Dessert charcuterie boards are super popular right now, and I can certainly see why! What better way to eat your favorite snacks than to pile them all onto one easy platter? With the variety of treats there is something to please everyone, and the options are virtually endless. So, today I’m showing you a few ideas on how to make a beautiful dessert charcuterie board…for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or any time!
How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board
You can click here to see a time lapse video (or watch the video below) making this exact board, including all the different desserts I used for the board.
This board example could be used for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or even the 4th of July if you add in a few blueberries and pop a couple American flags in there.
Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas
Vary the Shapes
My first suggestions is to try and buy dessert items that have different shapes and sizes. A board would be boring if everything were round and shaped like a cookie, right? So I try and buy a variety of shapes: long pretzel rods dipped in chocolate, flexible gummy sour belts, and spiral meringue pinwheels all work well to bring variety to your dessert board layout.
I picked up most of the items in this board from Trader Joe’s, Homegoods/TJ Maxx, and the grocery store for the fresh fruit. But if you don’t feel like scouring the stores for all the goodies, I’ve linked everything I used here on Amazon:
- Mint chocolate cremes
- Strawberry sour belts
- Chocolate covered pretzel rods
- Yogurt covered pretzels
- Meringue pinwheels
- Checkerboard cookies
- Pizzelle cookies
- Chocolate hazelnut biscotti
- Chocolate orange sticks
- Mini chocolate chip cookies
- Peppermint pretzel thins
- Chocolate covered almonds with sea salt
Opt for Color Cohesiveness
Now, I’m not saying to buy everything one single color, because that can get boring, too. But I would opt to stick to 1-2 colors (other than the unavoidable brown cookie/chocolate color.)
For example, in my board that’s pictured, I opted to use red as my color with a lot of white accents (the meringues are particularly good for achieving a white base). Yogurt covered pretzels, white chocolate, and peppermint candies are a good way to incorporate more white. This will prevent your board from looking like a tan brown mish-mash.
Placement is Key
As you can see in the above video, I placed most of the ingredients in multiple places around the board. This will help provide interest and keep the eye moving around the presentation, when trying to decide which sweets to try. A dessert charcuterie board would look boring if everything was just placed in clumps around the board, right?
Fresh Fruit is Always a Good Idea
For those people who don’t love typical sweeet desserts or chocolate (don’t worry – I am not one of these people), I feel like it’s always a good idea to include some fresh fruit on your dessert board. Another nice idea would be a fruit dip – either a caramel or a cream cheese based dip would be delicious! I didn’t include any in this board, but you can fill small ramekins and place them throughout the board.
Include Some Wrapped Candy
For those of us who have become particularly sensitive to germs and food handling (thanks, Covid!) it’s a nice idea to include a few individually wrapped candies on your dessert board. I love adding in soft & chewy caramels or Hershey kisses for an extra pop of metallic (also a nice way to incorporate the color of your choice).
Add Florals for Flair
Once I finished this board it still seemed like it was missing something, which is why I decided to add some floral embellishments. Baby’s Breath is a wonderful floral “filler” and gives a light, airy vibe to any dessert charcuterie board.
Feel free to add any extra “fun” embellishments you’d like. For example American flags for the 4th of July or a few metallic hearts for Valentine’s Day.
I hope this helped in giving you a few dessert board ideas. If you have any questions on your particular board, feel free to reach out! Send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll see what I can do to help out.
And if you’re ready to tackle a slightly more advanced dessert, this triple chocolate bread pudding is my go-to recipe for any dinner party or holiday event!
Thanks for reading and happy dessert board building!