How exactly do you say chocolate in Italian?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different kinds of chocolate in Italian along with a few expressions featuring this word. Read on to learn them all!
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How do you say chocolate in Italian?
Cioccolato is how you translate chocolate into Italian.
It is a masculine noun, so it is preceded by the articles il (definite, the chocolate), and un (indefinite, a chocolate).
Its pronunciation is similar to chok-koh-lah-toh and it comes from the Aztec word chocollatl. Make sure the final -o doesn’t have a -w quality, as Italian vowel sounds are clean!
La frutta è più sana del cioccolato.
Fruit is healthier than chocolate.
Vorrei un gelato al cioccolato.
I would like a chocolate ice cream.
Questo cioccolato ha un sapore davvero buono.
This chocolate tastes really good.
Chocolate in Italian translates as cioccolatino when it refers to a small chocolate praline or candy.
It is a masculine noun, so it is preceded by the articles il (definite, the chocolate) and un (indefinite, a chocolate).
The -ino suffix in Italian makes any noun smaller, so this literally means “small chocolate”.
Ho mangiato una scatola di cioccolatini.
I ate a box of chocolates.
Adoro i cioccolatini, soprattutto quelli con le noci.
I love chocolates, especially those with nuts.
Tom regala a Mary una scatola di cioccolatini.
Tom gives Mary a box of chocolates.
Chocolate in Italian can also be translated as cioccolata. Cioccolata is now used as a synonym for cioccolato, but it commonly refers to hot chocolate.
It is a feminine noun, so it is preceded by the articles la (definite, the chocolate), and una (indefinite, a chocolate).
You will translate cup of hot chocolate always as tazza di cioccolata calda, using cioccolata, and never as tazza di cioccolato caldo.
Tazza di cioccolata calda
Cup of hot chocolate
Mi sono preparato una tazza di cioccolata calda.
I made myself a cup of hot chocolate.
Tom sorseggiò la sua cioccolata calda in silenzio.
Tom sipped his hot chocolate in silence.
Kinds of chocolate in Italian
Chocolate is made of cacao, cocoa. Cocoa has a very distinct flavor, sapore.
Depending on the amount of cocoa in the mixture, chocolate can either be white chocolate (no cocoa whatsoever!), milk chocolate or dark chocolate.
Let’s see how to say all these in Italian.
Cioccolato alle nocciole
Chocolate with hazelnuts
Cioccolato alle nocciole is also called nocciolato, from the fusion of nocciola, hazelnut, and cioccolato.
Il cioccolato bianco non contiene cacao, ma burro di cacao.
White chocolate does not contain cocoa, but cocoa butter.
Il cioccolato alle nocciole è il mio preferito.
Hazelnut chocolate is my favorite.
Cioccolato al latte
Questo cioccolato al latte è troppo dolce.
This milk chocolate is too sweet.
White and milk chocolate are pretty self-explaining, but what about the translation for dark chocolate in Italian?
Be careful: it is not “cioccolato scuro”, with scuro meaning dark, but fondente! Fondente is an adjective that comes from the verb fondere which means to melt or to liquify, so cioccolato fondente literally means “chocolate that melts in your mouth“!
Sometimes, because of its flavor, dark chocolate in Italian is also called cioccolato amaro, “bitter chocolate”.
Non mi piace il cioccolato fondente al 99%. Non si scioglie bene in bocca ed è amaro.
I don’t like 99% dark chocolate. It does not melt well in your mouth and it’s bitter.
Melted chocolate is translated as cioccolato fuso.
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Other words and expressions featuring chocolate in Italian
You may be wondering what the translation for chocolate bar is in Italian.
Barretta di cioccolato
Tavoletta di cioccolato
Una barretta di cioccolato buono costa circa 3 euro.
A good chocolate bar costs about 3 euros.
Barretta literally means “small bar”, while tavoletta means “small table”. These are completely interchangeable, so you can use either of them.
Then there’s the “box of chocolates”.
Scatola di cioccolatini
Chocolate desserts in Italian
Chocolate is used to produce a variety of desserts. The most common are…
Torta al cioccolato
Gelato al cioccolato
Chocolate ice cream
Budino al cioccolato
La torta al cioccolato è la regina dei dessert.
Chocolate cake is the queen of desserts.
Non ricordo più dove ho messo il preparato per il budino al cioccolato.
I can no longer remember where I put the chocolate pudding mix.
Wedding ceremonies often feature a fontana di cioccolato, a chocolate fountain. Guests usually cover some spiedini di frutta, fruit skewers, with melted chocolate for a delicious treat!
Fontana di cioccolato
La fontana di cioccolato deve essersi rotta. Non gira più.
The chocolate fountain must have broken. It doesn’t spin anymore.
On Easter (a Pasqua) it’s customary for people to give out some uova di cioccolato, chocolate eggs, as a gift to family members and children.
Uovo di cioccolato
Che tipo di sorpresa hai trovato nell’uovo di cioccolato?
What kind of surprise did you find in your chocolate egg?
What are you waiting for? Head to a cioccolateria (chocolate shop) for a cup of cioccolata calda (you should already know this one)!
And that’s it, now you know how to say chocolate in Italian!
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