The hot chocolate festival is back again this year for the 7th time with 29 participants and 61 flavours to try! I had a craving for Lucky’s Doughnuts and Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe is also participating in the hot chocolate festival so it was the best of both worlds. Their hot chocolate is also reasonably priced as well. The festival runs from Jan. 19 to Feb. 14, 2017.
Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe is currently offering three flavours of hot chocolate: an Aztec spiced hot chocolate, a white chocolate and coconut hot chocolate, and lastly, the option to have their classic dark hot chocolate AND a doughnut.
I was interested in the white chocolate and coconut hot chocolate called “One Flew Over the Coconuts” ($6). It was served with a piece of milk chocolate coconut rough with vanilla bean? cream on top with some honeycomb crunchy pieces on top. I don’t think I’ve had a white hot chocolate before so it didn’t really taste like “hot chocolate” to me. The coconut flavour was quite mild and it almost tasted like a sweetened milk with coconut flavouring. However, it was very enjoyable and easy to drink. It was also less sweet than expected.
The coconut rough was delicious as well and I loved how the milk chocolate sweetened the coconut and the smooth vanilla bean cream on top was divine. I didn’t like the honeycomb parts as it was too crunchy for me but the rest was great! I’ve actually only gotten into coconut in the last year or two actually. Before I wasn’t really a fan for some reason.
Since I wanted to get a doughnut as well, the Hot Chocolate and Doughnut combo ($7) was perfect for me. You can choose any doughnut from their display case so it would be to your advantage to pick a more expensive one. The hot chocolate served is their classic dark hot chocolate. I thought it was smooth and not too bitter. I preferred the coconut hot chocolate though because it was lighter and sweeter in comparison.
For the doughnut, they didn’t have one that I really liked (e.g. the matcha, the coconut bismarck which would’ve been perfect, the tiramisu…) so I chose the Mango Passionfruit doughnut. Despite not being my first choice, it was still a delight to eat. It’s a yeast raised doughnut and it was soft but still chewy. The filling wasn’t too tart and had plenty of flavour. I’ve missed their doughnuts!
Check out some of the other cafes participating here. They also have a contest where you can enter to win a festival pass to the 2018 hot chocolate festival!