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Red White and Blue Charcuterie Board (Desserts)

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This Red, White, and Blue Charcuterie Dessert Board is destined to be the talk of your patriotic party! A mini dessert board that is festive, easy to make, and filled with tasty treats.

Charcuterie boards are taking the world by storm. Just a short while ago we were searching for ideas on the internet and creating them ourselves. Now, there are brick and mortar charcuterie shops and you can even order them online.

red white and blue charcuterie board after being styled with text overlay

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Not only do the boards offer a creative dining experience, they make great gifts. And you can even purchase smaller versions for lunches. The possibilities are endless! But don’t be intimidated, they are so easy to create!

Of course I thought it would be fun to make a patriotic version. And with Memorial Day and July Fourth right around the corner, red, white, and blue seemed fitting. 

What the Heck is Charcuterie Anyway?

The term charcuterie is from the French and means cold cooked meat. I know what you’re thinking – this is a dessert board, not a meat-focused platter. 

While charcuterie started with meat and cheese trays, it’s been transformed into grazing boards of all types. This is a food trend I can get on board with!  

Not to mention charcuterie presentations can be seasonal and holiday specific. 

Styling dessert boards is a lot of fun, but making everything from scratch can be time-consuming. This is why we’re going semi-homemade and using store-bought ingredients. But feel free to make from scratch if you prefer. 

close up of red white and blue charcuterie board after it has been styled

What You Need for a Patriotic Charcuterie Dessert Board 

Ingredients for the Cupcakes: 

White Cake Mix – don’t forget the ingredients to make (for example oil, eggs, etc.) 

Frosting – choose your favorite or use my homemade frosting recipe from my Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Sprinklesassorted shapes in red, white, and blue

Mini Ice Cream Cone Ingredients: 

Cones – we are using mini cake cones 

Almond bark – we’re using white so the sprinkles pop, but you could use a different color

Sprinkles – use the same ones you used for the cupcakes or grab different ones

Ingredients to Make Chocolate Dipped Oreos:

Oreos 

White almond bark 

Candy Melts – blue and red 

Sprinkles

Pretzel Bite Ingredients:

Pretzels – the square shape

Peanut Butter – we like the creamy version best

Mini Chocolate Chips 

White almond bark 

Sprinkles 

Other Ingredients to Style the Dessert Charcuterie Board:

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets: 

Mini cupcake pan and liners

Containers for melting the chocolate 

Small bowls for sprinkles 

Ziploc bag – for adding peanut butter to pretzels 

Squeeze bottle – to decorate Oreos 

Large serving board – it’s easier to style if it has sides

Which Red, White, and Blue Candy Did You Use? 

You can choose whatever candy you’d like. These are the candies we used on this red white and blue charcuterie board:

  • Cherry Sours
  • Red Vines
  • Licorice Circles 
  • Reese’s White Thins
  • Swedish Fish 
  • Lindt Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Truffle
  • M&M’s – grab the patriotic mix
  • Watermelon Gummy Rings 
  • Hot Tamales 
  • Rock Candy Lollipops
  • Blue Lollipops 

How To Make 

mini cupcakes decorate with red white and blue sprinkles next to icing bag

Cupcake Instructions 

Make the mini cupcakes following the package instructions. Let them cool completely before adding your favorite frosting. Top with red, white, and blue sprinkles of choice. 

two image collage showing mini july 4th ice cones being dipped and decorated

Mini Ice Cream Cones 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 15-second intervals. Coat the rim of each cone with chocolate then immediately dip into sprinkles. 

two image collage showing whole oreos being dipped into white chocolate and decorated with red and blue candy melts and sprinkles

Dipped Oreos 

Start by melting the chocolate in 15-second intervals. Dip half of the Oreo in the chocolate. You may need two coats for full coverage. Immediately dip in the sprinkles before the chocolate dries.

Repeat with remaining cookies. Using the squeeze bottles filled with red and blue melted candies, drizzle and decorate the dipped Oreos. 

pretzels being filled with chocolate chips and peanut butter then dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles

Pretzel Bites 

Add the peanut butter to a Ziploc bag and cut the corner. Squeeze enough peanut butter to cover the pretzel, add mini chocolate chips, then add another pretzel square on top to make a “sandwich”.

