2019 Hot Chocolate Festival

2019 Hot Chocolate Festival

Curry coconut hot chocolate at Kokomonk with burnt sesame and raspberry scotch chocolates

 

2019 Hot Chocolate Festival 
January 19 – February 14, 2019

27 DAYS — 74 CRAZY FLAVOURS!

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Every year I try to make it to two or three places for the Hot Chocolate Festival, but as I have a dairy allergy, it restricts my choices as I can only go to the places that list that they dairy-free options or the places that I’ve been to that I know are happy to swap it out for me.  After perusing the website, here’s the dairy-free choices at the 2019 Hot Chocolate Festival being offered.  Also note that if one of the selections has a vegan option, most establishments are happy to offer the other selection as vegan unless it is specifically made with a non-vegan ice cream:

**note all establishments only offer the following hot chocolate selections after 9am.

2019 Hot Chocolate Festival Non-Dairy Selections

49 PARALLEL ROASTERS:  They apparently make their own almond milk, so I’d be surprised if you couldn’t ask for your hot chocolate creations dairy-free for the Hot Chocolate Festival.  All hot chocolates come with a Lucky Donut so I’ll be headed here. All Available: January 19 – February 14 .

    • CHOCOLATE POWER PLANT (V)(GF) – Vegan almond or vegan hazelnut milk hot chocolate with a Vegan Chocolate Doughnut (only served after 9am)
    • DARK CHOCOLATE LOVE – (79%) hot chocolate with ‘Chocolate Glazed’ or ‘Triple Choc-Old-Fashioned’ doughnut

CADEAUX BAKERY:  Offered January 19 – February 14.  (Closed Mondays.)

    • NEW YEAR, NEW ME! – Caramelized white hot chocolate steeped in ginger and spices, featuring new Callebaut Gold paired with a GoGoGoji Granola Bite
    • COCOANUT – dairy free- coconut dark hot chocolate paired with a Vegan Coconut Cookie

 

2019 Hot Chocolate FestivalCardem Donuts – Amaretto hot chocolate with vegan cinnamon bun

 

CARTEMS DONUTS:   Both Available: January 21 – February 14 . 

  • ROSEBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE – Raspberry white hot chocolate with rose-water whipped cream and dried rose petals served with any donut in the display case. “Earl Grey” recommended.
  • MIDNIGHT SPICE – Dark chocolate married with almond milk, organic cayenne, cinnamon and garnished with spices and slivered almonds paired with any donut in the display case. “Chocolate Glaze” (V) recommended.

CHOCOLATE ARTS:  dairy free options just ask. All Available: January 20 – February 14. (Closed Sundays)

  • EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING – Maple hot chocolate made with Cacao Barry Madirofolo dark chocolate served with Buttermilk Financier.
  • WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU COCOA – Espresso hazelnut hot chocolate made with Chocolate Arts own Or Noir blend of dark-milk chocolate “Amore” and served with a Mini Oat Bar.
  • CARAMEL, CRACKLE & POP – Caramel hot chocolate made with a house-made, bittersweet blend of Cacao Barry Fleur de cao and Mi Amere and served with a Rice Crisp and Pop Rock Square

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Chocolate Arts – hot chocolate with carrot twist served with vegan carrot cake

 

ERNEST ICE CREAM:  apparently has upped their vegan game as they now have about 12 vegan ice creams on their website.  All available: January 19 – February 14.

  • SWEET & SALTY – Salty pretzels and sweet caramel, topped with whipped cream and pretzels paired with Blondie Bar.
  • NUTTY & NICE – hazelnut hot chocolate paired with a sugar cookie (V).

ETERNAL ABUNDANCE:  everything at this establishment is vegan and desserts are especially yummy.

  • A KINDER SALTED CARAMEL” – Decadent hot chocolate with caramel and fair trade cacao served with Maple Shortbread. Available Jan 19 – Feb 1.
  • MERRY BERRY HOT CHOCOLATE – local raspberries and fair trade premium cacao served with a Raspberry Cheesecake. Available Feb 2 – 14.

KOKO MONK CHOCOLATES:– (West 1st location) (Closed Mondays.) – My favourite location for the 2019 Hot Chocolate Festival as they not only have dairy free options for all creative choices, but the in-house chocolates are divine,   Ask about the “Flight of the Week” on Saturdays”  Last year, this was only offered during the Fourth Week Only – so it looks like this is offered every Saturday during the Festival (also offered after the Festival).   Flights of Any three. (Minimum order two.)  Three hot chocolates of 4 oz each. Choose any three flavours including all 2019 festival flavors. Since we make the drinks on the spot, minimum order quantity is two flights of the same three drink

  • HEART OF THE WATER (V) – Vegan maple water dark hot chocolate with coconut milk. Served with Passion Fruit Praline. Available: Jan 19 – 25.
  • ISTANBUL – TOKYO: DOUBLE KICKER (V) – Vegan coconut milk matcha tea white chocolate with Turkish coffee served with a vegan Eggnog and Rum Praline. Available Jan 26 – Feb 1.
  • THE LIGHT SYLLABLES (VO) – Spicy ginger and chai tea dark hot chocolate with cardamom served with a Rum Truffle. Available: Feb 2 – 8.
  • BLACK MOON (VO)_ Rich, dark drinking hot chocolate made with 74% Venezuelan Trinitario served with Tea and Cardamom Praline. Available: Feb 9 – 13 (Note: No 2019 Hot Chocolate Festival participation on Feb 14.)

