Chocolate Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is a classic Italian eggless dessert that has gained popularity worldwide. It is a simple yet elegant dessert that is loved by many. The dessert consists of cream, sugar, and gelatin, which is cooked together and then set in molds. The result is a smooth, silky, creamy dessert that is perfect for any occasion. What makes this version of panna cotta even more special is the addition of chocolate. Chocolate lovers will definitely appreciate the rich, creamy, and chocolaty taste of this Chocolate Panna Cotta.  

To take this panna cotta to a whole new level, you can add a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top. The combination of the smooth, silky panna cotta and the rich chocolate syrup is simply heavenly. 

How to make Chocolate Panna Cotta

To make this delicious dessert, start by coating ramekins or glasses with flavorless oil. Dissolve gelatin in cold water and let it swell. In a saucepan, bring cream, milk, sugar, and salt to a simmer. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Add gelatin and stir until dissolved.

Pour into molds and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Prepare the chocolate syrup by melting chocolate and cream over a bain-marie. Dip the molds in hot water, invert them onto a plate, pour chocolate syrup on top, and decorate with fresh berries.

One of the best things about panna cotta is its versatility. You can serve it in many different ways, depending on your preferences. You can serve it directly from the molds or invert it onto a serving plate for a more elegant presentation. Either way, it will look stunning on any table.

To garnish this chocolate panna cotta, you can add fresh berries or nuts. This will not only add color and texture but also a burst of freshness that complements the creamy, indulgent dessert.

This Chocolate Panna Cotta is a dessert that is easy to prepare and totally irresistible. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a dinner party, a romantic dinner, or a simple family dessert. So go ahead and give it a try! You won’t be disappointed. Make sure to tag me on Instagram if you do, as I love seeing how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

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If you like panna cotta dessert you may also like to try this Strawberry Basil Panna Cotta Tart. This delightful dessert consists of a crispy almond and buttery crust topped with a layer of strawberry jelly and finished off with a light and creamy basil panna cotta filling. If you are looking for a quick dessert for summer days, this Strawberry Panna Cotta is an elegant and refreshing choice. You can always change the fruit sauce, from strawberries to other berries, cherries, peaches, or apricots. And if you love chocolate you may also like to try this Creamy Chocolate Pudding. It is rich, chocolaty and decadent, hard not to fall in love with it. 

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Chocolate Panna Cotta

5 from 1 vote
Panna Cotta is an eggless dessert that is easy to prepare and totally irresistible. This version with chocolate is by far my favorite way of making panna cotta. It is a smooth, silky, creamy chocolaty dessert, perfect to end any meal.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 7 fl. oz (200ml) milk
  • 7 fl. oz (200ml) whipping cream
  • 1/2 tbsp (5g) gelatin powder
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) water
  • 2 tbsp (30g) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 4 oz (120g) semisweet chocolate (55-70%)

Chocolate syrup (optional)

  • 4 oz (120g) semisweet chocolate (55-70%)
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) whipping cream


  • Coat four (5.5 oz – 150ml) ramekins or glassed with flavorless oil.
  • Dissolve gelatin in 2 tbsp cold water and let it swell for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • In a medium saucepan bring the cream, milk , sugar and salt  to a simmer over medium-low heat  (Do not boil). Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and chocolate cut in smaller pieces. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. 
  • Add gelatin and stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Pour it in the prepared molds and refrigerate to set  for about 4 hrs or better overnight.
  • Before serving prepare the chocolate syrup. Melt chocolate and cream over bain marie until completely melted.
  • Dip the molds into a bowl of hot water for few seconds, run a sharp knife around the edges and invert onto a plate.
  • Pour chocolate syrup on top of the cake and decorate with fresh berries. Enjoy!



Serving: 1gCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 30.6gProtein: 5.1gFat: 25.7gSaturated Fat: 15.8gCholesterol: 61mgSugar: 26.4g
Calories: 354kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate dessert, chocolate panna cotta, panna cotta, valentines day

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  1. Kayle Author says:

    I’ve never seen chocolate panna cotta before but omigosh I need it in my life! It looks so silky and decadent

  2. PromocodeSG Author says:

    Nice recipe i will surely try this at least once

  3. Candice Author says:

    I tried this recipe and it was delicious! the consistency was great! Can I replace dark chocolate with white chocolate keeping all the ingredient measurements same and make a white chocolate panna cotta?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Candice

      You can find the recipe for white panna cotta on the blog.

  4. What type of milk should I use?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      whole milk would be the best.. but should work with any milk

  5. Amy Author says:

    We have chocolate Panna cotta at a local italian restaurant. They won’t divulge their recipe but they did say it has Frangelico and three types of Belgian chocolate in it. I really want to use your recipe to try and replicate it. What step do you think I would add the Frangelico? I want to make sure the alcohol burns out so I am assuming with the milk but I don’t want to ruin it. I’m thinking maybe just a tablespoon or two to start. I’m nervous but determined.

  6. Indrani Author says:

    This was a good recipe for making chocolate panna cotta. I was doubtful whether the chocolate would dissolve fully, but it did quite well and then I used a sieve to eliminate any small lumps. Thank you for posting it. Looking forward to trying more recipes from this site….

  7. Hi Ella, this looks so good!! Can I make it vegan by using agar agar, almond milk and coconut cream?
    Also, I would be grateful if you can put up some vegan receipes too! Thank you!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      yes.. should work good:) I do have some vegan recipes too… soups.. desserts.. maindishes 🙂 Hope you will check them out

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