Chocolate “Flights” in the Hot Tub? “Flights” not “Fights”!

Yes, I talking about doing a chocolate sampling while soaking in your Hot Spring Spa!!

(On the way into bed you’ll brush you teeth, of course).  What a fabulous way to end your day-sampling the best chocolate while hot tub soaking!  I got the idea for chocolate “flights” in the hot tub from my friend Robin. She told me last week that she and her husband do chocolate flights in bed every night. That is they sample various kinds of yummy chocolate (a lot of it made right here in Seattle), but then they have to get out of bed to brush their teeth which I think is not as relaxing as sampling in the hot tub.

Anyway, my husband and I have been sampling chocolates in the tub and Fran’s Classic Grey & Smoked Caramels are top choice for hot tub soaking-or anytime.  Lindt Dark Chocolate with Fleur de Sel is the runner-up. I’m sorry Godiva.  We couldn’t finish your dark chocolate bar. Way too bitter.

How to conduct a chocolate tasting?

  1. Atmosphere: By holding the tasting in the hot tub, you’ll be in a relaxed and quiet environment.  You can focus all of your attention on tasting and assessing the flavors experienced in the chocolate.
  2. Temperature: Have the chocolate at room temperature for the best flavor.
  3. From 0 to 100%: Begin the tasting chocolate with the lowest percentage of cocoa. For example, start with several milk chocolate types and progress to  dark chocolate. Gradually work up to higher percentage dark chocolate varieties.
  4. Neutralize the palate:

Do not eat any highly spiced foods before the tasting. When trying several varieties of chocolate, cleanse the palate with room temperature water, white bread or weakly brewed, lukewarm rose hip tea or green tea.

  • Amount:

 

 

Don’t try 15 varieties at once. Too many varieties will dull the palate, especially for the novice chocolate connoisseur. Keep the tasting to 5-7 varieties. Allow approximately 1/2 ounce of each chocolate that is to be tasted per person.

 

You know how commercials say: “Don’t try this at home”? Well, this IS a great thing to do at home in your own hot tub! Oh, you are thinking what about the calories? That is something to consider, alas. So, don’t do it every night 🙂

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Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

4 responses to “Chocolate “Flights” in the Hot Tub? “Flights” not “Fights”!

  1. As if a dip in the hot tub wasn’t good enough, adding chocolate makes it so much better! 🙂

    I’m not sure what you’re using to sanitize your water, but if it’s some kind of harsh chemical such as chlorine or bromine, you may want to switch to a metallic ionizer so the odor from these chemicals doesn’t ruin your chocolate “flights”. These units completely eliminate the need for chlorine/bromine, and make for a much more enjoyable dip in general.

    If you’re interested you can read more at…

    https://www.almostheaven.net/aho/ionizers.htm

    1. Hello Stacy:
      Thanks for your comments.
      We use SilkBalance natural water care for spas & hot tubs. No mixing, no testing, no odors. Keeps the water in perfect harmony AND gives you soft, smooth skin! Only a small amount of shock needed for sanitizing. We use a Delzone ozonator as well.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

  2. Alice,

    I’m so glad you’re not subjecting yourself to chlorine or bromine, but some people would argue that an ozonator is just as dangerous, if not more so. Let us know if you ever decide you’d like to switch over to an ionizer, there’s nothing safer to treat your hot tub water.

    Have fun enjoying your hot tub, and thanks for responding to my comment!

    Stacy

    1. Hi Stacy:
      Thanks for writing.
      The ozonators we use have tested 100% safe. And, we do use a silver ion cartridge in our Hot Spring Spa.
      We use SilkBalance for balancing and preventing biofilm from forming (the material that grows bacteria).
      Hot tubbing is one of the greatest pleasures in life!
      Alice

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