We sampled 136 snacks to find the best of the easy party snacks for holiday entertaining.

By Ananda Eidelstein
Updated November 19, 2018
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Easy party snacks are an entertaining essential. But what, exactly, are the best party snack ideas? To find out, we tasted over 100 products and picked the ones that help create the ultimate party platter or cheese board. We bit into a lot of crackers, sliced even more charcuterie, spooned into spreads, munched on nuts and cornichons, and cut into more Brie wedges than is possible to imagine.

The spread and nuts we chose provide a subtle sweetness to balance out the richness of the charcuterie and cheese, but the nuts also provide some textural crunch (as do the cornichons!). To build a jaw-dropping party platter, picking out a nice wooden board is the very first step. Then, place some of our picks, like the cheese and meat directly on the board. Feel free to use small jars, bowls, or plates for the cornichons, jams, or nuts. The crackers, especially long ones like our main choice, can lay elegantly on the board, stand them up in jar, or have a separate serving vessel for the crackers (and sliced baguette!).

The result is a delicious mix of salty, sweet, crunchy, crispy, tangy, and rich nibbles on a board that will keep everyone happy whether it’s a cocktail party or a pre-dinner snack. Now, where’s the wine?


Best Cracker: Rustic Bakery Olive Oil & Sel Gris Organic Flatbreads

These sophisticated crackers are plenty sturdy for cheese but pretty enough to serve alone.

To buy: $7 for 6 oz.; murrayscheese.com.


Best Spread: Stonewall Kitchen’s White Fig Spread

Serve this sweet and slightly tangy spread with soft or hard cheeses (or slather it on your morning toast).

To buy: $8 for 9.5 oz.; amazon.com.

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Best Cornichon: Les Trois Petits Cochons Cornichons

Tiny gherkins are pickled with pearl onions, mustard, and coriander seeds. Tart and crisp, they’re a welcome addition to cheese boards—or martinis.

To buy: $3.50 for 12.4 oz.; amazon.com.


Best Meat: Boar’s Head Bianco D’Oro Italian Dry Salame

Flecks of cracked pepper, subtle Italian spices, and wine make this pick bold but not overpowering.

To buy: $8 for 7 oz.; amazon.com.


Best Nuts: BobbySue’s Nuts Original

Lightly spiced almonds, cashews, and pecans are the stars of this savory-sweet mix. Bonus: A portion of all profits goes to funding animal welfare.

To buy: $10 for 8 oz.; amazon.com.

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 Best Brie: Marin French Cheese Baked Brie en Croute

Rich Brie made with milk from California dairies is wrapped in flaky dough from La Boulangerie de San Francisco. Reheat until warm and gooey for an instant showstopper.

To buy: $14.50 for 10.5 oz.; marinfrenchcheese.com.