Let’s talk charcuterie boards! This variety of meats, cheeses and accompaniments is generally served as an appetizer, or pre-dinner snack, featuring salty, savory, crunchy and sweet components. Charcuterie boards are an fuss free way to feed party guests, or to enjoy with a small group of friends over wine and catch up time. They’re easily my favorite appetizer and can be adjusted to meet dietary needs.
Although I usually make savory boards; like the one I shared last summer, Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day have me craving something sweet. So today, I’m sharing tips for the ultimate dessert version of a charcuterie board that has many fruity, and festive components fitting for the holiday!
This Valentine’s Dessert board, is a modern twist on typical treats for the occasion, featuring all the delicious and decadent options the heart desires. Plus, there’s no baking required and you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen prepping as you might with some other homemade V-day treats.
Dessert boards, like charcuterie are quick to assemble and large enough to feed 4-6, but also a good size for 2, with a movie and a glass of your favorite wine or bubbles, post dinner.
So if you’re planning to stay in and are not sure what to make for your Valentine tomorrow, check out the tips below to create a sweet dessert board of your own! And if Valentine’s Day’s not really your thing, this sweet board will be a great alternative way to practice self care, because, you deserve to treat yourself!
How to assemble a Valentine’s Dessert Board
To make the board, I used treats that I had pre-made and froze, but store-bought is also an option.
Choose a theme (in this case Valentine’s Day). The theme will allow you to determine a color scheme for the board. Today’s board is made with a variety of pinks and reds to represent the holiday of love.
Opt for 2 fruit elements such as strawberries, raspberries and/or dragon fruit.
Incorporate 2+ dessert elements, such as macarons, madeleines and/or brownies.
Chocolate squares are a must (dark chocolate in this case) for any dessert board.
Include an option for dipping or spreading like jams, melted chocolate and/or coconut whipped cream.
Round out the board with crunchy cookies of choice (get the recipe for my dipped sugar cookies here,) graham crackers, marshmallows and almonds.
Add an element of surprise like candy, hibiscus flowers or edible blooms to cleanse the palate.
Serve with sparkling juices, wine or bubbles.
A selection of festive fruits and desserts make up this delightful board. Perfect for celebrating any sweet occasion!
- 1 marble board, wood board or platter.
- Fresh strawberries or raspberries.
- Fresh dragon fruit or fruit of choice cut into cubes.
- 1 6 oz package of dark chocolate almonds.
- 8 oz melted dark chocolate for dipping.
- 6 oz dark chocolate sea salt squares.
- French macarons of choice.
- Graham crackers and sugar cookies (I used the neapolitan dipped cookies and will link the recipe)
- Festive heart shaped or pink and red candies.
- Edible blooms of choice (like roses or hibiscus flowers) for garnish.
- Start by arranging the strawberries and dragon fruit on the board. Place them on opposite ends of each other for visual appeal.
- Place the chocolate almonds next to the berries in two different places on opposite sides of the board.
- Place the melted chocolate in a dish near the fruit.
- Layer one side of the board with cookies of choice and the other side with graham cracker squares.
- Fill the empty spaces and corners with candies, chocolate squares, macarons and marshmallows.
- Garnish with fresh blooms.
- Serve with small appetizer forks, and picks, knives, plates and don’t forget the wine!
- Happy Valentine’s Day!
Choose gf and vegan options to meet dietary needs.
- Serving Size: 4
Most items on this board can be prepped in advance. Just melt the dark chocolate right before serving so it’s a good temperature for dipping.
This is such a pretty dessert to serve for any occasion! In addition to being delicious, there’s something for everyone to choose from!
Candies and cookies, macarons and fresh fruit. So what’s your favorite component?
Thank you all for reading and for the kind support here! I wish you a sweet holiday, if you’re celebrating!
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