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Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival flavours sure to delight your senses

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival flavours sure to delight your senses

Just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean the treat season has to end. Lucky for Metro Vancouver families, the annual Hot Chocolate Festival has kicked off to give us a sweet start to the new year. The month-long festival has the area’s top bakeries, coffee shops, and patisseries crafting unique flavours that taste delicious and also look like a work of art.

With over 40 participating locations and 100 plus different flavours to choose from, there is something for every family member big and small. These are the flavours that caught our attention and are sure to impress you and the kiddos.

Breakfast Date by Chez Christophe

Dessert for breakfast anyone? At first glance you may forget it’s a hot chocolate because of its uncanny resemblance to a sweet weekend breakfast. Caramel chocolate combined with greek vanilla yogurt, date puree and whole milk, topped with whipped cream and finished with Chez Christophe’s house-made granola. The greek yogurt provides an extra creamy texture that is hard to duplicate. If you have granola lovers in your family, be sure to schedule a breakfast date during this year’s hot chocolate fest at Chez Christophe before this delicacy is gone.

Breakfast Chez Christopher Hot Chocolate Fest 2022
4717 Hastings Street, Burnaby and 1558 Johnston Road, White Rock

Hot Chocolate Fest: Bananako’i by Honolulu Coffee

It may have been a while since your last tropical vacation, but you don’t have to wait to savour those island flavours. Honolulu Coffee has created a tropical-inspired hot chocolate with hints of passionfruit and banana. This drink is topped with banana flavoured whipped cream and is paired with a banana foster ice cream sandwich. Your inner child will be just as excited as your kids after only one sip.

Honolulu coffee hot chocolate festival 2022
888 Nelson Street, Downtown Vancouver and 2098 West 41st Ave, Vancouver in Kerrisdale

Looking for mom and me coffee shops? Here are our top local Vancouver picks.

Birthday Cake by Butter Baked Goods

If birthday cake was a drink, this is what it would and should taste like. White hot chocolate topped with pink whipped cream and decorated with coloured sprinkles. Sipping on this at Butter Baked Goods cafe space will transform you into your own fairytale. It’s the perfect drink and space for a mommy and me date.

4907 Mackenzie Street, Vancouver

The Polar Vortex by The Bench Bakehouse

No matter your age, you can agree strawberry and chocolate is one of the best dessert pairings of all time. That’s why the Bench Bakehouse’s creation does not disappoint. A strawberry hot chocolate mixed with dark chocolate and fresh strawberry puree, topped with a mini chocolate brownie. Strawberry lovers will be amazed. We recommend trying this hot chocolate with oat milk for an enhanced flavour profile.

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The Bench Bakehouse's hot chocolate festival 20222
Photo Credit: Il Mercato Instagram
1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

I’d Tap That – BjornBar Bakery

Calling all maple lovers! A maple hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and maple walnut fudge bites, served with a maple walnut fudge bar. There is no shortage of maple in this Canadian themed hot chocolate. It tastes as delicious as it looks.

Bjorn Bar I'd Tap That hot chocolate festival 2022
Photo Credit: Bjorn Bar Instagram 3053 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver and 581 Clarke Rd, Coquitlam

Looking for more sweet bakeries? Check out these 5 local bakeries we love.

Each hot chocolate comes with a treat carefully paired to complement the look and flavour of the drink. Time is limited as this year’s festival runs until Valentine’s Day. Check out for a full list of flavours and a virtual map to find participating locations near you. Take note of what creations intrigue you and get some input from the kids to make the experience extra fun. 

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