Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Cocoa Nymph

Did you know? There’s a Hot Chocolate Festival going on in Vancouver. Right now!

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I was completely unaware until I saw some buzz on Twitter. Then I saw an article in the Vancouver Sun. Which lead to a little more digging until I found the what I was looking for – the event page.

Turns out this the 1st Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, inspired by a similar event in New York City, and organized by the publisher and editor of CityFood Magazine, Rhonda May. As it states on the event page: 7 chocolatiers, 30 days, 50+ crazy flavours. January 15 – February 13, 2011, all supporting charities of their choice. I knew I had to find time to check at least one or two out.

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I happened to mention the event to some of my dietetics classmates, and before I knew it, we had an impromptu hot chocolate event set up on Facebook, conveniently timed for our 4.5 hour break between classes on Monday. I mean really, what better way to waste some time than to head off campus and indulge in a warm mug of chocolatey goodness?

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We chose to head to Cocoa Nymph Chocolates & Confections, located on West 10th Avenue, because it’s only a 10 min (if that) bus ride off campus.

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Cocoa Nymph is a quaint little spot, with plenty of natural light streaming in through the windows, some quirky decor, and a few cushy pillows to relax on.

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Aside from their delectable looking chocolates, they have a decent drink menu. Of course, we were only after one thing.

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The featured drinking chocolate – Black pepper dark chocolate with salted caramel marshmallows.

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We salivated over the dainty little chocolates while we waited for our beverages to arrive.

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Then it was time.

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Hello hot chocolate!

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It may not look that impressive in the picture, but let me tell you, it was an experience. A rich dark chocolate, not too sweet. Seems pretty normal. Then you are hit with the spicy burn of the black pepper at the back of your throat. Not too intense, but enough to kick up your hot chocolate experience a notch. And then there are the salted caramel marshmallows that slowly melt into your mug, providing that sweet/salty contrast as you first take a sip. Delicious. It hits your palette in so many places, and yet isn’t overly complex. The black pepper does settle to the bottom of the cup over time, so I recommend stirring as you drink, otherwise you will have a very spicy ending to your mug.

It made for one happy and relaxed group of dietetics students

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…who definitely didn’t want to go back to class afterwards. The gorgeous February sunshine didn’t help matters either 😉

I’m so glad we took the time out of our day to check out Cocoa Nymph and the Hot Chocolate Festival. Now that I know what quality products they have, I imagine I will be back before my UBC career is done – they have a white chocolate hot chocolate with dark chocolate marshmallows that sounds divine. Perhaps on our next cold and rainy day?

If you get a chance, get out and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate at one of the participating festival locations. The event runs through this weekend, so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a warm mug of chocolate. Plus it’s for a good cause 🙂

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