If you’re hosting a gathering and really want to wow your guests, consider creating a gorgeous dessert charcuterie board. You don’t even need to know your way around the kitchen to pull off one of these showstoppers! Most are as simple as planning a diverse ingredient list and putting your creative thinking hat on to organize your display. Feel free to use these recipes and pictures as your inspiration. Easy peasy!
When they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they didn’t necessarily mean it had to be healthy, did they? Because what fun is that? This donut-filled dessert charcuterie board from The BakerMama is calling our name!
We can’t think of a better way to splurge, celebrate, or greet the weekend than with this Donut Board. Best of all, it is super easy to create – so much so, that morning people won’t even struggle to put it together before their second cup of coffee. The key to this gorgeous spread is variety. You’ll want different sizes, everything from munchkins to crullers. Textures are important as well – get some powdered, some sugared, some glazed, and some frosted. Sprinkles, chocolate shavings, nuts, and other “accessories” are a bonus! Don’t forget the berries for some added flair.
OK, we’re not gonna lie… This dessert charcuterie board idea kind of blew our minds! It’s so simple, really, and it was there all along. Girl Scout cookie season. A charcuterie-style tasting tray. Boom! It’s a match made in heaven.
For this Girl Scout Cookie Charcuterie by Julie Wendell Events, hit up your local Girl Scout cookie dealer during cookie season, grab your Thin Mints, Caramel Delites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, and all of the others, and arrange on a tray. If you’re feeling creative, you can add a couple of complimentary dips or berries, but really, those traditional childhood delights will do just fine on their own! (Pssst… most Girl Scout cookies freeze well too, if you want to keep the party going well past cookie season!)
Create this Movie Night Candy Board by Ain’t Too Proud to Meg, and your kids will be talking about it for months. You’ll be the envy of all their friends, but not necessarily of their dentist! (PSA: Don’t forget to brush well after!)
For this movie night delight, let everyone pick one or two of their favorite movie theater candy confections. Then add to a tray and use your imagination to arrange. Choose from Raisinets, Gummy Worms, Mike & Ike’s, Twizzlers, Milk Duds, Reese‘s Pieces, and more. Now all you need is a movie – and don’t forget the popcorn!
Chocolate adults-only dessert charcuterie board? We like the sound of that! This Chocolate Tasting Dessert Charcuterie Board for Adults by Celebrations At Home takes inspiration from a wine tasting. After all, chocolate and wine do go great together!
Just set out an eclectic mix of chocolate, dried and fresh fruit, and nuts, along with several bottles of interesting wines. Encourage guests to try small bites and sips of each, for an indulgent adults-only night in. Note that wine should be sweeter than the chocolate, so no bitterness creeps in.
Also, keep these tasting notes from Celebrations At Home in mind. Pair lighter or milk chocolates with lighter and sweeter wines like Zinfandel, Riesling, or Pinot Noir and match fuller-bodied wines like Cabernet, Merlot, or Shiraz to darker chocolates. Enjoy!
You’ll definitely want to stick with the s’mores standard of graham crackers, milk chocolate, and jumbo marshmallows. However, a desert board offers the flexibility to stretch beyond the norm. Experiment with treats like chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, or chocolate graham crackers as a base. Choose from milk, dark or white chocolate as the middle. Finally, grab a variety of marshmallows in all shapes and flavors for the top.
This is another interesting idea we hadn’t previously thought of. While you are enjoying fresh apples in those cooler months, why not take them up a notch with this Caramel Apple Dessert Board by Heather’s Home Bakery?
The next time you’re at the grocery store, grab two to four different types of apples. Spend some time in the baking aisle as well, and pick up caramels, dipping chocolate, mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts, coconut flakes, or sprinkles – whatever you feel would make the most fun caramel apples. Except rather than dipping and eating an entire apple, you’re going to cut yours into slices and let your guest create their own magical combinations!
This cool Ice Cream Charcuterie Board by Desserts on a Dime is pure brilliance. If you’re already going to have an ice cream sundae bar, why not make it adorable by displaying ingredients across a gorgeous charcuterie board, right?
Similar principles apply here as well. You’re going to want various dips (like chocolate and caramel sauce), large toppings (fruit, cones, cookies, and chocolate-covered pretzels), as well as small toppings (such as chocolate chips, sprinkles, and candies), plus a variety of delicious ice cream flavors. The more colorful and diverse you go, the more interesting your board becomes. Don’t forget the whip cream and cherries either!
This Chocolate Fondue Board by The BakerMama is a fun way to bring the fondue experience from your favorite fondue restaurant home with you. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any celebration of love really, it’s super simple to make. Items are all store-bought, so you won’t need a lot of prep time, other than the time it takes to make your display beautiful!
Start with Wilton Fondue Melting Chocolate Wafers as the main attraction, following preparation instructions on the package, then add a variety of sweets and treats around it. Our favorite fondue restaurant always serves strawberries, bananas, pretzels, marshmallows, brownies, and Rice Krispie Treats, but let your imagination and taste buds take over as you decide how to deck out your board!
We know pretty much everyone likes chocolate, but what happens when dietary restrictions are involved? Can you still create a gorgeous dessert charcuterie board that looks and tastes great and meets specific nutrition needs? You bet you can!
The amazing How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board instructions by Rainbow Plant Life show us just that. What we love about this recipe guide is that it includes recommended vegan chocolates and candies. It also walks you through the process of making your own chocolate-covered truffles, strawberries, and pretzels. Now, everyone will be happy and leave with bellies satisfied!
All you really need to do is head to your favorite whole food market or health food store and go wild! Start with vegan chocolate and caramel dips – this is what you’ll dip all of your delicious goodies into! Now is when the fun begins. This shopping list includes interesting finds like dragon fruit chips, coconut chips, apple chips, lemon cookies, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, and other favorite goodies. You’ll want to make the cookie dough-stuffed dates recipes included here as well. Drool…
We hope we’ve helped you realize how simple and fun creating a dessert charcuterie board can be! There is so much room for theming, creativity, color and style. Whether you opt for donuts, chocolate, candy, or even ice cream, these stunning displays will have guests raving (and begging you to make another one) for a long time to come!
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