Chocolate com Pimenta

Chocolate com Pimenta (English title: Chocolate with Pepper)[1] is a Brazilian telenovela, set in the roaring 1920s, starring Mariana Ximenes and Murilo Benício.[2] It was produced and broadcast by Rede Globo in 2003 and 2004. It was written by Walcyr Carrasco and directed by Jorge Fernando.[3]

Chocolate com Pimenta
Chocolate com Pimenta logo.jpg
Also known asChocolate with Pepper (English)
Created byWalcyr Carrasco
Based onThe Merry Widow
Directed byJorge Fernando
StarringMariana Ximenes
Murilo Benício
Elizabeth Savalla
Priscila Fantin
Fúlvio Stefanini
Ary Fontoura
Marcello Novaes
Drica Moraes
Tarcísio Filho
Lília Cabral
Laura Cardoso
Osmar Prado
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Opening theme"Chocolate com Pimenta" by Deborah Blando
Ending theme"Chocolate com Pimenta" by Deborah Blando
Country of originBrazil
Original languagePortuguese
No. of episodes209
Production locationBrazil
Running time30-40 minutes
Original networkRede Globo
Picture formatPAL-M
Original release8 September 2003 (2003-09-08) –
7 May 2004 (2004-05-07)


The story of Ana Francisca (Mariana Ximenes), who at the start of the soap opera is a poor, yet kind, young girl.[4] Aninha, as she is lovingly called by those closest to her, suffered the loss of her father and was forced to flee to the city of Ventura, after being left destitute.

Once in Ventura, she begins to live with her uncle Margarido (Osmar Prado), her grandmother Carmen (Laura Cardoso), cousins Márcia (Drica Moraes) and Timóteo (Marcelo Novaes) and an adopted family member, Dália (Carla Daniel) on their small farm.

Although without means, Ana wishes to study and pursue a teaching career, which she is able to do thanks to the help of the Mother Superior, who grants her a scholarship at the local school. She is instantly unpopular at school because she is poor and is hated by Olga (Priscila Fantin). Aninha begins to like Danilo (Murilo Benício), the Mayor's nephew, known in town for being a ladies man. However, Olga quickly realizes Ana's feelings and tries to keep Danilo from the girl, as she wants him to herself.

Meanwhile, Aninha begins to work at the city's chocolate factory. The factory, considered to be the city's economical centre, raises the price of the land and generates money by creating jobs, giving the city a great deal of social status within the region. One day, while working, Ana stumbled upon a man she believed to be just another worker at the factory and befriends him, all without knowing that he is in fact the owner of the chocolate factory, Ludovico Canto e Melo.

Slowly, Danilo begins to know Aninha's kind and pure heart and they fall in love with one another, eventually spending the night together. Shortly afterwards, Ana discovers she is pregnant with his child and tells his aunt, Bárbara (Lília Cabral). Bárbara despises Ana, as she believes Aninha to be unfit for her nephew due to her low social status, preferring for Danilo to be with Olga. However, pretends to like the girl and deceives her by promising to tell Danilo about the child, so that Ana may tell her family as well.

Ana believes Danilo knows about the child and happily gets ready for her graduation ceremony, where she is to meet him. Nonetheless, at the ceremony, when Ana is set to receive her diploma, green paint is dropped on her head and everyone laughs at her. This was planned by Danilo's aunt Bárbara and Olga, who wished to separate the young couple.

Humiliated, Ana runs away believing Danilo ordered the paint to be dropped on her, but runs into her friend Ludovico, that now reveals his identity. As they talk, she tells him of her pregnancy and of the shame she feels. Ludovico, deeply touched by Ana's selflessness for having helped him, offers to marry her so that she can avoid the shame of having a son out of wedlock, which at the time was severely frowned upon. Although at first suspicious, Ana agrees for Ludovico assures her that does it all out friendship. Before marrying, Ana vows revenge on those who harmed and humiliated her.

Ana and Ludovico promptly leave for Argentina, where she has her child, Tonico and learns to be a Lady of high society. Seven years pass and her husband succumbs to his illness, leaving her a large inheritance and the chocolate factory. Ana decides it is time to return to Ventura and make due to her promise of revenge.

Upon her return and throughout the rest of the story, Ana Francisca will be at odds with the 4 most influential people in the city - the Mayor, the Banker, the Chief of Police and her late husband's sister - who wish to control the chocolate factory for their own purposes and will try to ruins Ana's life by creating misunderstandings and false assumptions.

On the side lines, the story will also follow the population of Ventura and the comical situations they find themselves on a daily basis.


