The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival returns this year, from January 19th to February 14th, with dozens of restaurants and cafes serving up deliciously decadent creations for a cause. Over 25 participants will serve up over 60 flavours!
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
Try a “Red Truck” at Bella Gelateria, it’s a stout beer/hot chocolate collaboration with Red Truck Brewery, or savour a “Breakfast in Burnaby” from Chez Christophe, which is inspired by French toast with 34% Zephyr hot white chocolate, a maple drizzle and pecan crunch.
There’s also a “Vegan Spiced Hot Chocolate” at Earnest Ice Cream with chai tea ice cream with hints of coconut and cashew, drenched in dark hot chocolate for an affogato-style drink.
Up for some unique ingredients? Mink Chocolates, who had all of Vancouver cheeping about their ‘cricket” drink in 2015, are going for the buzz again with a drink combo that incorporates Ripple Pea Milk. Gem Chocolates has a 60s, blossom-infused, milk chocolate drink on their list that even Austin Powers would approve of. The always romantic Paul Dincer, owner of Koko Monk Chocolates, is infusing black olives, while Chocolate Arts is working with red wine.
These flavours and more are listed below under each participating venue:
Hot Chocolate for a Cause
For the fourth year, partial profits from festival sales will be donated to The PHS Community Services program for Downtown Eastside women’s employment and job skills training programs (as run by East Van Roasters.)