Chocolate salami

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Chocolate salami
Alternative namesSalame al cioccolato; Salame de chocolate
Place of originItaly, Portugal
Region or stateSouthern Europe
Main ingredientsCocoa, broken biscuits, butter, sometimes nuts.

Chocolate salami is an Italian and Portuguese dessert made from cocoa, broken biscuits, butter and sometimes alcohol such as port wine or rum. The dessert became popular across Europe and elsewhere, often losing alcohol as an ingredient along the way.[1]

Packaged chocolate salami at a supermarket in Évora, Portugal

Chocolate salami is not a meat product. The appellation "salami" stems from physical resemblance. Like salami, chocolate salami is formed as a long cylinder and is sliced across into discs for serving. These discs are a brown, chocolaty matrix (like the red meat of salami) peppered with bright bits of biscuit (like the white flecks of fat in salami). Some varieties also contain chopped nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts and may be shaped like truffles.

International variations[edit]


In Palestine and Jordan, it is known as ليزي كيك (lazy cake), which is usually made with Marie biscuit.

In Syria, it is known as سوكسية (Soukseh), and usually made with either walnuts or pistachios.


In Greece, chocolate salami is called mosaiko (mosaic) or kormos (trunk).[2]

In Bulgaria, it is known as Сладък Салам (Sladuk Salam, meaning Sweet Salami), and like the Russian Chocolate Sausage; uses walnuts.

In Cyprus, it is known as Doukissa (Duchess cake).

In Denmark, it is known as kiksekage (biscuit cake).

In Estonia, it is known as Kirjukoer (colourful dog), which is commonly made out of cocoa powder, butter, crushed cookies, and jelly cubes (marmelaad in Estonian).[3][4]

In Germany, it is known as Kalte Schnauze (cold snout) or Kalter Hund (cold dog).

In Hungary, it is known in many names such as Keksz rolád (biscuit roll), Pöttyöske (dotty) or Keksz tekercs (rolled biscuit).

In Italy, it is also called salame al cioccolato (chocolate salami) or, especially in Sicily, salami turcu (Turkish salami).

In Lithuania, a similar dessert is called tinginys (lit.'lazy'), which is made out of cocoa, broken biscuits, condensed milk and butter, and sometimes nuts, however alternative recipes exist under the same name of the dish.

In the Netherlands, a similar dessert is called arretjescake.

In Poland, a similar dessert is called blok czekoladowy (chocolate block).

In Portugal, it is called salame de chocolate (chocolate salami),[5] and is typically made using Marie biscuit.[6]

In Romania, it is called salam de biscuiți (biscuit salami), and it may have originated during the 1970s or 1980s in the communist era, possibly as a result of food shortages.[7][8]

In Russia, it is called шоколадная колбаса (shokoladnaya kolbasa, meaning chocolate sausage) and made with walnut[citation needed].

In Turkey, it is called mozaik pasta (mosaic cake).[9]

South America[edit]

Brazilian palha italiana

In Brazil, it is known as palha italiana (lit.'Italian straw', even though it does not resemble straws). It is usually made similarly to brigadeiro, with biscuit chunks inside.[10][11]

In Uruguay, it is called salchichón de chocolate (chocolate sausage).

Similarly, in Argentina, it is called salame de chocolate (chocolate salami, closer to the Italian name).[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Mosaiko recipe (Greek Chocolate and Biscuits Dessert) - My Greek Dish". My Greek Dish. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. ^ Drzazgowski, Alexandria (2021-02-24). "Spotted Dog (Kirju Koer) from Estonia". The Foreign Fork. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  4. ^ Vokk, Kristel (2020-10-07). "Piimavaba Kirju Koer tumeda šokolaadiga toetab ajutööd". Toitu tervislikult (in Estonian). Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  5. ^ "Chocolate Salami". Retrieved 2021-02-22.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Salame De Chocolate (Portuguese Chocolate Salami)". March 14, 2013. Archived from the original on January 27, 2021. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "A Cookie for Every Country: Romania: Salam de Biscuiti". A Cookie for Every Country. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  8. ^ "Reteta de salam de biscuiti cu stafide si rom - reteta clasica a copilariei". Totul Bio. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  9. ^ "An Easy, Chocolatey, No Bake Dessert From Turkey". The Spruce. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  10. ^ Almeida, Nadia (20 November 2014). "Palha italiana". Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Palha Italiana de Chocolate". Nestlé (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Salame de chocolate". Paulina Cocina blog (in Spanish). 23 September 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2023.