Mystery chocolate piece in advent calendar


204 Responses to “Mystery chocolate piece in advent calendar”

  1. dancentury says:

    That’s the two-headed dragon, a symbol of alchemy.

  2. BarelyFitz says:

    It’s a fraggle stick car.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Holly leaves and a sleigh-bell? Based on the what’s supposed to be in the TJ advent calendar, it’s probably intended to be a gigantic berry, and either there was a defect in the pour, or, more likely, the dimple is intended to represent a highlight.

    People saying “mistletoe” are confusing it with holly. Mistletoe isn’t spiky.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I say it is a Christmas pudding just like my english grandmama makes. They are shaped like an overturned mixing bowl and are adorned with Holly. Check out Google images for examples.

    Mike from Sunny Victoria BC

  5. Anonymous says:

    I can’t help myself: squirrel.

  6. Anonymous says:

    is that a dead girl on the table cloth print?!?

  7. CrowCall says:

    I think it`s a negative mold image of holly sprigs and berry. The matrix has been reversed–an easy enough slip to make when using an AutoCAD-style casting design process. Never would have happened in the olde dayes, though.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have a trader joes advent calender too! I can’t wait to get to this one.

  9. chaffinch says:

    rotate 90% anticlockwise and squint your eyes and you seem to have a very crude sack of toys on a sleigh with santa at the helm.

    - Wilko

  10. Anonymous says:

    I keep thinking of Cthulu. No matter how much I try to see sugarplums and holly and sleighs…. I just see webbing, and tentacles, and a big evil EYE.

    Cthulhu fhtagn…

  11. Jack says:

    It’s the “Kilroy was Here” nose/hand thing with a crown of thorns on it’s head.

  12. GreatRewards says:

    It’s a Sleestak standing outside a Pylon. Will! Holly! Run!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wanna see the squirrel.

  14. Anonymous says:

    It’s an (poorly rendered) ornament with holly leaves and berries. We have the same calendar. A more easily identifiable version is on the back of the box!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Looks like mistletoe with a round bell.

    Yep, pretty sure that’s it:

  16. iburl says:

    Undead Drow Elf.

    They make badass toys.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Turn it clockwise 90 degrees
    It’s a Christmas pudding with a sprig of holly on the top

  18. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s upside down in the pic, and it’s a sack of toys (like Santa’s bag) with a sprig of holly next to it.

  19. Ryanwoofs says:

    Holly sprig with a jingle bell. Fa la la la la la

  20. Anonymous says:

    It’s the holy spirit! Its kind of hard for the human mind to conceptualize. Duh. ;)

  21. Ryanwoofs says:

    Or Bullwinkle.

  22. Anonymous says:

    it’s obviously Cthulhu EATING a chipmunk…

  23. Anonymous says:

    Fat Elvis.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Clearly it’s John Merrick’s sack

  25. Anonymous says:

    Santa Claus on his sleigh with a bag of toys, if you tilt the picture counter-clockwise :)

  26. Anonymous says:

    It’s a few weeks early, but I think it’s Van Gogh’s left ear.

  27. Anonymous says:

    BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary )

  28. Anonymous says:

    Interesting use of negative space.

  29. el_rey_misterioso says:

    Bought the same calendar and had the same reaction. Think it is a squirrel. Squirrels seem to be a holiday/winter theme in Europe. Btw my three-year-old launched an early morning raid on the calendar to speed up the X-mas countdown. By the time she was discovered, December 4, 12, 17 and 24 had been compromised.

  30. Anonymous says:

    it looks kind of like a holly berry with some leaves.. or maybe a bell

  31. MrJM says:

    Zwarte Piet?

  32. cstatman says:

    “They can’t all be winners kid” (Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa)

  33. FatalDischarge says:

    Please don’t tell me that I’m the only one that sees a penis.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Crunchy Frog

  35. awjtawjt says:

    That’s a chain of macrophages infecting a testicle.
    Merry Christmas, XOXO,
    -The TSA

  36. Anonymous says:

    It’s a squirrel on a branch eating a nut, rotated 45 degrees clockwise.

  37. jennchlebus says:

    It’s the Ghost Rider bike Daddy is going to get me for Xmas!!! (You’ll put your eye out kid….)

  38. Johnny Justice says:

    You could check the mould in the calendar to find the right way up.

  39. Anonymous says:

    This is indeed a very sick and twisted chocolate piece!
    With a little enhancement, you can see all the horrors hidden there

  40. Robert says:

    It’s Basement Cat hiding behind some leafs.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Xenu will eat you all.

