Charcuterie is having a real moment these days. It’s delicious, it’s easy to assemble, and it looks pretty great on Instagram

But if you thought that charcuterie ingredients were limited to the classics—meats, cheeses, nuts, and maybe the occasional jam—you thought wrong. There are plenty of creative twists you can put on a charcuterie board, and they don’t even have to be savory. It’s true! Sweet charcuterie is totally a thing, and it’s going to change the way you think about both charcuterie and dessert.

If you’re a big fan of chocolate, why not try a chocolate charcuterie board? Whether you put one together as a sweet treat for yourself or to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a loved one, it’s bound to be a delicious hit. 

This post is chock full of chocolate charcuterie board ideas. If you’re ready to fuel your sweet tooth, scroll on.

What Is a Charcuterie Board?

Before your mouth starts watering over chocolate charcuterie, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about charcuterie board basics. Traditional charcuterie is a selection of cured meats, as well as cheeses, fruit, vegetables, nuts, spreads, and other fixings. 

As charcuterie boards have gained popularity, people have attempted many creative variations, from breakfast charcuterie to Mexican charcuterie. Basically, if it’s served on a board and offers a variety of food for your guests to mix, match, and taste, you can call it charcuterie. 

Charcuterie boards are fun to serve at events and parties because they allow people to pick and choose their favorite bites. The more choices you offer on your board, the merrier—and that’s definitely the case with a chocolate charcuterie board. After all, can you ever have too much chocolate? 

Chocolate Charcuterie Board Ideas 

You may have never seen chocolate charcuterie on the menu at a restaurant, but there’s no time like the present to innovate on your own. Check out these delectable board ideas! Assemble them as is, or add a few other sweet snacks to kick them up a notch. 

Simple Chocolate Charcuterie 

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You can buy most of the ingredients for a chocolate charcuterie board already prepared from the store. (Via @grazesocialco)

If a simple traditional charcuterie board includes meats and cheeses, a simple chocolate charcuterie board includes a variety of chocolatey bites. Here are a few things you might consider putting in your chocolate charcuterie:

  • Plain chocolate candies 
  • Cookies 
  • Chocolate truffles 
  • Chocolate fondue with chocolate graham crackers 
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Pieces of chocolate bark
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate covered nuts 

Add some variety to your board by including a mix of milk, dark, and white chocolate. You might also offer your guests some nuts for a bite of salt or slices of fresh fruit for brightness. 

Chocolate Charcuterie for 2 

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Adjust the serving size of your board according to your guests and occasion. (Via @visit_south_jersey)

While a big chocolate charcuterie board can certainly make an impression, it’s probably a bit much for a cozy romantic evening or for a casual one-on-one hangout with a friend. In those cases, there’s nothing wrong with scaling down! Take your favorite chocolate snacks and desserts, get two of each, and arrange them thoughtfully on a plate or serving platter. Set the finished product out with fresh flowers and a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself the perfect chocolate charcuterie for two.

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Charcuterie 

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It’s hard not to love this Valentine’s Day chocolate charcuterie board. (Via @literallyrose_)

Not sure what to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Chocolate charcuterie might be the perfect way to mark the moment, whether you’ll be sharing it with your partner and kids or with a group of friends you love. Here are some extra touches to add to any chocolate charcuterie served on February 14.

Top it off with a handmade Valentine’s Day card, and you’re guaranteed to make your Valentines smile. 

Dessert Charcuterie Board 

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You can make a dessert charcuterie board with a little bit of everything. (Via @anamazinggrace)

So far, most of the chocolate charcuterie ingredients mentioned have been chocolate snacks and candies you can buy from a market or candy store and put on the plate in just a few minutes. If, however, you have a passion for baking and want to put it on display with charcuterie, a dessert charcuterie board will give you a chance to serve a wider range of treats. 

Whip up a batch of homemade truffles, chocolate croissants, brownies, or cupcakes, then consider these other items that would make the perfect addition to any dessert charcuterie selection:

  • Yogurt covered pretzels
  • Marshmallows
  • Soft cheese
  • Meringues 
  • Macarons 
  • Crackers 
  • Nut brittle
  • Shortbread

When it comes to charcuterie, there really are no rules. It’s all about putting your go-to desserts together and letting them be the star of the show. 

Don’t Forget to Make It Pretty!

As is the case with traditional charcuterie, much of the success of chocolate charcuterie comes down to presentation. No matter what you decide to serve in your sweet charcuterie, it’s important to take the time to arrange it so that it’s aesthetically pleasing. Your board will make a major impression if it comes out looking gorgeous! 

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Alli Hoff Kosik

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