Introducing the four outstanding drinks in the Hot Cocoa Challenge, presented by Ghirardelli and Barista Magazine.

From Oct. 16-20, 2023, you can cast your vote by “liking” your favorite drink at Barista Magazine’s Instagram. The winner of the Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Challenge will receive $1000! And it’s all based on your votes!

For more information about the contest, follow this link!

The four drinks featured below are the entries for the contest. Each one was created by a barista and had to include Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Mix or Ghirardelli Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix. Your votes (by liking the drink on Barista Magazine‘s Instagram account) will determine the winner!

Anuk Magsaya (“Enjoy My Child”)

The Anuk Magsaya hot cocoa in a glass on a green placemat.
Gabe Licudine created the Anuk Magsaya hot cocoa drink.

Created by Gabe Licudine (he/him).
Educator, Square One Coffee Roasters
Lancaster, Pa.

Alegría ca. 1998

The Alegria ca. 1998 hot cocoa in a tall glass with a straw topped with whipped cream.
Jesús Iñiguez crafted the Alegría ca. 1998 hot cocoa.

Created by Jesús Iñiguez (he/him)
Generally managing coffee + tomfoolery, Archetype Coffee
Omaha, Neb.

Tiramisu Hotel Mocha

Tiramisu Hotel Mocha served in a tall glass next to a Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate & Cocoa mix jar.
Laura Clark created the Tiramisu Hotel Mocha for the Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Challenge.

Created by Laura Clark (she/her)
Lobby Market Supervisor, Hotel Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo.


The Gochu-Gang hot cocoa challenge drink served in a  ceramic mug with latte art.
The Gochu-Gang was invented by Reyna Callejo of Olympia Coffee Roasters.

Reyna Callejo (she/her)
Director of Training & Innovation, Olympia Coffee Roasters
Seattle, Wa.

Remember to vote for your favorite drink on Barista Magazine’s Instagram account through Friday, Oct. 20. You can vote for any or all of the drinks.

Official rules and regulations are here.