Chocolate Salami

Add a little extra flavor to your coffee time with this sweet treat — chocolate salami!  Your salame di cioccolato can be whipped up quickly and requires no bake time — just allow 3 hours to chill!

It feels like we’re still in the middle of summer here in Boston and we’re trying to stay cool by making recipes that don’t require much heat. This Italian-inspired recipe for chocolate salami is an excellent cold dessert that doesn’t require an oven or even a stove!

chocolate salami with coffee

I was living in a student dorm in Norway the first time I had chocolate salami. Several Italian students were organizing a large dinner party and everybody in the building was roped into helping with it. I was tasked with cooking the chocolate salami – which I had never tasted or even heard of before. The recipe turned out to be so simple that I finished it with minimal supervision!

chocolate salami up close

Because this recipe is so simple, it’s very easy to adapt! If you’re a fan of darker chocolate, add a spoonful of cocoa powder. If you’d rather have it on the sweeter side, just add an extra bit of sugar! There are also a few add-ins that can level up your chocolate salami. Mix in some chopped almonds or hazelnuts for some extra crunch or pour in a tablespoon or two of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec to get a fruity flavor.

One last note – most traditional recipes include eggs, but not everyone is comfortable with uncooked eggs and finding pasteurized eggs can be difficult, so I left them out of my recipe completely.

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Chocolate Salami

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  • Author: Viktor Kapustin
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Category: Dessert
    • Method: No Bake
    • Cuisine: Italian


  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter
  • 9 ounces (250 grams) semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, grated
  • 5 ounces (150 grams) cookies* (such as digestive biscuits)

extras (optional)

  • cocoa powder
  • granulated sugar
  • hazelnuts or almonds*


  1. Melt chocolate and butter separately – you can use a microwave for this! Combine into one bowl.
  2. Add the grated orange zest to the bowl.
  3. Break the cookies into small pieces. Add them to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour the mixture onto a hard surface lined with foil or baking paper. Roll the mixture into a cylinder (wrapping it with the foil) about 13″ long. Place it in the freezer for three hours to chill.
  5. Cut into round pieces and serve!
  6. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.


Cookies: For this recipe, you’ll need a simple, hard cookie. I would normally use digestive biscuits, but they can be hard to find in the US. I’ve found that animal crackers work great and they are also cheap!
Nuts: If you use nuts, reduce the amount of cookies by the amount of nuts.

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