A wine and chocolate charcuterie board is a terrific dessert idea for adults. Serve a variety of flavored chocolates, nuts, and fruits for an easy party at home. Great for dessert tables, cocktail parties, girls night in, or date night.
Wine & chocolate party ideas
Looking for an easy dessert party idea for adults? How about a chocolate themed charcuterie board complete with wine.
This chocolate themed platter is filled with delicious chocolate and all the accoutrements that go so well with it. It’s perfect for tasting, grazing, and INDULGING!
This party isn’t meant to be stuffy or formal. The idea is to let guests choose small pieces of chocolate and taste it with a few different wines, as well as different fruits and nuts.
When to serve it
Any of these occasions would be perfect for a chocolate charcuterie platter. And what’s more celebratory than wine and chocolate?
- This would be a great idea for a small group of friends or girls night in.
- Wine and chocolate are great for a date night for two at home.
- Create a board for movie night and add some popcorn to the platter.
- Set up this chocolate dessert board at home after having dinner out at a restaurant.
- Add this for an easy cocktail party dessert platter.
- Include this with your at-home Valentine’s day ideas, a Valentine’s day dinner or Galantine’s celebration at home.
How to make a chocolate charcuterie board
Here are the essential ingredients you’ll need to fill your tray.
- Chocolate bars or bark – dark chocolate bars, dark chocolate bars with almonds, milk chocolate bars with toffee bits, etc.
- Bite size chocolate bites – caramel-filled chocolates, dark chocolate covered almonds, milk chocolate covered cashews, salted chocolate caramels
- Spread or Dip – peanut butter or caramel sauce
- Dried fruit – dried apricots or cherries, raisins
- Fresh fruit – strawberries and cherries, raspberries
- Nuts – cashews, peanuts, almonds
- Garnish – fresh flower buds or herbs
A good rule of thumb is the wine should be as sweet or sweeter than the chocolate. Otherwise, you can end up with a bitter taste.
You’ll also want to pair lighter or milk chocolates with lighter and sweeter wines like Zinfandel, Riesling, or Pinot Noir.
Fuller-bodied wines like Cabernet, Merlot, or Shiraz should be paired with darker chocolates.
How to taste
- The quality of your wine and chocolates should be good.
- Gourmet chocolate bars are readily available at many retailers, and you can break them up into bite-sized pieces for tasting.
- To add an extra layer of flavor, offer variations of the chocolate such as nut-filled, fruit-filled, and caramel or peanut butter-filled.
- As you’re tasting the two together, follow the steps below to get the best experience.
Start by tasting your wine and chocolate separately so you can fully appreciate how they pair together. Then follow these steps.
How to taste wine and chocolate together
Swirl your glass of wine to help aerate it and release the aromas.
Smell the wine for its bouquet.
Take a sip of wine as you smell its aroma.
Take a bite of chocolate and chew slowly, holding it on the tongue for a moment to taste the flavors.
As the chocolate starts to dissolve, take another sip of wine.
Let the chocolate & wine mingle together in your mouth before swallowing.
More chocolate party ideas
We have even more ideas to help you indulge in your chocolate craving!
- Host a ladies night chocolate party.
- Create a chocolate and cheese dessert board
- Prepare a beautiful dessert fondue platter
- Host an amazing wine and chocolate tasting party
- Dark chocolate bar with almonds
- Milk chocolate bar with toffee bits
- Caramel-filled chocolates
- Dark chocolate covered almonds
- Milk chocolate covered cashews
- Salted chocolate caramels
- Peanut butter (or almond butter)
- Dried apricots
- Fresh strawberries
- Fresh or dried cherries
- Garnish with fresh edible flower buds or herbs
- Place peanut butter in a small bowl in center of wooden board or tray.
- Place small bowls filled with chocolate bites evenly around the board. A triangle pattern works well.
- Arrange chocolate bars evenly around the tray, breaking some pieces apart.
- Place mounds of nuts and fruit to separate chocolate bars.
- Fill in gaps with more small bite size chocolate pieces.
- Garnish with fresh edible flower buds or herbs if desired.