Chocolate Salami – Шоколадная Колбаса

Chocolate Salami Chocolate salami is just what it sounds like – a chocolate dessert that looks like salami. It’s so easy to make and there’s no baking required. This recipe is a staple in any Slavic home. Since drinking tea is a whole ritual, the chocolate salami is a natural choice for something to munch on with the tea.
You know what else is great? You can make a batch ahead of time, store it in the freezer and anytime you have a craving for something sweet, you’ll have a private stash of chocolate salami. It’s also very convenient to have on hand for impromptu parties.
I have TWO versions of this recipe and both are awesome. You’ll have to try them out and see which is your favorite.

Version #1:

1 1/2 packages (about 11 oz each) of vanilla wafers

2 sticks of butter, melted

3 Tablespoons cocoa

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

IMG_5348-2 (500x335) (2) Most boxes of vanilla wafers are approximately 11 oz each. For this recipe, you’ll need to use 1 and 1/2 packages of vanilla wafers.

Crush the cookies so you have some coarse pieces and smaller. You can use your hands, or use a rolling pin or a mallet to crush the cookies right in the bag that they are packaged in.

IMG_5349-2 (500x334) In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, cocoa and a can of condensed milk. IMG_5351-2 (500x334)

IMG_5354-2 (500x334) Add the crushed cookies to the bowl and mix to combine. IMG_5355-2 (500x334)

IMG_5357-2 (500x334) Scoop out part of the mixture onto parchment paper or aluminum. IMG_5361-2 (500x334) Shape the cookie mixture into the shape of a log and wrap it tightly inside the parchment paper or aluminum foil. You should have 4-5 chocolate salamis. IMG_5365-2 (500x334) Chill in the refrigerator or the freezer. When you’re ready to serve, sift some powdered sugar over the Chocolate Salami and slice into pieces.

Version #2:

1 egg

3/4 cup sugar

2 sticks of butter

3 Tablespoons milk

3 Tablespoons cocoa

12 oz tea biscuits

I like to use tea biscuits in this recipe. You can use vanilla wafers, shortbread cookies, or Russian tea cookies. Each package of tea biscuits that I used were about 4 oz, so I used 3 packages. IMG_5368-2 (500x334) Crush the cookies into coarse crumbs. You can use your hands or place the cookies inside a ziptop bag and crush them with a rolling pin or a mallet. IMG_5383-2 (500x334) Set up a Homemade Double Boiler. Place a heatproof bowl over a medium pot with about an inch of water in the bottom of the pot. make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.

Add the butter and sugar to the bowl and mix until the butter has melted but is still cool. IMG_5358-2 (500x334)

IMG_5363-2 (500x334) Add the egg and mix to combine. IMG_5364-2 (500x334) Stirring frequently, keep cooking the mixture for about 10-15 minutes, until it thickens.  IMG_5369-2 (500x334) Add the milk and cocoa to the mixture.  IMG_5370-2 (500x334)

IMG_5371-2 (500x334) Cool slightly. Add the cookie crumbs to the cocoa mixture. Mix to combine.  IMG_5384-2 (500x334)

IMG_5388-2 (500x334) Scoop out part of the mixture onto parchment paper or aluminum. IMG_5361-2 (500x334) Shape the cookie mixture into the shape of a log and wrap it tightly inside the parchment paper or aluminum foil. IMG_5362-2 (500x334) You should have 4 chocolate salamis.

Chill in the refrigerator or the freezer. When you’re ready to serve, sift some powdered sugar over the Chocolate Salami and slice into pieces.  Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami Version #1
 
