Tin & Chalkboard Advent Calendar
Loved the caramels.... in fact, came to the site today looking to buy more. Not a fan of salted caramel, but a friend is, so it worked out well.
December 31, 2013
No Gift Card in the 2013 Advent Calendar
I bought this cute advent calendar because I wanted to reuse it each year. A little disappointed that each day was a caramel. But, was content with it and looked forward to the little gift card. Imagine my surprise when yesterday, Dec. 25, when there was NO gift card. Went back to my fave location and they replaced it with another calendar . Guess what? No gift card in that one either! Either it is a factory error OR, since it was only taped from the back, some ingenious shoplifter pulled out all the little cards. Either way...I got no gift card! Bummer! Glad I didn't give it as a gift which I had thought about doing...
December 26, 2013
Lack of variety
Advent calendars are supposed to contain a variety of gifts... this one contained only two types of caramel. Fine otherwise.
December 21, 2013
Fun, multi-tasking, and yummy
I loved the idea of this calendar-definitely better than the cardboard ones I grew up with. The chocolates in those always tasted waxy to me. The caramels in these tins are delicious! Better a bit warm, though. And I love that the magnetic chalkboard can be reused after the holidays; a multi-use decoration is perfect for my small apartment. Plus, the plain light wood frame is just begging to be decorated.
The only issue I have with it, and thus 4/5 and not 5/5, is the sea salt caramels. The sea salt is mixed into the caramel, not sprinkled on top. When I had the first one of the bunch, the random grainy crunching in the caramel worried me that some of my dental work had broken off. Since that was a pricey expenditure for me with my limited income, it was and is a continued minor worry. Even though I know the salt is what's crunching and not my teeth, it's still a little disconcerting.
Otherwise, this is a fun twist on an old tradition, and I recommend it!
December 10, 2013
Boring advent calendar
I was really excited to pick up this beautiful advent calendar this year. I literally bought it as soon as I saw it because it was so cute and I loved the ones I had in the past.
However, after a few days of opening tins, I was disappointed in the lack of variety in the "sweet treats" promised. While the website had more detail about what was inside, the packaging indicated much more variety.
I'm sorry, but ALL caramels? Really? An advent calendar is about the excitement of what you'll get each day. Even when you know it's going to be a piece of chocolate, the surprise is its shape or variety. Alternating vanilla and sea salt just feels lazy.
The packaging is beautiful, and I the only thing I can say for this product is that I can reuse it next year and fill it with treats of my choice. As for this year...disappointment.
December 9, 2013