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Vegan Options at Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2019

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. 

Koko Monk Altered Soul

“Altered Soul” from Koko Monk

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! 

Parallel 49 Hot Chocolate fest

49th Parallel

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!

Cadeaux Bakery

#17 – “COCOANUT” 

A dairy-free, vegan-friendly coconut dark hot chocolate.
Paired with a Vegan Coconut Cookie (V)

Cartem's Vegan Hot Chocolate

“Midnight Spice”

Cartem’s Donuts

#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. 

Eternal Abundance

Decadent hot chocolate with caramel and fair trade cacao – 100% organic and vegan.
Comes with a house-made Maple Shortbread.

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 Hot Chocolate flightKoko Monk (1849 W 1st Ave)

Vegan maple water dark hot chocolate with coconut milk.
Served with Passion Fruit Praline.

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 Hot chocolate Festival

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.

Vegan smoked curry dark hot chocolate with coconut milk .
Paired with Lemongrass and Mango Praline.

Mink Chocolates

Entirely vegan coconut cream ganache hot chocolate with Baileys Almond Milk liqueur.
Paired with a Mini Dark Chocolate Bar.

Chez Christophe hot chocolate fest

Uno Gelato

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.

Earnest Ice Cream

#28 – “NUTTY & NICE ”
Indulge in a creamy and luscious hazelnut hot chocolate.
Paired with a sugar cookie.


Vegan Drinking Chocolate

There’s a place here in Vancouver called Mink. It’s not far from where I live, and it is all about the chocolate.

They sell chocolates of all different kinds and flavors, and you can do a fondue there, or have your own s’mores party.

They also sell drinking chocolate.


Now, you might be wondering, what’s the difference between hot chocolate and drinking chocolate? Hot chocolate is mostly made with cocoa powder, while drinking chocolate is much thicker, and is made with actual melted chocolate. It’s much more intense, much richer, and all kinds of amazing.

Mink is surprisingly vegan friendly–you’ll find lots of different kinds of dark chocolate there that is vegan.

But this is a proper vegan drinking chocolate–and the base is cashews. It’s sweetened with maple syrup, and it’s thick and delicious and amazing. You could also use a shot of this in your morning coffee to take it up a notch.

Vegan Drinking Chocolate


  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • water
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Place the cashews in a large mason jar and cover them over with water, plus some extra. Screw on the top and allow to soak overnight.
  2. In the morning, drain the water off the cashews and then add them to your blender with the cocoa, the maple syrup, and 1 ½ cups of water.
  3. Blend for 1-2 minutes on high.
  4. Strain to remove any small bits of debris.
  5. Place the mixture in a small saucepan on the stove and heat until the mixture is almost boiling, is thickened and smooth.
  6. Serve immediately in mugs.