It’s the 5th year that Vancouver has hosted the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. From January 17 until today, February 14, 2015, a list of shops offer hot chocolate flavours that may not normally be on their normal menu. We decided to check out Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, which is hidden away just off Main Street. The sign is so small, that it was actually difficult to locate.
They offered the following hot chocolates which they said are exclusive to this festival:
Classic Italian drink: half drinking chocolate, half espresso.
Liquid house made Nutella: drinking chocolate + hazelnut praline.
Available only once a year, during the hot chocolate festival, the simple but classic lavender hot chocolate is back by popular demand.
Anne’s favorite iced hot chocolate. Spicy, hot, cold, salty and sweet. Purely addictive.
All hot chocolates are also served with a meringue of your choice. They didn’t have any meringues, but offered either their house-made truffles or toffee.
The interior is really small and homey, but there are still a few seats if you want to sit down and drink your hot chocolate. They offer chocolates, waffles, and take home products like jam.
A display case of chocolates and as you can see, their meringues were sold out.
I chose the Orange Blossom Truffle which was complimentary with my drink. Loved that hint of orange blossom.
I chose the Lavande Classique. Very strong in chocolate flavour, but I found that the lavender aroma wasn’t strong enough. Very smooth though.
Orange Blossom Hot Chocolate
K decided to go for their original menu and went for their Orange Blossom Hot Chocolate. You can order just plain hot chocolate for $4 and add a flavour of your choice for $0.50. It tasted basically like my truffle, but I still found that the flavour wasn’t very strong in their drinks. If you order from their regular menu, then you don’t get a complimentary truffle or toffee.
Overall, we thought the hot chocolates were decent. They didn’t look special like the ones at Bel Cafe or Mink. Just came in a simple paper cup and no decorations. we found it pretty pricey since they weren’t really special, other than the flavours. Friendly service though.
– Cute coffee and hot chocolate shop
– Decent hot chocolate and friendly service
– Nothing too special for the price you pay
Price Range: $5-10
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