A Dessert Charcuterie Board that is made with homemade treats is extra special and super tasty!! This Candy Charcuterie Board is a fun twist on a traditional charcuterie board.
Be as fun and festive as your creative side will take you!! Include your favorite treats to make the Best Charcuterie Board ever!
Tailor your board with sweet and savory items to satisfy every one’s tastes. Choose your board, then add your items. It’s that simple!!
Any holiday occasion deserves a simple charcuterie board filled with all your favorite desserts. This Christmas candy charcuterie board is made with my homemade candy and cookies that I make for the holidays.
It is truly built with love!! There is something special for everyone attending which is just how I created the dessert board.
My family is all about the sweet treats, so you will not find any savory on this charcuterie board. Christmas charcuterie boards have been a part of our family for many generations and have evolved over the years.
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What is Charcuterie?
According to Wikipedia, charcuterie is a French term for a type of cooking using prepared meats such as sausages, pates, ham, etc. It is traditional created by a Garde manger chef in the culinary world and was a way to use preserved food before refrigeration became popular.
Charcuterie has evolved over the years to include dessert boards! Dessert board ideas vary from place to place but usually include dark chocolate, and small bowls for dipping sauce such as chocolate ganache.
What do you serve a dessert charcuterie board on?
This is the first things that you want to choose when creating your DIY charcuterie board. A nice wooden board looks good.
If you don’t have a wooden board then consider using a charcuterie platter. This is what we used for many years before wooden boards became popular.
I went to my local kitchen store and was expecting to spend $100. To my surprise, a nice one only cost $35!! Then, I discovered at my local Meijer supercenter has some nice wooden boards at a reasonable price.
What is a dessert charcuterie board?
A dessert charcuterie board is all about sweet treats! The dessert cuisine can be homemade, store bought, or even a combination of both.
This candy charcuterie board has both chocolate and non-chocolate treats. Learn how to make a dessert charcuterie for special holidays like Valentine’s Day!
How do I Choose a Charcuterie Board?
Choose a wooden board or charcuterie platter that is the correct size for the number of people that you want to serve. If you are having a gathering for 10 people, then you will want a small board.
Are you having a larger gathering? Use a big board!
Having an assortment of several different boards might be a better option or maybe using a whole table as your board. Consider different shapes when choosing a charcuterie board dessert.
What do I need for a dessert charcuterie board?
Homemade Items to Display on Your Board
This is the time to let your style show. Try new recipes or other treats! Make homemade sweets that are small for your guests to grab and go.
Choose goodies that your family likes or might be a tradition. All my homemade desserts have been recipes that I’ve made for many years.
Can I use store-bought items for a dessert charcuterie board?
Store-bought treats work just fine for a DIY charcuterie board and is a fantastic idea. Now-a-day, store-bought dessert items look incredible and will help support a local business.
Pre order around busy times of the year. During the holidays, time is precious. Don’t stress about making homemade recipe items, go the easy peasy route.
Chocolate bars, sweet treats, fresh fruit, small treats, white treats, sliced apples, chocolate chips for a garnish as well as other ideas that you might think of. With the help of the internet, finding a reliable source is easy and quick.
How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board
Gather all the ingredients needed to make a dessert board. Prep time will vary depending on if you make your own chocolate desserts and sweet confections.
This dessert charcuterie board starts with finding the right area to serve your dessert. Place the empty board onto the dessert table that you plan to have your display.
Moving the dessert charcuterie boards around is only going to create headaches, so pick a spot and then leave it there!!
Pick a focal point on your dessert board and start with that. I like to choose the center of the board and work out, but you might want to off-center your center piece.
How to assemble a dessert charcuterie board
Place your focal point or the biggest item on the charcuterie board. Work your way around the focal point.
Try to keep similar sweet candies together if possible. One at a time, place the confections on the board until you have filled the board.
Squeeze the items together if needed or spread out more to take up space.
More Tips for Making a Dessert Board
Place the bite-sized pieces into the paper cup before you start to assemble the board. Have an idea on how you want your finished board to look before you start! If you don’t like how your board looks then start over and rearrange your items.
Pick garnish items that you can use to fill in any holes. Garnishes also work to decorate around your finished candy charcuterie board. Sprinkles work great.
So does items that you used to make the homemade goodies with such as nuts, dried fruit, candy canes, crushed candy canes, candied nuts, chocolate chips, chocolate bars, etc. Look around and use what you have.
Holiday Themed Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas
- Easter Candy
- Valentine’s Day Theme
- Christmas Cookies
- Adults Boozy Treats – Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Hot Chocolate Bombs Bar
- St. Patrick’s Day
- New Year’s Eve
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Dessert Charcuterie Board – FAQ
Plan on having 3 to 5 serving size pieces per person. The more choices that you have, the more items that your guests will want to try. This small charcuterie board will serve about 4 to 5 people and is great for a small office party or get-together with a couple of friends.
Your options are endless with what you can put on a dessert charcuterie board. If you are considering bought items for your dessert board then try chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bars, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate truffles, dark chocolate, chocolate cookies, Rice Krispie treats, graham crackers, rainbow sprinkles, store bought cookies, chocolate covered pretzel rods, etc.
Consider using small bowls with dips as your focal point such as melted chocolate ganache, cream cheese dip, or yogurt dip. Decorate around your dessert board with holiday greens. Pick a theme and stick with it whether it is a color theme or a holiday theme. Create a dessert game and have your guests guess the names of everything on the board.
- Wooden Charcuterie Board
- Mini Paper Cupcake wrappers
- Assortment of Desserts
- Gather all the ingredients needed to make a dessert charcuterie board.
- Place the empty board onto the dessert table that you plan to have your display.
- Pick a focal point on your dessert board and start with that. I like to choose the center of the board and work out, but you might want to off-center your center piece. Place on the board.
- Work your way around the focal point. Try to keep similar sweet candies together if possible. One at a time, place the confections on the board until you have filled the board.
- Squeeze the items together if needed or spread out more to take up space.
- Garnish the board with extra sprinkles, candy canes, chocolate chips, etc.
Use the appropriate size board for the number of people that you plan to serve.
Plan on 3 to 5 bite-size pieces per person.
Use homemade, store bought or a combination of both confectionaries when putting together your board.
Have a vision of your board before you start.
Pick a theme and go with it.
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