Nobody could deny the fact that the catering options you choose have the potential to make or break your event. While there is plenty of opportunity to wow your guests and attendees with your starters, finger foods, sumptuous main courses and drinks menus, nothing elicits gasps of wonder and excitement quite like a range of beautifully-made chocolate desserts.
If you’re struggling for inspiration on how to bring new chocolate dessert ideas to your upcoming events menu, fear not: at our catering partner Create Food, they’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest trends (as well as some tried-and-tested fail-safe classics) which hit the spot each and every time. Read on, and discover our seven current favourites, along with a few tips on how to make them result in the best possible reaction!
Chocolate Terrarium Dessert
This beautiful chocolate terrarium dessert takes its inspiration from the whole foods movement, and looks to all the world like a bowl of soil, topped with flowers and pebbles. However, once their spoons break the surface, they’ll find an incredible array of tempting treats within, and a balance of flavours that’ll take their taste buds on an unforgettable journey of discovery!
- Chocolate ‘soil’
- Edible flowers
- Mango puree
- Chocolate twigs
- Fruit sorbet
- A glass terrarium or ramekin to serve.
This dessert requires a careful layering of different components, with a glass manakin being used as the titular ‘terrarium’. The dessert starts with a base layer of mango puree, which is then topped by the chocolate soil, in which hidden chunks of chocolate can be found. Finished with the elegant edible flowers, chocolate twigs, and delicately piped sorbet, it’s a stunning dessert which will doubtlessly take your guests’ breath away. Further recipe ideas here.
Chocolate Doner Kebab
Who doesn’t love a well-made doner kebab at the end of a long day? This wonderfully inventive chocolate trend is proving to be highly popular at youthful and lighthearted events across Europe, and works brilliantly as a way to inject a bit of fun into proceedings. The chocolate kebab is mounted onto a rotated spit, and guests can help themselves to slices or shavings with which to top puddings, crepes, or other dessert options.
- Shaped chocolate block
- Rotating spit
- Chocolate peeler
- Crepes or other carriers for the chocolate.
The most successful examples of chocolate kebabs which we’ve seen in recent years are those which use a range of different chocolates in the same block. That way, you can experiment with different colours and designs, and it also means there’s something for everyone!
Chocolate Espresso Shots
Conferences, parties, and other such events can be a little tiring at times, so what could be better than a chocolate dessert which not only provides all the sweetness and satisfaction you could wish for, but which also offers a caffeine pick-me-up to reinvigorate your guests for the remainder of the day? That’s the idea of the chocolate espresso shot - a quick, delicious burst of flavour and energy, that’ll no doubt thrill your attendees and inspire plenty of social media posts! There’s also the option to give this dessert an even naughtier boost with the addition of tequila, too...
- Shot glasses
- Quality coffee beans
- Tequila, cream
- Coffee liqueur
- Dark chocolate
This chocolate dessert is made by infusing the cream with the coffee beans for a good twenty minutes or so, before stirring in melted chocolate, coffee liqueur, and tequila. Serve chilled. See full recipe here.
Chocolate Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee is always a classy option for an event catering dessert idea, and by bringing a chocolatey twist to this classic, it’s possible to make this decadent dessert even more luxurious. Simple to prepare, yet offering a huge burst of flavour and sensuality, it’s sure to be a hit.
- Individual ramekins
- Cocoa… and that’s about it!
This is a beautifully easy recipe to prepare in large quantities, making it ideal as a chocolate dessert for events catering. It simply involves mixing together eggs yolks with quality cocoa powder, gently melting chocolate into cream, and then slowly combining the two main components together. Don’t forget to caramelise the sugar on top for that classic creme brulee crackle! See the full recipe here.
Chocolate Lava Cakes
When it comes to providing memorable chocolate desserts for your event, you want something which is going to produce plenty of appreciative ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ upon serving. Chocolate lava cakes are the ideal way to achieve this effect - that unctuous ooze of melted chocolate which erupts from the centre of these cakes is a wonder to behold!
- Dark chocolate
- Vanilla extract
- Raspberry sauce to serve
This recipe starts off by gently melting together butter and chocolate, which will provide you with your thick, luxurious ‘lava’, Following this, a simple sponge is made using flour, eggs, and sugar, and the whole lot is mixed together and poured into a ramekin. The trick is to slightly under-bake the cakes, in order to maintain that molten centre. See the full recipe here.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Avocados are having a moment right now - they’ve become the unquestioned key ingredient of the millennial generation, and are popping up pretty much everywhere you look. Jump on the avo-train and serve your guests with this inventive, counter-intuitive, yet utterly delicious sweet treat, and your event will be bang on trend!
- Dark chocolate
- Coconut oil
- Sea salt
Simply melt the dark chocolate together with the coconut oil, and then blend into the avocado with a food processor. Chill in the fridge, then roll into the required truffle shape before generously dusting with cocoa. Full recipe is here.
Chocolate and Sea Salt Swirl Meringue
There’s something about meringues which is utterly irresistible, and even the most basic of meringue can end up looking like a celebration on a plate. They provide a beautiful centrepiece for a dessert spread, with their fluffy peaks and elegant swirls. These chocolate and sea salt meringues are sure to fascinate and beguile your guests, and offer a beautiful texture alongside a truly intriguing and delicious set of flavours.
- Egg whites
- Sea salt
This recipe couldn’t be simpler. It just involves whisking together eggs whites and caster sugar until you have stiff, glossy peaks, and then swirling melted chocolate gently through them before baking. Simple, effective, and resulting in a truly stunning effect. See the full recipe here.
Chocolate Desserts That’ll Really Make an Impact
By thinking a little outside the box, checking out the latest chocolate dessert trends, and coming up with innovative ways to wrap up your event catering with a bang, it isn’t difficult to really make a big impact with your sweet course.
The catering (and not least the dessert aspect to your catering) has the ability to really leave a positive impression in the minds of your guests, and as such, it’s vital you pull it out of the bag and give them something to talk about for months to come. Create Food is a leading events catering company that always goes the extra mile when it comes to impressing attendees. If you’d like to find out more about what we do and how we can add some real culinary sparkle to your next event, we’d love to hear from you.