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Chocolate Ginger Salami with Hazelnuts sliced in an old wooden serving bowl

Chocolate Ginger Salami with Hazelnuts

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  • Author: Shelagh
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 45-50 mintues
  • Yield: 10-12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop


No-bake, easy, using lots of local ingredients (see above for info) treat! What more can you ask for? Get the kiddos involved in the fun for a messy (and delish) activity!


Units Scale
  • 8 oz. (225g) good-quality dark chocolate* (such as San Jose), roughly chopped
  • 8 oz. (250g) Ginger Nut Cookies (or any ginger/crunchy cookie)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz.) (90g) crystallized ginger, chopped to about 1/4″ bits
  • 1 tablespoon Irish Whiskey (or one tablespoon vanilla), optional
  • 1 stick (113g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125g) brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (100g) hazelnuts, toasted (go local, use American Halzelnut Co.)
  • 1/3 cup (50g) almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (50g) pistachios, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner sugar for dusting


  1. Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water, or it may burn), and gently melt the chocolate, butter, and sugar until smooth (stirring helps it melt).
  2. While the chocolate melts, put the cookies into a plastic bag and crush until you have relatively large bits, about 1/2″, not dust. When the chocolate’s melted, sift in the cocoa powder and add the whiskey (or vanilla).
  3. Once all of the above are well combined, add in the cookies, ginger bits, and nuts. Be sure all the bits are covered in chocolate. Let cool on the counter for about 30 minutes. If your kitchen is warm, place in the fridge for no more than 15 minutes to cool.
  4. Lay a long piece of plastic wrap on your counter (to hold the wrap in place, on the counter, drizzle a small amount of water on the counter). Place half the mixture on the plastic wrap and shape it into a salami-shaped log.
  5. Cover the chocolate log entirely with the wrap and firmly roll it while keeping its shape. Twist the ends to close. Repeat with the remaining chocolate on a fresh piece of plastic wrap.
  6. Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours until completely set. When ready to serve, you can dust on some confectioner (powdered) sugar (through a sieve) to make it look like an authentic salami. Cut in thin slices to serve.
  7. If giving as a gift, you can tie bits of kitchen string and dust with confectioners (powdered) sugar (tap through a sieve) to make it look more like an authentic salami, or watch this video to do a proper butcher’s tie.
  8. Wrap in parchment paper (affiliate link), tie the ends with pretty string or ribbon, and give as an amusing, festive gift!

Divide into smaller portions if you want to share with more friend!


Since this is a chocolate dessert/treat, the quality of your ingredients really matter. So make it with the best you can muster!