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The Trend That Took TikTok By Storm: All About Butter Boards

The Trend That Took TikTok By Storm: All About Butter Boards

The Trend That Took TikTok By Storm: All About Butter Boards

Butter boards have been one of the biggest food trends on social media lately and for a good reason! They are a fun and unique way to serve food at get-togethers. 

But what are butter boards, exactly? And how do they compare to charcuterie boards?

In this article, we will explore the origins of butter boards and their recent surge in popularity. We will also look at what goes into making a butter board and where you can buy one.

Finally, we will compare butter boards to charcuterie boards in terms of size and what foods and spreads are typically served on them.

What is a butter board?

A butter board is a small wooden board that is used to serve butter. The board is usually made of wood, but it can also be made of other materials like plastic or metal.

The butter board first became popular in 2017 when it was featured in Joshua McFadden’s cookbook Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables. It gained even more notoriety after a video featuring food blogger Justine Doiron went viral on her TikTok profile, Justine Snacks, in 2022.

The media praised Justine Doiron for popularizing the TikTok butter board trend.

Many more users would post videos of themselves making creative designs with butter on their boards. The trend caught on, and soon people were posting all sorts of videos featuring butter boards.

While the main purpose of a butter board is to serve butter, it can also be used to serve other spreads like cream cheese, peanut butter, or Nutella.

How to compare butter boards to charcuterie boards?

Another viral food trend; charcuterie boards are much larger than butter boards and typically feature a variety of meats, cheeses, and other snacks. But similar to a butter board, a charcuterie board also became popular on social media after people started posting videos of themselves making creative designs with the food.

In contrast, butter boards are smaller and usually only feature one type of spreadable food. But because of their size, they are much easier to transport and can be taken to picnics or potlucks.

Other viral food trends that can fall into this category are cheese boards, dessert boards, and other similar serving boards, platters, and various kitchen tools. 

So if you’re looking for a unique way to serve food at your next gathering, a butter board might be the perfect solution!

How do you make a butter board?

Making a butter board is simple! All you need is a small wooden board, some butter, and a butter knife set. (The butter is not mandatory, however! There are plenty of ways you can create a butter board that doesn’t add to your waistline.)

To make a design with the butter, start by spreading a thin layer of butter on the board ahead of time. Then, use the butter knife to create different designs in the butter. Some popular designs include swirls, flowers, and leaves.

Once you’re done creating your design, place the board in the fridge for a few minutes to allow the butter to harden, but just a little. Then, enjoy your beautiful butter board!

Butter board ideas

One butter board recipe we enjoy consists of softened butter, chives, and garlic. Simply mix these ingredients together and spread them on your board. Then, use a butter knife to create designs in the butter. This is a great recipe for a party because it’s both flavorful and visually appealing.

A more complex butter board recipe is to make a design with a different type of butter. For example, you could use one color of butter by mixing it with chili paste for the background and another color of butter for the foreground. This is a great way to add some extra dimension to your board.

The softened butter can be mixed with a wide variety of other ingredients, such as citrus zests, cayenne pepper, garlic cloves, dried fruits, or honey. You can also go for flaky sea salt, fresh basil, fresh rosemary, honey coriander seeds, pepper flakes, or any other herbs and spices you enjoy, all drizzled with honey.

Other butter board ideas include pumpkin seed butter with roasted garlic, sea salt, cream cheese, freshly ground black pepper, thinly sliced red onion, and a drizzle of honey.  

Another butter board recipe involves softened butter spread onto the board with a fresh herb like fresh basil or rosemary. Mix in some flaky sea salt, pumpkin seed oil, pepper flakes, and roasted garlic with a softer type of butter. Do this ahead of time but close to serving time, add some thinly sliced dried fruits or fresh figs.

The possibilities are endless!

To serve these delicious butter board recipes, serve them alongside sliced bread or toast. Bread and butter go together well, after all. Use a butter knife to spread the butter board recipe onto a slice of bread or toast, and enjoy! Crusty bread is, in our opinion, the best to have softened butter on it. 

Get creative and experiment with different flavor combinations!

Where to buy a butter board

Butter boards can be found online and in some kitchen stores. When purchasing a butter board, look for a durable material like wood or metal. You should also ensure that the board is the right size for your needs.

