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.
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!
Adrian chose the Bombay Spice, which was a delicate blend of Chai spice with 70% single origin dark chocolate.
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.
Pomegranate (70% Dark), one of the top sellers at Schokolade Cafe.
Sunny Orange (White/Dark Chocolate). This one almost tasted like a creamsicle!
Strawberry & Pepper (White Chocolate). Intense, bright and slightly spicy.
Mango Jalapeno (White Chocolate). Spicy and juicy!
Earl Grey (Milk Chocolate). Like a warm cup of tea, steeped to perfection. Jeremy’s favorite of the bunch!
Peppermint (70% Dark Chocolate).
There were a few chocolates we forgot to photograph, which were the Almond Milk Chocolate, and the Sea Salt & Caramel.
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!
XX – The Food Gays