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, mini marshmallows, cookies, and more in your own sweet dessert-worthy charcuterie board! Serve your tasty board alongside some homemade hot chocolate or your favorite store brand.
This Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board is...
- Easy to make.
- Gorgeous for parties!
- Simple to assemble.
- Great for homemade hot chocolate or store bought.
- Versatile - customize with your favorite treats.
This hot chocolate bar will be a hit! Let me share how to make this simple and easy dessert board.
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.
Ingredient Ideas for a Hot Chocolate Bar
The key to having a good hot chocolate station is using lots of different items to fill in the board. The more treats the better! You can use anything from candy canes to cinnamon sticks to cookies to marshmallows—and more!
Here are some great hot chocolate topping ideas:
- Candy Canes
- Crushed Peppermint Candies
- Mini Marshmallows
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Cocoa Powder
- Hot Chocolate Sauce
- White Chocolate Sauce - this one is so good!
- Caramel Sauce
- Caramel Candies
- Chocolate Chips
- Whipped Cream
- Chopped Nuts - try candied pecans.
- Sprinkles - like these red and green ones for the holidays.
- Bailey's or Kahlua (for an adult version)
And you can also load up the board with some tasty accompaniments like:
- Cookies (all kinds of cookies!)
- Pretzel Sticks - perfect for dipping in chocolate.
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Peppermint Bark
Tips for a Perfect Hot Chocolate Board
Use Small Serving Bowls
Use small serving dishes to arrange the treats on your hot chocolate board. It will help contain little treats like mini marshmallows and make the tray look more abundant too!
I like to spread the bowls out across my tray so there's a lot of room between for filling in. Simple white bowls like this are a great option.
The Serving Tray
You don't need a super fancy board if you don't have one. In fact, you can even take a cutting board (that's what I did!) or 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!
The Best Hot Chocolates
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.
Two of my favorite homemade hot chocolate recipes are this coconut milk hot chocolate and this spiced hot chocolate with nutmeg and cinnamon.
If you're going for store bought hot chocolate, I'm a fan of this Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa.
Pro Tip: You can keep all your hot chocolate warm in mini slow cookers for a fancy holiday-worthy hot chocolate station.
If needed, you can swap out your items for sugar-free alternatives. Lakanto makes this great sugar free hot chocolate that's sweetened with monkfruit.
Pair them up with refined sugar-free cookies like these anzac biscuits or these cacao nib cookies.
The Coffee Swap
You could also use cappuccino or other fun coffee drinks instead of hot chocolate. This is just as much to decorate with toppings as hot chocolate, but maybe even more appealing for the adults.
Try serving up this Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha or this Peppermint Chocolatte, which is half coffee and half hot chocolate!
Boozy Hot Chocolate
For adults, you could have little bottles of rum, whiskey, or Bailey's sitting on the board for them to add a shot or two into their cups. This is a perfect way to wrap up those holiday cocktail parties!
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 or Costco, if you're hosting a big party.
There's really no right or wrong for what items to include on your board, so you can easily just stick to whatever 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 in place of hot water or plain milk will give you an ultra rich hot chocolate. You'll find that adding in chocolate shavings will make for a richer, creamier hot chocolate as well.
Can I make dairy-free hot chocolate?
Try this coconut milk hot chocolate for an alternative dairy-free version, or check out this collection of vegan hot chocolate recipes. If you're going for a plant based hot chocolate board, you can even use these vegan marshmallows!
More Tasty Ideas
If you love this hot chocolate charcuterie board, be sure to check out these other tasty ideas:
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board
- large cutting board or other serving tray
- 6 cups hot chocolate
- 1 cup whipped topping
- ½ cup chocolate sauce
- ½ cup caramel sauce
- 1 tbsp espresso powder
- 1 tbsp coarse salt
- 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
- 3 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
- 10 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.
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