar for 2018. To read about the cheese Advent calendar for 2019, click here.
Aldi has created a lot of buzz with several Advent calendars that are new to U.S. stores this year. We were not able to get our hands on the much-awaited wine Advent calendar, but we did pick up the Happy Farms Preferred Cheese Advent Calendar.
The Happy Farms Preferred Cheese Advent Calendar sells for $12.99 and contains 24 “festive” mini snack-sized cheeses in a 16.9-oz. box. Calendars are limited to three per customer.
There are five varieties of imported cheeses:
- “sweet and strong” aged cheddar
- “sweet, nutty and rich” red leicester
- “buttery, creamy and smooth” gouda
- “savory, mild and creamy” edam
- “smooth sweet buttery” havarti
Because there are five cheese types, you’ll be getting the same cheese a few times over the course of the calendar.
This is a product of the United Kingdom, Holland, and Denmark, and it was packed in the United Kingdom. Not surprisingly, the box instructs to keep the cheese refrigerated and not to freeze it. My package has a use-by date of January 18th, 2019, so these cheeses should last through the holiday season and then some.
The box unfolds and features 24 small perforated windows, each containing a 0.71-oz. selection of cheese that runs between 90 and 100 calories. Each serving nets you 150 to 200 mg of your daily value of calcium, 8 to 10 grams of fat, 30 mg of cholesterol, 200 to 230 mg of sodium, 7 grams of protein, and 0 carbs or sugars.
The cheeses are all a little different, and we liked some better than others. The havarti was a favorite, while the aged cheddar, while interesting, was best in small doses. Of course, these aren’t meant to be eaten by themselves — they’re designed to pair with wine and perhaps crackers — but overall, they’re interesting.
If you’re looking for a decent cheese calendar, this one isn’t bad. It’s reasonably priced, fun, and yet one more day to ring in the holiday.