Well, it’s the end of January and boy to we need a pick-me-up. Chocolate seems like it just might do the trick!
The 9th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is here to help us feel a little warmer, a little cozier, and a little more chocolaty. The festival runs from January 19 to February 14.
The good news is, if you are lactose-intolerant or vegan, there are tons and tons of great options for you to indulge in.
For sure your best bet if you want to be dairy-free is to hit up Koko Monk. This is where they have the best selection, and some of the most interesting and creative hot chocolates in the city. The owner, Paul, is a mad genius, pairing thing together that seem like they shouldn’t work, but then they totally do. The bonus? Each hot chocolate comes with a delicious, homemade vegan chocolate. Win! They have a new location on Broadway, and they are serving up different drinks at both locations.
Cartem’s will always be number one in my heart when it comes to donuts, and they are always very vegan-friendly. Their vegan hot chocolate entry comes paired with a vegan donut, so you cannot lose.
I’m interested in the Mink Chocolates option, as well. It’s a boozy version made with vegan Baileys.
Uno Gelato‘s entry is raw, and comes with a scoop of ice cream.
Here’s the list of all the vegan entries in this year’s Hot Chocolate Festival. Please refer to the website for more details, as not all of the locations offer all of the hot chocolates all the time.
Comment below and tell me which one is your fave!
#01 – “CHOCOLATE POWER PLANT “
Vegan almond or vegan hazelnut milk hot chocolate.
Paired with a Vegan Chocolate Doughnut. (This the first time Lucky’s has made a vegan doughnut – especially for the Hot Chocolate Festival! Yay!
#17 – “COCOANUT”
A dairy-free, vegan-friendly coconut dark hot chocolate.
Paired with a Vegan Coconut Cookie (V)
#19 – “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.
#31 – “A KINDER SALTED CARAMEL”
Decadent hot chocolate with caramel and fair trade cacao – 100% organic and vegan.
Comes with a house-made Maple Shortbread.
#32 – “MERRY BERRY HOT CHOCOLATE”
Using local raspberries and fair trade premium cacao, this hot chocolate is 100% vegan, organic and irresistibly delicious.
Served with a house-made Raspberry Cheesecake.
Koko Monk (1849 W 1st Ave)
#40 – “HEART OF THE WATER”
Vegan maple water dark hot chocolate with coconut milk.
Served with Passion Fruit Praline.
#41 – “ISTANBUL – TOKYO: DOUBLE KICKER”
Vegan coconut milk matcha tea white chocolate with Turkish coffee.
Served with a vegan Eggnog and Rum Praline.
#42 – ”THE LIGHT SYLLABLES” (vegan option)
Spicy ginger and chai tea dark hot chocolate with cardamom.
Paired with a Rum Truffle.
#43 – “BLACK MOON” (vegan option)
Rich, dark drinking hot chocolate made with 74% Venezuelan Trinitario.
Paired with Tea and Cardamom Praline.
Koko Monk 2883 W Broadway
#44 – “LOVE IS A BITCH” (vegan option)
Mango/tequila white hot chocolate with chilli.
Paired with a Rosemary Dark Chocolate Praline with olive oil.
#45 – “ALTERED SOUL” Dedicated to the Memory of David Bowie
Vegan cashew milk dark hot chocolate with cardamom and chilli.
Paired with a Salted Rose Caramel Praline. (V)
#46 – ”THE SHAPE OF A PARTICULAR BLISS” (vegan option)
Watermelon white hot chocolate with parsley and spices.
Paired with a Rum Truffle.
#47 – “NEITHER SUN NOR RAIN”
Vegan smoked curry dark hot chocolate with coconut milk .
Paired with Lemongrass and Mango Praline.
#51 – “PETA KOOL-AID”
Entirely vegan coconut cream ganache hot chocolate with Baileys Almond Milk liqueur.
Paired with a Mini Dark Chocolate Bar.
#72 – “WATCH YOUR COCONUTS”
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.
#28 – “NUTTY & NICE ”
Indulge in a creamy and luscious hazelnut hot chocolate.
Paired with a sugar cookie.