Your favourite hot chocolate festival is back and in full swing for another year Calgary. For the month of February, local coffee shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all compete to be awarded the title of: YYC’s Best Hot Chocolate, the Best Spirited Hot Chocolate and the special Cup That Runneth Over. Participate in Calgary’s sweetest festival to not only delight the senses and warm up this chilly February but to help support those in need this winter. A portion of the proceeds of every cup sold will be donated to Calgary’s Meals on Wheels, providing nutritious food for those who need it the most. Still not convinced? Check out some of these top-notch, potentially award-winning delectable creations only available until February 28.
Alforno Bakery & Cafe
You’ve tried their pasta, you’ve savoured their baking, now try their hot chocolate! Back by popular demand, meet the More S’mores creation: velvety dark chocolate encircled by a graham cracker crumb rim topped with a MASSIVE homemade marshmallow, torched to perfection and drizzled with….yes, more chocolate.
Ollia Macarons & Tea
Presenting the Chocolate Chai: their signature chai tea infused with creamy 1883 Chocolate Sauce, topped with whipped cream, a chai macaron and a light dusting of powdered chai. Creativity never looked so delicious!
Cravings Market Restaurant
Buttered Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Delight – need we say more?! So many delicious flavours in one cup. Only 10 more days to try this one-of-a-kind creation – cute mug, edible decorations and all!
The Black Sheep
Get ready to try the Smooth Tropical: this creamy passion fruit flavoured white chocolate drink is topped with house-made vanilla bean Chantilly, mango coulis and a mini pistachio financier. How refreshing!
Delight the senses with the Mon Berry: smooth dark hot chocolate and homemade raspberry whipped cream topped with a handmade marshmallow. Psst…the marshmallow is filled with raspberry coulis. Bon appetit!
The Light Cellar
Looking for a new take on hot chocolate? The Light Cellar is serving up warm beverages that are: dairy free, infused with superfoods and medicinal mushrooms, vegan and keto friendly upon request. Give it a try!
The Hexagon Board Game Cafe
Get ready for board game night – with treats! Inspired by their favourite board game, Chronicles of Crime, Hexagon introduces the Chronicles of CHOCOLATE: molten triple chocolate brownie chunks on a bed of toasted marshmallows, topped with a waffle cracker and rimmed with chocolate graham cracker crust.
The festival only runs for 10 more days Calgary, so start tasting and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!
For a full list of participating venues, visit YYC Hot Chocolate Fest.
Kelsey is the Editorial & Events Manager for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses here in YYC. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can usually find her trying the newest fitness studio, exploring the Rockies or chasing the sun – whether here in AB or halfway across the world.