Corporate Event Desserts —No Chocolate Fountains Allowed
Maybe it is the depth of flavor, maybe it is the nostalgia of childhood snacks, but chocolate is a widespread favorite flavor. Designing events that include desserts means staying on top of trends, considering your audience, and usually including lots of chocolate. Corporate event dessert options are growing as attendees expect to be wowed with the latest and greatest take on sugary treats, but how do you choose the best sweets for your event?
In honor of National Chocolate Day, we are tackling our best tips for incorporating chocolate into your event theme and choosing desserts that are just right for your event profile.
A Little More About Chocolate:
- It takes two to four days to make a single-serving chocolate bar.
- Around 70% of cacao comes from West Africa.
- Cacao was so coveted by early Mesoamericans that they used it as currency.
Cacao beans are full of phytonutrients, which act as antioxidants and provide additional benefits.
Tying Chocolate Into Your Event Theme
You don’t have to relegate chocolate to simply another dessert offering; there are lots of ways to let your event guests dig into the complex and fascinating details of chocolate.
- Chocolatier For A Day
Give attendees the experience of watching talented chocolatiers perform their craft and making chocolate with a sweet hands-on activity. Guests will melt, smooth, and decorate their own creations while networking over a fun shared experience.
- Chocolate Tasting
Similar to a wine tasting, a chocolate tasting can awaken your palette to subtle differences in types and qualities of chocolate.
- Chocolate Pairing
Going all the way with a chocolate pairing can be a great networking or team building event. Whether paired with other foods, wine, or a recent favorite beer, everyone will enjoy trying adventurous combinations.
- Fair Trade Education
For the companies who want to take on the social responsibility side of chocolate, a presentation on the cocoa industry will be eye-opening to attendees. Fair Trade chocolate products adhere to strict labor, environmental, and ethics standards that prohibit slavery and child labor and ensure cocoa growers receive a steady income—definitely a sweet movement to support.
Choosing The Right Dessert For Your Event
Since each event is different, your corporate event dessert should reflect the unique experience you strive to give attendees. Just like every other aspect of event planning, dessert trends change often and you want to keep up, which means saying no to the tired chocolate fountains that event goers have come to expect. Planning events with success often comes down to these small details that guests remember—and share on Instagram. We love collaborating with chefs and caterers to develop memorable menus, so we have developed some helpful tips for picking the right dessert every time.
- Keep It Consistent
When choosing your dessert options, ensure your desserts follow the rest of your menu in theme and style. Look for balance and complementary characteristics, such as chocolate tiramisu after an Italian buffet.
- Consider The Space
Don’t force your event attendees to figure out how to cut their dessert on a plate when there isn’t seating around. Eating at professional events can breed some awkward situations, so plan your menu to make it as easy as possible.
- Follow The Dress Code
Being aware of guests’ dress code is a good way of gauging whether a dessert is appropriate. No one in a formal gown wants to unwrap a cupcake and figure out how to eat it while maintaining decorum, and an overly sophisticated dessert might not be appreciated at a more casual meeting.
- Think About The Time Crunch
Many corporate event dessert tables are plagued by tight schedules, so you can get ahead of this problem by providing easily transportable options. Small-batch chocolate popcorn boxed and ready, chocolate cookies tied up in pretty packaging, and hot cocoa bars would all make perfect additions to a grab-and-go dessert station.
- Have An Eye For The Right Trends
All the sparkly, perfectly posed Instagram pictures you will see during your dessert trend research can be blinding, but don’t let them fool you. Trendy additions should elevate your event design, not overshadow it or make it less functional (we’re looking at you, deconstructed desserts). Choose the trends that make sense for your venue, crowd, and menu instead of forcing a puzzle piece that just won’t fit.
Planning your next corporate event dessert can be sweet when you have experience on your side. Omnience ™ event professionals have a passion for including smile-inducing details into events, and we know how to execute them for success. Whether you need help coordinating with caterers or designing a space, let us know how we can support your next event.