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Sugar is probably the main culprit of holiday weight gain. All those cookies, cakes, and pies are delicious, but they’re not doing our waistlines any favors. That could be why people are moving out of gingerbread houses and into something more savory.

If you want to change up your festive snack game this holiday season, why not try your hand at a “charcuterie chalet?” It’s like a charcuterie board – a spread of meats, cheeses, fruit, etc. served on a wooden or marble board – except it’s in the shape of a house. So how do you make one? Southern Living has some helpful DIY instructions, but here are the basics:

  • Find your foundation: A traditional charcuterie board is made from wood or marble.
  • Choose your ingredients: You can use breadsticks, crackers, pretzels or any sturdy snack materials for the frame. Then pick the meats, cheeses, olives, fruit, and even nuts with which you’ll build your chalet. Soft cheeses or cream cheese can work as “glue” to hold things together.
  • Prep your building supplies: You may need to cut everything to get them in the right shapes and sizes before construction can proceed.
  • Build your charcuterie chalet: Assemble your ingredients into the snack shack of your dreams. Some folks even landscape with herbs as little trees and make snowmen out of cheese.
  • Don’t forget to refrigerate: Unlike a gingerbread house, your charcuterie chalet can’t sit out all day. Put it in the fridge after it’s assembled so that it will be safe to eat later.

Here are a few examples I found on Twitter: