Today, we’re sharing a fun entertaining idea to keep everyone happy: a chocolate and cheese dessert board!
I don’t know how it happened, but I somehow gave birth to a child with no sweet tooth.
While I crave cake and chocolate for dessert, my daughter is a steadfast “crackers and cheese” girl.
This chocolate cheeseboard is perfect for pleasing both of us – with a fun mix of chocolate nibbles, chocolate “crackers”, cheese that pair well with a variety of chocolate profiles, and just a couple non-chocolate additions to round things out.
There are a few tricks to putting together a successful cheeseboard:
- A couple contrasting options for each category (cheese, crackers, fresh options, etc)
- Have a “filler” – something that can be used to fill in empty space on the board
- Think about things that will pair well with the cheeses but also include “palette cleansers” to enjoy in between bites of cheese
Also, getting the right sized cheeseboard is key! A tiny cheeseboard works for 2 or 3, or if you’re serving it alongside another dessert option, but if you’re putting it out as a party platter or an appetizer for a crowd, don’t be shy – grab a big serving platter or even a cutting board!
For today’s cheeseboard, I basically just kept my eyes open while grocery shopping for fun options – and was surprised at all the options I found! To make your life a bit easier, I provided Amazon links to many of the products below so you can avoid that tedious “hunting” step.
These are all suggestions – feel free to be creative and swap them out based on what you’d like to snack on! (I also give some alternative suggestions below.)
Most importantly – have fun! Cheeseboards are all about creating a communal, party atmosphere and no one is going to care if it’s not perfectly balanced. Especially if you have a couple delicious cheeses on offer!
What’s on this Cheeseboard:
Goat Cheese, 200g
Applewood Cheddar, 300g
- Havarti, 250g
Can also swap in a spiced havarti, blue cheese, baked halloumi, etc.
- Prosciutto, 200g
- Mortadella, 200g
Can also swap in kielbasa, duck, etc. I personally love the contrast of the salty, fatty cured meats with the sweetness of the chocolate.
Rather than use traditional crackers, I mostly opted for chocolate cookies
Lille’s chocolate cookie thins, and Dare cookie thins would also be great dessert-type cracker options.
- Strawberries, 2 cups approximately
Can add in green grapes, clementines, dried apricots, etc.
- Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips, Classic
- Almonds, roasted
- Pistachio, roasted and salted
Can swap out for Sweet and Spicy Pecans, add in a scoop of Nutella, etc.
How to Assemble a Chocolate Cheeseboard
Place the cheeses roughly in each corner of the cheeseboard. I don’t like it to be too symmetrical or perfect, so I put the brie lower along the side and staggered the goat cheese and havarti so they weren’t perfectly aligned.
Cut a few slices of each cheese to allow for easy first snacks.
Fan out the meats and place in separate places on the board. I like the effect the prosciutto has when fanned and placed in the corner of the board.
Clean and place the strawberries along the brie.
Add in the crackers – you can stagger them throughout the board but I kept them close this time, so it made it obvious that the Brownie Brittle was intended to be used as a cracker.
Around the fanned prosciutto in the corner, I created a ring of pistachios, followed by a ring of chocolate-covered pretzels.
Fill in remaining gaps with the almonds, banana chips, coconut chips, and additional pistachios.
Grab your free printable for how to assemble a chocolate and cheese dessert board like ours:
Fruit and Vegetables: