Easy Christmas recipe: Soldo’s classic Italian salame di cioccolato

15 December 2023  |   4 minutes read
Soldo Christmas recipe
Soldo Christmas recipe

Salame di cioccolato is a no-bake Italian dessert with just seven simple ingredients. It’s a must-have for any Christmas table. Our very own Barbara Parmigiani, Italian Regional Marketing Manager, shares her family’s classic recipe.

A delicious legacy

Salame di cioccolato is a treasured Italian Christmas treat passed down through generations, blending chocolate, biscuits, butter, and occasionally a splash of brandy or marsala wine. Pure chocolatey goodness!


  • 200g good quality dark chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g digestive biscuits (or similar)
  • 100g chopped hazelnuts
  • 50g icing sugar


Melt the chocolate: Break the chocolate into pieces and melt it in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, ensuring it doesn’t burn. Once done, remove your chocolate from the heat and stir in the butter until melted.

Prepare the base: In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until the mixture becomes pale and fluffy. Slowly add the melted chocolate and butter mix, stirring continuously.

Crush the biscuits: Crush the biscuits into small pieces. You can do this by placing them in a sealed plastic bag and gently tapping with a rolling pin (a welcome Christmas stress buster)!

Mix and fold: Fold the crushed biscuits and chopped hazelnuts into the chocolate mixture until just combined. Combine all ingredients until well mixed, resembling the look of a salami. You should still see bits of biscuit and chunks of chopped hazelnut.

Shape and chill: Lay out a large sheet of cling film, and carefully transfer the chocolate mixture onto it. Mold it into a sausage shape, wrapping it tightly with the cling film. Roll it several times to secure the shape, twisting the ends. Place it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to set.

Final touch: Once set, remove the cling film and gently roll your salame di cioccolato in icing sugar.

Serve and enjoy: Slice your salame di cioccolato into rounds and serve it on a festive platter. It pairs beautifully with a cup of Italian coffee or a sweet dessert wine.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Buon Natale from all of us at Soldo!

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