If you know me, you’ll know that I will literally use any excuse to get the charcuterie boards out. I swear from October-December I consume a cheeseboard a week. You can guarantee I’ll get the snacks out for any occasion.
My favourite kind of snack boards to make are sweet ones. I love putting a collection of sweet treats together for my guests to pick at. You can even make this as a grazing platter whilst you watch movies, if you are in lockdown and best of all- they’re so aesthetically pleasing!
There is no right or wrong way to create a charcuterie board as it’s essentially just scattering lots of food together to pick at. I chose to stick to a pink theme for Valentine’s Day, but you can arrange it in any colour! I used a variety of snacks – truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and mini cheesecakes (recipe found here), I then ordered a further treat box to use, consisting of cake pops and geometric hearts, I also gathered together any pink sweets that I could find, too. The biggest tip for making any kind of graze board (savoury or sweet) is that you want to make sure you have a collection of large, medium and small snacks.
Placing the main treats
Whether I make a savoury or a sweet board, I always start with placing my main treats. In this case, this was the truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and mini cheesecakes. (Recipe found here). There is no rhyme or reason to it, just place it evenly throughout the board.
Placing the secondary treats
I then place the secondary treats – in this case these are the cake pops, geometric hearts and the marshmallows. Again, I scatter these evenly across the board ensuring there are equal gaps between. I like to include a little bowl or two, just to give the board some depth – I filled a heart dish with marshmallows this time.
After the secondary placement, I go in with the finishing touches- these are the little sweets that pull it together. I chose a selection of sweet treats to fill the gaps – you want to pick a variety of shapes and sizes so that it really pulls the board together. I also then went in with some rose petals and made the board look pretty with those, too. You can use this step to add any condiments to the board, IE. melted chocolate for dipping.
It really is so simple! You just need to play around until it looks good. I’m really happy with how the bored came together & I’m so excited for the day I can finally host a party again so that I can get my charcuterie on.