Hot Chocolate Festival 2021
If you too spent a mindless night (or fortnight) watching holiday movies, you’ll know The Code for impending romance. Falling Snow + Twinkling Outdoor Lights + Hot Chocolate = First Kiss, Lifelong Love Confirmed.
Vancouver may not be sporting snow, but we’ve still got plenty of vestigial holiday lights. From January 16th to Valentine’s Day, we’ll also have all manner of hot chocolate options with the launch of the 2021 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. As organizers write: ‘In 2021 we need your support more than ever, and perhaps you need the little candle we light in the darkness too. However, in order to be mindful of your safety and respectful to BC Health Authority rules and regulations, we have made some modifications to this annual initiative..’
Most significantly: all hot chocolate options will be offered for takeout; some locations will only be takeout. Certain venues will also be offering DIY hot chocolate kits so you can create your own hot chocolate mood at home.
The 2021 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival features 39 locations and 87 flavours. If you’re planning on going, do check dates and places before venturing out, as offerings vary by day and some participants are involved for only certain dates of the Festival. The 2021 hot chocolate offerings at the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival include:
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
The Jaffa – orange, dark hot chocolate, and an orange-infused brigadier.
That’s My Jam – peanut butter milk hot chocolate + whipped strawberry ganache. This is served with a strawberry chocolate-dipped financier created from peanut butter.
Bellagio Canada Place
Cedar Fever – cedar-infused whipping cream with chocolate shavings sits atop 70% cocoa maple hot chocolate. Rimmed with walnuts and accompanied by a homemade maple short bread cookie.
The Bench Bakehouse
Trees Company – dark hot chocolate infused with rosemary and crowned with maple whipped cream. Paired with a chocolate kouign amann filled with maple pastry cream.
Incendiary Orange Explosion – smoke-infusion meets creamy milk chocolate and juicy orange. Baristas will roast homemade marshmallows with torches. Those of legal age who are drinking at the caffe can add Baileys or Whiskey.
East Van Roasters
The Licorice Parlor – licorice-infused dark drinking chocolate from the Dominican Republic. Paired with dark chocolate-dipped licorice.
Warm Summer Day – passionfruit and mango cream tops a 44% milk chocolate that features Alunga by Cacao Berry.
Hot Strawberry Daiquiri – a non-alcoholic take with Valhrona’s Inspiration Strawberry chocolate – made with freeze-dried strawberries – and lime. Served with a dark chocolate-dipped homemade lime shortbread cookie.
Framboise Blanche – A scoop of raspberry white chocolate ganache ice cream topped with white hot chocolate.
Sciué Italian Bakery Cafe
Salato D’Meglio (Salty is Better) – salted caramel hot dark chocolate. Paired with a salted caramel stick. Those over 19 can order a shot of Salted Caramel Bailey’s if consumed in house.
Peanut Butter Perfection – peanut butter cup and salted caramel hot chocolate. Paired with a hot chocolate cookie topped with vegan marshmallows.
Header Photo: Eliv Sonas-Acheron
Photo #2: Jonny Caspari