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Dame Chocolate

Dame Chocolate
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Format comedy-drama, telenovela
Developed by Perla Farías
Directed by Emilia Lamonte
Starring Carlos Ponce
Génesis Rodríguez
María Antonieta de las Nieves
Opening theme Dame Chocolate by Carlos Ponce
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 150
Production
Executive producer(s) Aurelio Valcárcel Carrol
Producer(s) Jairo Arcila
Location(s) Miami, Florida
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 42-45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Telemundo
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original airing March 5, 2007 - October 5, 2007
Chronology
Preceded by La Viuda de Blanco
Followed by Pecados Ajenos
External links
Website

Dame Chocolate (Sweet Secret) is a 2007 Spanish-language telenovela, which was produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and aired from March 5 until October 5, 2007. This limited-run serial stars Génesis Rodríguez as a sweet, simple girl who leaves rural Mexico for Miami in the US to fulfill her destiny in the chocolate business. Elements of this romantic soap opera resemble Ugly Betty, the Tammy films, The Beverly Hillbillies and No Holds Barred.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Xenon Pictures released a four-disc DVD set of Dame Chocolate in the US on November 27, 2007. The abridged version runs over 13 hours. It includes English subtitles and carries a TV-PG rating.

Plot

An awkward, shy girl named Rosita Amado (Génesis Rodríguez) grew up in the village of Xochilcacahuatel with humble, uncultured relatives who worship Ek Chuah, an ancient idol. When her grandfather Juan Amado (Héctor Suárez)-- who was known as "The Chocolate King"—dies, she is the only person left who knows the secret Mayan recipe that built his corporate empire.

While Rosita has a curvaceous body, she also has a big nose and buck teeth. She falls madly in love with charming chocolatier Bruce Remington ([1]

Meanwhile Bruce's mother, Grace Remington, (Kristina Lilley), an unscrupulous and overly ambitious woman (and Juan's stepdaughter) is claiming that the factory is near bankruptcy and ruthlessly plots against Rosita, becoming the young girl's most dedicated enemy. Grace wants the inheritance and the secret recipe and enlists the help of her son's lover, Samantha Porter, (Karla Monroig), to talk Bruce into seducing Rosita.

When Bruce realizes that he truly loves Rosita, his mother has already plotted her downfall. Rosita must confront the Remington and fight for her grandfather's legacy. Meanwhile, Ángel Pérez (Khotan), a brutal, dangerous man from the past threatens Rosita's fresh start.

Rosita finds romance, deception and betrayal as she searches for true happiness in a new world. She learns about the dangers of hatred, jealousy and vengeance. The heroine finds herself caught between two powerful forces: love and chocolate.

To continue the story, Bruce was going to marry Rosita, so of course his mother and Samantha tried to stop it by lying to Rosita and saying that Bruce was actually going to marry Samantha instead of Rosita. Rosita was heartbroken and she left the state with Ángel, swearing revenge on the Remingtons and Samantha Porter. Somewhere in Texas, she escaped an explosion at a restaurant and survived, but her family, friends, and enemies all assumed her dead. Rosita was then kidnapped by a criminal, and met a man who promised to make her better looking.

Rosita went to a show and transformed into a sexy, beautiful lady by way of plastic surgery that fixed her nose and teeth. She met again with Bruce (with her name changed to Violeta) and Bruce was attracted to her and pursued her. Bruce suspected that Violeta is Rosita, but Violeta was clever and didn't let Bruce know who she really was, and avoided showing Bruce her back since Rosita had a birthmark on her back and so did Violeta. All through this, Samantha was jealous that Bruce loved Violeta and ended up dying.

Later on Rosita finds out that Bruce really loves Violeta and tries to leave before it gets any worse, but Bruce kept pestering her and they ended up making love a few times. But Rosita was really afraid of hurting Bruce and ruining him once he finds out that she is really Rosita, and it doesn't help either that later on she begins to suspect that he is in fact innocent, and it was all Grace's fault, and he was oblivious to the plans of her downfall. Rosita then continues on with her plans of revenge and takes legal action against the Remingtons because of all the pain they put her through and how they stole her grandfather's factory away from her, and took her inheritance back. Once Bruce finds out that Violeta and Rosita are the same person, he is really angry, but then spills his heart out to her, and she ends up rejecting him. This leads him to literally hate her guts. Bruce, in an attempt to move on, falls mildly in love with, and marries Samantha's twin sister, Debora. Bruce later finds out that Lorenzo, the gardener at his home and the man who saw him grow up and knows everything about him, is in fact his biological father instead of the late Mr. Remington, due to a night spent with Grace Remington herself.

Rosita continues being good friends with Fabián, and this makes Bruce insanely jealous because of how Fabián once told him that he liked Violeta, and now he was always by Rosita's side. But besides that fact, Rosita continued to love Bruce and Bruce loved her even though he was married. Rosita realized that she was pregnant with Bruce's child, and when she went to tell the news to Bruce, she encountered Debora at his apartment in nothing but one of Bruce's shirts, and Rosita immediately assumed the worst. So Bruce doesn't find out about the baby until much, much later.

