When January and chilly weather come around, I am almost instantly craving some really good, over-the-top, gourmet style hot chocolate. And the 10th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is almost here. Perfect timing for the dreary days of winter.
This Saturday, January 16th marks the start of the festival. There are over 30 + great shops participating this year and I am sure you will want to see what it’s all about.
If you live on the North Shore, I recommend stopping in at “Bjorn Bar Bakery” in Edgemont Village. Just a mere 3.2 km .. or roughly a 7 min. drive from Central Apartments in North Vancouver. They’ll be starting their Choc. Fest. Saturday January 16th, 2021.
If you are like me and you like to be creative in the kitchen, then here are a few suggestions for making some yummy hot chocolate at home.
My Go To Recipe:
Prep. Time: 3 min. Cook Time: 10 min.
- 1/4 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 C. Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/3 C. Water
- 4 C. Whole Milk
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- In a sauce pan mix dry ingredients.
- Add the water and bring to a boil, keep boiling for 1 min.
- Add the milk.
- Heat until it’s the temperature you like.
- Take off the heat and add the vanilla, stir and serve.
If you want to spice up your cup of deliciousness … try these ideas and see which one is your favourite.
Add 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice and Dark Cocoa.
Add 1tsp. Peppermint Extract or Peppermint Bark.
Add 2 oz. of Bailey’s Irish Cream
Add 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon and a tiny pinch of Cayenne
Other add ons can be Nutella, almond extract, lavender buds, white chocolate, grated orange zest, or just pile on loads of marshmallows, whipped cream and candy sprinkles! Mmmmm.
Yep, I’m going to the Chocolate Fest … are you?
Go to HotChocolateFest.com to see all the vendors and flavours featured this year.