How To Assemble A Dessert Charcuterie Platter
If you ask 100 different people what the best dessert it, you’ll get 100 different answers.
While it’s hard to hate dessert, it can be difficult to come up with one that’s truly crowd pleasing.
Which is why this dessert platter is so genius: It has something for everyone.
What else makes this board awesome? You don’t have to cook or bake anything. You just assemble. This is the perfect low-fuss, crowd-pleasing dessert.
What To Include On A Dessert Charcuterie Board
- Chocolate: Purchase a couple of chocolate bars or pick up some chocolate-covered almonds from the bulk section of the grocery store. Chocolate salami is another fun choice. It’s a rich chocolate dessert in salami form.
- Nuts: Pistachios, almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts – pretty much any type of nut works here. Consider making candied nuts for an extra special treat.
- Fruit: Choose an in-season fruit that’s easy to eat. Cherries work perfectly on a board like this, but apple slices and berries would also work well. You can also include dried fruit like cranberries, apples, apricots or bananas.
- Nutella: Nutella makes everything better. Especially a dessert charcuterie board. Place a small bowl of Nutella on your platter along with a spreader. It’s great on crackers and can also be used as a fruit dip.
- Crackers: What kind of crackers go on a dessert platter? Avoid salty crackers and opt for hearty, slightly sweetened ones. I like Raincoast Crisps, but they’re quite expensive. Pick up a (cheaper) box at TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods or try this recipe to make at home. I also included some unsalted sesame sticks on this platter, purchased in the gourmet food section at Marshalls.
- Shop the bulk section: Check out your grocery store’s bulk section to purchase nuts, dried fruit, chocolate-covered nuts and fruits, yogurt-coated nuts, etc. Buy just the amount you’ll need.
- “Shop” your cupboards: You may already have some dessert platter-appropriate foods in the fridge or cupboard, such as nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, fruit spreads, jam, chocolate spreads, etc.
- Keep it simple: There truly is no limit to the amount of items you could add to your dessert charcuterie board. But to keep costs down, keep your menu simple.
- Make it potluck: If you are entertaining, ask guests to bring one item for your dessert platter.
And don’t forget the wine! This the perfect snack platter for a wine tasting party.
More Cheap Appetizer Platter Ideas
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a killer appetizer platter. I know because I do it ALL THE TIME. This is my favorite type of meal to make.
Here are some additional ideas:
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- How to assemble an unforgettable charcuterie platter on a budget
- How to set up a hummus bar
- Budget-friendly mezze platter
- The $10 appetizer spread