This Easter candy charcuterie board will make your Easter gathering a huge hit!
Easter in the South
Easter. What a day. Sunday best. Egg hunts. Delicious food. Candy!
Easter in the South is a holiday like no other. It’s a time of new beginnings and celebration. Spring is in the warming air. Beautiful pastel outfits are donned. And friends, family, and neighbors gather to share wonderful meals.
There are a couple foods I make for Easter every year. I make them every year because there would be a not-so-small rebellion if I didn’t. (I learned this the hard way one year.) These dishes have become staples ingrained in our tradition.
One dish that’s become an Easter necessity for us is Southern deviled eggs. I suppose this is because eggs = Easter, but also because these are so so good. My family goes crazy for these. So I make a LOT of these eggs on Easter. I don’t know how folks who eat only a couple eggs for breakfast can each put away a dozen of these deviled eggs, but that’s how it goes. (Me included…give me a full platter of deviled eggs any day, and they’ll quickly disappear.)
The other dish I absolutely HAVE to make each year is pink salad. I mean just look at it. It’s pastel pink and has Easter deliciousness written all over it. It’s cool, light, and sweet. If the season of spring were a food, that food would be pink salad.
Easter Candy…Not Just for the Kids Anymore
A newer tradition I’ve begun is the Easter charcuterie board. And I’m not talking meat and cheese. The kids receive nice Easter baskets, so what about the adults? Where’s OUR candy?? Truly a question of the ages. And so, the Easter candy charcuterie board is finally born.
Maybe you’re thinking, “Hey, that looks like the inside of an Easter basket spread across a platter!” YES! That’s exactly what we’re doing here. We’ve taken what we would give to a small child to enjoy, added some culinary artistry, and viola! The adults can finally enjoy Easter candy without the shame that comes with having to steal it from the little ones’ baskets when they aren’t looking.
These candy boards work great alongside your Easter brunch or as the dessert. Your Easter candy board can quickly be made up of traditional Easter candies from your local shop, like marshmallow chicks, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and other sweet treats. Fresh fruit also works well with these charcuterie boards. Or you can add an even more personal touch by making some of the candy yourself. I want to share with you five Easter candy recipes that I think are really wonderful – they’re creative but also simple and don’t take a lot of time.
The Chocolate Bunny
Everyone eats the quintessential chocolate bunny on Easter. First you bite the ears off, then you feel a little sad about doing that, so you quickly chow down on the remainder. Then you feel sad again, because frankly, these bunnies sometimes have low-quality chocolate that isn’t worth the calories. Well, you can now make your own chocolate bunnies out of the chocolate of your choice. Only a mold is needed, along with chocolate chips and coconut oil.
You can’t beat a recipe with just 2 ingredients; check out these chocolate bunnies!
Cadbury Crème Egg…Dip!
I love Cadbury Crème Eggs. I could eat one every night, year round. Oh, you too? Y’all, wait till you see this recipe. It’s ridiculously brilliant. It’s a homemade dip that tastes like the filling of a Cadbury Crème Egg. You dip chocolate bars or whatever your heart desires right into the bowl of deliciousness. This is definitely becoming part of my Easter charcuterie board this year.
Chocolate Dipped Peep Pops
Who doesn’t like marshmallow Peeps? Well, someone figured out how to make them even more tasty and fun, by dipping the bunnies in chocolate, decorating them with sprinkles, and turning them into a pop! Dip and decorate the bottom half of your chick Peeps while you’re at it, and they’ll all taste delicious!
Candy Birds Nest
This recipe makes a yummy nest out of chocolate, pretzels, and peanut butter. Mmm. I love that combination. These cute desserts are topped with Cadbury Mini-Eggs to create a perfect little bird’s nest!
Easter Surprise Chocolate Egg
This recipe probably has the biggest Fun Factor. These are hollow chocolate eggs filled with mini-eggs, jelly beans, or other loose candies. Everyone will enjoy breaking these open to see what’s inside! The recipe is easier than you may think. Similar to the Chocolate Bunny, the trick here is just using a mold.
This recipe uses a large mold and white chocolate, but you can customize however you’d like!
- Jelly Beans
- Various types of mini eggs
- Pastel M&Ms
- Chocolate bunnies
- Chocolate eggs
- Homemade candies
- Fresh fruits
- Candied nuts
- Cadbury dip, chocolate fondue, or other sweet dip
- Arrange the smaller candies and candied nuts in decorative bags or bowls.
- Arrange the larger candies, cookies, and fresh fruit on platters.
- Serve the sweet dip in festive bowl near the dipping goodies.
Southern Eats & Goodies wishes you all a joyous Easter! And don’t forget — Candy charcuterie boards can be adapted to suit any candy-friendly occasion – a Christmas, Hanukkah, or Halloween party, Valentine’s Day, a bridal or baby shower, and so on. So use your imagination and favorite candy ideas and your gathering will be a hit!