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How to Make Festive 4th of July Charcuterie Cups

Learn how to make festive 4th of July Charcuterie Cups for your Independence Day barbecue or celebration. They are simple, adorable, and fun!

​Charcuterie boards are an easy way to serve guests a variety of cheese, meats, and fresh fruits at parties. But a cheese board can be messy and inconvenient too. Instead, trade your traditional charcuterie board for these easy charcuterie cups. These cups are a better way to serve a variety of items in a convenient, handheld way. These 4th of July charcuterie cups include individual servings of cheese cut into star shapes, red foods, and blue foods, plus festive treats. They are the ultimate party appetizer for Independence Day!

4th of July Charcuterie Cups in a red and white striped baking cup on a red and white striped tablecloth.

Serve these fun cups instead of a classic charcuterie board this summer. It’s a creative way to eat your favorite snacks!

What is a Charcuterie Cup?

Charcuterie cups are food-safe individual serving-sized cups filled with charcuterie and fresh fruits. They are a fun way to serve individual charcuterie to guests or create themed cups for holidays or celebrations. Place the on food picks and arrange the picks inside food-safe baking cups. They are easy to hold, cut down on cleanup, festive, and delicious!

If you prefer a traditional board, try this festive 4th of July Charcuterie Board.

What Foods Are in These 4th of July Charcuterie Cups?

  • Red, White, and Blue Tortilla Chips – These festive chips are a delicious cracker alternative that fits the theme. I used the Favorite Day Red, White, and Blue tortilla chips from Target. Most grocery stores, or places like World Market, also sell festive chips in July.
  • Cheddar Cheese – White Cheddar cheese is ideal for these patriotic charcuterie cups. It’s hard, so it’s perfect for sticking with food picks. And it’s a pretty universally liked cheese. For these festive cups, cut the cheese into stars using a star cookie cutter. It adds a fun flair to the food.
  • Salami – The salami pairs well with cheeses, fruit, and salty snacks. It’s a popular choice for all charcuterie snacks.
  • Olives – Olives add a great touch of salty and briny flavor.
  • Sweet Petite Pickles – Sweet pickles complement the other flavors of these cups perfectly.
  • Blueberries – All charcuterie boards need a little touch of sweetness. Fresh blueberries are perfect for sticking on food picks. Plus, they are great for making red, white, and blue food patterns.
  • Strawberries – Strawberries pair beautifully with cheddar cheese, salami, and sweet pickles, plus they are red.
  • Raspberries – Sweet raspberries are in season during the summer months. They make a great red addition to these July 4th charcuterie cups.
  • Festive Cookies – These adorable chocolate-covered sandwich cookies with festive sprinkles are from Target. The seasonal area there is a great place to find festive foods and entertaining essentials.

How to Assemble 4th of July Charcuterie Cups

These patriotic individual charcuterie cups are the perfect snack for a Fourth of July party, Memorial Day, and summer. They are made with fresh, tasty ingredients and arranged in a fun, festive way.

Step One – First, fill the bottom of a festive baking cup with blueberries and raspberries.

Step Two – Next, arrange the food on bamboo food picks. Food picks are slightly thicker and longer than a toothpick and support the weight of cheese, meat, and pickles. Blend the different flavors of the foods that complement each other or arrange them by color.

  • Combination 1: Red, White, and Blue – Place a raspberry on a food pick and slide it to the top. Next, place a star-shaped piece of cheese. Then finish it off with a blueberry. Reverse the pattern to change up the look of each cup
  • Combination 2: Classic Charcuterie – Stack olives, salami, cheese, and pickles in various orders on the food picks. 

Step Three – Place the picks into the cups. Use two to three picks per cup.

Step Four – Next, place tortilla chips behind the food picks. Be sure to include at least one red, one white, and one blue chip per cup.

Step Five – Place a strawberry or other berries in front of the food picks. Use this to prop up the festive cookie.

Step Six – The little chocolate-covered cookie is the finishing touch for each of these fun 4th of July Charcuterie Cups.

