How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board

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A dessert charcuterie board is a fun and festive way to enjoy Valentine's Day at home this year! Fill up a big board with your favorite sweet treats, fresh berries, chocolate candies, homemade treats like brownies or truffles, and satisfy your sweet tooth! It's a great, stress-free way to entertain for any holiday occasion!
Includes recommended vegan chocolates and candies; how to make chocolate covered truffles, strawberries and pretzels; and ideas for themed dessert boards!
Total Time: 1 hr
5 from 4 votes

With Valentine’s Day nearly here, and most of us staying home this season, I thought it would be fun to share how to build a dessert charcuterie board! It’s a fun and safe way to do something special at home with your special someone, or your family!

dessert board with berries, chocolates, and snacks

What is dessert charcuterie?

Charcuterie typically refers to a board of meat and cheese, sometimes with fruits and nuts, usually served on a cutting board and often for special occasions or as an appetizer. Since this is a vegan blog, we will not be having any meats and cheeses, but we will be having lots of dessert! And dessert is the best IMO.

A dessert charcuterie board is basically a board neatly arranged with sweet treats, candies, and fruits–usually individual-sized, finger food-style. The treats can be entirely store-bought, entirely homemade, or feature a mixture of both (which is what I did).

hand reaching for chocolate covered pretzel on dessert charcuterie board

What can you put on a dessert charcuterie board? 

Quite simply, any dessert you like! You can also tailor your board to meet a custom theme (my board fits a Valentine’s theme). More on that below.

I included a mix of fruit, store-bought vegan chocolates, and homemade treats on my board. In this section, I’ll share store-bought options.

Fruits

  • Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • Sliced apples or pears
  • Fruit skewers, such as grapes and cubed melon

Store-bought Treats

Here are some vegan chocolate treats to consider adding to your dessert charcuterie board. This section contains affiliate links.

Squares or blocks of dark chocolate. Below are a few of my favorite vegan-friendly dark chocolate bars. Some of these bars are certified vegan; others are not certified vegan do not contain milk products. The latter type would not be suitable for anyone with a milk allergy. For a comprehensive list of which varieties of chocolate bars are vegan, check out this post.

Bite-sized candies. Bite-sized, finger-food style candies are great for dessert boards. Here are a few good-quality, store-bought vegan-friendly options that I like. For reference, I have found all of these brands at Whole Foods and some of them at Sprouts Farmers Market.

raspberries and chocolate candies

You can also add non-chocolate candies (did you know Sour Patch Kids are vegan-friendly??). I didn’t include any, however, as I was going for an elegant, Valentine’s Day theme.

Cookies. Some store-bought cookies to consider including on your dessert board: gingersnaps, vegan graham crackers, and dairy-free creme-filled sandwich cookies.

Savory Snacks. You can also include savory/salty options for a nice balance to all the sweetness. Some options include pretzels, crackers, and salted nuts.

Homemade Treats 

You can also add a variety of homemade finger food-style treats to your dessert board. More on that in the next section!

Dips

If serving lots of strawberries, you might consider a nondairy whipped topping, like So Delicious Cocowhip. You might also consider a vegan Nutella dip, such as one of the following:

Homemade treats to add to your dessert board

Brownie bites. Make your favorite brownie recipe and cut them into tiny bite-sized squares. Want the most indulgent fudgy vegan brownies? Try these!

Chocolate covered strawberries. A must-have for Valentine’s Day). Instructions are below.

chocolate covered strawberries on board with other candies

Chocolate Truffles. If you’re making a dessert charcuterie board for Valentine’s Day, these Fudgy Beetroot Truffles are a really cute, festive treat! They’re a little messy to make (thanks, beets!), but sooo good (and pretty healthy). Or make the fudgy no-bake brownie truffles featured in the recipe card below.

Chocolate covered pretzel rods. Sweet and salty match made in heaven. Instructions are below.

chocolate covered pretzels on dessert charcuterie board

How to make and arrange a dessert charcuterie board

Start by arranging larger components and elements that you want to anchor the board, including any bowls that you’ll use for serving (e.g., bowls with dips or nuts). I like to create S-curves along the way for an arrangement that is pleasing to the eye.

When you’re almost done filling up the board, you’ll probably have some gaps or holes. Fill those in with smaller treats, like raspberries or small-sized candies. Finally, if you’d like, add some color and freshness. I used fresh mint leaves, but basil would also look nice.

How to add a theme to your dessert board

With a little planning and intentional shopping, you can customize your dessert charcuterie board to meet almost any holiday or special occasion.

Valentine’s Day 

  • Focus on reds and pinks (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries), and chocolates (like my board)
  • For natural red or pink color, try hibiscus powder, beetroot powder (also good in smoothies), and/or freeze-dried raspberries or strawberries (crush up the latter). You can roll truffles or bliss balls in these powders, or add them to frosting.
  • Insider tip: Eating Evolved chocolate bars feature the letters E-V-O-L-V-E-D on each of their squares. In case you didn’t get that, you can spell out LOVE in chocolate! (and all of their bars are vegan).

