S’mores Charcuterie Board: this s’more themed dessert board is perfect as a summer treat around a campfire, or for your camping themed party.
Charcuterie or grazing boards have become so popular lately, and they’re just perfect for entertaining. Guests can help themselves, and come up with their own perfect combinations. Lately I’ve seen more and more dessert inspired charcuterie boards and thought that a S’mores Dessert Board might just be the most perfect dessert we could come up with this summer.
Technically speaking a charcuterie board is made up of cured meats, but in more recent times people have used the term to describe any curated board of goodies, including a traditional meat and cheese board ingredients all the way to dessert themed boards. We’re using the term in this more general way here.
Perfect for Camping
We were invited to visit friends at a campground for a day and brought this along to share. It was a huge hit! It’s perfect for a campfire on camping trips, but it would be great at any summer party -even if it was roasting the marshmallows over some candles. Our friends -and their family who were there raved about the s’more charcuterie board. And the run away hit of the night was definitely the homemade graham crackers.
Extra Special Homemade Treats
We used a few different homemade elements for our delicious s’mores charcuterie, not only the graham crackers but also homemade marshmallows, and some caramel dulce de leche. But this board would have also been amazing with store bought versions of the same -so whether you want to do some baking for it, or just assemble some store bought versions I promise it will be a huge hit.
We put our classic s’mores board together on a large tray with a edge to make sure nothing fell of the side. You could also use a wooden board, or large cutting board for your own s’mores board. Laying things out on a dessert tray makes for a beautiful presentations, and makes it easy for everyone to see all the options. Don’t forget some long forks or classic sticks for roasting your marshmallows.
What To Include For Your S’mores Charcuterie Board
- homemade graham crackers
- chocolate covered graham crackers
- chocolate digestive cookies
- milk chocolate
- dark chocolate
- milk chocolate with coconut
- milk chocolate with almonds
- reese’s peanut butter cups
- cookies and cream chocolate
- dulce de leche
Here’s what we included in our fun dessert board: for cookies we had our homemade honey graham crackers. We used this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker, but since graham flour is so hard to find we substituted whole wheat flour. They were a little fiddle-ly to deal with, and the dough was a bit crumbly even with rolling them out between parchment with no added flour. But, they were the hit of the night. Everyone raved about them, and they were the first thing gone from the tray. Even if you were only making traditional s’mores with no extra toppings these homemade classic graham crackers would bring your s’mores up to the gourmet s’mores level.
We also had some chocolate covered graham crackers, and chocolate covered digestive biscuits. These were lovely too because the heat from a toasted marshmallow perfectly melted the thin layer of chocolate.
For the chocolate we had an assortment of chocolate bars; milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a bar with coconut in it, and almond Hershey bars, peanut butter cups, and Hersey’s cookies and cream.
We also added we added some small bowls to our dessert charcuterie board with some Nutella -which was also a big hit and a bowl of homemade dulce de leche. Peanut butter would be a fun addition in a bowl also.
The homemade dulce de leche is a really easy recipe, it’s just takes a bit of time. To make the dulce de leche you start with an un-opened tin of sweetened condensed milk. You submerge the sealed tin in a pan of boiling water, and let it boil for 2 hours. You must keep the tin can covered in water, if it boils dry it can apparently explode hot caramel everywhere and be very dangerous. I’ve made it many, many times and never had any problem at all. I usually set a timer and check the water levels every half hour and top up the way as necessary. After two hours remove it from the boiling water and open it. It is the most delicious caramel dulce de leech inside -as if my magic. It is such a delicious addition to s’mores, especially if you’re a caramel lover.
For marshmallows, we made some homemade ones. These are vanilla and chocolate marshmallows. We used this recipe from Elton Brown. To make them vanilla and chocolate, first we layered about 2/3’s of the marshmallow mixture into the baking dish. Then we added 2 tbsp of coco powder to the remaining 1/3 and combined before layering it on top and giving it a bit of swirl with the vanilla underneath. Homemade marshmallows aren’t too difficult to make, you just need a candy thermometer and a stand mixer. They do need to sit overnight, so do give yourself enough time to make them. They are so delicious; light and airy, like eating what a sweet cloud must taste like.
You can of course use store bought marshmallows instead of, or in addition to homemade marshmallows. Look for fun flavored ones at the grocery store to create even more s’mores combinations.
Some people also like to include some of these fun options:
- fresh fruit, like a strawberry slice or banana slices
- chocolate chips (which sometimes melt more easily, since they’re small)
- marshmallow fluff
- various types of chocolate like white chocolate
- ghirardelli squares
- extra large marshmallows
- chocolate chip cookies
- rice krispie treats
- shortbread cookies
We had so much fun sharing this s’mores charcuterie board around an open fire. The best part was trying different combinations and coming up with new favourites. The traditional s’mores combo was a favourite for some people, but lots enjoyed going to the next level with new combinations of their favorite toppings. There were endless combinations to create. I highly recommend this for any camping get together or at your backyard fire pit for your next party as a really fun idea.
With a S’mores Charcuterie Board, life really is a party!
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