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The perfect way to stay warm and cozy on cold and chilly February days, The February Hot Cocoa Trail provides a fun opportunity to explore several of the great eateries, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops located in the downtown core.

It’s Hot Cocoa Trail time in downtown Barrie and, this year, it’s better than ever. The perfect way to stay warm and cozy on cold and chilly February days, The February Hot Cocoa Trail provides a fun opportunity to explore several of the great eateries, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops located in the downtown core. As a result of the positive feedback from last year, this year’s event has now been extended to run the entire month of February.

As part of the Hot Cocoa Trail, each participating location has been challenged to provide a unique take on the classic winter staple. This year, Barrie Bean Counter is offering a decadent Avalanche Hot Chocolate, while J’adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate serves up the French-inspired ‘Oh La La’ Hot Chocolate on a spoon. There’s also the classic Old Fashion TLC Hot Chocolate offered by the TLC Bistro, the Snowball Hot Chocolate featured at Casa Cappuccino, Campfire Hot Chocolate made by the ladies at Homestead Artisan Bakery and Cafe, Black Forest Hot Cocoa at the MacLaren Radio Cafe, the Minter Wonderland at the Barrie Public Library Cafe, and Bohemia’s delicious Tonka Bean Cocoa.

For those looking for something a little bit different, there’s also a few spicier options, with Canvas and Cabernet offering a Spicy Hot Chocolate and Lazy Tulip Cafe featuring a delicious Mexican Spicy Mocha. For those looking to try something a little different, Ripe Juicery offers a vegan, dairy-free Raw Peppermint Hot Cocoa and NOURISH Brew and Blend is serving up a Vegan Hot Chocolate topped with Coconut Cream.

As part of the Hot Cocoa Trail, each participating location has been challenged to provide a unique take on the classic winter staple.

Follow the trail and wind your way downtown to sample them all. As you do, why not make a day of it? Before or after your hot cocoa tasting, take the family for a walk across the ice on Lake Simcoe or for a skate at one of the downtown skating rinks. You could also pop in and catch a flick at the Uptown Theatre or get inspired by the artists featured at one the art galleries located downtown.

As you traverse the Hot Cocoa Trail, you’ll likely notice a warm and fuzzy feeling. That’s not just a result of the Hot Cocoa your drinking – it’s also because this event is part of the Downtown Barrie BIA Community Connects Program. As such, all proceeds from trail passports will go towards supporting Redwood Park Communities, an amazing initiative that provides safe, affordable and hopeful housing to those in need. For more information about this organisation, please visit the Redwood Communities website.

Hot Cocoa Trail Passports are available from any designated Hot Cocoa trail location for $5.00. Collect signatures from over half of the Hot Cocoa Trail participating locations and you’ll be entered to win one of four Hot Cocoa Trail Prize Vouchers. You can also share your fun February Hot Cocoa Trail moments with us using the hashtag #HotCocoaTrail. See you on the trail!