Hot Chocolate Festival @ Schokolade Cafe

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The Hot Chocolate Festival is in full-swing, so we decided to treat ourselves this week. We dropped by East Village neighbourhood spot Schokolade Cafe to see what they had to offer, and we ended up indulging in a chocolate lunch!  

We’ve walked by this place a million times, and have been curious about what they’re all about. Lucky for us it was a quiet morning when we stopped in, and we got some beautiful sunshine which flooded the entire cafe.

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Schokolade has a tempting six options on their Hot Chocolate Festival menu this year, with another 20 on their regular menu to choose from. For $10 you get a handcrafted hot chocolate, as well as four artisan chocolates of your choice.

This is basically hot chocolate heaven, if you didn’t already realize — and as owner June put it, we’ve been missing out for the last six years! 

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Adrian chose the Bombay Spice, which was a delicate blend of Chai spice with 70% single origin dark chocolate. 

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Jeremy opted for the Canadian Classic, a blend of  100% pure hazelnut with 38% milk chocolate. It tasted like a melted hedgehog in a cup. 

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Pomegranate (70% Dark), one of the top sellers at Schokolade Cafe.

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Sunny Orange (White/Dark Chocolate). This one almost tasted like a creamsicle!

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Strawberry & Pepper (White Chocolate). Intense, bright and slightly spicy.

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Mango Jalapeno (White Chocolate). Spicy and juicy!

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Earl Grey (Milk Chocolate). Like a warm cup of tea, steeped to perfection. Jeremy’s favorite of the bunch!

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Peppermint (70% Dark Chocolate). 

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There were a few chocolates we forgot to photograph, which were the Almond Milk Chocolate, and the Sea Salt & Caramel.

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They use only the finest ingredients at Schokolade. There’s no preservatives, additives, or artificial colours in anything, and their fillings — things like fresh fruit, dairy and nuts — are all locally sourced here in British Columbia.

We had a chance to speak with Edward, the chocolatier at Schokolade, who spoke with us about his chocolates and which we enjoyed most. 

The cafe has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and we’ll definitely be back again soon. After all, we have 20 something hot chocolates to try!

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