KOKO MONK HOT CHOCOLATE LOUNGE:– (West Broadway location) (Closed Mondays.) – My favourite location for the 2019 Hot Chocolate Festival as they not only have dairy free options for all creative choices, but the in-house chocolates are divine.  Ask about the “Flight of the Week” on Saturdays”  Last year, this was only offered during the Fourth Week Only – so it looks like this is offered every Saturday during the Festival (also offered after the Festival).   Flights of Any three. (Minimum order two.)  Three hot chocolates of 4 oz each. Choose any three flavours including all 2019 festival flavors. Since we make the drinks on the spot, minimum order quantity is two flights of the same three drink

  • LOVE IS A BITCH (VO) – Mango/tequila white hot chocolate with chilli served with Rosemary Dark Chocolate Praline with olive oil. Available: Jan 19 – 25.
  • ALTERED SOUL – Dedicated to the Memory of David Bowie (V) – Vegan cashew milk dark hot chocolate with cardamom and chilli served with a Salted Rose Caramel Praline. (V) Available Jan 26 – Feb 1.
  • THE SHAPE OF A PARTICULAR BLISS (VO)- Watermelon white hot chocolate with parsley and spices served with a Rum Truffle. Available: Feb 2 – 8.
  • NEITHER SUN NOR RAIN (V) – Vegan smoked curry dark hot chocolate with coconut milk served with Lemongrass and Mango Praline. Available: Feb 9 – 13 (Note: No 2019 Hot Chocolate Festival participation on Feb 14)....2019 Hot Chocolate Festival

Flight of three hot chocolates on Saturdays at Koko Monk and Koko Monk Hot Chocolate Lounge

 

MINK CHOCOLATES:  has one vegan selection, not sure if they will switch up the other one with vegan milk. Both available Available: Jan 19 – Feb 14.

  • WHO YOU CALLING A ‘CONEHEAD’? – A cortado-sized hot chocolate served in a chocolate-lined edible cone served with a Mini Milk Chocolate Bar.
  • PETA KOOL-AID (V) – Entirely vegan coconut cream ganache hot chocolate with Baileys Almond Milk liqueur served with a Mini Dark Chocolate Bar.

TRAFIQ CAFE:   Almond milk is offered here, so I don’t think they would have an issuing switching out the milk in the hot chocolate. (I’ll be calling them to find out if this is possible). Both Available: January 20 – February 14

  • A CANADIAN COMFORT – Rich IZANAGI & IZANAMI (JAPAN) – Hot chocolate made with Hamasaen matcha, 34% Cacao Barry Zéphyr white chocolate and pistachio. Served with Matcha Opera Cake. Available Jan 19 – 24 and Feb 1 – 7.
  • SHIVA & PARVATI (INDIA) – Dirty Chai hot chocolate made with our in-house blend of spices, Colombian single origin 85% chocolate and a double shot of espresso served with Chai Cheesecake Mini. Available: Jan 19 – 24 and Feb 8-14.
  • NAPOLEON & JOSEPHINE (FRANCE) – Praline-orange hot chocolate with hazelnut, Cacao Barry Guyaquil 64% bitter-sweet chocolate and a hint of orange blossom served with L’Orange Petit Four.  Available Jan 25 – 31 and Feb 1 – 7.
  • DIEGO & FRIDA (MEXICO) – Tres Leches hot chocolate made with Cacao Barry 34% Zėphyr white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, cream, and a hint of cinnamon and rose petals served with Tres Leches Petit Four. Available: Jan 25 – 31 and Feb 8 – 14 Available: Jan 19 – Feb 14
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UNO GELATO – James Coleridge is back (formerly from Bella Galleria).  According to the Hot Chocolate site, the following is only available from the 2579 West Broadway location.

  • BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK – A blend of black cocoa (99% cocoa) and two other cocoas, Avalon organic milk and a touch of made in-house, organic Black Sesame Paste.  Served with a scoop of Uno’s Organic Avalon Dairy Gelato or Vegan Gelato. Available: January 19 – February 1.
  • WATCH YOUR COCONUTS (V) – RAW coconut water and made in-house RAW coconut milk with Michel Cluziel 85% chocolate and a touch of Rice Powder from Pakistan served with a scoop of Uno’s Organic Avalon Dairy Gelato or Vegan Gelato. Available: January 19 – February 1.
  • BRIAN LOVES LINDA (S) – This HC uses a blend of 4 different chocolates and a hint of Milano Coffee’s ‘La Futura’ espresso shot, plus a touch of Single Cask Whiskey served with a scoop of Uno’s Organic Avalon Dairy Gelato or Vegan Gelato. Available: February 2 – 14.
  • SQUEEZE YOUR OWN LEMON” (V) – RAW coconut water and made in-house RAW coconut milk infused with Erin Ireland’s fab ‘To Die For Lemon Loaf’ and a medium dark chocolate blend served with a scoop of Uno’s Organic Avalon Dairy Gelato or Vegan Gelato. Available: February 2 – 14

 

Click here to see all the hot chocolate selections for the Hot Chocolate Festival


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Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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