This party-perfect Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board is ideal for mixing up one-of-a-kind hot cocoa, filled with your favorites!
That perfect Hot Cocoa is possible with this Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board of possibilities! Warm up in the fall and winter with that perfect Hot Chocolate treat!
Hot Cocoa Party
I LOVE Hot Chocolate! Frozen Hot Chocolate is also a top treat of mine. I drink both year-round.
I’m especially excited when it’s officially hot cocoa season and I can indulge with my family.
We love to have it as part of our Christmas traditions as well, whether looking at lights, sitting around the fire, or reading Christmas books, it’s a frequent treat.
For those occasions, we make it extra special by adding flavors or mix-ins. Creating a Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board is a fun way to do this!
Building the Board
It all starts with the base. I love the look of wooden cutting boards or trays, but any sturdy tray, board, or platter would work. If you don’t have one large tray, then create two smaller boards.
Small bowls or 12 oz cappuccino cups are useful to place on the board to contain items like sprinkles or chopped nuts.
PREP. To build this Hot Cocoa Board, first choose your base tray, board, or container.
ASSEMBLE. To assemble, place the items that need to be in little cups or bowls on the board first, then fill around those containers.
Consider color, flavors, and sizes when placing items on the board and spread similar items out.
What to put on a hot cocoa Charcuterie board
You’ll notice various flavor profiles such as chocolate, sweet marshmallows, peanut butter, peppermint, and cinnamon found on my Hot Chocolate Board including:
- Chips: milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips
- Candy: Andes Mints, Hershey Kiss Hugs, Mini Hershy Bars, Mini Reeses, Pirouettes, Candy Cane Hershey Kisses
- Marshmallows: chocolate marshmallows, mini marshmallows, jumbo marshmallows
- Garnishes: candy sprinkles, crushed candy canes, cinnamon powder, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate syrup
Variations. One of the best things about a Charcuterie Board is that it is completely customizable.
Don’t like peanut butter? Replace it with something else. Love caramel? Go ahead and add it to the mix. Some other board ideas include:
- Cookies: Oreos or Gingerbread Cookies can be dunked whole, or crushed to use as sprinkles.
- Stir Sticks: peppermint sticks, cinnamon sticks, or chocolate-covered pretzel rods.
- Toppings: flavored Meringues, Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows, Caramel Sauce or mini caramel candies, Ghirardelli chocolate, chocolate-covered pretzels, or Lindor truffles.
creating a hot chocolate station
What good is a Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Board without the hot chocolate?! There are different types and flavors of hot chocolate that you can provide, here are a few suggestions:
Storebought hot cocoa. Use your favorite store-bought hot cocoa powder. In fact, this board is a great way to elevate packaged hot chocolate. Provide the hot chocolate powder in individual packets, or have a bowl and tablespoon for guests to scoop out their own. Of course, you’ll also want to have a pot of hot water.
Hot chocolate bombs. These orbs of chocolate are filled with hot chocolate powder. Place the chocolate bomb in a cup of hot water. As it melts it will release the hot cocoa mix and you can stir up a smooth cup of cocoa.
Homemade hot chocolate. If desired, provide a few different flavor options. Here are some of my favorite homemade hot chocolate recipes:
How to keep hot chocolate hot. I most often use my crock pot to keep the hot chocolate warm during a party. A hot drink dispenser or insulated thermos will also work.
Make ahead of time. Gather all supplies well in advance, but don’t assemble the board until a couple of hours before setting it out. Keep the board covered with plastic wrap so that the marshmallows don’t dry out.
STORE. Place leftover items back into their original packaging, or into a Ziploc bag.
For more snack boards:
- Thanksgiving Appetizer Charcuterie Board
- Movie Night Charcuterie Board
- S’mores Charcuterie Board
- Charcuterie Board
- Halloween Charcuterie Board
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board Recipe
- 1/2 cup Candy sprinkles
- 1/2 cup Crushed candy canes
- 1/4 cup Cinnamon to sprinkle on top
- 1/2 cup Chocolate syrup
- 15 Pirouettes any flavor
- 15 Graham cracker crumbs
- 10 Andes Mints
- 10 Snack size Hershey candy bars
- 10 Mini Reeses
- 10 Candy cane kisses and white cream kisses you can use any flavor
- 10 Large white marshmallows
- 1/2 cup Miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 cup White chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Peanut butter chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Dark chocolate morsels
- 10 cups of your favorite hot chocolate ready to go
- To assemble, place the items that need to be in little cups or bowls on the board first, then fill around those containers.
- Consider color, flavors, and sizes when placing items on the board and spread similar items out.