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Dessert Charcuterie Board

Create a Valentine's Day dessert charcuterie board using a mix of candies, cookies, cakes and even ice cream! Completely customizable to suit any family's taste preferences, this easy guide will help you create a dreamy dessert board for any occasion.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author:Andrea

Equipment

  • Pretty board or platter

Ingredients

  • Assorted Candies
  • Assorted Cookies
  • A centerpiece cake or cupcake
  • Fresh fruit
  • Mochi ice cream optional

Instructions

  • Choose a nice board or platter to arrange your items on, and gather little bowls and plates to hold everything.
  • Begin by placing your centerpiece item, like a cake or grouping of cupcakes
  • Add various little bowls and plates of candy and fruit around the centerpiece in an eye catching way
  • Set out any item that needs to be kept cold or frozen until the very end
  • Finish off with filling in any gaping holes with little candies or decorations, like confetti or paper cutouts

Notes

Other dessert board ideas that are a little less sugar:
  • Focus on fruit! Pick from an assortment of berries and sliced apples. Make a naturally sweetened yogurt dip (where you control the added sugar), for some protein & healthy fats. 
  • Swap out a decadent chocolate cake for a light and airy angel food cake. Serve alongside loads of fruit options, and a couple of fun flavored whipped creams. Throw in a few simple sprinkle or candy options to make it a little extra festive.
  • Create a cookie decorating board. Sugar cookies, alongside frosting and a couple of sprinkles and toppings. Arranged in an eye-appealing and festive way will get kids excited and ready to dig in. Plus, it creates an activity to keep little hands busy for a bit. 
  • Throw together a cheese and chocolate pairing, that is heavier on the chocolate. Add in some fresh fruit and nuts, and you have a well-balanced dessert board that feels decadent, but won't leave you with a sugar hangover.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 300kcal
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