Go Ahead, Have Some Chocolate

Got a craving for chocolate? Now you can indulge in it without worrying about the fat ending up where it shouldn't. New spa treatments and beauty products -- from shampoos to shower gels -- smell just like the real thing.

"We've always had this idea that chocolate is bad for us, but it has great therapeutic benefits when it comes to the skin," says Jennifer Wayland-Smith, director of The Spa at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa., which offers a wide variety of chocolate-based spa treatments.

Chalk up these good-for-the-skin benefits to the essential ingredient cocoa butter -- a moisture-rich vegetable fat that can help soothe dry skin. Yet, while edible chocolate has been proven in studies to be chock-full of free-radical-busting antioxidants, no research to date has proven that those antioxidants work when the chocolate is used topically.

Addicted to chocolate? Try these ...

Get your fix with one of these spa treatments.

* Try the Chocolate Escape at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa. You'll take a dip into a warm milk-and-cocoa whirlpool bath and follow it with a cocoa-butter scrub and cocoa-scented mud wrap ($265; 717-520-5888).

* Renew travel-weary skin with the Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie hydrotherapy soak and Chocolate Nutty Scrub exfoliating treatment at the Absolute Spa at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel in British Columbia ($50, $55; 604-248-ASPA).

* The Kauai Coffee Scrub at the Anara Spa Hyatt Regency in Kauai, Hawaii, mixes freshly ground Kauai coffee, vanilla beans, cocoa butter, and coconut and wheat-germ oils to exfoliate and moisturize the skin ($60; kauai-hyatt.com).

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