Chocolate Salami (or salame di cioccolato) is made of decadent dark chocolate mixed with nuts, white chocolate, cookies and a hint of orange. With no meat in sight and no cooking involved, they make great gifts and a delicious chocolate treat.
I was watching a show on the Food Network and they featured a confectioners store in Los Angeles where they sell chocolate salami. This reminded me that we did have something like this from a shop in Lake Como Italy a few years ago. Being that it is an Italian dessert and my husband being Sicilian, requested that I make one as soon as possible.
After watching the process I actually couldn’t believe how easy is was to make. A popular treat, they are sometimes made boozy with port wine rum, but I chose omit the booze and to flavor the chocolate with orange, a delicious combination.
I brought them over to a friends house and she said, ‘I just had chocolate bacon the other day and loved it’. She really thought it looked like real salami. The outside is dusted with powdered sugar, then tied up with kitchen twine, just like an authentic Italian salami. She was so fascinated, as well as enjoying the chocolatey goodness, I decided to give them as gifts.
How to Make Chocolate Salami – Step by Step
The chocolate and butter are melted and the nuts, crushed cookies, white chocolate and orange are mixed in then the mix is refrigerated. Once set, the chocolate is shaped into the salami shape and wrapped in plastic wrap to help retain the shape and refrigerated 1 last time to set.
The next 2 steps are what really make give them the salami look. The logs are dusted with powdered sugar to give the look of it wrapped in paper, then wrapped in kitchen twine. The plastic wrap creates ridges on the outside of the chocolate which mimics the ridges on the outside of a salami when it’s peeled. To wrap the salami in chocolate you start at one end with a knot leaving one end very long.
Turn the salami sideways towards you. Take the long end, loop over your left hand and under the salami towards you.
Then loop the long end through the loop and pull through with your left hand so it looks like this below. You then continue doing this down the length of the salami so it looks wrapped and tie the twine off at the end to secure.
Another tip to make it look like salami when sliced, chop the nuts, cookies and white chocolate different sizes to make it look like the chunks of fat that are in a salami. Any nuts you prefer can be used, I used pistachios and almonds.
I recently made a Christmas/festive version, White Chocolate Salami which has added dried cranberries that is a pretty contrast with the white chocolate. Delicious too!
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