Entire Tray of Veggies Covered in Chocolate, Because This is America

This is the perfect Independence — or any other — Day recipe for those of you who can’t decide whether you want to make an appetizer or dessert to take to that blazingly-hot cook out.

It’s a desstizer. It’s an appessert. It’s a chocolate-covered veggie tray! Significantly easier than the labor-intensive cake balls that you were considering, but also significantly less of a cop out than that bag of chips you had your eye on.

The variety of veggie is up to you and your local grocer. I snagged a pre-made tray (no shame in my game) because not only did it have veggies, it had cheese and bits of meat too. Deluxe!

Chocolate-Covered Veggie Tray


  • Pre-made veggie tray, or an assortment of vegetables (e.g., carrots, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes)
  • Bits of cheese and meat (optional)
  • Chocolate and white baking bark
  • Ranch dressing (not optional!)


  1. Coat your assortment of veggies (and meats and cheese if you want to roll hard like that) with the chocolate of your choice.
  2. Let chill and display in a pretty way.

A few pointers: Don’t use celery. I actually tossed the celery from my tray and added in sliced peppers instead. Cheese = white chocolate. Meat = chocolate. Veggies = why not do a mix?

And yes, I highly recommend dipping all of your chocolate-covered treats in Ranch dressing. Why? Because you can. God. Bless. America.