Chocolate Salami

Eat chocolates!
Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.
(in Fernando Pessoa, Tobacco Kiosk, 1928)

Today I made this traditional Portuguese dessert. In Portugal, you can find it in any store, but there’s no real one as the homemade. Naturally, many variations abound.

It has to have Maria cookies, no doubt, but the almonds are optional and some like it with raisins as well.

The main ingredient is, of course, the sinfully delicious chocolate, in its cocoa powder form.

A few people prepare this dessert with eggs. I rather do it with condensed milk, since the eggs would be raw because it’s a non-cooking recipe. And what better combination can it be?

Like I said, I made this today… but by now there is none left. Ooops!

Chocolate Salami
Serves 10
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Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of Maria cookies (7 oz)
  2. 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  3. 2 cups of cocoa powder
  4. 2 Tbsp of Porto wine
  5. 1 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  6. 1 cup of whole almonds
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, coarsely break the Maria cookies with your hands.
  2. In another bowl, mix (you can use a mixer or not) a can of condensed milk, 2 cups of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of Porto wine and the melted butter.
  3. Add the almonds into this mixture and then the Maria cookies.
  4. Spread the mixture in a parchment paper and roll it to make a salami shape.
  5. Twist the edges and put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours to get hard.
  6. After that time take it out, open the paper and sprinkle the roll with cocoa powder all around. Transfer it to aluminum paper and roll it like before, twisting the edges. You can keep it in the freezer for as long as you want.
  7. When you want to serve it, take it 10 minutes before. To serve, just cut into slices as it is. For better results, warm a knife in hot water and dry it before cutting.
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11 Responses to Chocolate Salami

  1. Marisa at #

    The name of this caught my attention right away. It really does look like chocolate salami! I’ve never heard of this before but I like it!

  2. Debbie at #

    I’ve heard of chocolate salami, but never seen it! Looks delicious, any suggestions for alternates to Maria cookies?

    • I think any crunchy cookies will do. If you try it come tell me how it goes ;)
      I’m also doing a Christmas version with other nuts, raisins and dried cranberries moisten in Porto wine (Amaretto is fine too or other sweet liquor).

  3. Look at that! What a great Christmas treat!

  4. What a fun treat. ;) The title had me clicking away ehehehe.

  5. Carla at #

    This was one of my favourite deserts has a kid… well, i grew up, and I still love it! the moisty chocolate, the crunchy maria cookies… i tell u all, u should try this soon, coz u will fall in love.

    • Word! And much better homemade than bought in the store.

  6. michele at #

    What kind of cocoa powder do you recommend? Semisweet, bittersweet, etc?

    Thank you!

    • I like to use pure cocoa, unsweetened. The sweet condensed milk is already very sweet and will make it for all the ingredients. Thank you. Enjoy!

  7. Lora at #

    are you sure 2 c cocoa powder… seems like a lot

    • Yes! That’s the main ingredient that will combine well with the sweetened condensed milk, to make the “chocolate” texture. So good!