‘Charcuterie Chalets’: Meat-and-cheese holiday trend gives gingerbread house run for its money

November 17, 2020

People looking forward to sweet and sugary treats during the holiday season are in for a salty surprise.

2020 has seen an unprecedented amount of change, and holiday decorations are not immune.

Families are swapping out the traditional gingerbread house for ‘charcuterie chalets,’ a decorative house made of meat and cheese.

Gumdrop roofs and marshmallow snowmen are being replaced with layers of salami and stacks of pepperoni.

While gingerbread walls are notoriously hard to stand, these food artists are opting for lightweight crackers and breadsticks held together with cream cheese and goat cheese.

The ‘charcuterie chalet’ is not new to 2020. The trend has been growing across social media since 2016.

Food artists offer a sophisticated take on a classic holiday tradition, while still embodying traditional themes. Many posts by Instagram users show rosemary leaves used to recreate evergreen trees, and parmesan cheese used to recreate snow. One user even used a block of brie cheese to give the house its own private hot tub.

Other common features include pretzels, prosciutto, nuts, cucumbers, tomatoes, and of course, lots of cheese.

Foodies on Instagram seem to be excited by the growing trend. One user commented, “This is a chim chutney house I can get behind.”

Another excited user responded, “This is MAGICAL!”

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