What’s left on your summer bucket list?

Delysia-Chocolatier-S'mores-Milk-Chocolate-BarkWe’ve been busy in the Delysia Chocolatier kitchen, but we’ve managed to enjoy a few things on our summer bucket list. It’s full of special seasonal events that make summer feel like a vacation from the rest of the year. If you haven’t already marked these five things off your own summer bucket list you’ve still got time in September!


Attend a Food Festival

Food festivals happen just about every weekend during the summertime. Here in Austin over the last few weeks we’ve had the annual Ice Cream Festival, Taylor International BBQ Cookoff and the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest. But there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy a few festival nibbles.

September is a popular time for al fresco festivals. We’ll be checking out the Dripping With Taste Festival, Texas Craft Brewers Festival, and the Burnett BBQ Cook-Off and Music Festival. Take a look at Everfest.com to find upcoming food festivals in your area.


Go to a Drive-In Movie

At the height of the drive-in era there were over 4,600 theaters. Today there are still 336 drive-in movie theaters across the U.S., including our very own local option the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In.

If you’ve never seen a drive-in movie you’re in for a real treat. Instead of having to buy over-priced, mass-produced treats you can bring your favorite box of Delysia Chocolatier Chocolate Truffles. Use the movie as inspiration for packing themed food and beverages along with a few cozy blankets and pillows.


Hike a New Trail

Novice and seasoned trailblazers alike can experience summer in its natural glory by hitting a new trail. We always have the best intentions of exploring trails throughout the summer, but somehow get sidetracked with all the other activities.

Walking a trail is a great way to relieve stress and get in an hour or two of exercise. Because of the extreme heat in Texas, we get going early before the temperature starts to rise. The other benefit of morning hikes is the trails aren’t quite as active so that experience is a little more tranquil.

This summer marks the centennial year for the National Park Service. August 25th is the actual birthday, and parks across the U.S. are holding special events with free admission until the 28th. It’s the perfect time to hike a picturesque trail that belongs to all Americans.


Create a Bonfire and S’mores

This is an annual summer tradition that can’t be missed. We love this summer snack so much we made the S’mores Chocolate Bark and s’mores chocolate truffles for the Childhood Chocolate Truffle Collection. Even if you have to roast marshmallows over a backyard fire pit, kids of all ages will be glad you took the time to make the sticky sweet treat.



There’s no simple pleasure in life quite like lying back and looking up at the stars. You can clear out a patch of grass in your yard or get a closer look at the celestial space above at an observatory. Most major universities have an observatory for the astronomy department that’s opened to the public at certain times during the summer. Some cities like Los Angeles and Orlando also have independent observatories that hold special events throughout the year.


Have fun checking items off your summer bucket list!






Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.