Salame de Chocolate ~ Chocolate Salami

This chocolate salami is an easy, traditional Portuguese no-bake dessert made with butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, tea cookies, and Port wine. It can be customized with your favorite nuts or dried fruits, and is made ahead of time, so it’s ideal for entertaining.

A log of chocolate salami with two slices cut from the end on a white rectangular platter.

Among traditional Portuguese desserts, chocolate salami ranks pretty darn high for us as most loved. Right up there with pasteis de nata. It’s an easy no-bake dessert that you toss together in moments from just butter, cocoa powder,  store-bought butter cookies, and a splash of Port.

But our infatuation derives from the beguiling richness and intense chocolatiness. Stash it in the fridge hours ahead of time for easy entertaining. While it’s infallibly charming as a dessert in its own right, it’s even more inspired when set out as an unexpected accompaniment to salty charcuterie, cheese, olives, and nuts.–David Leite

Chocolate Salami FAQs

How do you store chocolate salami?

This dessert can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It can be frozen for up to 1 month.

How does Portuguese salame de chocolate differ from the Italian and Russian versions?

The addition of port wine makes this chocolate salami different from other versions, which typically use milk or cream as the liquid, and the traditional Italian version is often made with eggs.

A log of chocolate salami with two slices cut from the end on a white rectangular platter.

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Salame de Chocolate ~ Chocolate Salami

A log of chocolate salami with two slices cut from the end on a white rectangular platter.
This chocolate salami is an easy, traditional Portuguese no-bake dessert made with butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, tea cookies, and Port wine. It can be customized with your favorite nuts or dried fruits, and is made ahead of time, so it’s ideal for entertaining.
Jeremiah Bills Duarte

Prep 30 mins
Chill 1 hr 30 mins
Total 2 hrs
Dessert
Portuguese
10 to 12 servings
190 kcal
4.84 / 6 votes

Equipment

  • Cardboard paper towel tube cut lengthwise (optional)

Ingredients 

  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder preferably 1/2 cup Dutch-process and 1/2 cup natural cocoa (or just use Dutch-process cocoa powder)
  • 3 ounces tea cookies traditionally Bolacha Maria cookies, but Leibnez will work nicely (about 15 cookies)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Port wine preferably tawny

Optional embellishments (no more than 1/2 cup total)

  • Toasted pistachios chopped
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Toasted slivered almonds
  • Toasted hazelnuts crushed
  • Dried figs chopped
  • Dried cherries

Directions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed, mix the butter, sugar, and salt until everything is well combined.
  • Add the cocoa powder and continue to mix until combined.
  • Add the cookies and any desired add-ins and mix until the cookies begin to break up.
  • Stop the mixer and pour in 3 tablespoons Port. Continue mixing on low speed until the mixture comes together. If needed, add the remaining 1 tablespoon Port to help everything stick together.
  • Continue to mix until the cookies are broken into small pieces no larger than 1/2 inch (12 mm).
  • Dump the chocolate mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Use your hands to shape it into a log about 9 to 12 inches (23 to 30 cm) in length and wrap it with the plastic.
  • Roll the wrapped log back and forth along the counter several times to create smooth sides. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap tightly to round the ends, just like a real salami. Wrap the chocolate log in foil.
  • If using the paper towel roll, slide the log inside the roll and secure it with rubber bands.
  • Refrigerate the chocolate salami for at least 1 1/2 hours and up to a couple days.
  • Just before serving, remove the salami from the fridge, unwrap it, and generously coat it with additional confectioners’ sugar. Thinly slice it. (This is easiest when it’s cold.) You may need to let it rest at room temperature to soften slightly and let the flavors unfold before devouring and sighing.

Show Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 190kcal (10%)Carbohydrates: 25g (8%)Protein: 3g (6%)Fat: 11g (17%)Saturated Fat: 7g (44%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mg (8%)Sodium: 144mg (6%)Potassium: 138mg (4%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 18g (20%)Vitamin A: 282IU (6%)Calcium: 14mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)


Originally published April 10, 2020

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I JUST got home from my first trip to Portugal last night and I already miss eating this dessert 😂 Thank you so much for the recipe! I used lotus biscuits to make it vegan! It’s in the fridge chilling, can’t wait to try it!

  2. 5 stars
    I have also made these beauties🤎 for my parents with milk😉 instead of Port wine. The only thing I forgot🤷🏼‍♀️ was coating the salami🤎 with additional confectioners’ sugar before serving🤫🫤But after my parents’ comments🤩, I learned that I will make this 🍫Salami 😘 every month for all the family members🥳🫶🏻They wanted me to say that they really loved the taste of these soft and delicious salami bites especially because of the reasonable amount of sugar👌🏻they have🙏🏻 and my comment😉? This Chocolate Salami recipe is also in my list of “Leites Culinaria❤️ Recipes” now 🤎 as: “🍫Salami: small but yum yumm yummy bites😋”

    1. Thanks, meg. If you’re ok with using alcohol, you could replace the port with rum, otherwise, use a similar amount of another liquid like coffee or milk or water.

  3. Instead of melba toast or crackers, use Digestive biscuits. That is what I would envision the best way to have it would be.

    I am not really a dessert person, at least via making desserts, but you absolutely have me intrigued this time.

  4. I made a similar recipe for Xmas several years ago – the fam loved it! I believe it called for rum.

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