Is hosting a party on your agenda this year? Then serving a Chocolate & Cheese Dessert Board is an easy and delicious way to impress your guests.
The next time you’re entertaining pull out your serving board, pick up some cheese, and grab a variety of chocolate because I’ve got all the tips you need to know. This is a great way to take the classic cheese board and turn it into dessert!
It’s as easy as unwrapping and placing food in a pretty display where guests can help themselves. Set out a cheese and chocolate board for happy hour with the girls, or for a delightful finish to a dinner party.
The trend in cheese boards gets an updated twist with this chocolate and cheese dessert board that’s perfect for stylish entertaining.
Tasting boards for a cheese & charcuterie party have been going strong for a few years. It’s no wonder. They’re a classic food option made popular by those smart Europeans who know how to enjoy the best things in life. And while I could practically live on those savory nibbles, sometimes a gal needs her chocolate!
I decided to create a chocolate & cheese dessert board in the same tradition as the appetizer boards. Incorporating lots of options, lots of variety, and lots of flavor! It’s sort of a mashup between a chocolate tasting party and an after dinner cheese course. And it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, date night, a ladies-night-in, or a dinner party.
If you love chocolate and dessert boards you’ll also love this dessert fondue platter for a fun night in. It has recipes for two types of dessert fondue, plus a gorgeous platter of dippers!
Check out all the details and options, and how I put everything together for this dessert board. I’ve included a full list of items below.
Set up a dessert board for easy and stylish entertaining at home
I’ll never forget one of the fancy dinners we had in France, where they served a cheese course after the meal. It was the first time we had experienced that tradition, and at the time we knew next to nothing about all the different cheeses. Serving a chocolate & cheese dessert board combines the best of both worlds.
For this board I got most of the items from Wegman’s. They have an amazing cheese department as well as confections, so it was easy to find plenty of options. They even have daily samplings of cheeses so you can try before you buy.
Choose a variety of mild flavorful cheeses that pair well with nuts and fruit for you chocolate and cheese dessert board
My tip for choosing cheese for a dessert board is to choose mild flavors, or those that have a fruity infusion. For instance, the goat cheese is flavored with cranberries, and the blue cheese is washed with wine. It’s also a classic pairing for fruits and honey. Brie is a classic dessert cheese option, and the Vermont artisan cheese was a fantastic palate cleanser. Simple water crackers are a good vehicle for the cheeses and let the flavors shine through.
Include different types of chocolate, from dark and fruity to white and nutty.
For the chocolate portion of the board I chose dark and white chocolate options, with fruit and nut infusions. There’s a mix of homemade bark, and gourmet commercial chocolates.
You can find really good chocolate bars at stores like HomeGoods, World Market, or even the local grocer. There are chocolates with dried fruit, with nuts, and with a variety of spices. I suggest picking out a few bars that might be out of the ordinary like chocolate infused with spicy cayenne pepper, or this homemade chocolate salami.
Assorted accouterments add interest to the dessert board
Just as a cheese & charcuterie board needs small accompaniments, so does a dessert board. Instead of olives and pickles though, serve sweet & spiced pecans and crispy cookies. Fresh and dried fruit is the quintessential pairing!
For a date night treat add a couple of heart-shaped donuts like the ones I picked up at Duncan Donuts. And the heart shaped goat cheese is adorable and delicious. These details make this chocolate & cheese board a wonderful addition to a bridal shower or engagement party too.
I think there are three components that you should include on a dessert board: chocolate, cheese, and fruit. Here’s how I incorporated those, and more.
Chocolate & Cheese Dessert Board menu
- Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark
- Dark Chocolate Pineapple Almond Ginger Bark
- White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Bark
- Orange-Peach Dark Chocolate Bites
- Dark Chocolate Almond Blueberry Swiss Bar
- French Brie
- Cranberry Goat Cheese “heart”
- Wine Rubbed Italian Blue Cheese with wine-soaked Cranberries
- Vermont Artisan Cheese
- Chocolate Cookie Crisps
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Crisps
- Cinnamon Raisin Bread
- Simple water crackers
- Hear-shaped donuts (for Valentine’s day)
- Sugared Pecans
Don’t forget the champagne for the perfect drink to serve with chocolate and cheese.