Looking for a dish that will be a conversation starter this holiday entertaining season? 

A hot chocolate charcuterie board is such a fun and interactive element to bring to any winter gathering. No meat. No cheese. Just plenty of delicious goodies to spice up a steaming mug of hot chocolate, the way you like it! 


Hot Chocolate Recipe and Tips for Spicing up Your Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board


First, you need the perfect hot chocolate recipe. My Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe uses the best cocoa powder I can find plus a touch of cinnamon, and my cognac-infused madagascar pure vanilla extract. If you like a little spice in your cocoa, add a pinch of ancho chile powder or cayenne for an extra kick.

boozy marshmellows

Add a few homemade sauces and treats for your hot chocolate charcuterie board—or leftover holiday cookies!

A few extra-special items that I always include are a few homemade dessert sauces like my Easy Caramel Sauce recipe with Koval Chrysanthemum Honey liqueur and my super-easy Classic Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce, and of course, my friend Terri’s Homemade Marshmallows. They are easy to make ahead and can even be frozen so you can pull them out as you need them. 


It’s hard for me to have a cup of hot chocolate or a cappuccino without rummaging through my biscotti jar. I just love dunking hearty, homemade baked goods into a yummy warm winter beverage. If you’re looking for baked goods that will hold up to a nice dunk, check out my biscotti recipes for cherry pistachioAllspice cookieschocolate espresso hazelnut biscotti, gingerbread, or chocolate espresso hazelnut biscotti, or try my holiday Allspice cookies.

cookie plus ingredients

Pro Tips for How to Set Up Your Boozy Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board 

  • Use a slow cooker to keep your hot chocolate warm

  • Include a few homemade goodies like Christmas cookies, biscotti, dessert sauces, or marshmallows to set it apart 

  • Include optional boozy ingredients like peppermint schnapps, dark rum, bourbon, or Bailey’s Irish Cream for the adults who would like a little extra kick

  • Grab a cookie cutter and make your homemade marshmallows snowflake-shaped to really put your charcuterie board over the top!

  • Spice it up by swapping traditional hot cocoa for my spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe

Mary’s Chococuterie: How to Make a Boozy Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board: Recipes and Ingredients

Mary’s Chococuterie: How to Make a Boozy Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board: Recipes and Ingredients

Forget the meat and cheese, winter entertaining calls for a hot chocolate charcuterie! Homemade hot chocolate, a few custom toppings, and some boozy add-ins will have everyone warm, satisfied, and filled with cheer this holiday season.


  • Terri’s Homemade Marshmallows
  • Mini candy canes
  • Shaved sweetened coconut
  • Bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Homemade Biscotti (for dipping!)
  • Maldon sea salt flakes
  • Mary’s Easy Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Mary’s Caramel Sauce with Koval Chrysanthemum Honey Liqueur
  • A variety of liqueurs for the adults in the room (peppermint schnapps, Amaretto, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, bourbon, or dark rum are a few of my favorite options)
  • Whipped cream
  • Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate


  1. Assemble all of the side ingredients on a large platter. Have the hot chocolate, optional liqueurs, and whipped cream prepared and ready to go.
  2. Place the warm hot chocolate in a slow cooker to keep it hot. Then, let your guests serve themselves, add their own toppings, and enjoy!
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November 29, 2022 — Mary DiSomma