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Yann Haute Patisserie

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French Breakfast 2020 – $9.00

Very gourmand & entirely plant based! Coconut & almond milk, hot chocolate Valrhona Alpaco single origin – Topped with a smooth & silky coconut milk foam accompanied by a very cute petit pain au chocolat. Bon Appetit!

We were really nervous about trying this one this year since we were not a fan of the hot chocolate last year from Berlingo. Also the price point of this hot chocolate is high, yes we know that they use all high quality ingredients, but still we believed that it was a little high for a hot chocolate.

To our surprise we could really taste hazelnut even though there was no hazelnut flavour anywhere, it could be the combination of the coconut milk and almond milk together that gives you those flavours. The coconut foam was absolutely delicious, great addition to the drink.

This drink is borderline great, we think if they would have selected one of the plant based milks instead of both it would have been great. Also love the addition of the petite pain au chocolat.

Master Chocolat

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Bernard’s Berry Hot Shake – $4.99

Master Chocolat by Bernard is offering a Organic White Raspberry Chocolate Hot Chocolate! Like a warm hug, with berry notes and reminiscent of a sweet milkshake. We hope you try one today!

We were really excited about this drink because a hot chocolate made from a chocolatier we knew it would be absolutely amazing. It was amazing, the white chocolate was not over powering at all which was delicious. It was topped with canned whip (sad face) and freeze dried raspberries with fresh raspberries and a couple chunks of pink chocolate.

The flavour of this hot chocolate is amazing and it is the best white hot chocolate we have had so far. Well done!

Bells Bookstore

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Candied Orange Hot Chocolate – $6.50

This year Bell’s Cafe is doing a locked up Candied Orange Hot Chocolate!!! If you like the idea of this dynamic duo you are in for a treat! Using Coppeneur Madagascar chocolate, we’ve made a rich dark chocolate ganache with orange oil. Garnished with a candied orange rim, whipped cream topping, chocolate sprinkles and in house made candied orange peel dipped in chocolate, this hot chocolate will not disappoint! Naturally gluten free and vegan with milk alternatives, this hot chocolate is for everyone! Our contribution to this festival is made with love and the idea that hot chocolate should have a dark, rich chocolate taste with pure ingredients, and we can’t wait for you to taste it!

To start, these guys are donating $2 per hot chocolate to Meals on Wheels which is absolutely amazing. I wish more places did this.

The candied chocolate covered orange piece was delicious and we ere excited to know that they make those in house. Now to the actual drink, the fist sip had an overwhelming orange oil flavouring. It really caught us off guard and tasted a little like perfume, which was really sad. As we drank the drink the oil texture stayed and the orange flavour was still a little strong.

We strongly believe that if they toned back the orange oil the drink would be a lot better.

Amato Gelato


White Rum Raspberry – $8.50

White Chocolate Raspberry Gelato, the name itself says it all with a creamy deluxe white chocolate base and raspberry ripple swirls which sits on a pillowy bed of fresh whipped cream with hot white chocolate and Jamaican Rum underneath to warm you up in the cold weather. Topped with crisp white chocolate shavings and dusted with rose petals, this delightful and elegant treat will satisfy any chocoholic!

When we arrived we were distracted by all the flavours of gelato that they had and they had a ton. This hot chocolate was very pretty and we were very impressed that they put a mini scoop of raspberry white chocolate gelato on top of the whip and it never sunk through to the chocolate. So that means that the hot chocolate stayed hot, when all the whip and gelato was gone the hot chocolate was still really hot.

They have amazing whip skills to be able to have a small scoop of gelato stay on the whip. We were very impressed and amazed. Also the addition of white rum was a great combination with all the other flavours of this beverage. My daughter says it may be one of her favourites of all that we have tried. Just amazing!

Cibo on 17th


Tiramisu Hot Chocolate – $6.10 (12oz), $6.80 (16oz)

Tiramisu Hot Chocolate topped with mascarpone whip and a lady finger. The syrups used are our house made chocolate sauce and a house made coffee syrup with condensed Marsala and decaf espresso.

This was one that my daughter was the most excited about trying and she said it fell short of her expectations.

Everything is made in house which is amazing but it had an overwhelming flavour of coffee. She was expecting a little but more sweetness and it was stronger on the coffee side. The whip should have had some mascarpone flavouring and she said that there was barely any flavour in the whip. They use Phil and Sebastian decaf coffee for their coffee syrup and my daughter said that she thinks it was a lot of coffee in the drink.

