Tips and tricks on how to make an easy dessert board that is super affordable, tasty, and fun for any occasion or celebration!
Seriously, who doesn’t love desserts? Or better yet, who doesn’t love an aesthetically pleasing cute lil’ snack board? I’m fusing the two together and helping you make the dessert board of your dreams. Ok, maybe I’m reaching but I just know you’re gonna be a dessert board boss after this.
There’s been a trend lately with cheese boards, snack boards, charcuterie boards, and really, just about any food-related item that you can fit onto a freaking board, ha! Normally I loathe trends but I’m not missing up an opportunity to share this dessert board 101 with ya.
Okay, let’s begin! For starters, you wanna make sure you have a large enough board to accommodate all the goodies. I bought my wood board from Target for a cool $20 and it is a beautiful piece with two-toned coloring. You can also check out some boards from Amazon, World Market, Walmart, TJ Maxx…pretty much anywhere. Having a large enough board is essential for not only holding various food items but also for sauces, dips, etc. We’ll get into that in a moment.
So we’ve got our board now and it’s time for the best part…planning out our snackage/sweets set-up! You’ll wanna think about the occasion for your board and what either you or your company will enjoy. Since Valentines Day is around the corner, I’m using chocolate covered strawberries, brownies, pretzels, mini powdered doughnuts, slices of pound cake, marshmallows, and sliced apples with caramel sauce. And I also made a separate dish of some melted chocolate for dipping. The ingenious thing about dessert boards is that there is no specific recipe and you can get creative and customize everything to your preference. But you know I’m gonna help you out with some tips.
I’ll categorize a dessert board into three main areas; snacks/bites to nosh on, fruit/healthier vibes, and sauces/dips for dunking:
For snacks, think of quick and easy bites like pretzels, cookies, marshmallows, brownies, pound cake slices, mini doughnuts, nuts, popcorn, Oreo’s, Rice Krispie treats, etc.
Fruit/healthier options offer a bit of nutritional value to the dessert board and can be sort of like a palate cleanser from all the heavier sweets. Choose options like fresh strawberries, pineapples, banana slices, blueberries, apricots, kiwi, watermelon, cherries, grapes, etc. Yogurt covered pretzels, fruit/nut bars, and dates are some more healthier additions.
This is one of my favorites! This is where the interaction part comes into play where everyone dunks and dips all the desserts into whatever they want. You can pretty much go crazy and choose options like chocolate, caramel, marshmallow creme, strawberry sauce, and everything in between.
I found everything in my local grocery store for no more than $25. That’s another great thing about dessert boards is how inexpensive yet elegant they are. It may look like you spent a grip once everything comes together but you didn’t…WINNING! Also, everything is pre-packaged so no spending time baking all day unless you want to make some things from scratch, then do you boo. However, I grabbed some ready to go baked good treats in the bakery section at the grocery store.
And lastly, let’s get into the assembly part of this dessert board. It may look intimidating but it’s so easy, friends. I always start by placing my sauces/dips on the board first. This ensures their position on the board and helps you be able to navigate the food around it.
There really is no certain way to assemble the desserts, get creative and have fun. I always just like to make sure the entire board is covered with items and somewhat uniform for a beautiful look. You can also get some label markers aka cheese sticks and write out what each item is for a more creative look. I hope you all enjoy this one and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you end up making your very own dessert board! 🖤