4th of July Charcuterie Cups in a red and white striped baking cup on a red and white striped tablecloth.

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Alternative Food Ideas for 4th of July Charcuterie Cups

These charcuterie cups for July 4th are made with classic charcuterie elements. That includes cheeses, cured meats, savory veggies, and fruit. Some additional food ideas include:

  • Brie Bites – Substitute cheddar cheese for an individual wheel of brie in each cup.
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls – Bite-sized balls of mozzarella are a great option for these cups because they are white and have a mild flavor.
  • Any Hard Cheese – Substitute cheddar cheese for gouda, pepper jack, or blue cheese.
  • Blackberries – Add more blue ingredients to your cups with fresh blackberries.Red Grapes – Grapes are always a great idea for charcuterie boards.
  • Grape Tomatoes – Keep with the patriotic colors theme and add a fresh veggie with bite-sized tomatoes.
  • Festive Crackers – These American flag crackers from Town House are the perfect addition to these cups. Bagel chips also work nicely.
  • White Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Add more white foods to your cups with sweet and savory white chocolate pretzels.
  • Proscuitto – Incorporate various types of meat into the cups with Proscuitto and capicola.
  • Fresh Herbs – Substitute a rosemary sprig or two for the festive cookies for a more elevated look.

How to Store Charcuterie Cups

These little 4th of July charcuterie cups are easy to store and keep for up to 7 days as long as they are stored correctly. Here are a few key tips for properly storing charcuterie in the refrigerator:

  1. Keep It Covered – The refrigerator dehumidifies, so it will dry out the meats, cheeses, and fruit over time. Slow this process by keeping the charcuterie cups covered. Either cover each cup with plastic wrap or store them in a large airtight container that holds the cups without smashing them. Cupcake containers are perfect for storing snack cups!
  2. Keep It Crunchy – Snacks like chips and cookies go stale in the refrigerator. Store these ingredients in a ziplock bag at room temperature and add them to the cups just before serving to keep them fresh and crunchy.
  3. Keep It Fresh – If you’re serving these cups to guests, I recommend assembling the cups no more than 2 hours in advance. This way the meat and cheese stay moist, the berries are fresh, and everything still has a crunch. You may prep the ingredients for the cups up to 24 hours in advance, but store each component separately for optimum freshness and flavor.
4th of July Charcuterie Cups in red and white striped baking cups on a red and white striped tablecloth.

Serve your favorite small snacks in a festive cup to create these fantastic 4th of July charcuterie cups. They are a unique way to serve charcuterie at a festive event.

More Delicious Charcuterie Snacks

4th of July Charcuterie Cups in a red and white striped baking cup on a red and white striped tablecloth.

4th of July Charcuterie Cups

Learn how to make festive 4th of July Charcuterie Cups for your Independence Day barbecue or celebration. They are simple, adorable, and fun!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Charcuterie
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • baking cups or food-safe paper cups
  • food picks
  • mini star cookie cutter

Ingredients
  

  • Red, White, and Blue tortilla chips
  • cheddar cheese cut into stars
  • salami
  • olives
  • petite sweet pickles
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • mini 4th of July cookies

Instructions
 

  • Fill the bottom of the cups with blueberries and raspberries.
  • Arrange the food on bamboo food picks.

Possible Combinations

  • Place a raspberry on a food pick and slide it to the top. Next, place a star-shaped piece of cheese. Then finish it off with a blueberry. Reverse the pattern to change up the look of each cup
  • Stack olives, salami, cheese, and pickles in various orders on the food picks. 
  • Place 2-3 picks into each cup.
  • Place tortilla chips behind the food picks. Be sure to include at least one red, one white, and one blue chip per cup.
  • Place a strawberry or other berries in front of the food picks.
  • Prop a mini festive cookie up in the front of each cup.
Keyword 4th of july, charcuterie cones

One Comment

  1. These charcuterie cups are so cute and what a fun idea, perfect for the summer coming up!

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