Chocolate Cheeseboard

Today, we’re sharing a fun entertaining idea to keep everyone happy: a chocolate and cheese dessert board!

   A dessert board perfect for your next party, movie night, or a special occasion! All the best parts of a traditional cheeseboard made even better with chocolate and fruit 

Chocolate Cheeseboard

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!

How to make the ultimate dessert board with chocolate, cheese, crackers and fruit

What’s on this Cheeseboard:

Cheeses:

Can also swap in a spiced havarti, blue cheese, baked halloumi, etc.

Meats:

Can also swap in kielbasa, duck, etc. I personally love the contrast of the salty, fatty cured meats with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Crackers:

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.

Fruit and Vegetables:

Can add in green grapes, clementines, dried apricots, etc.

Extras’:

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.

 

Pin this Chocolate Dessert Board for your next party or get-together with friends:

A step-by-step tutorial on how to make the ultimate dessert board - chocolate, cheese, crackers and fruit. Perfect for a party or special occasion

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Yield: 1 Cheeseboard, 10 servings or more

Chocolate Cheeseboard

Chocolate Cheeseboard

A fun dessert cheeseboard for Valentine's Day, Christmas, anniversaries, etc. Perfect for a date night in!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cheeses:

  • Goat Cheese, 200g
  • Brie, 250g
  • Applewood Cheddar, 300g
  • Havarti, 250g

Meats:

  • Prosciutto, 200g
  • Mortadella, 200g

Crackers:

  • Breton gluten-free crackers
  • Blue Diamond Grower's Pecan Nut Thins
  • Brownie Brittle
  • Banana chips

Fruit and Vegetables:

  • Strawberries, 2 cups approximately

Extras':

  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Prana Organic Chocolaty Bark
  • Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips, Classic
  • Almonds, roasted
  • Pistachio, roasted and salted

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Cut a few slices of each cheese to allow for easy first snacks.
  3. 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.
  4. Clean and place the strawberries along the brie.
  5. 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.
  6. Around the fanned prosciutto in the corner, I created a ring of pistachios, followed by a ring of chocolate-covered pretzels.
  7. Fill in remaining gaps with the almonds, banana chips, coconut chips, and additional pistachios.

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I hope your family or your guests love this creative take on a classic cheeseboard! 

For more fun entertaining ideas, check out our Crockpot Triple Hot Chocolate or our Mulled Wine recipe.

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