Charcuterie boards are all the rage and for good reason! They are fun, full of possibilities, and have something for everyone! Here you will find how to make a charcuterie board to serve with cozy mugs of hot chocolate! Serve this all winter long!
A charcuterie board is exactly the way I love to eat! You know, eat a little of this, nibble at that, munch on these…I don’t want to commit to one food when I can sample and consume a little of everything!
I normally serve up savory charcuterie boards, but this time I created something more on the sweet side. I cannot wait to how to make a charcuterie board that you can serve with your hot chocolate!
What Is A Charcuterie Board?
Charcuterie is essentially the art of preparing and assembling different types of meats and cured meat products.
But, most of us use the word charcuterie to describe an assortment of meats, slices of bread or crackers, nuts, fruit, cheese, and sauces.
In the simplest of terms, charcuterie is a fancy way of saying meat and cheese tray.
What To Put On A Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board?
The best thing about creating this type of appetizer or snack board is that you can literally put anything on a charcuterie board and it will be appreciated and delicious!
I will add that variety is key! This is the perfect opportunity to try new flavors and new products!
How To Make A Hot Chocolate Dessert Board
This was so much fun to make! This is definitely for those who have a sweet tooth (or two)!
To begin, find a large cutting board, a large platter or tray, or even a wood strip. You need something large enough to arrange your sweets in a pattern that allows everyone to see all the options.
I prefer to arrange items in bunches or piles around the edge of the board with highlighted items in the center of the board.
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board Ideas:
Marshmallows (mini, full size, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate-filled)
Mini Reese Cups
Hershey Kisses (including peppermint Kisses)
Chocolate Squares ( I used Ghirardelli in different varieties including filled)
Caramel Filled Truffles
Small bowls of:
And for adults include small pitchers of:
Bailey’s Irish Cream
Pirouette Cookies (can double as stir sticks)
Assorted cookies, brownie bites, or fudge if desired.
Add fresh fruit slices for garnish if desired.
And don’t forget your prepared hot chocolate!
How Long Can My Charcuterie Platter Be Kept Out?
While it is fun to nibble and snack on these items all day, after a time, some items will begin to go stale.
Marshmallows will begin to dry out, caramels will get sticky, the peanut butter will be especially soft and the Nutella may separate.
Not to mention your hot chocolate will get cold ( I recommend keeping your hot chocolate on a hot plate or in a small crockpot to keep warm).
I would not let these items sit for more than an hour. Bag and save cookies or other items for another use.
I hope this gives you an idea of how to make a charcuterie board for your hot chocolate.
This is the perfect charcuterie board for the holidays, a cold winter’s day, Valentine’s day or any day that you want to have some cozy fun!
- Marshmallows (mini, full size, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate-filled)
- Mini Reese Cups
- Andies Mints
- Hershey Kisses (including peppermint Kisses)
- Chocolate Squares ( I used Ghirardelli in different varieties including filled)
- Peppermint candies (starlight mints)
- Caramel Filled Truffles
- Candy Canes
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Sauce
- Caramel Sauce
- Small bowls of:
- Nutella Hazelnut Spread
- Peanut Butter
- Rumchata (optional)
- Kahlua (optional)
- Bailey’s Irish Cream (optional)
- Pirouette Cookies (can double as stir sticks)
- Assorted cookies, brownie bites, or fudge if desired.
- Add fresh fruit slices for garnish if desired.
- Unwrap some candies and cookies and place them arranged in strips or bunches on a large cutting board or platter.
- Place peanut butter, Nutella, Biscoff, and whipped cream in small bowls and arrange the bowls on the platter.
- Place hot chocolate on a hot plate or in a crockpot to keep warm.
The platter can be kept at room temperature for about an hour before marshmallows begin to turn stale and chocolates begin to melt.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 212Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 6mgSodium 89mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 19gProtein 3g