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dessert board with berries, chocolates, and snacks

How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board

Nisha Vora
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!
5 from 4 votes
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Servings 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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