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Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas to Make Your Next Party a Sweet Success

by Chris Bajda November 09, 2022

Dessert charcuterie board ideas are all the rage right now, and there is no wonder why.

There is something so decadent about combining dessert and savory in a single board. The best part? These dessert charcuterie boards are easy to make at home!

Here are some tips on creating the tastiest dessert charcuterie board around your next party or get-together.

 Desert Charcuterie Board Ideas for Your Next Party

Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas

Dessert Charcuterie: What is it?

A dessert charcuterie board is an elegant way to present a variety of sweet and savory foods in one place.

This dessert platter is perfect for any party, whether an intimate dinner party or a big bash with all your friends.

While the idea might sound complicated, there are many ways you can make it easy and inexpensive.

Plus, you can make most of the ingredients ahead of time, so you don't have too much work on your hands the day of.

The Ingredients for a Dessert Charcuterie Board

A dessert charcuterie board is a perfect addition to any party.

With your favorite sweets and savory bites, you can create an elegant and delicious dessert board that will please your guests.

1. Yogurt Covered Strawberries

Yogurt-covered strawberries are one of the easiest and most loved desserts out there.

You can purchase these sweet treats premade at many grocery stores, but if you want them to be fresher and more customized, try this recipe out: Yogurt Covered Strawberries by This Healthy Table.

2. Caramel Apples

It is a simple yet delicious idea for a Christmas dessert board.

Gather various apples, such as Braeburns and Honeycrisps, and dip them in melted caramel.

After the apples are dipped in caramel, you can add other toppings like chocolate sauce or peanuts.

It is important to note that you should ensure your apples are dehydrated before dipping them into the caramel (otherwise, they will absorb it).

3. Rice Crispy Treats

These classic rice krispie treats are the perfect way to make your party a sweet success.

Rice Krispy Treats can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready.

Cut them into bite-sized pieces, arrange them on the charcuterie board, and top them with your favorite toppings.

It is not only easy but also delicious!

4. Chocolate Chip Cookies

A good dessert charcuterie board should have enough variety so that guests can enjoy something they like and also get an opportunity to try something new.

A great way to do this is by including some chocolate chip cookies in your dessert platter!

They are hearty and delicious, plus they look pretty on the themed dessert boards.

5. Candy

You can use many candies for a dessert charcuterie board. Some of the most popular are chocolate bars, candy bars, marshmallows, and gumdrops.

The key is not to overdo it with too many tasty treats; find your balance!

6. Brownies

We recommend you to make a dessert charcuterie board with brownies. A few fun additions to this recipe are butterscotch chips, pecans, and walnuts.

It is an excellent recipe if you want something very chocolatey but not too rich.

To make it extra special: add mini cupcakes along with all the sweets on your wooden board.

7. Pretzels and Popcorn

Pretzels are the perfect complement to any sweet or salty snack. The pretzels or chocolate-covered pretzels go well with popcorn, caramel corn, and chocolate-covered pretzel sticks.

You can make this dish by using caramel popcorn and pretzels for the dippers.

Caramel popcorn is made by combining white sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a pot on the stove over medium heat.

Once it starts bubbling, pour it over the popcorn mixed with a bit of salt.

Melt some caramel candies in a saucepan over low heat until they are smooth, then drizzle them over the popcorn.

If you want to kick up the sweetness, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of the caramel layer.

For an extra indulgent sweet treat, use kettle-cooked potato chips as your base instead of pretzels or popcorn.

Finally, you can use salted peanuts instead of regular ones if you prefer!

8. S'mores

Who doesn't love s'mores? Our favorite summer treat is the perfect addition to any dessert charcuterie board.

We recommend picking up marshmallows, Hershey's chocolate bars, and graham crackers at the store (or making them yourself!).

Then, toast the marshmallows and melt the chocolate with a bit of water in a double boiler.

Once both are melted, spread them on graham crackers and enjoy!

9. Dried Fruit

One of the most popular and healthy snacks, dried fruit is easy to make and can be stored for long periods. Dried fruit is high in sugar, with all dried fruits having at least one gram.

They are also high in fiber, which helps maintain healthy digestion.

Dried fruits are an excellent way to enjoy your favorite fruits year-round without worrying about spoilage.

10. Nuts and Brittle

Nuts are a classic dessert cuisine treat that pairs well with almost any dessert, but they also make an excellent addition to a charcuterie board.