  42. Anonymous says:

    it seems to be a slightly deformed fleur-de-lys.

  43. KEvin says:

    If you look on the back of the calendar, it looks like it is supposed to be Holly and a berry…I think.

  44. GreyTheory says:

    I know it’s more of a Thanksgiving decoration, but I keep seeing a cornucopia..

  45. BDiamond says:

    It’s Schnappi!

  46. Anonymous says:

    It’s unquestionably Santa’s bag (opening vaguely downwards in the picture) — the small shapes are a vague attempt at toy outlines.

  47. mati says:

    Whatever it is, it’s clearly fake…You know, because of the pixels.

  48. Anonymous says:

    I know, it’s John Matuszak’s character from “The Goonies”.

  49. peterbruells says:

    There is probably a picture below the mold. Have yet to see a advent calendar like thus that didn’t work like this.

  50. D2S says:

    it’s a legless spider eating a honeycomb!

  51. thisisnotatest says:

    Christmas pudding with holly on top, as others have pointed out already.

  52. holding_rabbits says:

    it’s a nativity scene. on the right is mary’s face looking at the swaddled jesus. joseph is standing up.

    sorry, all 100 of you who thought it was cthulu. good joke the first 20 times though.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, you’re all wrong. It’s clearly Kodos using a space phone.

  54. Anonymous says:

    A yule log being consumed in flames

  55. Anonymous says:

    lookas kinda like a dragon if you look at it with your head tilted right

  56. Anonymous says:

    It’s clearly an octopus talking on the phone!

  57. Anonymous says:

    Santa’s earwax people. All advent calendar chocolates are made from Santas earwax. That one is just a sweet reminder of this in case you forget.

  58. Anonymous says:

    It’s another Santa in the sleigh with presents, but with teeth marks.

  59. Anonymous says:

    It is a deformed Christmas pudding (round) with holly leaves on top

  60. Anonymous says:

    Clearly, this is a monkey on a snowmobile.

    You know? It’s Santa’s Little Helper Monkey.

  61. Trnck says:

    I’ve been beaten by someone, it’s Jesus.

  62. Anonymous says:

    it’s the hannukah hand grenade. yaay! (hint: rotate 180 degrees in the direction of your choice.)

    what it’s doing in an advent calendar is anyone’s guess.

  63. Anonymous says:

    #46 and #59 definitely have it. Christmas pudding

  64. Anonymous says:

    its a headcrab on a piece of doo doo… duh

  65. Anonymous says:

    Christmas Octopus.

  66. Anonymous says:

    “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.” … “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”

  67. Splather says:

    It’s Christmas Cthulu of course, duh….

  68. Anonymous says:

    I have the same calendar and just opened today’s. Mine looked even worse, but it still resembled mistletoe and berry.

    Squirrel was day one.

  69. silus says:

    An enormous swollen testicle, still living despite severance from its host, being transported through the village in the snow on a spike-tracked death-tank to be interrogated by the clergy with a view to canonization as a modern replacement for Saint Nicholas.

    You have to tilt it to the left.

    • CrowCall says:

      Silus, I thought you were just making a joke–a Really Funny joke. But as soon as I tilted my head to the right… wham! I saw it! And not just the deathtank and its spiky treads, but the awaiting clergy as well! I will watch, with listing head, for your future comments….

  70. Anonymous says:

    “Nevertheless, I must warn you that in future you should delete the words ‘crunchy frog’, and replace them with the legend ‘crunchy raw unboned real dead frog’, if you want to avoid prosecution. ”

    Seriously, how is it that nearly 150 comments in an not a single reference to this Monty Python sketch? That’s just sad!

  71. andyhavens says:

    It’s a banana. Just look at it.

  72. Lilah says:

    Holly leaves and berry.

  73. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a fleur de lis that melted a bit.

  74. Craig Landrum says:

    The 18-year old slacker they hired to crank out these low-end treats hocked a loogie into the mold before he poured the chocolate.

  75. Utenzil says:

    Reindeer poop!

  76. Anonymous says:

    I hav e the same one- the back has a drawing of all the designs (roughly) and I’m sure its the ornament with holly. A good trick is to look in the plastic shell inside the box because it’s always in there so the top is facing up

  77. Anonymous says:

    It must be decrypted if we are to know the 256 digit code to the Wikileaks “poison pill!”

  78. Anonymous says:

    It’s London’s logo for the 2012 Olympics. Nothing to see here.

  79. MythicalMe says:

    Lest anyone be not aware, today is St. Nicholas day and according to legend Santa is a composite of St. Nicholas. So I’ll go out on a limb and call it Santa and Toy bag on his sleigh.

