20 Gorgeous & Wacky Drinks At This Year’s Hot Chocolate Festival (PHOTOS)

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The city’s sweetest festival has been bigger and better than ever.

Now in its 10th year, the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival sees a variety of unique creations from the beautifully designed cup of hot chocolate to some pretty wacky combinations.

On now until Feb. 14, you can sip on more than 100 flavours from 44 participating shops. Here’s just 20 of this year’s must-try drinks.

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Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Line-up

The Bee’s Knees – 49th Parallel Coffee + Lucky’s Doughnuts

Show Me The Monet – 1931 Gallery Bistro

Chocolate Playground – Beaucoup Bakery

Orange You Glad It’s Hot Chocolate – Earnest Ice Cream

Purple Rain – Bella Gelateria

Eye of the Tiger – Bjorn Bar Bakery

Speculoos – Butter Baked Goods

Golden Genie – Chez Christophe

Zen Matcha – Doughgirls

Tiramisu Mocha – Sciue Italian Bakery Cafe

Taste of Peru – Thierry

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4 days to go! 4 Blasts From the Past! To celebrate the Festival's 10th anniversary our longer term vendors are bring back their best selling drink of the decade. Here's a quartet of some of them. Picture 1: "Taste of Peru" from @thierrychocolat. Made from darkly decadent Peruvian cacao beans. And only available Jan 18 – 31. 📷 @leilalikes Picture 2: Everyday's your B'day at @butterbakedgoods when they're serving "Birthday Cake". Hotcho in the cup, cake and sprinkles on top. Picture 3: "Cocoanut". The popular vegan HC from @cadeauxbakery. Coconut milk, passionfruit and white hot chocolate. Also only available Jan 18 – 31. Picture 4: "Come to the Dark Side". They know they shouldn't, but girls can't resist. They love those bad boys. And well, you know, that Darth dude at @gemchocolates has a soul that's sweet darkness. 📷 @ginalovinglife. #hotchocolatefest #hotchocolatefestival #hotchocolate #vancouver

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Come to the Dark Side – Gem Chocolates

The Marie Antoinette – Laduree

Lucky Orange – Everbean Cafe

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CHECK OUT THE NEW KIDS! DId you know we have 13 new participating vendors at the @hotchocolatefest this year? Well, 14 actually if you include @chezchristophe 's new addition in White Rock. Here's what 2 of them will be offering when they make their debut.: PICTURE 1) @everbeancafe celebrates #chinesenewyear with a cup of 'Lucky Orange – Gong Xi Fa Cai'. It's a mandarin-orange infused HC topped with a fortune cookie dipped in dark chocolate that has been blended with blood orange olive oil and topped with pop rocks and gold dust. Ka-Bang! Available Jan 18 – Feb 1. Picture 2) @origoclub gives you options. Order the 'Yin' (dark chocolate infused with Earl Grey), or the 'Yang' (creamy, yuzu-flavoured, blonde chocolate), or try both, 'Ying-Yang'. Served with buttery, house-made madeleines. Available all Festival dates. #hotchocolatefestival #hotchocolate #chocolate #surrey #richmond #vancouver

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Hot Yoda – Soirette

You Da Bomb – Bjorn Bar Bakery

The Surrealist – Beaucoup Bakery

Needle In A Haystack – Gem Chocolates

Yin and Yang – Origo Club

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THEME OF THE DAY – "Gong Xi Fa Cai, Robbie Burns!" 📷 @vitadaily.ca and @origoclub Photo 1) For their 2020 hot chocolate @origoclub have riffed on ancient Chinese philosophy with the balancing symbols 'Yin' (dark) and 'Yang' (light). YIN is a creamy dark chocolate infused with earl grey, while YANG features a smooth blonde chocolate with bright yuzu flavour. Balance your system with one or both and start the New Years path to enlightenment on the right foot. Photo 2) shows how @origoclub managed to blend both celebrations last night by hosting a Dalmore Scotch dinner in their festively CNY-decorated dining room last night. If you missed the dinner, you can still sample tasting flights of the whisky in Origo Club's bar.

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Brok Da Mout – Honolulu Coffee

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THEME OF THE DAY – "Gong Xi Fa Cai, Robbie Burns!" 📷 @vitadaily.ca and @origoclub Photo 1) For their 2020 hot chocolate @origoclub have riffed on ancient Chinese philosophy with the balancing symbols 'Yin' (dark) and 'Yang' (light). YIN is a creamy dark chocolate infused with earl grey, while YANG features a smooth blonde chocolate with bright yuzu flavour. Balance your system with one or both and start the New Years path to enlightenment on the right foot. Photo 2) shows how @origoclub managed to blend both celebrations last night by hosting a Dalmore Scotch dinner in their festively CNY-decorated dining room last night. If you missed the dinner, you can still sample tasting flights of the whisky in Origo Club's bar.

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