Dip into the melted chocolate halfway or you can completely cover in chocolate. Immediately add sprinkles, before the chocolate dries. I usually work in batches of 3-4 when dipping and decorating.

Styling Your Red White and Blue Charcuterie Board 

Select your charcuterie board. A board with raised edges will help keep everything contained.

Start by placing the largest items first, like the cupcakes and cones. Next add the larger berries and candies. The Red Vines can be used to separate sections.

Follow with the medium-sized treats (Oreo Truffles and Peanut Butter Squares) and candies.

Use the smaller candies and fruits to fill in the empty spaces. You can also put them in small bowls if preferred. 

Check to make sure the colors are spread evenly throughout the board.

More Dessert Ideas to Add To Your Dessert Board: 

You can modify these recipes to fit the patriotic color scheme. Keep in mind you may need to store the treats in the refrigerator if you are using candy and chocolates, especially if you are serving on warmer days. 

  • Crockpot Candy – we originally created this for Christmas, but you can use white chocolate and add red, white, and blue sprinkles in place of the red and green sprinkles..
  • Cookie Dough Bites – use milk chocolate or white chocolate and drizzle with candy melts for a patriotic look.
  • Fluffy Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip – perfect the way it is and a nice dip for the fruit used on this board.

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Red White and Blue Charcuterie Board

This Red, White, and Blue Charcuterie Dessert Board will be the talk of your patriotic party! A mini dessert board filled with semi-homemade treats – festive, easy to make, and delicious.
Course Candy, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword patriotic dessert, patriotic semi-homemade desserts, red white and blue desserts
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cupcake Baking Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author Lori @ A Reinvented Mom

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • white cake mix + ingredients to make
  • frosting
  • sprinkles

Mini Ice Cream Cones

Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Pretzel Bites

  • pretzel squares
  • peanut butter
  • mini chocolate chips
  • 2 squares almond bark
  • sprinkles

Red White & Blue Candies

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Mix white cake mix according to directions on box.
  • Bake mini cupcakes at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Frost with your favorite frosting and top with red white & blue sprinkles.

Mini Ice Cream Cones

  • Melt 2 blocks of almond bark in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating in 15 second increments until almost all the chocolate is melted. Stir until completely melted.
  • Dip open edge of the cone in melted chocolate.
  • Immediately dip or roll in sprinkles.

Chocolate Dipped Oreos

  • Melt 4 blocks of almond bark in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating in 15 second increments until almost all chocolate is melted. Stir until completely melted.
  • Dip one edge of cookie in chocolate . You may need to dip twice to completely cover the cookie.
  • Immediately add sprinkles.
  • Melt colored candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Transfer to squeeze bottles and drizzle on dipped cookies after the white chocolate has set.

Pretzel Bites

  • Add peanut butter to one pretzel square by filling a plastic ziptop bag with peanut butter, snipping off a corner and squeezing peanut butter through the opening.
  • Add a few mini chocolate chips if using.
  • Top with another pretzel square, pressing together gently.
  • Melt 2 blocks of almond bark in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating in 15 second increments until almost all chocolate is melted. Stir until completely melted.
  • Dip edge of the pretzel in melted chocolate.
  • Immediately add sprinkles.

To Create the Board:

  • Start with a large board – using one with raised edges will help keep everything contained.
  • Begin by placing the largest items (like the Oreo Truffles, Cupcakes, Mini Ice Cream Cones and Dipped Oreos).
  • Then add next largest items like the licorice and larger candy pieces & larger berries.
  • Now add the medium sized items.
  • Fill in the holes with smallest items like M&M’s and yogurt raisins.

Notes

Red White & Blue Candy Used on Board 
  • Red Vines
  • Licorice Circles 
  • Cherry Sours
  • Reese’s White Thins
  • Swedish Fish 
  • Lindt Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Truffle
  • M&M’s 
  • Watermelon Gummy Rings 
  • Hot Tamales 
  • Rock Candy Lollipops
  • Blue Lollipops

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