Four Must-Try Flavors at the Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Get ready for some sweet sips.

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The Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival kicks off from January 15 to February 14, serving up sweet sips to those who love all things hot chocolate.

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Launched in 2011, the annual event sees local coffee outposts and specialty restaurants offer their take on the best hot chocolate drinks.

“Bigger and better than ever, it features our region’s finest chocolatiers, patisseries, bakeries, cafes and ice cream parlors joining forces to make humble hot chocolate hotter than it’s ever been before,” says the event website.

This year’s event sees 44 participating businesses in 67 locations serving 106 flavors. Check out the full list below:

  • 49th Parallel Coffee + Lucky’s Donuts
  • A La Mode Pie Cafe
  • artisan
  • Bakery Lots
  • Beautiful Cafe
  • Bellagio Cafe
  • The Bench Bakery
  • Beta 5 Chocolates
  • BjornBar Bakery
  • Boba Run
  • Broyé Café & Bakery
  • Butter baked goods
  • Bakery Gifts
  • At Christopher’s
  • coho coffee
  • dough girls
  • East Van Roasters
  • Emkao Foods
  • Eternal Abundance
  • Everbeen Cafe
  • Fife’s Bakery
  • Fufu Cafe
  • Gem Chocolates
  • Giovane Caffe
  • Glenburn Soda Fountain
  • Honolulu Coffee
  • Kafka’s cafe
  • Koko Monk Chocolates
  • Koko Monk Hot Chocolate Lounge
  • Ice
  • The duration
  • Mink Chocolates
  • My Paris Pastry
  • Nelson the Seagull
  • Pica Blue Hat Bakery Cafe
  • passion fruit ice cream
  • Say hello sweets
  • Sciué + Evening
  • Super Veloce
  • Swiss Bakery
  • Tempering the Pastry
  • Thierry Chocolates
  • Thomas Haas Chocolates
  • Uno Gelato

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And, if you’re looking to get a head start on your hot chocolate adventure, check out our picks for the five must-have flavors.

The beverage: “Bananako’i” from Cafe Honolulu

The details: Honolulu Coffee puts tropical flavors front and center with its ‘Bananako’i’ creation. The drink, which is served with a Banana Foster ice cream sandwich on the side, is 70% dark chocolate with a “dash” of banana and passion fruit for a combination designed to transport you – or your taste buds, at least – to a tropical location.

The beverage: Lots Bakery Strawberry Pocky Forever

The details: You can always count on the team of Many Bakery to create unique flavors, whether pastries or hot chocolates. This year, the team created a hot chocolate based on the popular Strawberry Pocky snack. Valrhona Strawberry couverture chocolate is infused with a “tip of sweet rose” to create the special drink. The sweet sip is served with one of the bakery’s delicious buttery croissants on the side. A perfect match, indeed.

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The beverage: Kafka’s Coffee Ruby Tuesday

The details: Coffee outpost Kafka’s puts pistachios in the spotlight at the festival with its Ruby Tuesday drink. The sip sees ruby ​​chocolate blended with pistachios and milk for a perfectly creamy concoction. The sweet sip is served with pistachio shortbread that has been dipped in ruby ​​chocolate to complete the taste experience.

The beverage: Mont Blanc from Ladurée

The details: The luxury French patisserie’s hot chocolate festival menu features this rich, nutty offering dubbed Mont Blanc. Valrhona Dulcey chocolate is used to make the decadent hot chocolate while a puree of Clément Faugier chestnut paste and a tangerine zest are added to the mix. The glass is then “decorated” with candied chestnuts, chestnut vermicelli and whipped cream. For those looking for an extra kick, Bacardi dark rum can be added if you enjoy the drink inside the cafe. The Mont Blanc is served with a chestnut macaron — or another flavor of your choice — as an accompaniment.

The beverage: Tempering the Yuzu Haiku from the Pastry

The details: This hot take on hot chocolate from the Temper Pastry team sees a milk chocolate and sake hot chocolate pairing decorated with a rim of citrus and sugar for a sip described as “complex, tart, smooth and sweet.” The aptly named Yuzu Haiku is served with a yuzu glazed shortbread cookie on the side.

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