Howdy Hookah Friends!
We have 19th century Italian immigrants to thank for Neapolitan ice cream, which is of course chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors in the same container. Obviously, this being a hookah website, the $64,000 question is: How can it be smoked?
This mix was suggested to us by Rj, one of our Facebook
fans, after we polled everyone asking their favorite hookah tobacco
mix and then opened up all the suggestions to a vote. The winner was Rj’s take on this classic conglomerate of the 3 most popular ice cream flavors, so let’s give it a try - it sounds delicious! On to the ingredients:
Starbuzz Chocolate Strawberry
. It was suggested to us not to use a straight chocolate flavor as it would be too overpowering, and in hindsight that was definitely sage advice. You really want a subtle chocolate taste that doesn’t trump the creaminess of the vanilla. Chocolate Strawberry from Starbuzz Hookah Tobacco
does the trick perfectly – the chocolate flavor lingers in the background like a soft musical dynamic while the motif of strawberry dances on your tongue.
: When making an ice cream-themed shisha bowl, you’ll want something that brings out the “creaminess factor,” and vanilla from Starbuzz does the job perfectly.
. We were curious as to why Rj chose the strawberry flavor from this brand over any other, but after about 10 minutes of smoking the Neapolitan bowl we soon discovered why: Hookah-Hookah’s strawberry flavor tastes precisely like strawberry ice cream, as opposed to strawberry bubble gum or strawberry flavored candy that some other brands produce. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a good strawberry flavor of any ilk, however for this particular mix the creamy strawberry taste was spot-on!
You're going to want to mix equal parts Starbuzz Chocolate Strawberry and Vanilla, with the Hookah-Hookah Strawberry added as somewhat of a "topping," so to speak. Say about a 40/40/20 mix. Since Hookah-Hookah is a more dry tobacco than Starbuzz, I added a small layer on the bottom as well, as to make somewhat of a wet shisha "sandwich," if that makes any sense. We used a red Vortex Hookah Bowl and Coco Nara Hookah Charcoals.
So how did it smoke? The consensus of our team: “Pretty damn tasty,” and I couldn’t agree more. It was a smart choice to not use a straight up chocolate flavor because it definitely would have overpowered the vanilla. Speaking of the vanilla, it certainly added a creamy smoothness to compliment the strong strawberry taste. The chocolate flavor was at that perfect level where you can taste it more on the exhale, just the way I like it. As the Italians say, è squisito!
If you have a favorite hookah tobacco mix, please let us know, we'd love to try it and share it with everyone! If you haven't already, come join us on Facebook
where we'll have weekly Facebook-only contests with cool prizes. Thanks again Rj, and Happy Smoking!