Festival for Hot Chocolate lovers
YYC Hot Chocolate Festival returns February 1-28 to Calgary and area with a whopping 175 participating locations. Calgarians are invited to get their hot chocolate on during the month of February in support of Calgary Meals on Wheels.
Restaurants, cafes and eateries throughout Calgary and area put forward a creative concoction of chocolate vying for boasting rights. The following 2022 winners have returned hoping to hang on to their titles.
- Cornerstone Music Café who took home the Best Hot Chocolate award returns with The Bee’s Knees. This hug in a mug features crunchy handcrafted honeycomb made with locally harvested Chinook Honey crumbled on top of whipped cream.
- The Cup That Runneth Over award went to Hexagon Café for the most sold hot chocolate. This year they present the Oreo Brownie Hot Chocolate rimmed with sweet white chocolate sauce, topped with brownie flavoured whipped cream and finished with oreo crumbs.
- Kristi YYC was awarded the Best Spirited Hot Chocolate for their luscious hot cocoa. The team created the Kentucky Breakfast for this years festival pairing house-made chocolate sauce, a roasted vanilla marshmallow and top-shelf bourbon served with a waffle stick. A second non-spirited option is available.
Photo: Hexagon Cafe and YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
Creativity is the name of the game this year. If you are looking for a snack to go with your hot chocolate there are several options to choose from.
Consider Sauce Italian Market’s mini lemon tarts, Holy Cannoli Coffee Company’s mini red velvet cookies, Amaido Cafe’s mochi balls, Cake pops from Sammie Café, churros at Flower & Wolf, or chocolate dipped pretzels from Good Bread.
Photo: Canyon Meadows Cinema and YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
Brighten your day with colourful and unique drink options like The Last Unicorn from Canyon Meadows Cinemas, a colour changing whipped cream topped hot chocolate at Oolong Tea House, a charcoal whipped cream at Popping Dragon Tea House or hot chocolate covered in cherry pop rocks from Calgary Climbing Centre.
In 2022 over 60,000 cups of Hot Chocolate were sold raising over $79,000 during the annual festival. $1 to $3 from every cup sold supports Calgary Meals on Wheels.
Plan your hot chocolate crawl here YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, then rate your drink online or on the app.