NORFOLK, Va. — Several restaurants in Norfolk are preparing to raise the red flag for the 7th Annual "Great Hot Cocoa War," a week-long competition to see who has the best hot chocolate in the city.
According to the Downtown Norfolk Council, the participating restaurants will offer four-ounce pours of their special hot chocolates for $2 each. People can then vote for their pick in an online poll.
The competition started back in 2015 as a one-night event. Downtown Norfolk Spokeswoman Jessica Kliner said it was extended to a full week in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing people visiting the restaurants to spread out.
The competition starts on Saturday, Nov. 20, and lasts until Saturday, Nov. 27.
So, who is participating?
Last year, Striper’s Waterside won with three of their flavors: Peppermint Cocoa, Hot Fudge Sundae Cocoa, and Bourbon Salted Caramel Cocoa. They're back again to try to win a second year in a row.
According to the event listing on Facebook, the following restaurants are also competing this year:
How can I vote?
Online voting opens up at noon on Saturday, Nov. 20. The link won't work until voting time starts.
Also, the participating restaurants are providing scorecards for you to take notes on your favorites.
The final votes will be counted at 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 and the winner will be announced the same day. The prize is a custom-designed Championship Belt.