Last Updated on October 28, 2023
EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi sold this calendar again in 2023 for $15.99.
Aldi sells several different varieties of chocolate Advent calendars each year. There’s an inexpensive Choceur Advent Calendar with milk chocolates that’s great for kids. There’s also a fancier Moser Roth 24 Days of Christmas Nutcracker Advent Calendar with assorted filled chocolates and truffles.
This year, Aldi dropped one of its other chocolate Advent calendars — the Choceur Premium Advent Calendar — which was a mid-priced option with cute chocolate shapes. In its place, Aldi is selling a luxury chocolate calendar that costs more than any other Aldi chocolate Advent calendars by a large margin.
The Moser Roth Luxury 3D Pop Up Advent Calendar cost $14.99 at the time of publication. In contrast, the Moser Roth 24 Days of Christmas Nutcracker Advent Calendar costs $8.99, and the Choceur Advent Calendar costs $1.49.
The new Moser Roth Luxury 3D Pop Up Advent Calendar features 25 Belgian chocolates inside a 3D pop up box.
The box itself is … interesting. When you open it up, it displays some Christmas scenes and features some flaps that open out and tuck into the bottom of the box.
It took my husband and me a few minutes to figure out how to properly set up the box. Long story short, you’ll need to gently pull out and then down on the 3D holiday trees on the back of the box. There are some perforations under and behind these trees that allow them to come out from the main portion of the box by about an inch. After the trees are pulled out and down, it’s then possible to tuck the tabs on the side flaps into some corresponding holes in the base of the box.
But don’t just read about how to do it here. You can also watch our handy video showing you how to do it.
Anyway, the chocolates are all hidden under little doors on the base of the box, and each door has a number corresponding to the dates you’ll use this calendar, from December 1st through December 25th. The doors pop up when you open them, so you’ll create a little holiday scene as you go, with trees, reindeer, a carousel, a vintage truck with Christmas tree, and a lot of tall buildings. In essence, it’s like a small city scene in classic tones of navy blue and silver.
There are 12 different kinds of chocolates in the box, so some are going to repeat themselves. The chocolate flavors are as follows (along with brief thoughts from my family on the different flavors):
- Caramel Rush: Milk chocolate filled with Guérande sea salted caramel. Great for caramel lovers. A solid choice.
- Leaf Dark: Dark chocolate filled with a dark chocolate ganache. Filled with smooth chocolate. Delicious.
- Block Gianduja: Smooth gianduja praliné. A decent choice. There is only one of this type of chocolate in the entire box.
- Crispy Gianduja: White chocolate filled with gianduja with crisped rice. The only white chocolate selection in the box. Good, but not our favorite.
- Caramel Mignon: Milk chocolate filled with smooth caramel. This wasn’t among our favorites.
- Cappuccino Milk: Milk chocolate filled with cappuccino chocolate cream. This has a mild cappuccino flavor at first, and the cappuccino notes come through more in the aftertaste.
- Dark Shell: Dark chocolate filled with Guérande sea salted caramel. A very pretty, slightly shiny chocolate with a smooth caramel filling.
- Rondello: Milk chocolate filled with a sumptuous milk chocolate ganache. This has a very smooth filling.
- Medaillon Hazelnut: Milk chocolate with hazelnut filling topped with almonds. Good hazelnut flavor, somewhat resembling Ferrero Rocher candy. This gets points for being different.
- Cornet Dore: Smooth gianduja praliné. This has a fun shape and tastes pretty good. There is only one in the entire box.
- Tiramisu Milk: Milk chocolate filled “tiramisu” flavored praliné with “ameretti” biscuits. This is a fun one, with little bits of crispy biscuits mixed in with the smooth filling.
- Autumn Leaf: Milk chocolate leaf filled with a smooth hazelnut centre. Very good. My husband approved.
If you’re watching out for allergens, these chocolates contain milk, tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, and coconut [oil]), soy, and wheat. They may contain egg and other tree nuts (walnuts, pistachios, and pecans).
The back of the box features a Fairtrade certification for the cocoa used.
The nutrition panel states that there are about 10 servings per calendar, with one serving constituting about 2.5 pieces of chocolate. Of course, that’s not how Advent calendars really work. Instead, you’re supposed to eat one piece a day. However, if you go with the nutrition label, 2.5 pieces of chocolate have 160 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 6 grams of saturated fat (28% DV), 15 grams of total carbohydrates (5% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 13 grams of total sugars, 12 grams of added sugars (23% DV), and 2 grams of protein.
This calendar nicely rounds out all of the chocolate Advent calendars at Aldi. The chocolates in this box are classic. You won’t find wacky or unusual flavors. That’s more the domain of the Moser Roth 24 Days of Christmas Nutcracker Advent Calendar, which includes flavors such as Baked Apple Truffle. This luxury calendar also offers more than the basic unfilled milk chocolate Advent calendar Aldi sells. It seems like a lot of money for 25 pieces of chocolate, coming out to about 60 cents per piece. Still, it can be a good treat during Advent, either for yourself or to give as a holiday season kickoff gift.
The Moser Roth Luxury 3D Pop Up Advent Calendar features 25 classic fancy chocolates (in 12 different flavors) in a box that’s a bit tricky to figure out at first. Once you get the box properly set up, this calendar looks lovely. The chocolates are good, too. Just keep in mind that it’s the priciest chocolate Advent calendar Aldi sells.