An Ice Cream Sundae Charcuterie Board is the ultimate dessert for pool parties, barbecues, birthday celebrations and more. This unique and tasty spin on a classic cheese board replaces crackers with cookies, cheese with ice cream and other ingredients with delicious toppings! You can get as wild as your heart desires when creating your sundae or keep it simple. The primary guideline to keep in mind is to mix and match your favorite ice cream flavors with an array of sweet, salty, crispy, and crunchy ingredients. Kids come in particularly handy when building the board, so invite them to join in on the fun too!
Of course, the shining star of the board is the ice cream! A good rule of thumb is to choose three different flavors—one that’s mild-tasting like vanilla, a second that’s a bit bolder and richer, like chocolate, and a third that can be anything you like! Consider a fruity or seasonal flavor, or one that’s chock-full of flavor swirls, candy pieces or chunks.
Once the ice cream flavors are chosen, it’s time to narrow down the toppings, syrups and other items that will be placed on the board. Our starter ideas are merely ideas because a Ice Cream Sundae Charcuterie Board is 100% customizable, so use what you have and/or what your family and friends will enjoy the most. As mentioned above, we always recommend adding sweet, salty, and savory elements to the board.
MAKE IT SALTY & SAVORY
- Potato chips
- Caramel corn
- Chocolate covered pretzels
MAKE IT SWEET
- Whipped cream
- Flavored syrups (caramel, hot fudge, strawberry, peanut butter)
- Maraschino cherries
- Chocolate candies
- Gummy candies
MAKE IT FRUITY
- Fresh berries
- Crushed pineapple
- Dried apricots
MAKE IT MORE UNIQUE
- Sugar/cake cones
- Honey/chocolate graham crackers
- Animal crackers
- Chocolate chip cookies
HOW TO ASSEMBLE
A large cutting board, serving tray or even a large baking sheet will make a great base. It’s ideal if the board has an edge to keep the ingredients in place.
Serve the ice cream in smaller bowls if you are using ice cream from larger containers. If you are using pints of ice cream, you can keep it in its original packaging and simply place them throughout the board. Use smaller spoons for each ice cream flavor as full-size ice cream scoops would be too large.
Small glass bowls, canning jars or ramekins are the perfect size for holding ingredients like sprinkles, peanuts, candy, whipped cream or hot fudge, while arranging larger ingredients around the base of the board adds artistic and eye-appealing flair. Use sliced bananas, berries, caramel corn and mini marshmallows to fill in any open spaces in an organized way or carefully scattered over top.
For serving vessels, include a stack of cones or waffle boards on the board. The possibilities for creating an Ice Cream Sundae Charcuterie Board are truly endless! Give it a try for your next celebration to wow your guests and treat their taste buds.