Costa Rican Coffee Panna Cotta with Bittersweet Chocolate-Rum Sauce


This is an easy, creamy custard dessert with Costa Rican flavors: dark brown sugar, rum, coffee, coconut and bittersweet chocolate. Panna cotta is sort of the Italian version of creme brulee.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

  • ¼ cup dark rum

  • 1 ¼ cups whipping cream

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¾ cup whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons dark colored corn syrup

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dark rum

  • 8 sprigs fresh mint for garnish


  1. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup of dark rum and allow to soften for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, stir together 1 1/4 cups of whipping cream, brown sugar, and espresso powder in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until brown sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, then whisk in gelatin mixture until dissolved.

  3. Whisk in the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and sour cream until smooth. Evenly divide the mixture between eight 3/4 cup custard cups or molds, cover each with plastic wrap, and chill at least 4 hours to overnight.

  4. Bring 3/4 cup whipping cream and corn syrup to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once simmering, remove from heat, and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of rum and set aside.

  5. To serve, run a knife around the edge of each mold, then set each cup into a shallow bowl of hot water for 10 seconds to loosen. Invert the mold over a serving plate and remove the panna cotta. Spoon chocolate sauce around each panna cotta and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

572 Calories
44g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 572
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 29g 143%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 294mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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