Beer & Chocolate

While strolling the Mercato Centrale in Florence a while back, I was introduced to this curious gelatina, a little pot of Beer and Chocolate Jelly.


When I told the shopkeeper I was a chocolatier, he gave me the jar as a gift (that’s why I love Italy…) and told me to let him know how I liked it.

I conferred with my pal Judy and she suggested I try it with some seriously-good aged pecorino cheese which I also purchased from him.

So I finally opened the jar, and so far I’ve only been spooning it directly from the little jar and into my mouth!

La Gelatina di Birra e Cacao has the curious taste of yeasty beer with little nuggets of roasted cocoa beans, all suspended in each quivering spoonful of jelly.

Once you get past the aroma, a bit similar to the aftermath of a keg party, the beer and chocolate together gives me pause…I’ve discovered a new flavor combination, one that I never would have imagined.

Available at:

Baroni Alimentari
Mercato Centrale
(Central Market)
Florence, Italy
Tel/Fax: 39-055-289576

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  • September 29, 2005 9:24am

    Hmmm! That sounds quite intriguing!

    I seriously would have never thought that those two flavors would go together.

  • September 29, 2005 11:13am

    My grandmother used to be hooked on chocolate-flavored beer from Trader Joe’s – it was made by Young’s, I think, a British ale company. I’m fascinated by your jelly, though I have a hard time saying beer, chocolate and cheese all together in one sentence without laughing. However when I say beer, chocolate and macarons… now that’s a different story! :)

  • Alisa
    September 29, 2005 11:47am

    And in the, how weird is that column, this just in today in my regular updates from Tribune Newspapers,0,6500013.story

    All about beer with chocolate!

  • September 29, 2005 12:17pm

    I hada terrific beer in the US, I think it was made by Samuel Adams (?) and had ScharffenBerger chocolate in it. And it was very, very good. The person who gave it to me said it was rather hard-to-get and I did see it in a wine shop once and it was (justifiably) pricey.

    Hey, the LA Times is reading my blog! Thanks Alisa..

  • September 29, 2005 3:13pm

    That sounds good and I don’t even like beer.

  • emi
    September 29, 2005 6:53pm

    who knew? : )

  • September 30, 2005 8:54am

    I fell in love with it too!!!

    I also love the chili watermelon jelly!!!

  • September 30, 2005 2:10pm

    Take a microbrew tour of the Northwest sometime and you’ll run into many a tasty Chocolate Porter. Our local brewpub did the concept one better last Cinco de Mayo by brewing a chocolate beer and a pepper beer. Combine the two, and you get Mole beer. Quite delicious!