A simple recipe for a spectacular dessert that is a typical product of the Lake Garda area, made from DOP chestnuts (denominazione di origine protetta – protected designation of origin) from  San Zeno di Montagna.

 icon-cutlery Ingredients:

  • 700 g* chestnuts from San Zeno
  • 150 g dark chocolate
  • 150 g butter
  • 130 g sugar
  • 1 shot of rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 4 whole chestnuts
  • cream and chocolate

 icon-cutlery Preparation:

With a knife, cut a cross across the flat side of each chestnut. Then put the chestnuts into a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes.

Then let the chestnuts drain and peel them while hot, putting 4 aside for the decoration.  Put the chestnuts in a food processor and blend to a purée. You can also use a potato masher.

Melt the dark chocolate using the double-boiler method until the mixture becomes creamy. Add the butter and melt while stirring. Add the sugar, the butter-chocolate mixture, the vanilla and the rum, to the chestnut purée and mix all ingredients, until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.

Put the mixture in glasses until these are ¾ full. Let it cool at room temperature, before putting it in the fridge for about an hour. Decorate with whipped cream, chocolate chips and the chestnuts.

* 1g = 0.035 ounces