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Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board

This Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board adds creativity to your hot chocolate in a very simple and fun way! And it makes a great gift too!

Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board

Each time I create a Charcuterie Board, it becomes my new favorite. It all started with Brunch Charcuterie Boards, and then came the tray with fruit and cheese to go with a smoothie. And there were Charcuterie Boards for Summer, Fall, Appetizers and then Chocolate Fondue for the holidays.

And now Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board – the Charcuterie Board ideas were definitely flowing this year!

The fun thing about Charcuterie Plates is that the ideas are endless and the skies the limit! Really – anything you want to add, themed or random, all one color or a variety of colors – you get to choose.

Charcuterie Board

What is a Charcuterie Board?

Originally, the term Charcuterie came from the French, meaning – dressed meats and meat dishes. However, it has now evolved into much more.

Charcuterie Boards can hold a variety of meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables, desserts and much more!

Dessert Charcuterie Board

After creating several Charcuterie Boards, I have a few tips for you to make it even easier –

Tips to build a Charcuterie Board

  • Choose a theme – it could be a simple as meat and cheese, or ingredients that pair well with something you are serving – like the Pumpkin Fluff and Fall Board
  • Choose a color – this isn’t always a must, but it does make it easier, especially when you are choosing ingredients. For example, if you are making a Charcuterie Board for a Summer cookout and want it sunny and bright, choose yellow, blue and orange food to add.
  • Choose a plate or cutting board that is flat and has no sides or very low sides. I like using trays that have just a small edge to hold all the food in.
  • Begin with the largest pieces first, then fill in going smaller and smaller. For this Hot Chocolate Tray, I added the jar with hot chocolate mix, then the Peeps Marshmallows, Gingerbread Men, then Peppermint Meringues. Then filled in with the smaller items, and finished with the Mallowbits Marshmallows, candy coated sunflower seeds and round sixlets candy.
  • When you are adding, start with a base layer, then after the plate is full, then you can go back in and fill on top to add more height.

How to make a dessert hot chocolate tray

What you add to your Dessert Charcuterie Board is totally up to you, here is what I added to give you inspiration –

What to add to a Charcuterie Board

Now you can serve it with Hot Chocolate, add it to a Hot Chocolate Bar or even give the board as a gift!

Charcuterie Board for Hot Chocolate

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Dessert Charcuterie Board


  1. OMG this is adorable. I love the color coordination and the variety of toppings. Awesome idea.
    I have never seen the “Charcuterie” used in anything else besides meat though, that part kind of freaks me out. BUT I really love the hot chocolate tray.

    1. Thanks so much! So glad you like it! And yes, Charcuterie is best used with meat and cheese. But it’s totally fun!

  2. This is such a fun idea for a hot chocolate party!

    1. Thanks Jocelyn! Excited you like it!

  3. Okay this is a brilliant idea. My kids will go nuts for this!

    1. They will definitely have fun! Thanks Ashley!

  4. Courtney O'Dell says:

    I love this idea – perfect for a Christmas party!

    1. Thanks so much Courtney! Thrilled you like it!

      1. You know that the word charcuterie means “prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork”? It’s not just a board of any kind of food. Why not just call this a board or a smorgasbord or something that isn’t a total misuse of a word?

        1. Hi Candace, Yes I am totally aware that a Charcuterie Board has meat and cheese on it. I have used the words – Charcuterie Board – because it’s the most recognizable when someone is searching.

  5. Wow… this hot chocolate board is AMAZING! I’d reach for the marshmallow snowmen first. Adorable! But, I totally want a mini gingerbread man too. Cute idea!

    1. Thrilled you like it Stef! It’s definitely hard to choose – maybe we should just have one of each!

  6. Rachael Yerkes says:

    This is the greatest charcuterie board ever!

    1. Thanks Rachael! It was really fun to put together!

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