Mariana Ximenes as Ana Francisca.
Murilo Benício as Danilo.
Rodrigo Faro as Guilherme.
Samara Felippo as Celina.
Actor Character
Mariana Ximenes Aninha (Ana Francisca Mariano da Silva Canto e Melo Albuquerque)
Murilo Benício Danilo Rodrigues Albuquerque
Priscila Fantin Olga Gonçalves Lima Peixoto
Elizabeth Savalla Jezebel Canto e Mello
Drica Moraes Márcia Mariano da Silva
Marcello Novaes Timóteo Mariano da Silva
Samara Felippo Celina Costa Andrade Fernandes
Nívea Stelmann Graça (Maria da Graça Costa Andrade Fernandes)
Rodrigo Faro Guilherme Oliveira Fernandes
Lília Cabral Bárbara Albuquerque
Fúlvio Stefanini Prefeito Vivaldo Albuquerque
Ângelo Paes Leme Soldado Peixoto (José Rufino Peixoto)
Tarcísio Filho Sebastian Von Burgo
Laura Cardoso Carmem da Silva
Rosamaria Murtinho Margot Oliveira Fernandes
Osmar Prado Margarido da Silva
Cláudio Corrêa e Castro Conde Klaus Von Burgo
Kayky Brito Bernadete (Bernardo Canto e Mello)
Ary Fontoura Ludovico Canto e Melo
Caco Ciocler Miguel Torres
Denise Del Vecchio Dona Mocinha Limeira da Silva
Antônio Grassi Reginaldo Andrade
Ary França Epaminondas
Ernani Moraes Delegado Terêncio Lima
Rosane Gofman Roseli Castro Fritz
Guilherme Piva Dr. Paulo Bentes
Tânia Bondezan Marieta Gonçalves Lima
Carla Daniel Dália Silva
Maria Maya Lili (Liliane) Campos Soares
Luíza Curvo Cássia Gonçalves Lima
Patrícia França Drª. Sofia Menezes
Guilherme Vieira Antonio(Tonico) da Silva Canto e Melo
Alexandre Barillari Beto (Alberto Lares)
Josie Pessoa Camilla
Mônica Carvalho Gigi
Renato Rabello Padre Eurico Seriano
Ricardo Martins Quincas (Joaquim)
Juliana Alves Selma Cardoso de Almeida
Sabrina Rosa Vera Cardoso de Almeida
Victor Pecoraro Maurício Von Burgo
Andréa Avancini Yvete
Hilda Rebello Matilde
Marcelo Barros Araújo
Yeda Dantas Cândida
Viviane Porto Inácia
Cacá Bueno Elias
Jean Felipe Palito
Luís Antonio Nascimento Jóia
Marcela Barrozo Estelinha (Estela Albuquerque)
Sabrina de Souza Darlene
Samuel Mello Beleza



Cover: Mariana Ximenes

  1. Além do Arco-Íris - Luiza Possi
  2. Tristeza do Jeca - Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano
  1. Sensação (Baby Face) - KLB
  2. Encontro - Fábio Nestares
  3. Toda Vez que Eu Digo Adeus (Every Time We Say Goodbye) - Cássia Eller
  4. Voa Bicho - Milton Nascimento
  5. Pra Lembrar de Nós - Flávio Venturini
  6. Tá-Hi (Pra Você Gostar de Mim) - Eduardo Dusek
  7. Urubu Malandro - Abraçando Jacaré
  8. Sensível Demais - Nalanda
  9. Valsa Brasileira - Luiz Melodia
  10. De Um Jeito que não Sai - Leila Pinheiro
  11. Apanhei-te Mini Moog - Mu Carvalho
  12. Chocolate Com Pimenta - Deborah Blando


Cover: Murilo Benício

  1. I'm In The Mood For Love - Rod Stewart
  2. Every Time We Say Goodbye - Steve Tyrell
  3. Hey There - Bette Midler
  4. (Somewhere) Over The Rainbow - Luiza Possi
  5. In The Mood - Glenn Miller
  6. Puttin' On The Ritz - Fred Astaire
  7. Night And Day - Ella Fitzgerald
  8. Mack The Knife (Moritait) - Louis Armstrong
  9. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time) - Etta James
  10. Lover - John Williams & The Boston Pops
  11. Chocolate Waltz - The John Windsor Company
  12. Good Old Times - Swinging Jellys
  13. Curly Little Girl - Charlie Robins Band


  1. ^ "Globo | Pepper Chocolate". Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Trama Principal – Chocolate com Pimenta – Memória" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  3. ^ Resende, Olívia Érika Alves (15 March 2019). "A dialética rural-urbano em visualidades de mulheres caipiras, em "Chocolate com Pimenta", "Alma Gêmea" e "Êta mundo bom!"". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Eugênio, Yana Narjara Pontes (2017). "O figurino na construção e interpretação da personagem Ana Francisca da novela Chocolate com pimenta" (in Brazilian Portuguese). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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Preceded by
Agora É que São Elas
24 March 2003 (2003-03-24)–6 September 2003 (2003-09-06)
Globo 6 p.m. timeslot telenovela
8 September 2003 (2003-09-08)–7 May 2004 (2004-05-07)
Succeeded by
10 May 2004 (2004-05-10)–19 November 2004 (2004-11-19)