Did you guys know that there is a 2nd Annual Vancouver HotChocolate Festival happening from January 14th to February 14th? I had
no clue until KrispyBites and GoodEat told me about it. Many different
chocolate makers are participating in this festival and proceeds from their
featured hot chocolate drinks will be donated to the Downtown Eastside Women’s
of us decided to head over there and get our chocolate on.
on this one) made my mouth water instantly.
chocolate for the festival and coincidentally, all three of us wanted a
different one so it was perfect! I chose the Extra Dark Chocolate with Fresh Vanilla, Served with Vanilla
Marshmallows ($5.95). I expected the colour to be a little darker for “extra
dark chocolate” so I was bit a skeptical at first. However, at first sip, I was relieved to taste the intense bittersweet flavour of intense dark chocolate.
I thought it was really good! The hazelnut flavour was prominent and held its
own against the rich chocolate flavour. It kind of tasted like a Nutella hot
Warm Sparkle Cookies ($5.95) but decided not to at the last minute.
Janice ordered this instead and after having a taste, I regretted not choosing
this! I am a BIG lover of sweet and savoury food (and my maple bacon donut post
clearly demonstrates this) so this hot chocolate was right up my alley. I could
taste a hint of fleur del sel with each sip of the hot chocolate and it
reminded me of gooey delicious salted caramel.
has dark manjari chocolate-raspberry mousse, light vanilla Bavarian, chocolate
sacher cake, and a crispy hazelnut wafer. This was absolutely deeeelicious! I
particularly enjoyed the chocolate raspberry mousse and the crispy wafer on the
it. This did not taste like a traditional croissant because
it had a type of custard inside and was more dense than light. The generous coating
of almond slivers was great as it provided a nice crunch to every bite. By the way, as I looked around the store, I noticed every single table had this croissant as well so it is definitely a must try item!
and hot chocolate so it was a big disappointment finishing off with the macarons
because it absolutely did not live up to our expectations. We ordered Chestnut, Mocha, and Pistachio ($1.75 each)
to share and none of us like any of them. They were under-baked and so soggy to a point where I did not want to even finish it.
- double baked almond croissant is a definite must try item!
- try one of their gourmet hot chocolate before the festival ends
- great atmosphere to chat, eat, or read a book