Proper people call them by their real name, charcuterie boards, but the slang version, a sharkcoochie board, has been getting all the recent hype.

Now, charcuterie boards are getting a big ole Texas makeover. Enter "Jarcuterie Boards", stage left. One news station affectionately calls these "Lunchables for grownups" (I still like Lunchables, though, in fact, I have several sitting on a shelf in my fridge, some for my 9-yr-old daughter and some for me!)

Jarcuteries got their start in our neighbor to the east, Arkansas. A company named Noble Graze came up with the idea and it spread like wildfire. Since everything in Texas has to be bigger, badder (not proper English, I know), and gaudier than everybody else, the jarcuteries you'll find here will be over the top and extra yummy.

So what's in a Jarcuterie Board that makes them so unique (and the latest foodie craze all over Texas)? Layered charcuterie goodness, that's what. Fill your Mason jar, party cup, or what have you, with items like:

  • Nuts
  • Olives (green or black)
  • Chunks of your favorite cheeses (Gouda, Brie, Cheddar Cubes, etc.)
  • Meats (Cubed Ham, Cubed Turkey, Pepperoni slices, Salami slices)
  • Pickled Okra
  • Extras: Hummus cups, Your favorite Pepper Jellies, Nuts, Pita Chips, Water Crackers, Chocolate covered candies, etc.)

Basically, whatever you would display on a fancy-schmancy charcuterie cutting board, you can put it inside of a jar.

There are many benefits to loading up your delicacies this way: it's COVID-friendly, sanitary (because no one is double-dipping or touching your food but you), and you can take 'em to go!

Thrifty foodies are taking them to work for a snack, entrepreneurial types are turning them into new businesses, like this place in Houston and this talented lady on YouTube.

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