Why toss your Halloween candy in a bowl when you can create a candy charcuterie board instead! It’s the perfect display for a sweet & spooky party, too.
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We’ve always been big Halloween-ers. Sadly, our neighborhood is not. It may be the steep hill we live on, or that our area is more established—a nice way to say aging. Every Halloween I buy a load of candy in hopes this year will be different. But each year there seems to be fewer masked kids roaming the streets spookily singing out trick or treat.
Fewer tricks means a bounty of leftover Halloween candy.
Sure, I love having a few Almond Joys, Snickers, and Reeses to snack on, but my jeans and I have found it’s best when shared :). That’s why a candy charcuterie board is the perfect excuse for a post-Halloween party, football or World Series watch party, or prep it before the big H-day for a spooky potluck with all your favorite treats, no tricks required.
Here’s how to make a Halloween candy charcuterie board.
How to Make a Candy Charcuterie Board
Just like creating an Instagram-worthy cheese and meat charcuterie board, there are a few simple rules that will make it irresistible to snack on. First off, choose the right treats to feature on your board or charcuterie platter. There’s no rule on how much is enough or too much.
Choose the Favorites
When it comes to Halloween candy, everyone has their favorites. Candy bars. Gummy candy. Lollipops. Choose an assortment of snack size treats that will give everyone something to choose from.
This time around I hit Smith’s Marketplace and bought three bags of snack-size treats with a combination of chocolate and sweet and sour candy to use as the larger, bulk items on the platter.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Kit Kat
- M&M’s (peanut M&M’s are my fave)
- Almond Joy (my other true love)
- Swedish Fish
- Sour Patch Kids
Add Variety in Size, Flavors, and Texture
To round out and give the platter some visual ooomph, choose a few other candies with different shapes and sizes. I steered my cart from the Halloween section to the candy aisle for my favorite Private Selection gourmet jelly beans, and got seasonally festive with a few bags of Kroger’s peach rings, candy corn and gummy worms.
Cut, Pair, Share
Rather than simply laying out the rows of chocolate bars, I cut the nougaty-filled Snickers, crunchy Twix bars, and peanut butter filled Reese’s into bite-size chunks to step things up visually and easy snacking.
For small pieces of candy like M&M’s and jelly beans that can roll away, I used small dishes to contain them and create an anchor on the platter.
Partition by Size, Flavor, and Color
Add interest by separating the candies by shape, size, flavor, and color so the board feels balanced. Group the same chocolate bars together, casually lining them up or stacking next to a pile of colorful gummy worms and separated by triangle shaped candy corn.
Pay attention to balance for colors and don’t get too regimented in your piling. A few spills of jelly beans onto the chocolate chunks make the board feel more inviting.
Add Some Seasonal Spook
Plastic spiders, centipedes, bats and rats add a little seasonality to the charcuterie board. I found a pair of candy hands to place in the M&M’s as if they were trying to escape from the bowl with bloody eyeball hard candies waiting to be carried off by my bugger of a rat.
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How to Make a Candy Charcuterie Board
- 3 bags assorted snack-size candy bars
- 3 bags candy corn, jelly beans, gummy worms, and other flavored candy of your choice
- Choose a large platter or cutting board. Unwrap the snack-size candy and cut candy bars into bite size pieces. Stack, pile, and group the candies into sections, alternating colors, flavors, and shapes. Put loose candies like M&M's or jelly beans in small bowls, with a few spilling out for a natural and enticing vibe.
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