I was at the beach last week visiting with my brother and sister-in-law Joan. After dinner, she asked if I wanted some chocolatecello. My eyebrows went up and I leaned forward, which is what I always do when I find something intriguing. “What’s chocolatecello?” I know what lemoncello is. I’ve had orangecello and even limecello, but I’ve never even heard of chocolatecello!
Joan explained how everyone in Philly, where they live, is drinking it. There’s a Philadelphia based company called Pollyodd, that’s marketing it in the area. They have other flavors such as banana and even mangocello. I have traveled throughout Italy, including Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and have NEVER ran across such a drink, so I couldn’t wait to give it a taste.
I was curious to know if chocolatecello, was in fact something that they drink in Italy, so I did some research…this is what I came up with. I couldn’t find anything about it’s origin but, apparently people have had it on the Amalfi Coast, where Lemoncello is popular.(makes sense) I also found several recipes. All where made with melting chocolate and sugar in cream; where there was a difference was in the alcohol. Some said grappa, others said pure grain alcohol (which is what I used to make lemoncello) or vodka.
In my version I used vodka, because that’s what I had on hand. It was easy, YUMMY and worth making, especially because Pollyodd doesn’t distribute it my area. Just to set things straight, chocolatecello is chocolate liqueur that taste like dessert in a glass.
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