Last week, I attended a private celebration for Chocolate Arts’ 20th Anniversary, at their recently expanded space on West 3rd. Chocolate Arts serves coffees, hot chocolates and they sell gourmet chocolates that they make in-store every day. I am no chocolate connoisseur, but I could tell that the chocolates I was sampling were of premium quality. The chocolates on display were all beautifully decorated with fancy embellishments to showcase the artistic talent that went into creating each delicate piece.
I chatted with owner Patricia and Chocolateer Greg Hook, who both told me a bit more about the success that Chocolate Arts has received since it was first in business 20 years ago, and how excited they are to be taking part in the hot chocolate festival this year! Greg suggested that I try a premium hot chocolate shot made from madirofolo chocolate, which is made from around 65% cocoa. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but turns out I LOVED it. It wasn’t too sweet, and was so rich in dark chocolate flavour and its fruity yet slightly bitter taste lingered in your mouth. The only reason they call it a shot is because it’s in a smaller cup – not because there’s any alcohol in it. The two types of hot chocolate that Chocolate Arts is serving during the festival are not your typical cup of cocoa. “When Pigs Fly” is served with bacon marshmallows and a peanut butter cookie, and “Armoury Amour” is served with a mini lemon ice cream sandwich.
If you’re in for giving yourself or someone else a fancy treat, I’d recommend visiting Chocolate Arts. There is something to be said about fine chocolate, for which I recently found a new appreciation for. Plus, now I really want to check out the hot chocolate festival, happening now until February 14!
To view their entire selection of chocolates, treats, ice creams and more, visit Chocolate Arts online at: http://www.chocolatearts.com/. They even hold seasonal classes, where you can sign up and create your own chocolate art!
Check out Vancouver’s 3rd Annual hot chocolate festival here on City Food magazine.
And my full article is featured here on Modern Mix Vancouver.