How to Make the Best Candy Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards might just be the most fun way to present food at a party or any type of gathering big or small.  Candy Charcuterie boards are not only great at kids’ parties but can be a great addition to any party.  From rainbow-themed candies to a chocolate lovers candy charcuterie board.  The possibilities are endlessly fun and sweet!

What is a Candy Charcuterie Board and Variations 

How To Make The Best Candy Charcuterie Board

A candy charcuterie board is pretty self-explanatory, but there are oh so many fun and delightful possibilities!  The basis of a candy charcuterie board is well candy.  Pretty simple, yet there are so many directions you can go in.  The main component is candy, but you can use just gummy candies-taffy, gummy bears, licorice, jelly beans, etc.  Use only vintage candies for a fun retro party or age-appropriate birthday party. For chocolate lovers, you can focus solely on the variety chocolate has to offer. 

The goal behind a candy charcuterie board is to have fun, use your imagination, and don’t feel constricted by any rules, because when it comes to candy there really are no rules.  By using a variety of sizes, flavors, and textures on your board, different types of candies will not only add dimension to your board but will also be aesthetically pleasing.  

If you are not super into traditional candy you can make a board with alternatives that are just as sweet.  Peanut brittle, sweet gourmet popcorn, a variety of truffles, or even throw in some macaroons on your candy charcuterie board. Remember to have fun, be creative, and know there are no rules for your candy charcuterie board!

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What to Put on a Candy Charcuterie Board

How To Make The Best Candy Charcuterie Board

There is the obvious item every candy charcuterie board needs-candy!  There are also a few other fun items you can put on your candy charcuterie board that will help tie in the theme, party, or event you are having.

Candy-There are so many types of candy and variety out there to put on your candy charcuterie board.  Gummy candies, sour candies, chocolate, “throwback” candies, gourmet candy, licorice, hard candies, and even gum.

Fruit-Fruit can be an unexpected yet delightful addition to a candy charcuterie board.  Whether you are adding some fruit just for color or the added sweetness.  You can also have it be part of your board.  Have cut apples with caramel sauce and sprinkles to dip them in, or melted chocolate to make fresh chocolate-covered strawberries.  

Dips-Consider adding a dip or two with your candy charcuterie board is a fun addition.  Think marshmallow dip, melted chocolate, caramel, or even sweetened cream cheese dip. These go great with fruit, pretzels, or marshmallows.  

Chocolate Covered Items-Once you dip something in chocolate it is no longer just a simple food item, it is now a dessert, treat, or type of candy.

The (semi) Unexpected Items-Edible flowers, gumballs, Pez dispensers, cotton candy, bubble gum, and lollipops.

When creating your candy charcuterie board, think past just candy and add in other sweet items such as chocolate-covered raisins, chocolate-covered pretzels, mini marshmallows, Oreos, mini chocolate chip cookies, and reindeer food for a holiday party.  If you are having a party and don’t want to be left with a bunch of candy at the end you can have little goodie bags for your guests to be able to take some home.  A fun takeaway and will reduce the amount of candy you have left over.

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Creating the Best Candy Charcuterie Board

How To Make The Best Candy Charcuterie Board

A candy charcuterie board is as simple as it sounds a charcuterie board that is made from candy.  Sweet tooth fans rejoice!  You will first need to decide how you want to present your candy charcuterie board.  A tray is the most accessible serving area, you or if you have a cake or tiered cupcake display that is also a creative way to showcase your candy charcuterie board for a party.  

If you plan on using a tray or even a cutting board, use small bowls in various sizes to place either the smaller items, such as m&m’s, sticky candies, or a solo chocolate candy that you don’t want touching another candy.   Use the small bowls to partition by size, flavor, color, and/or texture, this way as your guests are loading their plates they can visually see what they want without being overwhelmed by a certain color or candy type.  If you have a dip tray, this is also a great way to help separate your candy charcuterie board items.  

If you are doing a themed candy charcuterie board you can also add non-edible items that go with your theme.  Fake spiders for Halloween, small faux trees for the holidays, and a pop of green or mini rattles for a baby shower.  When creating a candy charcuterie board you will not only want to use a variety of candies but have fun while creating your candy charcuterie board.  Similar to when you make a dish, having a variety of colors not only makes the dish more appealing but ideally it will appeal to more people and taste buds.  Luckily with candy that is an easy task.

You can either focus on trying to use all the colors of the rainbow for your candy charcuterie board or you could focus on a theme of colors.  Pastels for a baby shower, bright colors for a superhero-themed birthday party, or pinks, blush, and whites for a bridal shower.  No matter what candies you chose focus on a variety of textures, colors, shapes, and sizes for the most appealing candy charcuterie board.  Lastly, think of the extra fun items to add to your candy charcuterie board.  Edible flowers, yummy dips that double as a candy-think marshmallow dip, Carmel, or maybe a fun mini 

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Candy charcuterie boards are not only a fun addition but also can be the perfect addition to almost any party. If you don’t love dessert, but candy is your jam, this might be your new favorite thing to add to parties. While making your candy charcuterie board, enjoy the process, have fun and the best part is to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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Sabra Ritter
Sabra Ritter
Part event planner and marketing guru, part stay-at-home mom, and part blogger. Mom of two toddler girls, who are always keeping her on her toes. On the weekends you can find her at Southern California beaches or hiking with her family. Sabra loves to cook and is always creating something new!