In the early 1700s, Venetians fell in love with hot chocolate.
Cafe tables lining the canals of Venice were dotted with beautiful little glasses of the velvety, rich drink.
And the flavor combinations were spectacular!
Some cafes specialized in citrus hot chocolate, while others swore by their addition of chili peppers and cloves..
Even the Italian court’s botanist, Francesco, created his own unique recipe for jasmine hot chocolate that was so popular and so delicious that he kept the recipe a secret until his deathbed.
And it’s not surprising how popular hot chocolate was, because this was the only type of chocolate they had ever tasted!
You see when chocolate was introduced to the Venetians years before, no one had dreamed that cacao beans could create anything other than a beverage.
It was only in 1847 that a couple of Italian chefs discovered how to solidify liquid chocolate.
With a nod of gratitude to their culinary genius, our Italian chef has created these perfectly gooey, rich, olive oil brownies.
We hope that with each bite you are transported back to Venice and the beginning of Italy’s love affair with chocolate.