How to Make a Vegan Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Board
If 2020 has brought us anything, it’s the glow-up of the charcuterie board. You know, the DIY boards filled with snackable goodies. Although we love a tray filled with plant-based meats, vegan cheeses, and artisan crackers, we are here to tell you, these trays don’t have to be savory! Yup, we’re talking about edible collages of dessert. And what better way to celebrate the cold weather than with a creative hot cocoa board? We like to start with a creamy vegan cocoa base, something sweet to stir, a cozy addition to top, and a sidecar of vegan sweets to dunk. Check out our guide to building the best vegan hot chocolate charcuterie board.
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Starting with a good hot cocoa base is important. Opt for a classic cocoa or rev up your taste buds with a flavored variety. Choose from our faves below or check out our recent article for more creamy cocoa suggestions.
Available in a variety of vegan-friendly flavors, Coconut Cloud comes through with the hot cocoa your DIY board deserves. Opt for a traditional cocoa mix or be bold with Salted Caramel or Peppermint.
Mocha Hot Chocolate, anyone? Made with lively cacao and aromatic coffee, it’s basically the answer to your grown-up chocolate milk cravings. Additional flavors include Spicy Atzec and Holiday Peppermint.
Now you’ll want something fun and sweet to stir your cocoa as you sit by the fireplace in flannel pajamas. And by “fireplace,” we mean Netflix. Yes, we are still watching, thanks for asking.
Perfect for stirring your drinkable masterpiece, mini candy canes from Yum Earth are totally vegan, made from organic ingredients, and colored with fruit and vegetable concentrates.
We are living for these fancy pants cookie sticks! Enjoy them on the side for the classic wafer crunch, or use them to stir your cocoa and let them melt and soften. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Both vegan and gluten-free, the chocolate pretzel rods from Emy’s are an absolute must! Grab one to stir your cocoa and one to snack on while you’re putting your mug together.
Cozy Mug Toppers
This one is important! Mug toppers are what beautify your mug—hello IG photoshoot! Choose carefully from marshmallows, whipped topping, chocolate sauce, and sprinkles, or pile your cocoa high with all of the above.
Gelatin-free marshmallows? Happy holidays to us! Grab a bag of mini marshmallows for that classic cozy mug topper you’ll see in Hallmark movies.
Available in original and light varieties, a dollop of So Delicious Coco Whip is the perfect contrast for your cup of steaming hot chocolate.
From Mini Chips to Mega Chunks, Enjoy Life offers a variety of vegan chocolate toppers for all your hot cocoa decorating needs. Bonus: These chocolates are free of major allergens, making them a crowd favorite.
Don’t forget a pop of color! These vibrant nonpareil sprinkles are totally vegan and colored from a variety of natural sources like turmeric, vegetable juice, and spirulina.
A drippy chocolate drizzle is just the aesthetic we are going for. Oh, and it tastes great too. The Hum Yum chocolate sauce makes for an excellent first sip with the occasional chocolate mustache.
Lastly, be sure to pair your steamy cup with an edible sidecar consisting of tasty baked goods or chocolaty candy. Let your creativity, and sweet tooth, run wild!
Perfect with coffee and hot cocoa alike, Biscoff cookies aren’t just for in-flight snackin’. The hint of cinnamon makes these cookies an extra cozy treat.
Available in a variety of flavors, donuts from Whole Foods never disappoint! We suggest the vanilla, chocolate, or maple variety to dunk into your cocoa concoction.
Described as bite-sized morsels of vegan happiness, these No No’s are a definite yes for our cocoa charcuterie board.
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