Last call for the 2012 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

This is a call to action for chocolate aficionados. This weekend is the last weekend to sample the over-the-top, amazing array of hot chocolates available at the city’s best cafes and patisseries during the 2012 Hot Chocolate Festival. We’re all excited about the upcoming Tales of the Cocktail; in the meantime, the Hot Chocolate Festival offers rated-family fun you’re sure to remember.

There are 15 participating Vancouver chocolate masters and over 50 hot chocolate flavours (including vegan options) to try. I’m thinking a weekend hot chocolate crawl is in order.

Canada hot chocolate, by Beta 5 + The Juice Truck, is made with 63% dark chocolate “stick” stirred into milk and topped with a smoked sugar marshmallow. CocoaNymph is serving Maple Cinnamon hot chocolate, made with milk chocolate and garnished with a caramelized apple ring. Thomas Haas has a salty-sweet Soft Caramel & Fleur de Sel sipper, that comes with a signature Haas chocolate sparkle cookie.

Many of the participating 2012 Hot Chocolate Festival cafes are also handy for scooping up Valentine’s Day treats for loved ones.  Find the full list of participating cafes and their hot chocolate menus after the jump.

2012 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Flavours + Cafes

Bel Cafe's 70% Valrhona Guanaja Dark Chocolate with orange oil and roasted green cardamom. Image: Bel Cafe

Bel Cafe at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Organic Filbert and Sweet Spice – 36% Valrhona Caramelia Milk Chocolate,
organic hazelnut, hazelnut oil, chai spice. Served with hazelnut breton.

Bella Gelateria + It’s to Die for Banana Bread

Macadamia Nut – Michel Cluizel milk chocolate. Served with Erin Ireland’s famous It’s To Die For Banana Bread.

Italian Honey Nougat and Hazelnut – Michel Cluizel milk chocolate. Served with Erin Ireland’s famous It’s To Die For Banana Bread.

Salted Caramel – Michel Cluizel dark chocolate. Served with Erin Ireland’s famous It’s To Die For Banana Bread.

Canada by Beta 5 + The Juice Truck. Image: City Food Magazine and Twitter user @chocoaeggie

Beta 5 Chocolates + The Juice Truck

Canada – 63% dark chocolate stick stirred into hot milk. Served with smoked sugar marshmallow.

Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France

Cardamom – 66% Mexican dark chocolate and infused with cardamom.

CocoaNymph Chocolates & Confections

Black Sesame – dark chocolate (vegan). Served with a wafer of sesame bianco chocolate bark.

Maple Cinnamon – milk chocolate. Served with a caramelized apple ring.

Apricot Almond – dark chocolate (vegan). Served with chocolate-covered dried apricot. (vegan)

Cardamom – dark chocolate. Served with coconut orange marshmallow.

French Made Baking

Passion Fruit – milk chocolate. Served with a house-made macaron.

Gem Chocolates

Blueberry – milk chocolate. Served with a sample of caramelized and organic almonds, chocolate-coated hazelnuts or chocolate-coated almonds.

Leonidas Chocolates

Raspberry – dark chocolate. Served with a choice of chocolate or liege waffle sample.

Tosca – dark chocolate and rum. Served with a choice of chocolate or liege waffle sample.

Frozen Noisette – milk chocolate. Served with a choice of chocolate or liege waffle sample.

Raspberry Cheesecake – white chocolate. Served with a choice of chocolate or liege waffle sample.

Hot chocolate by Mink. Image: Mink

Mink – A Chocolate Cafe

The Sheba – milk or dark chocolate with pistachio. Served with a 72% dark chocolate wafer.

The Mermaid’s Choice – milk or dark chocolate with salted caramel and hint of rosemary. Served with a 72% dark chocolate wafer.

Schokolade

Spicy Aztec Heart – 70% single origin dark chocolate. Served with 3 truffles: Cinnamon Heart, Cherry Jelly Heart, Raspberry Cream Heart Praline.

Fresh Ginger – 70% single origin dark chocolate. Served with 3 truffles: Coconut & Ginger, Simply Sinful, Brandy.

Strawberry Love Ice – white chocolate. Served with 3 confections: Strawberry & Pepper Praline, Swiss Almond Cluster, Raspberry Jelly.

Squirrel Special – milk chocolate and hazelnut butter. Served with Swiss Hazelnut Puff Pastry Roll, or 3-Hazelnut Praline.

Passion Fruit Madness – 70% single origin dark chocolate. Served with 3 pralines: Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Majon Tile Orange.

Terra Breads

Chai – milk chocolate. Served with an almond macaron.

Thierry's Pink Praline hot chocolate. Image: City Food Magazine and Twitter user @nataliewong

Thierry Chocolaterie & Patisserie

Pink Praline – milk chocolate. Served with white chocolate mendiant.

Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie

Soft Caramel & Fleur de Sel – dark chocolate. Served with warm Chocolate Sparkle cookie.

Extra Dark Chocolate with Fresh Vanilla. Served with vanilla marshmallows.

Hazelnut – milk chocolate. Served with crispy hazelnut wafers.

Have you sampled hot chocolate during the festival? Share by commenting.

Funds raised from the 2012 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival will be donated to the food services programs of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Find out  more about the 2012 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival menus, which change based on date, here.

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