Christmas

  • Focus on whites, greens, and reds (strawberries, pomegranates, sugared cranberries, raspberries)
  • Include any Christmas cookies you’ve been baking!
  • Interested in vegan white chocolate? Try this brand. Or, Nestle even makes one!
  • Looking for vegan sprinkles? Try these cuties.

Mother’s Day

  • Mini muffins, bite-sized brownies, cookies, or even waffles
  • Fresh fruit
  • Edible flowers
  • Don’t forget the mimosa for mom!

Halloween

New Year’s Eve

  • Sparkly/sprinkled or white candies, cookies, or chocolates, or even boozy treats like this
  • Fancy chocolates from a local or online dessert shop
dessert charcuterie board with berries and chocolates

What do you serve a dessert charcuterie board on?

A nice wooden cutting board. Depending on how many people you’re serving, you can use a small, medium, or large-sized board.

I hope you found this post on building a dessert charcuterie board fun and informative!

How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board

5 from 4 votes
A dessert charcuterie board is a fun and festive way to enjoy Valentine's Day at home this year! Fill up a big board with your favorite sweet treats, fresh berries, chocolate candies, homemade treats like brownies or truffles, and satisfy your sweet tooth! It's a great, stress-free way to entertain for any holiday occasion!
Includes recommended vegan chocolates and candies; how to make chocolate covered truffles, strawberries and pretzels; and ideas for themed dessert boards!
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Dessert
Serving size: 1 dessert board

Ingredients

Dessert Charcuterie Board

  • Berries, sliced apples or pears, or fruit skewers
  • Dark Chocolate Bars
  • Vegan chocolate candies or other bite-sized candies
  • Mini cookies or brownies
  • Savory snacks (crackers, pretzels, salted nuts)
  • Dips, such as vegan Nutella or coconut whip
  • Fresh mint, to garnish

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries with stems on, washed and dried
  • 6 ounces vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate bars, chopped finely

Vegan Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

  • 8 ounces pretzel rods
  • 6 ounces vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate bars, chopped finely

Fudgy No-Bake Brownie Truffles

  • 1 cup Medjool dates (about 10 large dates)
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup raw pecans can sub almonds
  • 4 tablespoons tahini can sub smooth almond/cashew butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 3-4 ounces vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate bars, chopped finely

Toppings (Optional)

  • Freeze-dried raspberries, crushed
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Cacao nibs
  • Vegan sprinkles

Instructions

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • Wash the strawberries (leave the stem on) and dry well.
  • Melt the chocolate in in a double boiler on the stove. Or, melt in a tall heat-proof glass in 30-second intervals in the microwave, stirring after each round
  • Holding the stem of the strawberry, dip a berry into the bowl of melted chocolate, swirling the berry generously into the chocolate.
  • Place each dipped berry on a parchment paper- or wax paper-lined sheet pan. If desired, add sprinkles, shredded coconut, or cacao nibs while the chocolate is still wet. Let rest for about 30 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Vegan Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

  • Melt the chocolate in in a double boiler on the stove and transfer to a tall glass. Or, melt in a tall heat-proof glass in 30-second intervals in the microwave, stirring after each round.
  • Holding one end of the pretzel rod, dip as much of the pretzel as you can into the chocolate, rolling the pretzel several times until well coated. If desired, add sprinkles, shredded coconut, or cacao nibs while the chocolate is still wet.
  • Place each dipped pretzel on a parchment paper- or wax paper-lined sheet pan until the chocolate has set.

Fudgy No-Bake Brownie Truffles

  • Add the dates, walnuts, pecans, tahini or nut butter, salt, cinnamon, and cacao/cocoa powder to a food processor. Blend until you have a dough that comes together when pressed with your fingers. If the dough isn’t sticky enough, add a drizzle of melted coconut oil.
  • Roll the dough into bite-sized balls. Chill in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate in a small to medium bowl. Roll the chilled bites in the melted chocolate. If desired, roll the bites in desired toppings while the chocolate is still wet.
  • Transfer the bites to a plate or parchment paper-or wax paper-lined surface to set.

Assembly

  • Start arranging larger items and anchor elements on your cutting board, including any bowls that contain fruits, candies, etc. Then fill in the board with medium-sized and small-sized items, filling in any holes or gaps with the smallest items. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.

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4 comments on How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board

  1. Caryn

    Hands down, you’ve got the most elegant Dessert Charcuterie Board on the entire internet. Most definitely going to use this as a model for my next birthday dessert.

  2. Lina

    This looks insane, indulgence on a board.
    Thank you Nisha , you are such an inspiration.

  3. Jasmine

    Brilliant idea. Was wondering how to do V Day without breaking my diet too badly!!

  4. Joelle

    I LOVE this idea. It’s a struggle to get my husband and kids to eat a plant based diet but I do not think they will turn this down. Thanks for the creative fun

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