Another great casual dessert idea if you’re hosting a (smallish) dinner party: The giant chocolate slab.
This image features Guittard, a family-owned company from California, but there are now so many excellent chocolatiers that you can take your pick.
While you could also present a display of smaller, artisanal bars and allow guests to pick and choose flavors, I love the scale and drama of the oversized bar.
Put this on a tray or cutting board with a sharp knife, surround it with dried fruits and nuts, and voila! Do it yourself dessert. No oven required.
P.S. Feeling even lazier? You can customize your own chocolate bars here. S’mores bar with graham crackers and marshmallows? Yes, please.