Hot Chocolate Vancouver 2021 is kicking off on January 16, and that means you’re just days away from getting your first bonafide sugar high of the year.
There are a whopping 39 vendors participating in the sweet celebration for 2021, and we’ve gotten a taste of some of the best, must-try drinks that should be on your list.
You’ve got from January 16 to February 14 to try ’em all, so be sure to plan accordingly and enjoy sugar lovers!
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Here are 10 must-try drinks to get during Hot Chocolate Vancouver 2021.
‘Chocolat de la Passion’, ‘Othello’, and ‘Ispahan’: Ladurée
Chocolate lovers have got to try one (or all) of Ladurée’s three awesome drinks for this year’s event. ‘Ispahan’ is topped with a pink macaron and made with Valrhona Opalys white chocolate, rose infusion, Chantilly cream sprinkled with rose meringue.
‘Othello’ is made with Valrhona Guanaja Dark Chocolate 70% and infused with the signature Ladurée Othello tea served with a Ladurée chocolate-coated macaron, while the vegan ‘Chocolat de la Passion’ is a combo of Valrhona Caraïbe Dark chocolate 66%, Passion Fruit Puree, and Coconut milk served with one of two flavours of Ladurée vegan macarons. All of these drinks will be available until February 13.
Address: 1141 Robson Street, Vancouver
‘The Mellow Berry Bomb’ and ‘Incendiary Orange Explosion’: Caffè Artigiano
Two Caffè Artigiano locations will be offering two special beverages during Hot Chocolate Vancouver this year, including ‘Incendiary Orange Explosion’ made with orange, creamy milk chocolate, and infused with smoke. Another one to try from this purveyor? ‘The Mellow Berry Bomb’ made with strawberry and ruby chocolate served with an artisan-made ruby chocolate marshmallow bomb.
Address: 4010 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 3154 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver
‘Mauna Loa’ and ‘Mauna La’i’: Honolulu Coffee
Honolulu Coffee will have two creations available at its two Vancouver locations, the spicy ‘Mauna Loa’ made with 70% dark chocolate and a hint of maple chilli bacon syrup seasoned with cayenne pepper and paprika and served with a volcano-shaped brownie, and the ‘Mauna La’i’, which is inspired by a famous Hawaiian guava-based beverage brand from the ’80s. It combines 70% dark chocolate with guava purée, coconut milk and coconut whipped cream and is served with a guava-flavoured macaroon.
Address: 888 Nelson Street g1, Vancouver
Address: 2098 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
‘Alberni, The Original’: Thierry
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Popular French patisserie and cafe Thierry has a stellar sip to enjoy during this year’s event at both its Alberni and new Mount Pleasant locations. The ‘Alberni, The Original’ is made with Kayambe 45% milk chocolate and served with milk chocolate mendiants. This will be available until January 30.
Address: 1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Address: 265 East 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-608 6870
‘Orange You Glad I Tira-Miss-U?’ and ‘Pistachio Mustaschio’: Giovane Café
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Head to this much-loved cafe at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and find two wonderful concoctions on the menu during Hot Chocolate Vancouver 2021. The ‘Orange You Glad I Tira-Miss-U?’ is a tribute to Tiramisu made with espresso ganache with steamed milk, Valencia orange syrup, and cocoa powder. It’s served with a ladyfinger biscuit topped with whipped mascarpone and garnished with candied orange.
The second option is the ‘Pistachio Mustaschio’ which is named after the moustache-like hot chocolate foam you enjoy while drinking a frothy beverage. This one is made with orange and pistachio condensed milk with steamed hot chocolate, dusted with pistachio powder, and served with a chocolate pistachio cantucci.
Address: 1049 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
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