  80. Anonymous says:

    It’s a #Wikileak

  81. Hel says:

    Holly with a ribbon tied in a bow.

  82. Anonymous says:

    did you look at the cartoon picture behind the chocolate? does the other calendar have the same piece? what is going on in the part of the picture it came out of?

  83. memoi2001 says:

    I’m betting an orc or some other WOW related nasty (cataclysm just came out after all)

    seriously though, bad rendition on some holly and festive stuff

  84. DeWynken says:

    It’s OBVIOUSLY a squirrel 69ing a seahorse.

    I mean, like, DUH.

  85. Bart says:

    It’s definitely Cthulhu.
    He’s waiting for you.
    And dreaming of his holiday presents.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Elf Ice skate pointing up?

  87. Anonymous says:

    Frankincense ? Or what’s the other stuff… Muhr(sp?).

  88. Anonymous says:

    Rotate it 90 degree clockwise and you’ll see holly leaves with a berry.

  89. Anonymous says:

    I went through this today!
    Decided it was a turkey on a bed of holly leaves.

  90. Anonymous says:

    it looks like holly a leaf and a berry.

  91. tobiasaurusrex says:

    It’s an ornament hanging from a tree. It’s pretty much upside-down as pictured.

  92. grikdog says:

    Rohrschach. Looked at phenomenologically, a simple chocolate mess left too near a heat source. I do not believe it represents anything to do with Christmas, but would suggest a brief plant inspection by the FDA.

  93. Anonymous says:

    Cthulu skull

  94. Solidblue says:

    The choc is the right way up. It’s Futurama’s Leela, hiding behind a large chain. I can’t believe nobody else has recognised it. Christmas must be different in the future.

  95. CuttingOgres says:

    Hemlock or prickly plant.

  96. Anonymous says:

    You said you purchased 2 advent calendars.
    What was in the other one on the same date?

  97. Kerouac says:

    Looks like reindeer tracks on the left, and droppings on the right. Whether they are reindeer droppings or Santa droppings is entirely your call.

  98. Anonymous says:

    Those spikes, those horns!

    That can only be the Hogfather’s Sleigh!

  99. Anonymous says:

    I see a turkey.

  100. ChedRickman says:

    To me it looks like a botched image of reindeer and a sleigh going through the night: Going from the top left to bottom left we see some sort of chain-link looking structure, comprised of three “links” (three indentations are clearly visible). The bottom one of these is however wider than the others. Or, if you rotate the image about 90 degrees counterclockwise, it will appear to be TALLER than the other two links. Now, look at the front link…it is obviously unclear, but I can see a protruding snout or nose, with what seems like symmetric flairs going back from the edge of the chocolate. These are antlers and the iconic pulled-back mid-flight legs of the lead reindeer (I guess technically it’s Rudolph, even though there’s only two, max four if you assume depth to this image as well). The second link or reindeer is even more unformed, but I think it kind of mimics the first. The third link is taller and is the sleigh. It appears there is some sort of form on the sleigh, however it is convex and inverted, and must be a result of a poor press by the choco-former 3000. But my guess is that little dimple represents Santa. The bog blob looking thing in the middle is the full moon, illuminating the glory of this work of art. That, or a HUGE sack of toys.

  101. Flaminica says:

    Had to sleep on it but it’s definitely a spray of four holly leaves over a round sleigh bell. The top of the candy is at the bottom-left side in the photo. Pivot it 135 degrees clockwise to see it the right way up.

  102. Anonymous says:

    it’s a pacifier guys… linked to a chain.

  103. Anonymous says:

    It’s the squirrel with the head missing–note the hole on the right. Once you re-attach one of your spare chocolate squirrel’s head you’ll be back in business. So to speak.

  104. Anonymous says:

    Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

  105. bolivar13 says:

    I’ve obviously been beaten to the punch, but the image is obviously the ever jolly Santa Cthulu.

  106. Anonymous says:

    Tilt your head to the right… it’s a squirrel on a chain.

  107. Anonymous says:

    rotate anti clockwise about 70 dgs and u will see the wings and legs of a turkey surrounded by trimmings

  108. Anonymous says:


  109. Anonymous says:

    I believe, if you were to turn it clockwise until the bottom were flat it would be a sleigh with Santa sitting facing the right and big sack of toys in the sleigh behind him.

  110. Anonymous says:

    I had the same problem. Look at Santa’s clipboard on back of calendar. It is an orange with holly, maybe. The clipboard has all of the pictures from the chocolate pieces, I think this one was badly mass produced.
    (I didn’t read previous posts so this might be old news.)

