Who doesn't love a good charcuterie board?! I'm a major fan of these fun snack spreads and this Dessert Charcuterie Board might just be my new favorite. It doesn't get much better than dark chocolate, graham crackers, meats and cheeses, and more; there's just so much for the tastebuds!
What's great about a charcuterie dessert board is that it combines sweet with salty and makes for the perfect addition to a night in; whether that's with your best pals, a bachelor night, or something like Valentine's Day! Get creative and make a board for the ultimate snacking experience.
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Ingredients for a Dessert Charcuterie Board
Fruit - I suggest using 3-4 different fruits for a variety of colors and shapes. My favorites are red grapes, raspberries, and strawberries for their vibrant colors but pineapple, blueberries, or even apple slices would work too!
Cheese - A variety of 2-3 cheeses is also ideal, I usually get mine at the Kroger or Whole Foods cheese bar. That way you can get smaller cuts at $5 or so for different types of cheese as a "buy it and try it" versus spending $20 on aged bleu cheese that you end up not liking :/
Sweet Snacks - This is the real fun part, the sweets! I usually get 6-8 different options for a variety of flavors, textures, and shapes. These could be Oreos, marshmallows, chocolate covered almonds, graham crackers, yogurt covered cranberries, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups, and so forth.
Extras - If you want some more savory/salty action on the board, try a few of these suggestions out: salami, fresh baguette, meat sticks, pretzels, and so forth.
Idea - make your favorite homemade treats and add to a board! Your guests will swoon.
How to Assemble a Charcuterie Dessert Board
My favorite part of making a charcuterie board is that there's no one way to do it! It's all about building the board in your own way and getting creative with it. I like to think of charcuterie boards as an edible form of art almost! They're always so fun to build, photograph, and then enjoy (solo) or with friends or loved ones.
A few things I alway aim for is to make the board look full, intentional, and most importantly ... YUMMY! Food is art so get creative and have fun with it! A few tips I do have for building a well placed board include:
- Use different sized bowls or different shapes even.
- Spread the most vibrant colored foods around the board to make it extra visually appealing and create contrast amongst the other foods/colors.
- Place similarly shaped foods apart from each other to create more texture and variety in the space.
- Fill the board up but don't overcrowd things! Leave enough space for everything to "breathe" and make it easy to actually pick the food up from the spread.
Customize This Charcuterie Board
As I mentioned above, get creative with your charcuterie dessert board and make it your own. You can use up ingredients/foods that you have already, you can buy fresh and intentional foods, or you can do a mix of each for this! Whether you're enjoying this charcuterie board solo or with others, just have fun with it and customize it for the tastebuds.
- Fruit can be anything you'd like honestly. Berries are always a good idea but you could also do banana slices, peach, cherries, mango, kiwi, orange slices, peach, or whatever is in season or on sale at the store.
- Cheese flavor depends on your preference for the bite and saltiness of it as well as texture. Experiment with different cheese flavors but also different textures like a hard cheese versus a creamy spread cheese. You can also sub for a vegan cheese or vegan yogurt if needed!
- Add a creamy spread to dip things in or spread with like cream cheese, frosting, or even a dessert hummus.
And then the extras are truly the place to get creative. These could include:
- Cookies like Oreos, Girl Scout Cookies, Graham crackers or a healthier brand like Simple Mills cookies, especially if you need to keep this gluten free!
- If you want extra salty flavor to pair with the sweet and savory on the board, try adding a meat! This could be salami, bacon, or even meat sticks
Other desserts for your sweet tooth
- S'mores Brownie Skillet
- Gluten Free Fruit Pizza
- Chocolate Pretzel Bark
- Healthy Peanut Butter Truffles
- Mint Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Dessert Charcuterie Board
- Marble or Wooden Slab / Board
- Cheese knives
- 3-4 different fruits: I used red grapes, strawberries, and raspberries to keep the colors vibrant but also similar. I think blueberries, pineapple, or grapefruit slices would also be delicious
- 2-3 cheeses: I try to pick up a variety of flavors at Kroger/Whole Foods cheese bar - they often have smaller wrapped cheeses for less than $5 as a ‘buy it and try it’ perfect for a board like this, you don’t want to get stuck with an $20 aged bleu cheese that you don’t like
- 6-8 desserts/snacks that have crunch: oreos, chocolate covered almonds, yogurt covered cranberries, pretzels, marshmallows, chocolate chips, fresh baguette
- Other suggestions: include jerky, meat sticks, or salami if you want an extra salty bite. You could do a ‘candy’ inspired board or stick with a classic
- There really is no rhyme or reason when creating these boards! I like it to look full, intentional, and above all, YUMMY! Food is art within itself - get creative with it
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