Hot Chocolate Vancouver Returns for 2021 with 87 Delicious Flavours

Winter is the season of cozy, and what is cozier than a hot chocolate?


Until February 5, 2021, in line with the public health order issued on November 20, non-essential travel into and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents let’s do our part by continuing to stay local and support local, with your immediate household or bubble, in accordance with the latest guidelines


When Hot Chocolate Vancouver launched in 2011, it was the first city-wide initiative of its kind in the world.  This January it returns for its 11th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before. In the damp and gloomy days of our Westcoast winter, you’ll find the festival motto to be true: “Hot Chocolate Makes You Happy!”

After 2020, Vancouver’s local eateries need our support more than ever, and perhaps you need a little candlelight in the darkness too. For a small amount money, you can purchase a little bit of cheer to brighten the gloomiest time of year, while at the same time help local cafes in their efforts to stay independent and financially secure.

For 2021, the festival welcomes 39 vendors and a massive 87 delicious flavours to try between the festival dates, January 16 – February 14. Here’s a taste of our favourite spots and what they have on offer for 2021.


Beaucoup Bakery 

That’s My Jam: Peanut butter milk hot chocolate with whipped strawberry ganache. Served with a peanut butter financier dipped in strawberry chocolate. 

Come Thai With Me: A Thai milk tea-flavoured white hot chocolate. Served with an aeroplane-shaped, Thai milk tea bon bon. 

Bellaggio Hornby 

I Am Going Nuts: Dark hot chocolate with Frangelico hazelnut liquor, walnut and roasted almonds. Then finished with whipping cream. Paired with a homemade walnut shortbread cookie.

Persian Rose: Layered dark hot chocolate, with condensed milk, cardamom, and rosewater. Topped with whipped cream and rose petals. Served with Amaretto bites.

Camping Flashback: Dark hot chocolate infused with rosemary syrup and finished with roasted marshmallow and a cinnamon stick.


Uno Gelato

The Aztec: Cinnamon-spiked (cinnamon, coffee, vanilla) Hot Chocolate 70% Fleur de Cao with Mexican vanilla bean gelato to create a thick foam dusted with chili powder for a subtle savoury note.  Served with a mini caramel beignet. 

Biscotti Neri: Cookies and Cream hot chocolate! Creamy hot, extra-bitter, Guayaquil 64% chocolate with the addition of crushed Oreo cookies. Topped with homemade whipped cream, crushed cookies and milk chocolate crispearls. Enjoy it with a mini red fruit beignet.

Biscotti Neri

Thierry Chocolates

Alberni, The Original: Made with Kayambe 45% milk chocolate and mace blades. Served with a dark chocolate mendiant

Mount Pleasant, The Second: A Macaé 62% chocolate with black pepper from Kerala, India. Served with an almond walnut financier. 

Alberni, The Original

For a full list of vendors and flavours, head to

Enter to Win!

Hot Chocolate Vancouver is running an online photo contest. Enter on Instagram for sweet, sweet prizes, consisting of gift certificates valued at $950 from participating chocolate makers and cafes. Win and you could be enjoying their chocolate-y treats all year long! Discover how to enter and win.

COVID Safety

To be mindful of your safety and respectful to BC Health Authority rules and regulations, Hot Chocolate Vancouver have made some modifications to this annual initiative. Read their COVID response.

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