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Hot Chocolate Festival | Bella Gelateria


Bella Gelateria is world-renowned for their gelato; it’s a place everyone should try when in Vancouver.  During cruise ship season particularly, lines of tourists can be seen in front of the Coal Harbour location.  In this post, I will share with you my experience with their gelato and with their flavours for this year’s Hot Chocolate Festival.

Mmmm Gelato

Having been to Bella Gelateria’s Yaletown location, I am familiar with their delicious cold treats.   The pricing for the gelato at Bella Gelateria Coal Harbour is the same.  Dessert-goers can treat themselves to one ($5.50), two ($6.75), and three ($8.00) flavour cups.  Cones are an extra $1.25.

I tried the salted caramel gelato and blood orange sorbeto at the Yaletown store last summer.  Recently, I took my son there and we shared the toasted pecan and maldon sea salt.  It was heavenly.  I loved that it was creamy and light with a mix of sweet and salty.  My son very much enjoyed the flavour and both of us finished the cone in no time.


Hot Chocolate Festival

Today, I visited Bella Gelateria with a friend to try out their hot chocolate flavours as part of the 6th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festial.  We tried #07 – “The Mottolino” and #08 – “Black Magic.”  Each hot chocolate was $7.50 and came with a small treat (sorry, no gelato).

“The Mottolino” had Michel Cluziel’s Kayambe Dark 72% chocolate as well as alcohol in it.  You could definitely taste the brandy and rum.  It also had vanilla egg and hints of espresso from local roasters Milano.  I enjoyed the fresh whip cream topping in a swirl with a sprinkle of cocoa powder.  Overall, if you enjoy alcohol in your hot chocolate, then the Mottolino is for you.  The Mottolino was also served with a house-made Italian dark rum biscotti.  This biscotti tasted stale and wasn’t very hard.  A miss for me.


The second hot chocolate we tried was the bBlack Magic which had a mix of black seasame and matcha flavours.  The drink had organic black sesame seeds turned into paste and then added to Michel Cluizel’s Vanuari Dark 63% Vanuari chocolate with it’s honey, berry and vanilla notes.  The swirl topping was a fresh matcha whip cream with a sprinkle of roasted black sesame seeds.  I enjoyed the Black Magic to the Mottolino which had a lovely fushion of black sesame and matcha.  The flavour was intense but delicious.


It was supposed to be paired with a house-made Italian Black Sesame biscotti sprinkled with organic matcha powder but it was not available.  We chose the rice crispy bar drizzled with peppermint chocolate as a substitute.  It was not very special at all.  Disappointing on that front.


Overall Impression of Bella Gelateria

I totally recommend the toasted pecan and maldon sea salt gelato flavour.  As for the hot chocolates, I prefered the Black Magic (black sesame with matcha) over the alcohol-infused Mottolino.  The treats paired with the hot chocolates were total misses for me unfortunately.  Rating: 3.5/5

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