Chocolate Salami, or Salame de Chocolate, is a sweet Portuguese and Italian dessert made with rich chocolate, and crunchy Maria biscuits.

Portuguese Chocolate Salami sliceChocolate Salami {Salame de Chocolate}

This Chocolate Salami is one of my favorite childhood memories. It’s a Portuguese dessert you’ll find at every celebration, and as a kid I thought the combination of rich, soft chocolate, and sweet, crunchy Maria biscuits was just about the best thing ever (still do!).

Does Chocolate Salami have meat in it?

Despite it’s name, Chocolate Salami, or Salame de Chocolate in Portuguese, does not contain any meat. It is a dessert made with eggs, sugar, chocolate, and Maria biscuits. The chocolate and biscuits are rolled together and the biscuits give the chocolate a marbled look like salami. That’s where the name came from and that’s where the similarities end.

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Chocolate Salami is a pretty standard recipe. It can be made with nuts, pistachio, walnuts, even almonds, but my family always made the no nuts version so that’s what I prefer. Once you have made the decision on nuts the recipe is always the same. Melted chocolate, a sugar and egg mixture, and crushed up Maria cookies.

How to Make Chocolate Salami:

  1. Fill a small saucepan with water and place a medium size glass bowl on top of it. The bowl’s bottom should not touch the water in the pan. Over medium low heat bring water to a simmer.
  2. Add chocolate and butter to the bowl and stir until it melts.
  3. In another bowl mix together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly add the egg mixture to the melted chocolate, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Continue to stir until the chocolate mixture is completely smooth then remove it from the heat and fold in the broken Maria cookie pieces.
  6. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes so it can cool enough that it can be formed into a shape.
  7. Cut two large pieces of parchment paper, or wax paper, and divide the mixture between the two pieces. Tightly roll the chocolate mixture into a tube (diameter should be about 2.5 inches). Twist the ends of the paper and tie each end with a string.Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  8. When you are ready to serve it unwrap the Chocolate Salami, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on the counter, and roll it in the powdered sugar, lightly dusting the outside. Slice and serve.

wrapped Portuguese Chocolate Salami

Can You Make Chocolate Salami Ahead of Time?

Yes! This is an awesome dessert to make for parties and the holidays because it can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. If you are storing it in the freezer I recommend placing the wrapped Chocolate Salami and placing it in a freezer bag to keep it fresh. Also remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator 2 days before so it will be thawed by party time.

wrapped half of Portuguese Chocolate Salami

When the Chocolate Salami is completely cooled and you cut that first slice you’ll see exactly why they call it “salami”. In every bite of Salame de Chocolate you get a little bit of the crunchy Maria cookies and the rich, dark chocolate has the texture of a firm chocolate fudge that just melts in your mouth. Try it and you’ll see why it’s a Portuguese tradition!

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CHOCOLATE SALAMI
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Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Cooling time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 20 mins

Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami, or Salame de Chocolate, is a sweet Portuguese and Italian dessert made with rich chocolate, and crunchy Maria biscuits.

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces Dark chocolate
  • 3 ounces Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 7 ounces Maria biscuits, broken up
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Powdered sugar, for coating

Instructions

  • Fill a small saucepan with water and place a medium size glass bowl on top of it. The bowl’s bottom should not touch the water in the pan. Over medium low heat bring water to a simmer.
  • Add chocolate and butter to the bowl and stir until it melts.
  • In another bowl mix together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Slowly add the egg mixture to the melted chocolate, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Continue to stir until the chocolate mixture is completely smooth then remove it from the heat and fold in the broken Maria cookie pieces.
  • Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes so it can cool enough that it can be formed into a shape.
  • Cut two large pieces of parchment paper, or wax paper, and divide the mixture between the two pieces. Tightly roll the chocolate mixture into a tube (diameter should be about 2.5 inches). Twist the ends of the paper and tie each end with a string.Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • When you are ready to serve it unwrap the Chocolate Salami, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on the counter, and roll it in the powdered sugar, lightly dusting the outside. Slice and serve.
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: chocolate and maria biscuits, maria biscuits recipe, Portuguese chocolate dessert, portuguese dessert