Whip up this Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board for movie night at home, entertaining guests, or a treat to enjoy at the end of a long day. This charcuterie board is filled with all the things you would love to have with hot chocolate!
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Enjoy assorted chocolates, pocky sticks, mini marshmallows, cookies, and more in your own sweet charcuterie board! Serve your tasty board alongside some homemade hot chocolate or reach for your favorite store brand.
This Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board is...
- Easy to make
- Gorgeous for presenting
- Simple to assemble
- Great for homemade hot chocolate or store bought
- Versatile—change up the items on your tray!
This hot chocolate bar will be a hit! Let me share how to make this simple and easy dessert board.
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How to Make Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board
- Get out your serving tray, and place all your desired items close by.
- Pour sauces like fudge, caramel, etc into bowls.
- Place the bowls on your tray.
- Place items like cookies and candy canes around the bowls.
- Fill in all the gaps using smaller items like candies and chocolates—no bare spots!
- Once your entire board is covered in items, it's ready to go!
Full directions for how to make Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board are in the printable card at the bottom of the post.
Tips & Tricks for Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board
Start with Bowls
Start by adding the bowls to your board. This will help you to create a good base for your charcuterie placement. I like to spread the bowls out across my tray so there's a lot of room between for filling in.
Variety of Items
The key to having a good hot chocolate bar is using lots of different items to fill in the board. You can use anything from candy canes to cinnamon sticks to cookies to marshmallows—and more!
Any Serving Tray
You don't need a super fancy board if you don't have one. In fact, you can even take a cookie sheet and fill that with all your toppings and mix-in items! As long as it can carry all of your items, you can use it as a tray. It'll be covered up by all the goodies anyway!
Variations to Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board
You can serve store bought or homemade hot chocolate with your board. It's totally up to you! You could even have a mix of both. And regardless of where the hot chocolate comes from, you can switch up the flavors too! Make one batch of white chocolate hot chocolate and another of classic milk chocolate—or go crazy with a fun flavor like gingerbread. Pro Tip: You can keep all your hot chocolate warm in slow cookers.
If needed, you can swap out your items for sugar-free alternatives. There are plenty of options for sugar-free cookies, sauces, etc. out there. Or you can make part of your board sugar-free and part regular if you are need to have options.
You could also use cappuccino instead of hot chocolate. This would be a fun drink to offer up for people to top the way they want.
For adults, you could have little bottles of rum, whiskey, etc. sitting on the board for them to add a shot or two into their cups.
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board FAQs
Where can I find supplies for this board?
Head to your local grocery store and look in the candy aisle for potential items for your board. You can also find items at bulk food stores like Sam's Club, Costco, etc. There's really no right or wrong for what items to include on your board, so you can easily just stick to your hot chocolate add-in favorites that you have on hand, too!
How do I make hot chocolate extra creamy?
Adding steamed milk to your hot cocoa will give you an ultra rich chocolate mixture. You'll find that adding in chocolate shavings will elevate the mixture as well.
Can I make dairy-free hot chocolate?
Try this coconut milk hot chocolate for an alternative dairy-free version. You can also use other plant-based milks to replace the dairy in your hot chocolate.
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board
- 6 cups hot chocolate
- 1 cup whipped topping
- ½ cup fudge sauce
- ½ cup caramel sauce
- 1 tbsp espresso powder
- 1 tbsp coarse salt
- 1–2 cups assorted chocolates I used mini Reese's cups, mini Rolos, milk chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, chocolate melting discs, white chocolate melting discs
- 1–2 cups marshmallows I used a mix of mini white and special holiday shaped marshmallows
- 1 cup assorted cookies I used mini ginger cookies and some biscoff biscuits
- ½ cup caramels
- 6–8 cinnamon sticks
- assorted pocky sticks I used half chocolate and half strawberry flavors
- candy canes or other mint candies
- Gather all supplies.
- Arranging little bowls of whipped topping, fudge sauce, caramel sauce, espresso powder, and salt on your board.
- Add in larger items like cookies, candy canes, cinnamon sticks, and pockys around the bowls.
- Fill in the gaps with the smaller chocolates and candies until board looks full.
- The ingredients I used for my board were a good assortment of things to suit many different tastes, but you can use whatever candies/cookies/chocolates you prefer.
- I gathered most of the supplies at the bulk food store so that I could get just a small amount of each.
- Instead of using hot chocolate, you could just provide steamed milk. Then simply offer either extra melting chocolates or various hot cocoa powders to mix into the milk to make hot chocolate!