  111. highlyverbal says:

    Holly leaves with a berry (or nut).

  112. yochillum says:

    As a Jew from a small midwestern town, I can assure you that this is most definitely a depiction of my self-esteem come Christmas time.

  113. Ilya says:

    The bulbous part, if upside down, could be a fig with one leaf on its stem. Next to a string of mistletoe? Or benzene?

  114. Anonymous says:

    Mistletoe. Its got holly leaves on top and the little cherry-looking thing

  115. Anonymous says:

    It’s a profile of Santa holding a bag of toys.

  116. Antinous / Moderator says:

    It’s the, um, Diadem of Our Lady of the Vicissitudes. Or possibly part of the Eagle Nebula.

  117. Anonymous says:

    It’s gotta be some deformed holly/mistletoe and a bauble.

  118. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    That’s a possibility, But you have to admit that would be pretty weird looking berry or nut.

  119. Anonymous says:

    It is quite clear that it is our lord and savior, the Flying spaghetti monster. His noodly appendage has seen fit to grace us with his, albeit mysterious, appearance.

  120. Anonymous says:

    Okay, I confess I didn’t read every comment, but I control-f-ed and didn’t see this.

    Could it be a train w/smoke? The large curly part (currently on the right) is the smoke cloud, with three cars train cars below it (currently a line of square shapes on the left). It looks like the engine car (bottommost) even has smokestacks which the cloud comes out of?


  121. irksome says:

    Aborted fetus. Sell it on eBay.

  122. Dig Duggler says:

    It’s a chain from the Hellraiser films offering the torments of hell… Merry Christmas!

  123. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps a chipmunk on a pinecone?

  124. fergus1948 says:

    Turn it upside down and you can see it’s two flies copulating on top of a turd.

  125. Anonymous says:

    It could be Santa (a mighty deformed santa I admit) with his bag of toys? (upside down?)

  126. Dawn deMom says:

    My husband pointed out the holly leaves and said the bigger part is probably an ornament. I can somewhat see that. Or a really large ribbon.

    Or something else!

  127. Kickstart says:

    Mistletoe with a bow, looks like to me.

  128. mode80 says:

    It’s a upside-down caricature of Jesus with a gigantic nose with a crown of thorns. Now that the savior of mankind has appeared to you ensconced in chocolately goodness, why not flog it on eBay to

  129. mr.skeleton says:

    Perhaps mistle toe!

    I can also see Santa with a large sack of gifts, atop his sleigh.

    It’s a Christmas Rorschach!

  130. Anonymous says:


  131. Anonymous says:

    Rotate it to the left a little: Santa’s sleigh loaded with goodies or a plump Christmas turkey?

  132. bmihulka says:


  133. drew826 says:

    Definitely looks like holly leaves with some abnormal growth. Maybe the mold was deformed.

  134. AlanJCastonguay says:

    Mistletoe: Holly & Berry. The weird indentation on the berry is supposed to be a specular highlight.

  135. hershmire says:

    Looks like holly with berries to me, but like they inverted the berry part.

  136. Anonymous says:

    Santa Claus carrying a sack, walking towards the left in profile? This is like a Christmas-themed Rorschach inkblot…

  137. Ito Kagehisa says:

    It’s a kiwi bird walking down an anchor chain. Very festive!

  138. igpajo says:

    Tilt your head to the right and it’s a squirrel on a Tron light cycle!

  139. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, Looks like holly leaves

  140. teleny says:

    Turkey on a platter?

  141. Anonymous says:

    Its Santa in a sleigh with a big sack of toys,, turn counter clockwise a bit..
    the santa is a negative impression it looks like..-

  142. Anonymous says:

    It’s an old fashioned candlestick and candle

  143. Anonymous says:

    It’s a Santa Hat

  144. Anonymous says:

    Reindeers on the bottom and Santa and his big present bag on the sleigh?
    I guess they ran out of simple images hahaha :D

  145. Teufelaffe says:

    Looks like a partially melted fleur de lis

  146. verbalnormal says:

    Perhaps a chipmunk on a combed pinecone?

  147. Anonymous says:

    No one else sees a face? I think it’s supposed to be mistletoe with a bauble. But it’s also easy to see it as some sort of decayed zombie Scrooge. The bauble is the eye and then there are decayed hollows of flesh along the jawline made of what are supposed to be mistletoe leaves. The cartilage of the nose has rotted and the mouth is open.

  148. Rob Beschizza says:

    Every time I think I have it, my eureka moment fades as some other compositional element makes clear that it cannot possibly be right.

