Chocolate Semifreddo
Chocolate Semifreddo

Chocolate Semifreddo

Chocolate Semifreddo is one of the most popular desserts in Italy for Valentine's Day. Semifreddo, meaning 'half cold' is a popular Italian dessert made in many different flavours. The consistency of semifreddo is halfway between gelato and mousse, making it a popular summer dessert. It is not customary in Italy to mix the flavours, so it is always simply strawberry, chocolate, coffee or lemon, never a mixture of two or three. Normally, semifreddo is made in a loaf tin and served by the slice, but for special occasions it can be made in small glasses and decorated more elaborately.


  • 200g of good, dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 350ml of double cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 75g of caster sugar


  1. Melt chocolate, either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, or in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.

  2. Whip the cream until light and fluffy. Set aside.

  3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

  4. Place the egg yolks and caster sugar into a bowl and whisk together with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.

  5. Add the melted chocolate to the eggs and stir well until all the chocolate is combined.

  6. Carefully fold in the whipped cream, using a spatula.

  7. Fold in the egg whites and mix with the spatula until smooth. Do this very gently taking care not to deflate the mixture.

  8. Divide into small glasses or bowls and place in the freezer for no less than 4 hours.

  9. Remove how ever many portions you need a good 5 minutes before serving.

  10. Decorate as you like. Strawberries and other fruits are good, as is grated chocolate, chopped nuts, a little melted chocolate or a drizzle of cream. Be creative, especially on Valentine's Day!