Everyone's Making Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Boards
As temperatures plunge to frosty lows, our usual cold weather companion is a steaming hot mug of hot chocolate, with a handful of marshmallows sprinkled on top and smothered in a big whippy peak of cream.
But it seems that you can actually improve on perfection.
A number of foodies and Instagrammers are taking the humble hot choc and taking it to the next level - and serving them on charcuterie boards.
Instead of the usual charcuterie staples like cured meats, cheeses and crackers, imagine a board loaded with cocoa delights - cookies, chocolate sprinkles, candy canes, hot chocolate sauce.
It's a deliciously decadent way to enjoy winter's flagship drink, and is perfect for sharing with your loved one as you cuddle up against the cold winter's nights (or as a naughty treat all for your own).
If you're looking for inspiration, we've rounded up some of the best boards of the bunch.
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If you love the soft, fluffy texture of marshmallow, this effort from @Everyday_Tables is particularly impressive - with a scattering of marshmallows, the board also boasts mini chocolate brownie pieces, chocolate chunks, sprinkles, whipped cream and dips.
For those who like richness of chocolate should look towards @Cocoatasting4you - with crunchy chocolate pieces, cocoa powder, chocolate buttons, Maltesers and thick cream topping.
Meanwhile, @TamingTwins colourful offering is perfect to share with someone you love - featuring mini-gingerbread men,, pink and white heart-shaped marshmallows, bitesize chunks of fudge, teeny-tiny milk and white chocolate chips - as well as strong cinnamon sticks and chocolate flakes.
In other festive food news, Lidl has announced they're releasing a brand new range of mince pies, with sweet mincemeat flavoured with salted caramel, black forest cherries - and even Biscoff pieces.
It's beginning to look and taste a lot like Christmas...
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@Cocoatasting4you
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