Around this time, not only is Dine Out Vancouver happening, but the annual Hot Chocolate Festival is here. Designated dessert shops, cafes and bakeries around Vancouver have crafted and prepared their special cup of hot chocolate to beat the winter to spring transition. I didn’t get to try a lot last year, but I have to say that this year’s list looks much more attractive than last year’s. Don’t forget to try at least one before the festival ends on Feb 14!
In between classes, Christina Guan of Hello Guanster and I decided to check out Mink because I had a very positive verdict from last year. Little did I know that they got a little bit more creative and “down to earth” with their hot chocolate with crickets garnished on top. Yes, that’s right, as in the insect. Our other option was the chocolate in syringe and since there were two of us, I got the crickets and she got the syringe. The other reason why we went was to prove that we’re adventurous and not wimps.
I thought the crickets would be covered in chocolate, but nope. These little buggers were fresh looking, dead and dried and sprinkled on top of my hot chocolate. I was reading some of the comments I have received on my Instagram account and my friend wrote “It’s kinda like they’re jacuzzi-ing”, and yes, it indeed did look they were having a good time. Also, you should follow me on Instagram for more food pictures.
What’s in it: Baileys infused warm white chocolate ganache served in a large syringe.
I’m not sure if you remember what Mink had last year, but let’s just say that they’re pretty good at thick chocolate desserts.
Take your time with the flu shot because it does become overwhelming if you decide to squeeze all of the ganache into your mouth at one go. This was rich, creamy, thick and every chocolate lover’s dream. I would also highly recommend this if you need an energy boost.
Don’t Bug Me
What’s in it: Coconut milk 38% milk hot chocolate garnished with free-range dried crickets.
When my friends saw what I ordered, they asked “Okay these are crickets. Why the hell are they in hot chocolate?” Fantastic question because I’m clueless.
Compared to the flu shot and last year’s drink, “Don’t Bug Me” was not very chocolatey. The coconut milk overpowers the chocolate and to start off, this was only 38% milk hot chocolate.
The whipped cream was delicious and it tasted like the marshmallows in Lucky Charms.
Now I bet all of you want to know what the crickets taste like. To be honest, I only ate two of the crickets. They didn’t taste like anything but it’s that “crunch” you get when you bite into the little bug that makes you cringe. They get stuck in your teeth too so that’s pretty gross.
What’s really really tip top disgusting is when the whipped cream melts into the hot chocolate and the crickets are literally just floating on the surface of the drink. After that, I took them out with a spoon and finished my drink.
Final verdict: Just try it. Yes it is gross and just not idealistic, but be adventurous!