2022 YQL WinterFEST Hot Chocolate Contest

Get out #ExploreLethbridge and vote for your favourite hot chocolate!


This year 7 elite competitors have signed up to see who will be voted the best hot chocolate in Lethbridge! They have come up with their best, their fanciest and their tastiest hot chocolate to tickle your taste buds and win your vote! Every day during YQL WinterFEST 2022 you can go buy a delicious hot chocolate to see who will win your vote. On Saturday, January 15, 2022, you can try them all as the competitors hand out free samples at their stores! Learn more about the hot chocolates down below.

Free Samples will be handed out at the cafes Saturday, January 15, 2022 — While supplies last!

Looking for another way to find the Hot Chocolate Contest participants? Check out our walking tour app — Driftscape. We've put together a walking tour that will lead you from one delicious hot chocolate to another. Mmmmmmm — start Sipping!


413 2 Ave S

Vegan toffee nut hot chocolate crafted with oat milk and chocolate. Topped with coconut whipped cream, a drizzle of dark chocolate sauce and finished off with house-made sponge toffee pieces. 

Bread Milk & Honey

427 5 St S

Campfire Hot Chocolate

Real Lindt dark chocolate melted and blended into steamed milk, topped with a homemade marshmallow and gluten-free Graham cracker crumble.

Hot Potato

405 5th Street S

Dark chocolate chips melted with steaming frothy milk, then whipped cream floated on the top with milk chocolate flake and drizzled chocolate syrup.

Mocha Cabana

317 4 St S

Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate featuring LOCAL Vital Green Dairy organic milk, chocolate, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and salted caramel pieces for garnish!

Please note the competition hot chocolate is for take-out only!

Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens

Corner of 9 Ave S & Mayor Magrath Dr S

Nikka Yuko is offering a Fuyu Matsuri [Winter Festival] hot chocolate combining the popular winter flavour combination of chocolate and orange. This hot chocolate features an ounce and a half of our creamy Chocolate Nigori sake, a half-ounce of Cointreau finished with Ghiradelli hot chocolate, whipped cream, cocoa powder, and a chocolate orange sweet garnish. The garden is also offering a non-alcoholic Maple Spice Hot Chocolate made with Ghiradelli hot chocolate and a shot of our premium maple spice flavouring.

The Penny Coffee House

331 5 St S

Raspberry Hot Chocolate 

Hot chocolate drizzled to perfection with raspberry syrup!


1119 3 Ave S

Sonder Drinking Chocolate 

Rich Creamy dark chocolate offset by the fresh acidity of our house-made cranberry drizzle.  

Perfect when paired with our cranberry chocolate hand pie.

Voting now closed