‘The chocolate tastes of cardboard’: 10,000 Danish Advent calendars recalled

'The chocolate tastes of cardboard': 10,000 Danish Advent calendars recalled
Photo: Frellsen
If your Danish Christmas calendar has left you with a funny taste in your mouth, there’s a legitimate reason for it.

10,000 Advent calendars have had to be recalled in Denmark after several people complained about a rather odd taste in the chocolate bonbons hidden inside them. 

“We have found that there’s an added taste in some of the calendars,” Frellsen, a Danish company known for producing quality coffee and chocolate products, announced on Friday.

“We suspect this off taste stems from the calendars’ packaging.”

In case you’re wondering, Frellsen representatives were referring to the taste of the chocolate inside the cardboard boxes, not to the calendar themselves, which would obviously taste of, erm, cardboard.


These ‘chokoladejulekalender’ are sold at 40 Frellsen traders across the country and 52 chocolate retailers.

“All the packaging for these Advent calendars is recognized as suitable for contact with food, and we believe that there is no health risk,” Frellsen clarified in a press release.

Anyone who’s bought one of the potentially foul-tasting chocolate calendars can get their money back by handing it in a Frellsen store, without the need to take the taste test.

There is however an unfortunate dilemma at hand. All the proceeds from these calendars are going to the global NGO Save the Children, so as CEO Peter Frellsen points out, if all 10,000 Christmas calendars are returned, “the charity faces the prospect of missing out on 80,000 kroner”.

“We’ll of course talk to Save the Children about this,” Mr. Fressler added, whilst also apologizing profusely to customers.

“They take care of a lot of kids and we have a chocolate factory so maybe we can figure something out.”

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