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TIP OF THE DAY: Food Bar Part 3: Desserts

A simple creation from a s’mores bar.
Photo courtesy Tastefully Simple.


Over the last two days, we’ve covered breakfast food bars and lunch/dinner food bars.

Today: ideas for dessert food bars. We conclude tomorrow with snacks and drinks.


  • Cake Bar: Angel cake, bundts, cheesecake, or loaf cakes (easiest to slice—carrot cake, chocolate cake, pound cake) with dessert sauces (caramel sauce, fudge sauce, strawberry sauce), whipped cream and garnishes (berries, crushed oreos, nuts).
  • Caramel Apple Bar: see our separate article.
  • Cookie Bar: Offer large or small cookies (chocolate, oatmeal, sugar, etc.) with fillings and frosting, plus garnishes (candies, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, sprinkles)
  • Cupcake Bar: Set out frosted cupcakes, or have a frost-your-own option with different frostings. Garnishes: banana chips, berries, candied bacon, candies (chocolate curls, crushed toffee, mini chips, seasonal candy), edible flowers.

  • Pie Bar: A selection of pies—apple, berry, chocolate cream, custard, pumpkin, e.g.) with dessert sauces (caramel sauce, custard sauce), whipped cream and garnishes (crystallized ginger, fresh fruit).
  • S’mores Bar: Regular and chocolate-covered graham crackers, regular and flavored marshmallows, different chocolate (bittersweet, milk, white, flavored—like chipotle chocolate), marshmallow creme (here are more ideas for a s’mores party).
  • Sorbet Bar: A lighter way to go after a heavy main meal, sorbet is cholesterol-free, lactose free and vegan. Offer different flavors with berries, coconut chips, crushed pineapple, diced melon, fruit sauce (puréed berries, mango, etc.), gummies, granola, pistachios or slivered almonds.
  • Sundae Bar/Banana Split Bar: Different flavors of ice cream with your choices of everything above!
    Are you ready to throw a party? Follow up a lunch or dinner food bar with a dessert food bar, or simply do one. Either way, it will be memorable.


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