This crowd-pleasing Candy Cane Charcuterie Board features alternating red and white finger foods. With festive colors and yummy treats it’s perfect for a snack or holiday party!
Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now, and nothing could be more festive than this candy cane charcuterie board for Christmas!
We served this recently for dinner and our kiddos loved it! I think what they enjoyed most was the variety of bite-sized food to choose from.
You can also use this charcuterie board for a tasty snack during busy days or as an appetizer for a holiday party.
This recipe works because it’s:
- Great for a crowd. There’s something for everyone with this spread of snack foods. Even kids will enjoy it!
- Easy to assemble and customizable to your taste. It doesn’t take much time at all to arrange the food and you can choose to cater the foods to adults, kids, or a mix of both.
- Trendy, yet unique. Most people are familiar with charcuterie boards, but they’ll be extra impressed with the holiday flair of this particular setup.
To assemble the charcuterie board, you’ll alternate the red and white ingredients in the shape of a candy cane, using small piles of a single food.
Place 10 grape tomatoes as the base of the candy cane on the bottom right of the board, leaving a little space between the tomatoes and the edge.
Then, add 9 mozzarella cheese balls, 9 of both the beef snack bites and mini pepperonis, and 5 water crackers to create the “stick” of the candy cane.
Next, add 2 bunches of red grapes, 9 slices of white cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds, and 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows to create the “hook or arch” of the cane.
Finally, add 9 raspberries and 6 white chocolate-covered pretzels to create the tip of the cane.
Add small springs of rosemary for garnish throughout, tucked under the piles of food.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
I chose to start with the savory foods at the bottom of the candy cane and end with the sweet foods so it mimicked a traditional meal, but you can mix the sweet and savory foods when you create your board.
I provided amounts for how much of each food I used on the board, but you can also have more of each ingredient ready to go when the amounts get low.
It will save time if you have all of the extra food prepped (fruit washed and cheese cut) before you serve the charcuterie board so you can easily refill it during your party.
This recipe is completely customizable. So you can change out any of the ingredients to your taste.
Here are some other food options to try:
- Red peppers
- Sugared cranberries
- Summer sausage
- Red olives
- Candy gummies
- White macarons
- White chocolate bark
- Artichoke hearts
- Cheese ball
- Chip dip
- Butter cookies
- Brie cheese
- Sliced crostini bread
- White chocolate
More Like This
Looking for more delicious Christmas party food? You’ll love these recipes:
- Sticky Chex Mix
- Cheese and Cracker Pumpkin Pie Bites
- Almond and Swiss Cheese Dip
- Artichoke Parmesan Dip
Charcuterie boards are typically a mix of sweet, savory, and salty with a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Here are some of the most common food items to include on a charcuterie board:
– Cured meats (like pepperoni and salami)
– Crackers or crusty bread
– Dried fruits
– Jelly or jam
– Fresh herbs
I hope your family loves this candy cane charcuterie board! If you make it, take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!
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Candy Cane Charcuterie Board
- 10 grape tomatoes
- 9 mozzarella cheese balls
- 9 beef snack bites
- 9 mini pepperonis
- 5 water crackers
- 11 red grapes
- 2 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, sliced
- ½ cup pomegranate arils
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- 9 raspberries
- 6 white chocolate-covered pretzels
- fresh rosemary sprigs
- Place grape tomatoes as the base of the candy cane on the bottom right of the board, leaving a little space between the tomatoes and the edge.
- Then, add mozzarella cheese balls, beef snack bites and mini pepperonis, and water crackers to create the "stick" of the candy cane.
- Next, add red grapes, sliced white cheddar cheese, pomegranate arils, and mini marshmallows to create the "hook or arch" of the cane.
- Finally, add raspberries and white chocolate-covered pretzels to create the tip of the cane.
- Add small springs of rosemary for garnish throughout, tucked under the piles of food.