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As with many holiday dishes this year, inflation impacts the overall cost. To help you save a bit more during the festive season, we’ve put together a handy guide letting you know where specific ingredients are the cheapest. We’ve compared prices on ingredients for Christmas cookies, pumpkin pie, and a hot cocoa bar. And now we’re covering where you can get a full cart for the cheapest charcuterie board ingredients overall.
With holiday get-togethers in full swing, you might find yourself on a signup sheet to bring food to share. If you’re at a loss for what to bring, we’ve got a great suggestion. A charcuterie board pairs all the best holiday bites in one place. Savory, sweet, fruity — it’s all there. Plus, charcuterie boards give you plenty of flexibility to add more of what you love and avoid any ingredients you or your family dislike.
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This is what you can include on a basic charcuterie board.
The best part about this fun and appetizing board is that you can stick to common ingredients that everyone loves. Then throw in a few obscure or new foods to have people try them as a group. The ingredients we included in our roundup are very basic, and we definitely expect that you might substitute them here and there. This is to give you a general sense of where to shop to find the best prices on ingredients.
Here’s what we have on our charcuterie board:
- Sharp white cheddar
- Butter crackers
- Red grapes
- Honeycrisp apples
- Dried apricots
- Manzanilla olives
Here’s where to find the cheapest charcuterie board ingredients.
We compared ingredients at four popular grocery chains across the U.S. to find the store offering the cheapest charcuterie board ingredients. The winner? Walmart! Walmart has taken first place in several of our cart comparisons this year. Shop their Great Value store brand for the lowest prices on Christmas cookie ingredients, pumpkin pie ingredients, a hot cocoa bar, and now also for the cheapest charcuterie board ingredients. At just $36.76 for the whole shebang, you likely won’t find better prices on many of these charcuterie board essentials.
Target was the runner-up with $39.78 as a total cart cost. They offer the best price per ounce on dried apricots, but their apples and almonds were higher in price, knocking them to second place. Aldi comes in third place, even though they have the best salami, brie, and grape prices. They fall just below Target at $40.82.
Trader Joe’s has surprisingly great prices on prosciutto, crackers, olives, and almonds, but their salami and brie prices knocked them to last place. It’s worth noting that some Trader Joe’s offer great deals on local cheeses, which could potentially get you a better deal overall. We also like to call out that Trader Joe’s has some pretty unique offerings when it comes to small bites. So while Walmart offers the best prices on basic ingredients, if you’ve got the wiggle room in your budget to splurge on a few fancy things, Trader Joe’s has some great options.
Related: Where to Find Cheap Butter This Holiday Baking Season (Hint: It’s NOT Walmart!)
Save on all your charcuterie board needs.
Along with the food (which is the best part, we know), you may also need a few charcuterie accessories to serve the perfect board. Of course you’ll need an actual serving board, but consider which foods need a knife, spoon, tongs, or little toothpicks for convenience. We’ve rounded up some good deals on charcuterie board serveware so you’ll be set to impress this holiday season.