  149. Anonymous says:

    Yule log. log runs diagonally (lower R to upper L) and flame curls out from it.

    poorly executed but believable, I think.


  150. Anonymous says:

    It is a candle in a victorian style handheld candleholder that was used when you out a-wassailing.

  151. SenorPaco says:

    Santa’s bag on his sleigh

  152. 3lbFlax says:

    Lumpy chocolate fnord. HOW CAN YOU FOOLS NOT SEE IT?

  153. Anonymous says:

    I’m thinking it’s Santa’s sleigh with a packed bag of presents on top, like in “The Grinch”.

  154. Anonymous says:

    ‘Tilt your head to the right and it’s a squirrel on a Tron light cycle!’


  155. Anonymous says:

    That is very obviously a profile of Cthulu.

  156. John Markos O'Neill says:

    Is this a Black Sabbath themed Advent calendar? This is obviously an homage to the cover of the album “Born Again.”

  157. Christopher Vigliotti says:

    it’s obviously a steampunk pistol

  158. miocyon says:

    Don’t look at it! It’s a namshub and will crash your brain!

  159. John Markos O'Neill says:

    Egads! It’s Marley’s ghost!

  160. Anonymous says:

    Looks a bit like a sledge and something holding a giant bag.

  161. kbryan44 says:

    I see a benzene ring at the bottom. Can’t make out the rest of the molecule.

  162. Anonymous says:

    Here is an example of the type of candleholder it is – the handle on the chocolate mold is much more heartier and heavy.

  163. Anonymous says:

    It looks like Santa with a bag of toys.

  164. Hirsty says:

    It’s Julian Assange.

  165. Anonymous says:

    It’s Holly Berry.

  166. mtellers says:

    I think it’s a candle flame with holly leaves in the background.

  167. sfhock says:

    The Human Centepede… with a tumor…

  168. Mythus says:

    From every angle, going clockwise, I’ve got: the Eiffel Tower being hit by a giant bowling ball, a ray gun, a guy holding a bag of trash, and what could be Santa’s sleigh with a bag of toys on it if you really squint. That last one’s a stretch.

  169. huntsu says:

    I agree it’s a holly leaf with berry.

  170. Jake0748 says:

    Its an evil cyclops skull that was chained to the wall of some cave. Those are some of the links of the chain on the left there. (At least in the orientation I’m looking at here).

    What that has to do with Christmas or Advent, I do not know.

    You’re welcome.

  171. John Markos O'Neill says:

    Henry! You ruined this whole batch! That’s the last time I let you near the molds.

    Ah, put ‘em in the Trader Joe’s order.

  172. jonw says:

    I’d say the big thing is a bag of toys. And a line of reindeer. But I want it to be the grinch.

  173. Anonymous says:

    i think we have the basis for Dan Brown’s next best-seller!

  174. Jonathan Badger says:

    It’s a shoggoth, clearly. You seem to have gotten the “At The Mountains of Madness” themed advent calendar.

  175. Anonymous says:

    I think it is a troll for those of us with mobile devices that autorotate the screen.

  176. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Bullwinkle to me =)

  177. DloPwop says:

    It’s a sleigh bell. You’re welcome.

  178. braininavat says:

    A ball and chain! It’s your credit card bill for January!

  179. the_headless_rabbit says:

    Since everyone seems to be seeing something different in this piece of chocolate, I am going to conclude that it’s nothing at all.

    It is possibly a shape the designers threw in last minute, because they were only able to come up with 23 ideas, but needed one more, so they came up with some biomorphic form that could be interpreted as being anything with a bit of imagination. Children do have very active imaginations.

  180. patrick neville says:

    brass knuckles?

  181. devophill says:

    C’mon, you guys, it’s a (spherical) plum pudding with a holly sprig. Jeez.

  182. Xeni Jardin says:

    It’s our lord Jesus.

  183. staticvars says:

    It’s a cry for help from the melting glacier Santa lives on. Put it under a warm bulb for the full effect.

  184. BillR says:

    That’s Krampus, obviously.

  185. jhm says:

    Have you slit this open yet? Perhaps it represents the death dance of the cockroach who fell into the chocolate.

  186. Anonymous says:

    Definitely Santa with a sack over his shoulder, aboard a sleigh.

  187. Anonymous says:

    It’s a sleigh.

  188. Ape Lad says:

    I think it’s Nosferatu. Trader Joe’s is owned by a German company after all.

  189. Jazzhigh says:

    Shecky the Festivus snail and his puddle of vitriolic slime.

  190. Anonymous says:

    Flame of Anor?

  191. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know what it is but it looks like it’s part of the war on Christmas…

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