Charcuterie board but make it chocolate? You don’t have to ask me twice! This Easter Candy Charcuterie Board is every kid’s dream! And let’s be honest, grown ups don’t hate it either. This board is fully loaded with all of your favorite Easter candy and is so much fun to serve at an Easter gathering.
I’ll show you, step by step, how to build this beautiful Easter charcuterie board with colorful candies and delicious Easter treats. It’s a fun way to present dessert and it’s always a huge hit at Easter dinner. Let’s make it!
What does charcuterie mean?
Charcuterie means a collection of meats, or a store that sells them. So traditional charcuterie boards will have an assortment of various meats and sometimes cheeses.
These days people are taking liberties with the term charcuterie board – there are dessert charcuterie boards, vegetarian charcuterie boards, breakfast charcuterie boards and more.
But this Easter board is strictly candy. Oh yes.
Ingredients for an epic Easter Candy Charcuterie Board
You’ll need the following ingredients to build this Easter dessert board:
- One large platter. Although the board pictured here is round, you can certainly use a rectangular shaped platter.
- Miniature chocolate bunnies. Typically wrapped in gold foil, these little guys are super cute and tasty. Depending on your aesthetic preference, you could leave them wrapped, remove the wrapping or do a little of both.
- Marshmallow Peeps. Would it even be Easter without Peeps? Grab them in a variety of colors and creatures. This board has both chicks and bunnies.
- M&Ms. They come in beautiful pastel colors this time of year. I used peanut M&Ms on this board, but plain ones are good too.
- Jelly beans. A classic for a reason!
- White chocolate covered pretzels. These sweet and salty treats make a great addition to an otherwise all sweet board.
- Frosted Sugar Cookies. Any kind of cookie with a pastel frosting will work on this board. My kids love the soft ones you can find in the supermarket’s bakery section.
- Chocolate Carrots. You’ll want to leave these wrapped in their orange foil for a nice pop of color.
- Easter grass, for making the birds’ nests.
How to make an Easter Candy Charcuterie Board
The first step for this Easter dessert candy board is to place your anchors down first. Your anchors are the most prominent pieces of the board, usually the larger items. They are the objects that you’ll build everything else around.
When I do a cheese board, I use the cheeses as the anchors. For this Easter candy board, we’ll use small bowls made to look like birds’ nests as our anchors.
Now add the Peeps. Try to place them so that there’s a variety of color all over the board.
Can you prepare this easter candy charcuterie board ahead of time?
Just like regular Easter baskets, this board can and should be prepped ahead of time. You’ll be busy enough making your other Easter recipes, and this is a great way to save yourself some time on the actual day.
If you’re taking your board somewhere, just cover it tightly with plastic wrap and transport it carefully.
Variations on this Easter Candy Board
Most of the ingredients here can be found at your local grocery store, but different stores carry different things. The best part about grazing boards is that they’re only as limited as your own creativity! Here are some ideas for variations and different ways to decorate your board:
- Chocolate eggs. Sometimes they come wrapped in pastel-colored foils and other times they’re coated in various pastel candy coatings to resemble Easter eggs.
- Cadbury Creme eggs. My personal favorite! They now make Cadbury eggs in miniature size, so grab a pack and add them to your board.
- Macarons. This time of year you can find macarons in a million different colors. Choose a few pretty pastels and arrange them on the board on their sides so that you can see the filling.
- Fresh fruit. Chocolate covered strawberries, green grapes and melon balls are all pretty additions to any dessert board, and their colors will keep with the Easter color scheme for the most part.
This Easter Candy Charcuterie Board is the perfect way to celebrate the Easter holiday. And when you make it, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more Easter dessert recipes, try these:
- Double Lemon Cream Cake
- Vanilla Glazed Orange Cake
- Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Glaze
For more grazing board ideas, try these:
How to Make an Easter Candy Charcuterie Board
- 1 large serving board
- 4 packages marshmallow Peeps in assorted colors yellow, blue, purple, pink
- 1 bag M&Ms in Easter colors
- 1 bag jellybeans in assorted colors
- 12-15 miniature white chocolate-covered pretzels
- 10-12 frosted sugar cookies
- 2 packages chocolate Easter carrots (Lindt)
- 10 miniature chocolate bunnies (Lindt)
- 1 bag green Easter grass
- Arrange the Easter grass in 2 glass ramekins so they resemble birds' nests. Place jellybeans into a 3rd glass ramekin. Place all three ramekins onto the serving board.
- Fill the birds' nests with jelly beans, M&Ms and Peeps.
- Arrange the sugar cookies in groups of 2 and 3 around the board.
- Now place the pretzels and miniature chocolate bunnies in small groupings around the board.
- Add the Peeps onto the board in small groupings.
- Fill in the negative space with chocolate carrots, M&Ms and jellybeans.