Bruce finds out about the pregnancy one night when he comes to Rosita's house with plans to see Lorenzo, but encounters Rosita in the pool instead. He sees her bare belly and she admits that she is pregnant. Debora and Fabián at least realized that their couples didn't love them, so they vowed to allow Bruce and Rosita space to rekindle their love. Rosita was kidnapped by Ángel and Grace after a party for months until it was almost time for the baby to be born. Rosita told Grace that her child was Bruce's, and she changed her mind about killing the baby because she hadn't known this, so she attacked Ángel so Rosita could escape once she began to go into labor. Grace ended up killing Ángel, in the tussle that ensued and got stabbed herself in the process.

Finally when Rosita escaped from Ángel she found a place to gave birth in the basement of a house, Bruce was called by Grace and she told him where Rosita was, and he found Rosita while she was in labor and helped her to gave a birth to their baby. At the end Ángel died by getting stabbed by Grace's hand, and Grace died because she went a little crazy at the end and followed the face of Juan Amado into a lake and drowned. Bruce and Rosita ended up together again with their child.

Cast

  • Carlos Ponce as Bruce Remington - Main hero
  • Génesis Rodríguez as Rosita Amado - Main heroine
  • Kristina Lilley as Grace Remington - Mother of Bruce, villain (Drowned)
  • Ricardo Chávez as Diosdado Amado - Uncle of Rosita, in love with Julia
  • Khotan Fernández as Ángel Pérez - Obsessed with Rosita, villain (Killed by Grace)
  • Karla Monroig as Samantha Porter / Deborah Porter - In love with Bruce, villain (Killed by the police) / Samantha's twin, also in love with Bruce (Dies from leukemia)
  • María Antonieta de las Nieves as Dulce Amado - Great-aunt of Rosita, mother of Diosdado and Hortensia
  • Rosalinda Rodríguez as Hortensia Amado - Mother of Azucena, aunt of Rosita, in love with Mauricio
  • Eduardo Serrano as Lorenzo Flores / Lorenzo Amado - Father of Bruce, half-brother of Dulce and Juan
  • Jullye Giliberti as Julia Arismendi - Bestfriend of Samantha, in love with Diosdado
  • Gustavo Franco as Mauricio Duque - Lawyer, father of Fabián, in love with Hortensia
  • Riczabeth Sobalvarro as Eulalia - Maid at Remington mansion, in love with Ángel, then with Anacleto
  • Frank Falcon as Dr. Bob - Bestfriend of Bruce, in love with Ligia
  • Jessica Pacheco as Ligia - Maid at Remington mansion, in love with Diosdado, then with Dr. Bob
  • Adriana Acosta as Matilde - Maid at Remington mansion
  • Taniusha Capote as Azucena Amado - Cousin of Rosita, in love with Jose
  • Pedro Moreno as José Gutierrez - In love with Azucena
  • Victor Corona as Anacleto - Worker at Remington factory, in love with Hortensia, then with Eulalia
  • Carmen Olivares as Carmen - Friend of Hortensia
  • Bernhard Seifert as Eduardo - Employee at Remington factory (Killed by Ricardo)
  • Alvaro Ruiz as Luis - Butler at Remington mansion, transgendered
  • Jose Ramon Blanch as Ricardo Solis - Lawyer, in love with Julia, villain
  • Freddy Viques as Matias - Worker at Remington factory
  • Mauricio Ochmann as Fabián Duque - Photographer, in love with Rosita

Cast and Story Changes

When [2]

Along with cast changes, Telemundo also made a major story shift. Rosita was originally to love Ángel Pérez, who was engaged to another woman. The story that aired portrayed Ángel as a villainous murderer and sexual predator.[3]

After leaving Marina, Ochmann eventually rejoined the cast of Dame Chocolate. He took the role of Fabián Duque, a fashion photographer who falls for Rosita. His first air date was in June 13, 2007.

Product Placement

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In addition, characters made excursions to [5]

Wal-Mart received a "featured role" on Dame Chocolate. Part of an episode was filmed at a supercenter in Hialeah, Florida Wal-Mart also agreed to do promotions in stores and online. The chain previously did a marketing deal for [6]

Production notes

As with most of its other soap operas, Telemundo broadcasts English subtitles as closed captions on CC3. Originally, it scheduled 120 installments and extended its run to 130 episodes. [9]

The name Dame Chocolate is a bilingual pun. It means "give me chocolate" in Spanish. It also implies that Rosita fills the role of dame of chocolate, referring to the traditional English title of nobility. Génesis Rodríguez was made less attractive with a false nose and teeth to play the innocent Rosita.

Ratings

[11]

Dame Chocolate in other media

Latin Lunch ‘’[12]. One contestant mentions "Dame Chocolate" is "huge in Mexico", although it was never widely broadcast in that country.

External links

  • Turkey Fan Site
  • tr:Dame chocolate Tatlı İntikam Türkçe
  • Flash)
  • Telenovela World (bilingual)
  • Official site (Spanish)
  • Karla Monroig fan club
  • Internet Movie Database
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