What I thought is a typical Italian Easter and Christmas treat is actually a very international known preparation. The ‘salami al cioccolato’ is simply called a chocolate salami in English but it has interesting names in other languages: In Greece they call it Mosaico, in Turkey Mozaik Pasta (Mosaic Cake), in Romania it is a Cookie Salami. It is even a Lithuanian dessert called Tinginys and – I discovered and didn’t know – in Italy they call it also ‘salame inglese’ (English salami). It is a PAT (Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale) food, which means an officially approved Italian regional food product (unbelievable: only in the region of Campania there are more than 500 kinds of PAT foods!).
For me it is a typical Italian chocolate dessert prepared for Christmas and also for Easter. I always had it with hazelnuts and/or almonds inside and don’t recall so much the cookies honestly. But it is a nice chocolate treat that should not be missing at any major festivity.
The origin of this dessert is a mystery. I don’t think it comes from the Arabic cuisine even though in Italy or Spain many come from that part of the world.
I prepared this ‘false salami’ like it is called in Austria, with almonds and hazelnuts, I put some hazelnut meal in it to give it a little more consistency and a not too heavy chocolate flavor. To make the taste more ‘intriguing’ I added also some Rum. After composing the sausage I rolled it in icing sugar (Xilitol) and put later some string around it, to give it a more ‘salami look’.
The chocolate salami is also great with some ice-cream or whipped coconut cream. Or just plain like it is. If you have children omit the alcohol and put instead some orange juice. Orange and chocolate are a perfect team!