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 4-5 chocolate salamis
Ingredients
  • 1½ packages (about 11 oz each) of vanilla wafers
  • 2 sticks of butter, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Most boxes of vanilla wafers are approximately 11 oz each. For this recipe, you’ll need to use 1 and ½ packages of vanilla wafers.
  2. Crush the cookies so you have some coarse pieces and smaller. You can use your hands, or use a rolling pin or a mallet to crush the cookies right in the bag that they are packaged in.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, cocoa, a can of condensed milk and salt.
  4. Add the crushed cookies to the bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Scoop out part of the mixture onto parchment paper or aluminum.
  6. Shape the cookie mixture into the shape of a log and wrap it tightly inside the parchment paper or aluminum foil. You should have 4-5 chocolate salamis. Chill in the refrigerator or the freezer.
  7. When you’re ready to serve, sift some powdered sugar over the Chocolate Salami and slice into pieces.
Chocolate Salami Version #2
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 4 chocolate salamis
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 300 grams tea biscuits
Instructions
  1. I like to use tea biscuits in this recipe. You can use vanilla wafers, shortbread cookies, or Russian tea cookies. Each package of tea biscuits that I used were about 4 oz, so I used 3 packages.
  2. Crush the cookies into coarse crumbs. You can use your hands or place the cookies inside a ziptop bag and crush them with a rolling pin or a mallet.
  3. Set up a Homemade Double Boiler. Place a heatproof bowl over a medium pot with about an inch of water in the bottom of the pot. make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
  4. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl and mix until the butter has melted but is still cool.
  5. Add the egg and mix to combine. Stirring frequently, keep cooking the mixture for about 10-15 minutes, until it thickens.
  6. Add the milk, cocoa and salt to the mixture. Cool slightly.
  7. Add the cookie crumbs to the cocoa mixture. Mix to combine.
  8. Scoop out part of the mixture onto parchment paper or aluminum. Shape the cookie mixture into the shape of a log and wrap it tightly inside the parchment paper or aluminum foil. You should have 4 chocolate salamis.
  9. Chill in the refrigerator or the freezer.
  10. When you’re ready to serve, sift some powdered sugar over the Chocolate Salami and slice into pieces.

 

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  1. Oksana says

    I got a little excited when I saw this recipe! I love chocolate salami, or as we call it “chocolate kobasa”. We made it a lot back in Ukraine when I was a child. Thanks for the recipe, now I will know how to make it myself ;)

  2. Oksana says

    What an amazing recipe!!!! Thank you so much! Could you tell me which version you prefer? I will make both but want to hear your opinion first.

  3. sashaa says

    Olga, this is great , I just bought the kedem cookies hahaha at my Publix( im also in FL). Thank you for the recipe !

  4. viktoria says

    Can you store them in the freezer for long periods of time and then just thaw them out when your ready to use them?

    • says

      As I wrote in the post, you can freeze the chocolate salami, Viktoria.
      I actually don’t thaw it; it’s easier to cut, especially if you have a sharp knife. It thaws much more quickly when it’s sliced and the slices are really neat.

  5. Tanya says

    Looks amazing. We also add walnuts to the mixture. I can’t wait for you oreshki recipe. Hopefully they will be posted soon.

    • says

      For some reason, I don’t like nuts in my chocolate salami:). I know a lot of people add it, but it personally prefer not too. I’m sure it will work great in the recipe, Tanya.

  6. natalyshka says

    I made first version. Very good. I like it so much. It’s gone in three days, two people. Making another batch. I made it with Russian tea biscuits . Мням.. мням… Мнямм…

  7. oksana says

    omg…wow! I never realized they were that easy to make! WHOOHOO! gona go get the ingredients and make them tonight ;);)

  8. Jessica says

    First time commenting, but I’ve made several of your recipes now for my Russian husband and they’ve all been keepers (plov, lazy cabbage rolls, simple bread, rassolnik)! When I told him I was making this (last night) he was excited because he hadn’t eaten it since childhood. He loved it and took one to work to share today, too!

    Olga, thank you for your blog and the time you put into presenting your delicious recipes in such easy to follow format.

  9. Oksana K says

    And i had my 13-yr old daughter make this kolbaska too! I was wondering about this no-bake desert recently, and had no idea that it was SOOOO EASY TO MAKE it! I had her use version 1, as it apears much easier for a child to put together. She enjoyed it so much and was proud to make a delish desert on her own!!! Well, all thanks to you, Olichka, and how good you describe each step, that even children can do it!!! My daughter enjoyed making other meals/salads/deserts from your blog, as she learning, and its so wonderful to teach them to cook/bake with this wonderful blog of yours, so easy to follow and such a great selection of awesome mouth-watering recepies!
    Can’t express enough, how much i appreciate you and what you do for us!
    May God bless you and your family!!!

