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May 6, 2020

Snack Board Ideas

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In the wake of the spread of coronavirus, we are all spending a little more time at home. Why not take advantage of this time and make ordinary things a little bit more fun. Sure we can serve popcorn, crackers and pretzels right out of the bag, but why not create a tasty snack board filled with a variety of sweet and salty goodness?

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Whole Foods Market offers a curbside pick up service, which I utilized to purchase everything for this tasty snack board. I was able to order everything I needed online, and then pick up at my scheduled time. How simple is that? Click here to find your closest Whole Foods Market location.

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To build the snack board I first found a large serving tray that would hold everything I wanted to serve. I then added the following:

Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® Sea Salt Popcorn

Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn Popcorn

Pretzels

Crackers

Fruit (grapes, strawberries and clementines)

Assorted candy

There is something for everyone, whether you are craving sweet or salty snacks. My family and I have been doing much more snacking lately since we have been at home and it is good to have a variety of different options on hand. My go-to snack for any board is always Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP. They have real, simple ingredients and are non GMO, gluten free, and kosher. They have many different flavors, however the Sea Salt and the Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn varieties are my favorite. This snack is filled with whole grain goodness, and is light enough where you don’t feel stuffed after munching on a bowl or two. Not only is it great for these snack boards, but I like to pack it in lunches or enjoy it on the go. I always grab a bag or two during my Whole Foods Market shopping trips, as it is a family favorite.

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Snack boards are a fun and easy way to make a big impact, whether you’re planning a casual family game night or something as celebratory as a New Year’s Eve party. Since they’re mostly composed of prepared foods, store-bought items and pantry staples, snack boards are a good option for budget friendly family dinners. They also make great use of leftover foods, like roasted vegetables, grilled meats or almost anything you have hanging out in your fridge.

1. Don’t go overboard with your board.

The best snack boards are composed of hearty bits and bites, but there’s no need to have dozens of items cluttering your board. Start off with your main items, even if you’re making a snack board for a crowd. Arrange the items on a board, tray, cookie sheet or plate, using larger amounts for larger groups. Replenish the board as food disappears.

2. Balance your board.

When making your board, choose foods that are good at room temperature to make sure things can last the length of your meal or party.

3. Keep it simple.

Cooking isn’t required, so if you do make something, keep it simple. This whole fuss-free endeavor should only take 15 minutes to throw together. To make composing a board manageable, place the emphasis on what you can pull from your pantry or buy from the grocery store. Spend your time on shopping for items, prepping the ingredients and organizing your board in an artistic way.

4. Don’t forget design.

We eat with our eyes first, so think about color and texture when assembling your board. A board full of the same color won’t draw people in. And a board full of the same texture won’t keep them interested. Try to have an item or two that brings a pop of color, whether it’s veggies or sliced hard-boiled eggs.

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