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Chocolate Charcuteries Are the One Food Trend You Can’t Miss

A charcuterie board filled with sweets.
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Charcuterie boards have been getting quite the makeover this year, and chocolate charcuteries are set to join charcuterie chalets and charcuterie boards as a new twist on the trend. Instead of filling a board with sliced meats, cheeses, crackers, and other savory snacks, a chocolate charcuterie board satisfies your sweet tooth with all your favorite treats—and you can easily make one yourself.

How to Make a Chocolate Charcuterie Board

Putting together a chocolate charcuterie board is actually a pretty simple DIY process! Just like arranging a regular charcuterie board, it’s all about finding the mix of textures and flavors that you like best. Typically, a chocolate charcuterie board features sturdy elements like cookies and crackers alongside candies, fruits, pretzels, marshmallows, and/or nuts, plus sweet dips like melted chocolate, caramel, yogurt, peanut butter, and more.

Start with gathering your favorite ingredients and preparing them however you like. That may mean unwrapping and perhaps breaking or chopping candy, slicing fruit, preparing dips, or even baking some homemade treats to go on the board. Remember, a charcuterie board is all about having delicious flavors packed into small bites, so make sure that everything on the board can be easily picked up by hand and eaten in a few bites.

From there, it’s all about the arrangement! There’s no right or wrong way to arrange a chocolate charcuterie board—you may want to group all the pieces of one treat together, mix things around in several repeated rows, or create a pattern from your own imagination. Truly, any ingredients and any arrangements go!

Find Your Inspiration

If you head over to Instagram and YouTube, you’ll see how tons of food bloggers are making the trend their own and offering up tips on how to do it yourself. A few of our favorites:

This board from Heather’s Home Bakery shows how you can make a board around a hot chocolate theme. Different shapes of gingerbread cookies sit next to peppermints and marshmallows, all ready to be dipped in chocolate shavings, chocolate sauce, and crushed candy canes.

 

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Baker Jenny Cookies brings s’mores out of summertime and into a year-round treat with this version of a chocolate charcuterie board! It’s simple: butter crackers and graham crackers, chocolate bars broken into pieces, unwrapped pieces of your favorite candies, and assorted marshmallows, all with chocolate and peanut butter dips in the middle.

The Domestic Geek suggests a truly decadent board! Take inspiration from her and fill your board with your favorite dippable cookies, squares of milk and dark chocolate, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and pieces of fruit, then tie it all together with yogurt and melted chocolate dips.

The 2Orchids have some suggestions on how to make a classic, delicious hot cocoa board featuring all of your favorite cookies, hot cocoa toppings, and plenty of creamy chocolate. It’s hot chocolate in appetizer form!

Amanda Prahl Amanda Prahl
Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »

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