When my daughter asked about the drink the girl said that the drink was to resemble more of an Italian style tiramisu instead of the sweet tiramisu that most people are use too. She wished that they added a little more sweetness to the drink.

Caffe Beano


Love Potion #9 – $6.00

Cardamom Rose scented Bernard Callebaut Semi Sweet Hot Chocolate. Rich, luscious and delicious.

When we got this drink it was gorgeous, there was a lot of thought in the design of this drink. The freeze dried strawberries was a delicious touch. When drinking this hot chocolate we could taste the rose and the chocolate but unfortunately we didn’t get any of the cardamom flavouring. There was a lot of whip on the drink which in turn made the drink cool down really fast so by the time we were half way through it was luke warm. It was a good creamy and smooth hot chocolate though.

Cravings Market

Deconstructed Italian Cioccolato – $5.75

Have it your way! Mix all the amazing components together at once, or enjoy it detail by detail.. mixing it in your mouth, just the way you want it: Thick Italian hot chocolate next to deep fried ice cream in a Nutella rimmed cup, followed by a decadent thick orange whipped cream and 1.5oz of Brandy to complement the creation (Non-alcoholic option available),  and a delicious chocolate covered cookie straw. Find your unique mixing taste and indulge in our deconstructed creation.

We really liked the aspect that you could try the elements separately or mix them all together. We tried each of the elements and they were amazing by themselves and when we mixed them all together the flavour was delicious. Unfortunately we could not taste orange in the whip, we could really taste the cinnamon more than anything else. The thick chocolate was warm and decadent, and when poured over the ice cream it was really good.

The homemade ice cream was deep fried with cornflakes and chip pieces which was a nice addition. The only sad part was that when we mixed the melted chocolate with the ice cream it was really good, but there were chunks. Don’t like having chunks that we have to chew when we are having a hot chocolate.

Their spirited option is $11 and it is not outrageous since $2 gets donated to Meals on Wheels.


White Chocolate Raspberry – $6.00

Premium raspberry black tea swirled with succulent white chocolate sauce. Topped with whipped cream and sparkling pink sprinkles. It is divine! Alternative milks available for a small fee. It will be made with Dairy, but can be made with Almond, Soy or Coconut milk for an additional charge of 50 Cents per cup.

We were very excited to try this hot chocolate since their one last year was absolutely amazing as well. We decided to get two, one made the regular way and one made with coconut milk. We were excited to see that they are donating $2 from every drink to Meals on Wheels, the most we have seen on a regular hot chocolate. Unfortunately we were unable to have whip since she ran out, but honestly the drink doesn’t need the whip, it was delicious without it.

Both drinks were full of flavour and absolutely amazing. The Coconut milk added a creamy aspect to the drink and the regular one was just as creamy. It was amazing. We could really “taste all the organic love” that the girl put into making our drinks today.

We have to say that Totalitea has really mastered the tea based hot chocolates and those making that kind of beverage should take note.

Top 6 to Try for YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

While our adventures started a couple weeks ago, we have listed our six that we think you should try in the following weeks. Both my wife and daughter have their own six that they would like to let people know about. There is a slight disclaimer that my daughter tried some that my wife did not, and vis versa. Know that these lists are not in any specific order. Without further ado here are the lists.

My wife’s list that she hopes everyone will try;

Black Sheep – Holy Smokes – $8

The Nash – Dark Cocoa with Toasted Banana Merigne – $7

The Block (spirited) – Coconut Bliss – $9

Sawa – Spice It Up – $6

Calgary Heritage – Chicken Bones – $6.30

Bite – Raspberry Beret – $7


My daughter’s list that she hopes everyone will try;

Sought and Found – Milk x Chocolate x Marshmallow – $8

Bike and Brew – Tofifee – $6

Hexagon – PB and J – $6.50

Ollia – Rocher Hot Chocolate – $6

Bite (without the chocolate bite) – Raspberry Beret – $7

Sawa – Spice It Up – $6

And our honourable mentions are Bridgeland (Nuts About You – $6.49) because they have an amazing marshmallow and the process of creating the ganache ball and melting with the steamed milk is absolutely amazing. The second is Linas Italian Market (Sapporo di Sicilia – $5.99) because even though I don’t consider this a hot chocolate and we think outside the box, it was very decadent and the pistachio whip was delicious.

We hope that you can get out in the next two weeks and try any of the above or even some of the other creations from YYC Hot Chocolate Fest.

Happy Chocolating!