      • Oksana K says

        You are sooooo welcome! :-D
        By the way, i’ve added walnuts too (like other folks, that commented) and its my personal preference to add nuts to most of my deserts… but yeah, for ppl that like walnuts – feel free to add ‘em, it tastes delish!

        p.s. my daughter is still 12, not 13 yet, not untill winter.(when i read my comment again, i was like, oopsie! wrong info here, got too excited).
        So the point of my correction here, is that she is still a child, not a teen, yet is cooking w/confidence from this very blog, BIG THANKS FROM TO YOU FROM HER AS WELL!! :-)

      • Oksana K says

        You are sooooo welcome! :-D
        By the way, i’ve added walnuts too (like other folks, that commented) and its my personal preference to add nuts to most of my deserts… but yeah, for ppl that like walnuts – feel free to add ‘em, it tastes delish!

        p.s. my daughter is still 12, not 13 yet, not untill winter.(when i read my comment again, i was like, oopsie! wrong info here, got too excited).
        So the point of my correction here, is that she is still a child, not a teen, yet is cooking w/confidence from this very blog, BIG THANKS FROM TO YOU FROM HER AS WELL!! :-)

        Let me add too, i brought one kolbaska to work, and tons of ppl asked for recipes, so i printed and shared this recipe with them.
        And my family says: from now on this desert needs to be done at our home, like, at least monthly!!!

  10. Snow says

    I’ve been looking for this recipe for a while. I’m excited to make this soon…I fact I just bought a bunch of cookies today:)

  11. Неля says

    I have a question.. can I use dark melted chocolate instead of cocoa? Will it still be the same ingredients? Thanks. By the way, your recipes are delicious! Made several of them a few times already. Good job! Blessings to you!

    • says

      Nelya,
      You can use chocolate, however, the texture will be completely different. I don’t know how much you will need to use, since I’ve never made it with melted chocolate. You’ll have to experiment:).

  12. Natalka says

    thank you so much Olga, my kids loved, они делали все сами я только говарила что и как (3 годика и 2)so happy, my husband came home and they like look daddy what we did cho-co-la-te salami…… thanks a lot

    • says

      You’re welcome, Natalka!
      I’m so glad to hear that you’re getting your kids involved in helping out in the kitchen when they’re so young. It sounds like it was fun:). They were probably very proud of themselves:).

    • says

      Welcome, Helene! I’m so glad you stopped by and that the Chocolate Salami caught your eye. I hope you’ll find many more recipes that you will enjoy.

  13. Dana B says

    We love this recipe!!! It is also very popular in Romania. On the basic recipe I like to try different variations; I use nuts, coconut, I love to also add almond extract, even green tea (it will be green), and white chocolate with pistachio.

  14. Liliya A says

    Hi Olga,
    In your 1st version, what is the capacity of 1 can sweetened condensed milk? My local store carries condensed milk of 14oz. Is that enough or will I need 2 cans? Thank you!

  15. phil says

    hi olga
    sorry but being from the uk can you tell me how much is a stick of butter? 100g?? as i think the little people of the house will love this :-)

  16. Elena says

    Olga, I made version #1 this past weekend. So easy to make and kiddos love it. Your recipes are awesome!
    Since I found your blog 2 weeks ago, all the cooking and baking have been off your blog :-)

  17. Marianna says

    The recipes are really great! For me (Europe) is really a problem, that the ingredients are not in international units.
    For example: “2 sticks of butter”. How many gramms are this?
    Thx! :)

  18. Anya says

    Just wanted to take a moment and say that this blog of yours and you are amazing! Since discovering your blog about a month ago, I’m more interested in cooking and baking! You make it all so simple and easy, it actually gets me excited to cook.You really make cooking stressfree for beginners like me, a relatively new mom of an 8 month old. Believe it or not, but I’m looking up to you, and trying to be more domesticated.

    Thank you for this blog. I think you’re great!

    And may God bless you and your new family!

    *Anya

    • says

      Thank you so much for such a warm comment! You really made me smile:).
      I am so glad you are finding it useful and are enjoying cooking.
      God bless you too, Anya.

  19. Nadia says

    Olga thanks for posting this recipe!! I made this and detstvo vspomnila! So good and so easy to make! My kids love it! Thanks for taking time out of your busy life and posting awesome recipes!!

  20. VictoriaY says

    This blog was discovered by “googling” a recipe for the chocolate salami. A co-worker would bring a chocolate salami for us to try and I thought that it may be a good little treat.
    After reading the blog, I was drawn the the professional photography and the attention to detail in describing the execution of each recipe. I chose the 2nd version with sugar, and substituted half of it with Splenda to cut the carbs. It was not too sweet which was perfect for my family. Delicious. Thank you very much for all of the hard work you put into each post.

  21. Olga says

    Made first version second time this week….sooooooooo good and easy to make! This time my little son (hes almost two) was helping mama to crush cookies lol, we both had so much fun! Thank you dear for posting easy to follow up and very tasty recipes! Blessings to your family!

  22. Sasha says

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I already made version 2 twice, and every time I bite into a piece, I am teleported back to my childhood in Slavyanks.

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