February is basically synonymous with chocolate at this point. Thanks to Valentine's Day, we all get a heavy dose of chocolate. Whether gifted to us by an s/o or picked out by us at the local drug store in that seasonal aisle that bursts into pink and red colours this time of year. In Calgary, the month is more chocolatey than you could possibly imagine because the YYC Hot Chocolate Festival is kicking off. 

This year, there are over 85 places competing for titles and with that much hot chocolate, everyone is a winner. 

Whether you like it simple and classic with a touch of whipped cream on top or you want to go OTT, there's going to be a hot chocolate that's perfect for you.

Hexagon Cafe's PB+J Hot Chocolate is going to be a surefire hit if you are craving something unusual but still familiar.

Family Squeezed at Crossirons is doing an adorable heart-shaped marshmallow-topped option that's perfect for your Calgary valentine called the Dark Chocolate Strawberry Hot Chocolate.

Plus, there are vegan options too for all the plant-based folks who want to indulge. 

Check out the full list of vendors and snoop their flavours online right now to plan out your most chocolate-filled month ever.

There's still a lot of winter left to go and this month-long chocolate frenzy sure makes it fly by.

If you like your hot chocolate with a little something extra, there are a ton of participants vying for the title of Most Spirited Hot Chocolate. 

Booze and hot cocoa? Yes, please!

For example, The Guild is serving a white hot chocolate with Amarula fruit cream and Green Chartreuse and it's basically a dream you can drink. 

Each drink donates at least $2 to Calgary's Meals on Wheels so you can feel good about sipping that sweet, creamy goodness.

You have one month to try as many flavours as you can, so step to it.

YYC Hot Chocolate Festival

Price: $5+

When: Friday, February 1 to Saturday, February 29

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: Sip your way through the city's finest hot chocolates at this sweet festival.


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