If you’re having a get-together, you can’t go wrong with a sweet and salty snack board. Everyone will find some snacks they like and it is easy to put together. You may have to replenish some of the items during the evening, but otherwise, you are able to enjoy the time together, even when you’re the host.
To keep things very easy, make a list and order the items online. You can choose a pickup time or rely on home delivery. You can even ask your guests to bring along other snacks to go with your snack board.
A wooden board or platters
You will need a wooden board or a large platter to stage your snacks. If they don’t fit onto one board, you can always surround a large board with some bowls or plates or use several platters. Customize the size of your display to how many guests you will have at your party.
Chocolate, cookies and fruit all deserve a place on your snack board. Choose fruit like grapes and strawberries or yogurt-covered dates that are easy to pick up and pop in the mouth. You could also add some dried fruit, like apricots. Some candy, like a small bowl of jelly beans and some chocolate-covered peanuts, will satisfy those with a sweet tooth.
Caramel-coated popcorn offers delectable sweetness to your snack board and you can also choose many other sweet flavors of gourmet, handcrafted popcorn from Proper Popcorn. Adam Johnson, the Head Chef and Manager, says, “We have over 50 flavors for you to choose from. Cookies and Cream is one of our best sellers and our white chocolate with pretzels is a delectable sweet and savory snack.”
The family-owned and run store in Knoxville, Tennessee, offers six different sized bags of the handcrafted popcorn and you can also choose from various sized tins that contain up to three flavors. They do home delivery and you can also pick up your order in-store.
A few varieties of potato chips, chip dip, hummus, popcorn, pita chips, pretzels, crackers and cheese balls are all favorite salty snacks. A variety of different types of nuts, such as almonds, cashews and walnuts are always appreciated. Proper Popcorn also has salty popcorn treats, such as Tex Mex and Pizza.
Although this is not a cheese board, you can include a few kinds of cheese. Salami is also a good choice and you can add some veggie sticks with a dip to round out your selection.
Including one or two homemade savory treats will show that you’ve paid some time and attention to your snack board. Of course, one of the easiest savory snacks to make is roasted chickpeas. If you’re never done this before, you will be delighted by the taste.
All you have to do is drain the can, dry the beans well, and then roast them with olive oil till they’re crunchy. To dry the beans, you can gently roll them between two dishtowels.
Don’t skimp on the olive oil and when you pull them out of the oven, toss them with spices and seasonings to liven them up. You can also toast nuts like walnuts or cashews in a skillet on your stovetop and sprinkle them with spices of your choice.
These are just a few ideas and you can get as creative as you like with the sweet and savory items you add. The idea is to keep it simple, however, so you don’t have to spend too much time running to the kitchen and back.