I had heard of Mink Chocolate Café when it had first opened, but due to its location at Hastings and Hornby, it was just too far for me to give it any consideration. Last week, a fellow evolutionary and I were celebrating Vancouver’s fifth annual Hot Chocolate Festival, which takes place in downtown Vancouver. When we heard about Mink’s “Don’t Bug Me” coconut milk, cricket hot chocolate, we had to go in and give it a try.
Honestly, I was planning on trying one of the oven-roasted crickets they used to garnish the top of the drink with… but their weird-looking legs turned me right off. Tony, on the other other hand, tried one right away. Supposedly, roasted crickets taste like popcorn.
Before we left I had to try their homemade, dark chocolate and banana belgium waffle. It was unbelievable. I loved the location of this place! Even on a cold and rainy day, you can really enjoy the beauty of the city. The atmosphere was chic and clean- and you could tell how much thought went into each decoration.
Next time I stop by I have to try some of their small batch, handmade artisan chocolate bars and fondue. Apparently the “Mermaid’s Choice” bar is their top seller, and it’s made with burnt caramel, fleur de sel and rosemary. Yum. Since the chocolates were a little pricey, (seven bucks each!) I had to wait until my next visit.
There were only two things I didn’t like about this place. First of all, it cost me $30 to get two hot chocolates and a belgium waffle! Weirdly enough though, I wasn’t too surprised. It is a specialty café in Vancouver, after all. Secondly, I felt that they needed to work on their customer service. Being in that industry myself, I felt that it was weird to see grumpy and stuck-up looking employees behind the counter, especially in a chocolate shop!
All in all, I’d say this place is worth a visit. If you’re in the area, and you’re craving something more than a two dollar chocolate bar, Mink’s has you covered.
If you want to learn more about Mink Chocolates, visit their website here.
Mink’s limited edition hot chocolates for Vancouver’s 2015 Hot Chocolate Festival. (Saleena Fransen, Evolution 107.9)
Mink’s Dark Chocolate & Banana Belgium Waffle, served on a silver platter. (Saleena Fransen, Evolution 107.9)