There's no true recipe here, just use what you like or what you already have!
Here are some items you could use -
- Sandwich cookies
- Fresh fruit or Dried fruit
- Orange segments
- Cheesecake dip
- Yogurt dip
- Chocolate hazelnut spread
- Whipped cream
- Trail mix
- Salted peanuts
Here are some things to consider when building your dessert board.
- Price - if you're using a fairly large board, be mindful that it could take a lot of different items to fill it up. The costs of pre-packaged goodies can add up quickly.
- Flavor/Texture - Try including a range of flavor & textural elements. Chocolate, vanilla, fruity, nutty, creamy, salty, crunchy, chewy... you get the idea!
- Shapes - It's good to use all kinds of shapes and also mimic them across the board. For instance, the long wavers and chocolate covered sticks mirror each other and add a lot of visual. Keep it simple with broken chocolate bars. Include square and round cookies.
- Height/containers - If you stack the items high and use small containers it will also add more visual interest. Small things like nuts work great in a tiny bowl or ramekin or paper cups.
- Color - Color is a huge component of charcuterie boards. Some boards contain all food under one color palate (great for holidays and themes) and others do a range of items. Add some darker and lighter elements with pops of brightness & freshness (mint leaves, fruit...) to draw the eye and make the board look more exciting. Create composition in a triangle shape using ground colors like dark brown (chocolate) for a balanced look.
Arranging everything on the board is simple. Start in one corner and work your way in.
I would suggest planning out the arrangement by sketching it on paper first. While you can certainly start over, you don't want to have to be handling the food too much. Cookies can begin to crumble which can get messy pretty quick!!
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