The Hot Chocolate Festival has been on for a few years now but I’ve never actually tried anything despite being a fan of hot chocolate or anything chocolate really. This year I decided to try Terra Bread’s hot chocolate since I work near them. Actually I work near both of their locations, the one in Olympic village and the one on 5th and Ontario St. They have two hot chocolates to choose from: Stollen Kisses or Balsamic Desiderio.
This was the Stollen Kisses Hot Chocolate prepared with Cacao Barry Extra Brute cocoa powder, spiced orange and almond syrup. The whipped cream is sprinkled with crumbled macaroon. Right away I could smell the spiced orange flavour! The hot chocolate was rich in chocolate flavour and you could really taste the spiced orange and almond flavours. I found the drink to be a little too sweet though (even for me!).
On the other hand it was a bit weird to be drinking chunks of the coconut and almond macaroon mixed with the hot chocolate but it gives you something to chew on. I just thought of it as like chewing on pearls in bubble tea. Also I’m not sure why my cup wasn’t filled all the way up?
The hot chocolate is also suppose to be served with a stollen kisses macaroon but sadly they ran out for the day. However, they did give me the Maldon Salt Truffle Cookie which was served with the Balsamic Desiderio Hot Chocolate. The truffle cookie had melted chocolate in the centre and was amazingly chocolatey. There were also hints of saltiness to offset the sweetness of the soft chewy cookie. I gobbled this up really fast!
The hot chocolate festival ends Feb. 14th this year.