Happy First Day of Christmas, everyone! (I mean, it’s the day after Thanksgiving so it’s officially Christmastime, right?) I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our holiday was a bit more quiet than usual, but the food was just as delicious as always.
With that all being said, after dinner is cleaned up on Thanksgiving, it is officially Christmastime in our house! We immediately put on the Christmas music, packed up the fall decor, and watched a Christmas movie. We have been watching Christmas movies for the past few weeks, but now it’s holiday game time, haha! Today (Black Friday) we start pulling out all of our Christmas decorations and really going to town.
In addition to turning on the Christmas switch, yesterday for dessert I tried making a hot chocolate charcuterie board and it was a major hit! It was so much fun to make, so pretty, and so easy to throw together! If you know me, you know I love charcuterie boards, and this was a fun twist on an original. I highly suggest making one for your next holiday party.
What I Had on the Board
Everything on the board was pretty unique and I have been looking around for quirky additions for the past few weeks. I knew I wanted to make a hot chocolate charcuterie board for Thanksgiving so I kept an eye out for cool candies, Christmas-themed goodies, and cute chocolates.
- Chocolate spoons
- Candy Canes
- White Chocolate Chips
- Caramel Cubes
- Organic Coconut Shreds
- Strawberry Twist Marshmallows
- This is another item that I actually found at Home Goods. These ones look exactly like what I found and they were super delicious!
- Mini Tree Marshmallows
- This is yet another thing that I actually picked up at Home Goods! These ones are very similar.
- Peppermint Crunch
- Peppermint-Chocolate Stirrers
- …another Home Goods find!
- Marshmallow-Chocolate Stirrers
- Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Truffles
- Harry & David Hazelnut-Chocolate Wafer Rolls
- Organic Cinnamon Sticks
- Linzer Cookies (from a local bakery)
Why It was on the Board
I tried to have a variety of unique flavors featured. Everyone likes their hot chocolate different and I wanted the board to have a little bit of something for everyone. For instance, my father is a hot chocolate purist and only likes homemade whipped cream on his, and I love some peppermint crunch and marshmallows. My mom loves coconut and my husband loves caramel. The variety lets everyone make their hot chocolate how they enjoy it.
I also wanted the board to look pretty. The pink strawberry marshmallows next to the mini green ones looked so cute and Christmas-esque. The stirrers were also cute, and the Lindt wrappers are shiny and eye catching. I am a firm believer that presentation is key, and the dessert course should not be any different.
I also wanted to include some items that went well with hot cocoa, such as cookies. In general, the entire board wound up being a big dessert and I was glad that everything paired well.
Where I Shopped
I am a huge fan of Home Goods. I always find that Home Goods carries really unique products at amazing prices. I found most of the items on the board at Home Goods and I wish I was able to link all of the products here now. If you never visit Home Goods, I highly suggest you do so, especially if you’re looking for specific items.
I also love Target! I mean, who doesn’t? I like Target because it is quick, convenient, and has everything basic that I am looking for. While I was there I also picked up the ingredients for my homemade hot cocoa. I am a firm believer that homemade hot chocolate is always better, and it is not as hard to make as people think!
Overall, I had a lot of fun making this board and will definitely be making another one this season!