If you’re looking for a unique butter board, there are many options available online. For example, you can find boards made of wood, like walnut, cherry, or teak. You can also find boards that are engraved with designs or quotes.

No matter what kind of butter board you choose, make sure it’s the right size and made of durable material. With the right board, you’ll be able to create beautiful designs that will impress your guests!

That said, there are several factors to keep in mind when making a decision on where to buy a butter board. Among these, we can include the following:

Different butter board materials

Butter boards are made of different materials, such as wood, bamboo, glass, granite, metal, or even plastic. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks.

  • Wood butter boards: Wood is the most popular material for butter boards. Wood boards are durable and usually come in a variety of different colors and styles. One downside of wood boards is that they can be difficult to clean. That said, wood boards are the most aesthetically pleasing, authentic, and classic option.
  • Bamboo butter boards: Bamboo is a sustainable material that is becoming increasingly popular for butter boards. Bamboo boards are lightweight and usually have a smooth surface, making them easy to clean. One downside of bamboo boards is that they can be more expensive than other options.
  • Glass butter boards: Glass is a non-porous material that is easy to clean. Glass boards are also very stylish and can make a great addition to your kitchen. One downside of glass boards is that they can be breakable.
  • Granite butter boards: Granite is a natural material that is very durable. Granite boards are also heat-resistant, making them ideal for serving hot foods. One downside of granite boards is that they can be heavy and difficult to move.
  • Metal butter boards: Metal boards are durable and easy to clean. One downside of metal boards is that they can be cold to the touch. They can also be hard on your butter knife set.
  • Plastic butter boards: Plastic boards are the most affordable option. They are also lightweight and easy to clean. One downside of plastic boards is that they can be less durable than other materials, not to mention that they just look bad.

The most popular material for butter boards is wood because it’s sturdy and easy to find. However, some people prefer bamboo because it’s a sustainable material. That said, sustainably sourced wood is also a great option.

Sourcing of materials

The sourcing of materials is an important factor to keep in mind when choosing a butter board. Sustainably sourced materials are always the best option because they have a smaller environmental impact.

When it comes to wood, look for boards that are made out of FSC-certified wood. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, and it is an organization that promotes sustainable forestry practices.

There are also many bamboo boards on the market that are made out of sustainable bamboo. Make sure to look for boards that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or another similar organization.

When it comes to plastic, avoid boards made out of PVC or other harmful materials. Instead, look for boards made out of recycled plastic.

Size and shape

Butter boards come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. The size and shape of the board will depend on the type of food you want to serve and how many people you want to feed.

If you’re only planning on serving a few people, a small board will suffice. If you’re planning on feeding a larger group of people, you’ll need a bigger board.

As for the shape of the board, rectangular boards are the most popular option. However, you can also find boards in other shapes, such as square, round, or even heart-shaped.

Type of food

The type of food you want to serve will also play a role in choosing the right butter board. If you’re only planning on serving spreads and dips, a small board will do. If you’re planning on serving a variety of different foods, you’ll need a bigger board.

Charcuterie boards are usually larger than butter boards because they include a variety of different meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables.

Where to buy

Butter boards can be found at most kitchen stores or online. When shopping for a butter board, make sure to keep the above factors in mind. This will help you find the perfect board for your needs.

At Bali Teak Collective, we strive to educate our customers in the United States and Canada about the customs, culture, and unique craftsmanship of Balinese. While preserving sustainable forestry practices is important to us, protecting the jungles of Bali and its neighboring islands is essential to keeping these traditions alive.

We believe that by sharing our success with the mill workers and craftsmen who help make our business possible, we can continue honoring these leaves for years to come.

Our products are beautiful because they’re authentic. We’ll never sacrifice that, even if it means making less money. We’re involved in every step of the process, from the mills to the showrooms to your home. As the world gets smaller and more connected, our goal is to deliver a product that captures the beauty and mystery of this amazing island.


Like other types of serving boards, butter boards are a great way to serve a variety of different foods. They’re also lightweight and easy to clean. When choosing a butter board, make sure to keep the above factors in mind. This will help you find the perfect board for your needs. For more information, contact us directly!



The Trend That Took TikTok By Storm: All About Butter Boards