According to our highly calculated results, summer 2021 is the year of the picnic – more specifically, charcuterie boards. Originating in France, the word “charcuterie” translates to pork butcher shop, but modern-day charcuterie boards have taken on a life of their own, with dozens of creative iterations circulating on social media every day.
You’re probably thinking you’ve had all the warm cheese and stale crackers you can possibly handle, but these five new infused summer charcuterie boards are hitting all of the angles your basic board could never: daring creativity, surprising innovation, and a whole lot of haziness.
As always, practice caution when it comes to cannabis consumption. Edibles can hit a lot harder and last a lot longer than other forms of ingestion, so make sure to know your limit and consume accordingly.
Breakfast Charcuterie Board
Hosting a summer brunch but fresh out of new ideas to switch things up? Try pairing your bottomless mimosas with a breakfast charcuterie board guaranteed to give you the munchies.
The key to any good charcuterie board is balance: dryness vs. sauciness, sweet vs. savory, melt-in-your-mouth vs. crunchy. As long as you keep this in mind, there are endless ways to make these boards your own, but use this breakfast charcuterie mood board to your advantage:
- Pancakes/Waffles/French Toast
- Peanut Butter
- Infused Grape Jelly
- Nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.)
- Greek Yogurt
- Whipped Cream
- Slices of Butter
- Bacon/Sausage (or vegan equivalents for non-meat eaters)
- Boiled Eggs
- Fresh Berries
- Banana Slices
Candy Charcuterie Board
This one is ideal for birthdays, baby showers, or any day you feel like combining weed with an excessive amount of sugar to see what happens. Just make sure to keep it far away from anyone underage, especially if you plan to infuse with all of the cannabis products. Remember – you can always use more or less of these, depending on the size of your group and tolerance levels.
As with all charcuterie boards, there are plenty of ways to get creative, but here’s a general recipe for candy board success. Aim for a balance of nutty, crunchy, sour, sweet, milky, bitter, ganja-infused goodness:
- Kit Kat
- Infused Peanut Butter Cups
- Swedish Fish
- Almond Joy
- Infused Peachy Passion Space Crystals
- Baby Bottle Pops
- Infused S’mores Milk Chocolate Bars
Dessert Charcuterie Board
The dessert charcuterie board is quite similar to the candy board in terms of sugar content, but if you prefer cakes, brownies, and cookies to gummies and nougats, this one will make all the difference for you.
A dessert charcuterie board is the perfect accompaniment to post-dinner drinks, or just any day when you’re craving sweets a little more than usual. Add a little of everyone’s favorite herb to really make this board shine:
- Hot Fudge Dipping Sauce
- Cookie Butter
- Coffee Cake Slices
- Lemon Cake Slices
- Infused Chocolate Cookies
- English Toffee
- Infused Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles
Fruit Charcuterie Board
Every good charcuterie board allows fruit to make an appearance, but you know what makes a great charcuterie board? One that treats fruit as the main character it deserves to be.
Turn the charcuterie world on its head by opting for as many fruits as you can handle (different colors, textures, flavors, etc.) and sprinkling the white spaces with delicious cheeses nuts, and, of course, cannabis:
- Orange Slices
- Apple Slices
- Brie Cheese
- Gruyere Cheese
- Infused Rosemary and Seasalt Crackers
- Mango Slices
- Cantaloupe Slices
- Watermelon Slices
Mexican Charcuterie Board
Mexican food is a highly favored cuisine: it comes with a lot of variety, you can eat much of it with your hands, and it’s absolutely delicious. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that Mexican-themed charcuterie boards are all the rage this summer.
We’ve decided to take this creation to the next level with cannabis, the perfect pairing for all things spicy and refreshing. Here are some general guidelines to help you put together the infused Mexican charcuterie board your friends won’t stop raving about:
- Sliced Queso Fresco
- Sliced Cotija
- Sliced Queso Chihuahua
- Sour Cream
- Tortilla Chips
- THC Chili Oil
- Chorizo (or Soyrizo)
- Green Olives
- Black Olives
- Lime Wedges
- Lemon Wedges
- Sliced Ham (or vegan alternative)
If this article has awakened the charcuterie board beast within you, don’t worry – it doesn’t have to end here. You still have plenty of time and opportunity to work your way through these five infused boards, leaving your friends in utter awe of you.
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