We recommend the following nuts and brittle: Hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts (sweet or unsalted), pecans (sweet or unsalted), cashews (unsalted only), peanuts, and Brazil nuts.

11. Dips (chocolate ganache, caramel, Nutella, cookie butter)

In the mood for something sweet?

Check out these dessert charcuterie board dips that are perfect for your next party.

Chocolate ganache is simple and pairs well with everything, while caramel dip is the perfect sweet and salty combination.

Nutella offers a great alternative to chocolate, and you can use cookie butter instead of peanut butter cups.

Dishes, Boards, or Bowls?

The most important decision you will have to make is whether you are serving dishes, boards, or bowls.

The large wooden cutting board is the most popular at parties because they allow guests to share their desserts easily.

Bowls are easy to serve and handle. You can stack up your bowl of various desserts and let guests dig in. They will hold more than other serving ware, making it great for dessert charcuterie boards with plenty of variety.

Dishes are great if you want to serve just one type of dessert or have other types of food on your board.

If you are placing several dishes on your board, leave room between them, so they don't fall into one another when guests get them onto their plates or forks.

Boards are available in multiple shapes and sizes: rectangles, squares, and even round boards can be found online or at party supply stores.

Dessert Charcuterie Board Tips and Tricks

Charcuterie boards are one of the best ways to share and enjoy your favorite meats and cheeses, but they can also be challenging to plan out in advance.

A few small mistakes can make all the difference between a show-stopping dessert board and one that is merely decent enough to be edible.

To help you create an impressive dessert charcuterie board every time, here are some tips and tricks on how to put together this party favorite with ease.

1. Make it Visually Appealing

The dessert charcuterie board is a popular party idea, but it cannot be easy to figure out what to put on it.

The following are tips on how to make your board easy to digest while still being visually appealing.

  • Start with a base of fruit or vegetables you usually find in a fruit salad.
  • Add high-quality chocolate, such as dark chocolate with sea salt or white chocolate with dried cranberries and pistachios.
  • Include nut butter with sliced bananas, raisins, or apples.
  • Give guests options for dessert by including different types of cookies like shortbread cookies and snickerdoodles.

Have fun creating a combination that will make all your guests happy!

2. Choose Your Board

There are tons of delicious items to choose from when putting together a dessert charcuterie board.

The first step is to decide what you want the primary focus of your dessert board to be.

You can have a sweet or savory board, but the most common boards incorporate both flavors.

If you are making a delicious dessert board, include fruits for sweetness, like grapes, figs, and pears; if you are making a sweet board, include salty items like prosciutto di Parma salami, or orange slices.

3. Get Creative with Your Fillings

Dessert charcuterie boards are a great way to mix up your dessert routine. You can create them for any occasion or just because you feel creative!

With the fillings, the sky is the limit, so have fun with it!

Here are some ideas: fruit, nuts, candies, cookies, and cake pops.

4. Consider the Season

Winter is a great time to make a dessert charcuterie board.

Pairing baked goods with cured meats and cheeses satisfy your sweet tooth and allow you to try new flavors you may not have eaten before.

The flavor profiles of these foods complement each other well, making it easy to create a plate that balances both sweet and savory.

5. Incorporate a Variety of Textures

Incorporating a variety of textures will make your dessert charcuterie board enjoyable.

Try adding some items with crunch, like toasted nuts, chocolate truffles, crisp bacon, or fresh apple slices. You can add soft things, like a rich chocolate brownie or gooey marshmallow candy.

6. Balance Sweet and Savory Flavors

Balance is vital when putting together a dessert charcuterie board.

You want to ensure that you have sweet and savory elements to please the whole table.

One tip is to put a piece of sweetness at the very beginning of your board so that it is the first thing guests see, then alternate with savory items, ending with more sweets.

Another tip is to buy prepared desserts from the store and make them yourself!

7. Garnish with Fresh Fruit or Edible Flowers

The best way to garnish your charcuterie board is with fresh fruit or edible flowers.

The fruit brings a delicious flavor, while the flowers provide an elegant touch.

If you don't have either, consider adding a small spoonful of jam or honey. 

8. Serve with a Glass of Sparkling Wine

The last decision you will need to make is whether or not you want to serve alcohol. Sparkling wine pairs well with sweet desserts, like fruit tarts, brownies, and cheesecake.

Just remember to have a non-alcoholic option for guests who don't drink.

Also, always practice safe drinking habits if you plan on having alcohol at your party. It is easy to overindulge with tasty desserts around!

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