Caramel and Chocolate Panna Cotta

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Published Date: 11/05/2020
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If you’ve never tried panna cotta, you are in for a very pleasant surprise! Panna cotta is similar to pudding or custard. The dessert originated in Italy and its name translates to “cooked cream.” It’s quickly become a family favorite in our house and while it takes a while to set in the refrigerator, I’m sure that you’ll find with that first bite, that it’s worth the wait! This caramel and chocolate panna cotta marries two of our favorite flavors into an individually served dessert that is perfect for family dinners!

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A couple of things to keep in mind when you are making this caramel and chocolate panna cotta. Keep an eye on your cream when it’s on the stove. It only takes a second for it to go from simmer to boiling over and you don’t want that mess! As soon as you see it bubbling around the edges, you can remove it from the heat or turn down the heat. 

While this recipe would typically ask you to make your own caramel, I like to find and share shortcuts because I’m a Mom of three who works full time and I know that most of us don’t really have the time to do things completely from scratch, all the time. So instead of making the caramel from scratch, I use caramel bits. You can also purchase individually wrapped caramel, but those will take a bit more time to unwrap and melt.

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chocolate ganache dripping from a spoon into a dish
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I think that you’ll find that this caramel and chocolate panna cotta is perfect on it’s own, but you may want to put a little topping on it for added texture or just to make it look fancier. I used whipped cream and chopped peanuts. Just throw some dry roasted peanuts in the food processor and it gives the dish a little crunch! 

You can also make a little extra caramel sauce and put some full dry roasted peanuts in it, and top your caramel and chocolate panna cotta with those. I did that in the last batch and my husband said it reminded him of the peanuts in Cracker Jacks! He loved the added crunch as well! 

steps to make a caramel and chocolate panna cotta
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steps to make a caramel and chocolate panna cotta
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I’ve tried to show the steps in photos above for you, to make it a bit easier.

Step 1: Chocolate chips in a bowl

Step 2: Heated heavy cream on top of chocolate chips

Step 3: Combined heavy cream and chocolate chips to form ganache

Step 4: Ganache separated into 8 dishes

Step 5: Heavy cream and caramel bits

Step 6: Combined heavy cream and caramel bits to form caramel sauce

Step 7: Milk and Great Lakes Gelatin 

Step 8: Combined milk and Great Lakes Gelatin 

Step 9: Heated cream and milk

Step 10: Combined heated cream and milk with gelatin mixture

Step 11: Combined heated cream, milk with gelatin and caramel sauce

Step 12: Panna cotta mixture separated into 8 dishes, on top of ganache

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Why Great Lakes Gelatin?

My secret weapon when making my caramel and chocolate panna cotta is Great Lakes Gelatin pork gelatin. Their premium gelatin is made of ONE simple ingredient and provides you with exceptional cooking functionality at a fair price. It will dissolve in hot liquids and will thicken upon cooling. It’s unflavored, colorless and odorless.

Great Lakes Gelatin is a versatile cooking ingredient that is used in many thickening and gelling cooking applications from gelatin desserts to puddings and sauces.  It comes in either pork gelatin or beef gelatin. You can even make gummies with it! I’m looking forward to using it for the sauces and gravy for our holiday dinners!

Now that you know a little bit about the dish, I’m excited to share our recipe for caramel and chocolate panna cotta.


Caramel and Chocolate Panna Cotta

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Caramel and Chocolate Panna Cotta

  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 7 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This caramel and chocolate panna cotta is heaven. Caramel panna cotta on top of a layer of chocolate ganache. It’s the perfect dessert for any gathering.



Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Caramel Sauce

Panna Cotta

Toppings (optional)

  • Whipped cream
  • Chopped peanuts


Chocolate Ganache

  • Boil heavy cream in a sauce pan on medium high heat.
  • Place the chocolate chips in a bowl and pour the heated heavy cream on top.
  • Whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Pour evenly into 8 small dishes or ramekins.
  • Put in fridge for 1-2 hours.

Caramel Sauce

  • Boil heavy cream and caramel bits in a sauce pain on medium high heat. Stir until the caramel is completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Panna Cotta

  • Pour 3/4 cup of milk into a large bowl and add Great Lakes Gelatin Co. gelatin. Stir until combined and set aside.
  • Heat remaining milk and heavy cream in saucepan over medium high heat until it starts to bubble.
  • Pour heated milk and cream mixture over the gelatin and milk mixture and whisk until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Pour caramel sauce into the bowl, whisking as you pour, until completely combined.
  • Remove the dishes from the refrigerator and evenly distribute the caramel sauce mixture on top of the ganache, in all eight dishes.
  • Return to the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
  • Top with whipped cream and crushed peanuts.

