Valrhona Warms up the Town With Hot Chocolate Festival

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
January 5, 2017 3:06 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Valrhona, the French chocolate manufacturer beloved by pastry chefs and chocolatiers, is collaborating with top pastry and dessert shops in New York City for the second annual Hot Chocolate Festival.

Participating shops will serve up specially crafted hot chocolate drinks made with Valrhona chocolate, such as Ladurée’s vanilla-infused hot chocolate; Lafayette’s hot cocoa with white chocolate Chantilly and vanilla marshmallow; Dominique Ansel Kitchen’s hot chocolate with chocolate whipped cream; and Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery’s hot cocoa spiked with orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The other participants are La Maison du Chocolat, The St. Regis hotel, Sugar and Plumm, Epicerie Boulud, Baked, Patisserie Chanson, and Almondine Bakery. 

Lafayette's hot chocolate with white chocolate Chantilly and vanilla marshmallow. (Courtesy of Valrhona)
Lafayette’s hot chocolate with white chocolate Chantilly and vanilla marshmallow. (Courtesy of Valrhona)

For every hot chocolate (whether specialty or regular) sold at the shops, 50 cents will be donated to Valrhona’s Clean Water Project, an initiative to provide water filters to villagers in Los Ranchos, Peru. The village is located in northwest Peru, where a nearly extinct variety of cocoa called Gran Blanco was recently grown and harvested by Valrhona in collaboration with local farmers. The cocoa is used to make Valrhona’s “Dark Chocolate Illanka 64%.”

Valrhona is also hosting a kickoff event on Jan. 18, where attendees will meet the pastry chefs and get a first taste of the special drinks. $35 per person.

Festival: Saturday, Jan. 21–Sunday, Feb. 5
At participating locations

Kickoff event: Wednesday, Jan. 18
6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. 
Ladurée SoHo
398 W. Broadway (between Spring & Broome streets)