Vancouver Hot Chocolate Challenge

Welcome to the next Vancouver Hot Chocolate Challenge. I have invited cafes from all over the city to enter their hot chocolate creations into this challenge, some have entered their most popular creation from their menu and others created a special creation just for this challenge. Each cafe will be featuring their creations on their menu from November 23 – December 17, 2023.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the hot chocolate creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Share your photos on Instagram and TikTok throughout the challenge, our instagram and TikTok address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #HotChocolateChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your social media sharing during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite hot chocolate creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

How to VOTE :

  1. Look for our hot chocolate challenge posters at each of the participating cafes,.
  2. Scan the QR code and Vote for your favourites from November 23 – December 17, 2023.

Get some friends together and visit 2 places or more to taste the different hot chocolate creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the hot chocolate creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Cup & Bun Café

Zafaran Party Potion

Price:  $5.75

Created by: Faranak Kaboli

Description: This luxurious hot chocolate blends dark chocolate and milk with aromatic saffron syrup, topped with saffron and cardamom flavored whipped cream for a rich, indulgent experience.

Ingredients: Saffron syrup, Dark Chocolate. Cardamon, Homo Milk, Heavy Cream

Offered: All the time

Cup and Bun Cafe

3851 Hastings St, Burnaby

Phone:(604) 291-9390



Milano Espresso Lounge

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Milano’s Fireside Choco Snug

Price: $7.50 ($10.50 for spiked version)

Created by: the team

Description – A Luscious dark drinking chocolate infused with rosemary, citrus, sea salt, and a hint of vanilla. Tied all together with.a cozy dose of orange brandy to warm you from tip to top.

Ingredients – Fresh rosemary, our organic vanilla syrup, orange brandy (optional), Flori di sicilia extract (non alcoholic), dark chocolate flakes, sea salt, regular milk or alternative (oat/soy/housemade almond)

Offered: all the time

Milano Espresso Lounge

36 Powell Street, Vancouver

Phone:(604) 558-0999


Instagram @milanoroasters

Tamaly Shop


Price: $4.50

Created by: the team

Description:  a chocolate-based atole, a warm and thick Mexican beverage. It is prepared with corn flour (simply very finely ground dried corn); piloncillo; water or milk; and containing cinnamon & vanilla. Atole drinks are whipped up using a wooden whisk called a molinillo. The whisk is rolled between the palms of the hands, then moved back and forth in the mixture, until it is aerated and frothy.

Offered: All the time

Tamaly Shop

2525 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 369-3446


Instagram @tamalyshop

Tru Café

Crimson Cocoa Bliss

Price: $5.95 8oz, $6.20 12oz,, $6.45 16oz

Created by: Sumaya

Description: Delve into the “Crimson Cocoa Bliss,” where homemade dark chocolate sauce meets the vibrant tang of cranberry. In a mug lined with rich chocolate, we pour frothy steamed milk, creating a creamy base. Then, a spoonful of our unique cranberry sauce adds a tart, sweet twist, painting a crimson streak in the chocolatey mix.

Topped with fluffy whipped cream, each sip of this drink is a comforting blend of warmth, rich chocolate, and a zesty cranberry flair. Ideal for cozy nights or as a special treat, “Crimson Cocoa Bliss” is more than a drink—it’s an indulgent journey of flavors.

Offered: all the time

Tru Cafe

1500 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 731-2508


Instagram @thetrucafe

AMOKA Coffee and Bites

Choco Chai

Price: $6.25

Created by: Belem

Description: In this hot chocolate we wanted to celebrate what makes Vancouver beautiful: multiculturalism. Our hot chocolate is a fusion of rich dark Mexican chocolate with the taste and the fragrance of the spices of autentica Indian Chai. For the presentation we wanted something simple, but at the same time something that will make you think about Christmas and will make your inner child happy.

Ingredients: Dark chocolate, milk, whipped cream, organic cinnamon, organic cardamom, organic white pepper, organica ginger, organic cloves, organic tapioca and a ginger cookie

Offered: All the time

AMOKA Coffee and Bites

1069 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 685-7427


Instagram @amokacoffee

Bean Around the World on Granville

The Smore

Price: $8.95

Created by: Chef Yossi

Description: It’s a 12 hours steeping house made smore milk the steam with chocolate sauce and marshmallow that are torched and serve with a graham wafer.

Offered: all the time

Available: dine in and takeout

Bean Around the World on Granville

2977 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 732-8273


Instagram @beanongranville

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

AJ Heraghty


Instagram @ajfoodiesaiyan

Shelley Hayashi

Influencer/Writer for MyVanCity

Twitter: @shelleyhayashi

Instagram: @shelleyhayashi

Ray Lee


Instagram @ray_thefoodie