If you try our version of the Caramel and Chocolate Panna Cotta recipe, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out all of our family friendly recipes


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  1. Yum, I do love panna cotta, but didn’t realize just how easy it was to make. Thanks for sharing this inspiring and delicious recipe. Can’t wait to make this soon!

  2. We love panna cotta at home! I love that I learned so much from your post. Pork gelatin is so interesting, especially because I’ve just read from another Facebook group that you can also extract the gelatin from chicken feet and they’d be good in coffee jelly. Amazing.

  3. This caramel and choco panna cotta is a must try! And it’s good that weekend is here now, cheat weekend here I come!

  4. I’ve never had this dessert but I’m a fan of custard and pudding so I’m sure I’d love it! Is there a vegan option for the gelatin?

  5. I missed my favorite fast food chain’s sundae coz of this good looking panna cotta.

  6. I love panna cotta cause it almost taste like an ice cream but not too cold.

  7. I love panna cotta, but have never tried chocolate and caramel before. I’ll have to make this!

  8. That looks so good. I use gelatin when I make low-carb brownies. Makes them so chewy and good.

  9. This looks heavenly, Heather!! I just put the ingredients in my shopping cart…going to make it next week!!

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  10. This sure does look amazing. I’ve never had this drink before either. I love that it’s caramel and chocolate. A great combination.

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  11. This looks like a great recipe. I would personally substitute the pork gelatin with a vegetarian option, but other than that, looks amazing!

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      Have you been able to find a vegetarian option for gelatin? From what I understand, they are all made from animal products.

  12. I haven’t ever tried the gelatin but I do love Panna Cotta. That looks absolutely amazing.

  13. Why isn’t it possible to put your spoon through the screen and grab a bite yet?! This looks absolutely amazing I so want to try some.

  14. I have never cooked with gelatin but it seems to be the secret ingredient here. This could be a great dessert to make on Thanksgiving for a surprise.

  15. If this isn’t the best dessert ever, I don’t know what is. I love the caramel and chocolate working together on this one. I can’t wait to make it.

  16. I loved all your pics but I am not sure if I am equipped to do this! It looks like it’s so advanced! I am also not into trying pastry/desserts/sweets. I feel like it’s so complicated and you need to have the exact measurements.

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      I am not an expert. I think if you tried any of my dessert recipes, you’d be surprised how easy they really are to make!

  17. I haven’t made panna cotta in ages. Thanks for this reminder. I will give your recipe a try. Sounds delicious.

  18. This caramel and chocolate panna cotta recipe certainly looks like heaven! Just pinned so that I can make it later! Thank you!

  19. I love this caramel and chocolate panna cotta. It looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it.

  20. This has got my mouth watering! I love panna cotta but only have had lemon flavoured ones, I can’t wait to try your caramel and chocolate recipe for a change

  21. This looks like such a deliciious dessert. O(n the cooking shows panna cotta is always such a hard thing to make. Your recipe makes it seem possible.

  22. So light and creamy! This sounds heavenly…I wish I could try one right now. What a wonderful and elegant dessert.

  23. I love panna cotta but I haven’t tried it with chocolate yet! Looks really yummy, I can’t wait to give it a try

  24. I absolutely love panna cotta. It is a delicious and elegant treat perfect for any occasion and time of the year, like the holidays.

  25. Wow… I am loving this recipe and have pinned it to my Pinterest Desserts page! I honestly did not know there was such a thing as Pork Gelatin…. seems strange to me but with results like those delicious cups above… may be worth trying 🙂

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  26. What a yummy looking delight! I love the way it looks so rich and filling 😍

  27. This looks delicious! I’ve never heard of Pana Cotta but it reminds me of Flan. I’ll have to save this recipe to try one day 👏🏾

  28. It sounds so yummy! I always craved for this as it looks so good on videos, whenever I watched it on my favorite online video sharing site.

  29. I LOVE panna cotta, but I don’t think I’ve ever made a caramel and chocolate one! I can’t wait to try this one.

  30. This sure does look delicious. I have never tried this or heard of it til now. I want to give it a try though. It sounds like it would be really good.

  31. WOW! That looks amazing. I have to say, I’ve never made panna cotta before, but have always wanted to try it. You make it sound so easy!

  32. This caramel and chocolate panna cotta looks absolutely amazing. I love both chocolate and caramel, can’t wait to try this.

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  33. Holy wow! That looks really good. I have never heard of Panna Cotta before. I’m probably very culinarily sheltered, I guess. I’m going to make this immediately.