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Charcuterie Creations For The Holidays
Photo by My Jewish Mommy Life IG
I am not sure if you noticed, but charcuterie boards are all the rage. My young adult daughters have been making charcuterie boards for Thanksgiving for years. My nephew has one almost every Friday with wine (according to his IG stories); he loves them so much, I recently bought him a large bamboo cheese board with serving tools. Head to Instagram and search under #charcuterieboard and you are bound to see some works of art. A typical charcuterie board consists of mainly meats and cheeses. These boards have progressed to commonly include bread, fruits, nuts, condiments such as honey or mustard, pickles, and olives, or, in my daughter’s case, a lovely bowl of gummy worms, carefully placed between the prosciutto and figs.
The latest trend is holiday hot cocoa charcuterie boards. You’ll find images all over IG with some of the sweetest, most decadent chocolate and candy masterpieces. I recently ordered a Hanukkah/Winter Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Tray from a local company in my hometown called The Hodge Podge Baking Co. They also have a Christmas Hot Coca Charcuterie Tray.
Photo by The Hodge Podge Baking Co
I don’t think the French will mind that we have taken the traditional charcuterie board and given it a sweeter version… it’s all about the marshmallows and chocolate and candy canes and hot cocoa bombs. Throw in some hot cocoa mix and make it a family event. There’s some great inspo on IG… If you are creative and want to make your own Hanukkah version this year… All you will need are the following items (Tip: HaveUHeard that it is less expensive to look for boy baby shower candy than holiday candy?):
Hershey’s Blue & Silver Foil Kisses
Star of David Hanukkah Sprinkle Mix
Blue Chocolate Covered Dipped Oreo Cookies
Chocolate covered dipped gourmet pretzel rods
Ghirardelli Dark & Sea Salt Chocolate Squares
Add in some pretzel rods and candy melts and some chocolate bombs (spheres of chocolate that you create in a silicon mold with melted chocolate chips). The idea is to fill them with hot cocoa mix and miniature marshmallows and place it in a mug with heated milk poured over the top. You can make them yourselves by purchasing a chocolate sphere mold, mug, hot chocolate mix, and any other items you may want to use to decorate like white chocolate. You can find instructions to make the chocolate bombs yourself. Or, if you are like me, you can purchase them.
Check out Wondershop at Target for some Holiday Chocolate Dipped Hot Cocoa Spoons, Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix, Chocolate coated Pretzel Rods. We also like the Ghiradelli Hot Cocoa Bar Gift Set.
For Christmas, look for candies associated with Christmas – you can find red and green M&M’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Peppermint Bark, Chocolate covered pretzel rods, chocolate covered oreos, mini marshmallows, sprinkles – wherever your imagination takes you. If you are making this a family event, consider getting a holiday-themed mug for each person to keep.
I’m loving this trend and already thinking about Valentine’s Day!
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