How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board

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Dessert Charcuterie Boards are the perfect thing to make for a party. You can tailor it to fit any theme, and there is always something for everyone. Make sure to check out our Fondue Charcuterie Board recipe below!

a charcuterie board with white chocolate, and milk chocolate and strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, bananas, pound cake, and brownie pieces

What is a Charcuterie Board?

Charcuterie boards (pronounced “shar-KOO-tuh-ree”) are a trend that I have seen popping up everywhere! “Charcuterie” is a French term for displaying a variety of cured meats, mostly pork. Originally they included things like salami, prosciutto, and sausages. Modern charcuterie boards can have any variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, olives, nuts, and sauces. Typically the boards are arranged in an aesthetically pleasing and abundant fashion. If you want to learn more about how to make a traditional charcuterie board, check out our recipe HERE.

So, What is a Dessert Charcuterie Board?

Since the idea of charcuterie boards have become so popular, people have taken the idea and run with it! Dessert charcuterie boards are arranged in the same smorgasbord style but with all sweets and treats instead of meats and cheeses. They are so fun and you can tailor them to any theme. I chose a Valentine’s Day theme since that is the next upcoming holiday. However, you can make one for Christmas, Easter, birthdays – pretty much any occasion.

a fondue fork dipping a banana in milk chocolate

Picking out Your Ingredients

It can be overwhelming to try and decide what to put on your dessert charcuterie board. I would suggest heading to a grocery store with a bulk section. That way, you can get a variety of ingredients without having to buy a huge bag of each one. Try to choose items with different sizes, textures, colors, shapes, and flavor. You want a little bit of everything – sweet, salty, crunch, creamy, chocolate, fruit, etc.

a fondue fork dipping a strawberry in white chocolate

Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas

There are so many delicious options for a dessert board! Feel free to use store-bought treats or make some of your own at home. Try some of our favorites and let us know your favorites below! 

  • ​Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Macarons
  • Brownies
  • Donuts
  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Candies
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers
  • Fresh Fruit – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana slices, orange slices, apple slices
  • Dips – caramel, chocolate ganache, cookie butter, Nutella

Valentine’s Day Dessert Charcuterie Board

A few years ago I made this Valentine’s Day Dessert Charcuterie Board for a Galentine’s Day party and it was a hit! Here’s what I used to make it.

dessert charcuterie board decorated with a variety of valentine goodies


  • 10 ounces hot fudge sauce recipe here
  • 14 ounces cookie butter or biscoff spread
  • 13 oz marshmallow fluff
  • 2 cups jelly beans
  • 2 cups gummy candy
  • 2 dozen macarons
  • 1 dozen meringue cookies
  • 1 dozen soft sugar cookies with icing recipe here
  • 1 dozen shortbread sandwich cookies with raspberry jam
  • 1 box Little Debbie Valentine’s Day snack cakes
  • 14 ounces Pirouette wafers
  • 2 dozen chocolate truffles recipe here
  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 2 dozen small heart shaped chocolate cookies
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 dozen strawberry creme wafers
  • 8 ounces English toffee recipe here
  • 2 cups conversation hearts
  • 10 oz pink, red, and white M&Ms
  • 1 cup sour cherry candies
  • sprinkles and chocolate roses for garnish


  • Start with your sauces and spreads. Pour out each one into a small bowl. Top with sprinkles (optional) and place on the board.
  • Fill two more bowls – one with jelly beans and one with gummy candy. Place them on the board.
  • Then, start arranging the bigger items on the board (cookies, meringues, snack cakes, etc). Make sure you aren’t placing like colors or like textures next to each other. Try to create different heights by stacking some items up while putting others out in a single layer.
  • Next, fill in open spaces with medium sized items (chocolate truffles, pretzel sticks, fresh raspberries, etc).
  • Finally, fill in the rest of the spaces with the smallest items (M&Ms, conversation hearts, chocolate roses, etc). You want your board to look very full and abundant, so make sure to fill every space and the edges of the board.

Measurements are approximate. I used an 18in x 24in board, but you can scale this recipe up or down depending on the size of your board. 

The serving size of 50 is approximate. This would provide a minimum of 2 cookies and about ¼ cup of candy per person.

a charcuterie board with white chocolate, and milk chocolate and strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, bananas, pound cake, and brownie pieces

More Sweet Charcuterie Board Ideas

Candy Charcuterie Board

If you like having friends and family over for a movie night or game night, then this Candy Charcuterie Board is perfect for you! With a combination of salty and sweet treats, this board is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. Customize this board to your tastes and make it the centerpiece of your next gathering. Everyone will love munching on this board while chatting, watching movies, or playing games!

Breakfast Charcuterie Board

If you are hosting a breakfast and need inspiration, then look no further! This Breakfast Charcuterie Board will please your guests eyes and also their taste buds. This snack board is full of breakfast favorites and is perfect for holidays like Easter, Christmas morning, or Mother’s Day. Customize everything to your liking and enjoy all the different waffle and topping combinations.

A breakfast charcuterie board with waffles and waffle toppings
Breakfast Charcuterie Board
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Set up a DIY breakfast charcuterie board with these step by step instructions. This project is perfect for a party and is sure to impress.
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Halloween Charcuterie Board

Creating a Halloween charcuterie board is a fun and festive way to share a fun Halloween snack board. That’s why I love this Halloween Charcuterie Board. It’s the perfect party food because there is a little something for everyone. We’ve got sour, sweet, chocolate, fruity, and salty!

A halloween charcuterie board covered in candy and spooky treats with a skeleton in the middle.
Halloween Charcuterie Board
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This Halloween Charcuterie Board makes the perfect centerpiece for any gathering of ghosts and ghouls! Ditch the traditional meat and cheese board for one filled with chocolates and candy. 
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Christmas Charcuterie Board

Usually my family has a big dinner on Christmas Eve, and then for Christmas Day we just kind of graze on leftovers and appetizers. I love making a Christmas Charcuterie Board like this because I can just set it out while we are visiting or playing games and everyone gets to pick and choose what they want. It is like a combination of a cheese board and a dessert! It is also great for holiday parties and gatherings.

Part of a Christmas Charcuterie Board on a wooden try with gold handles
Christmas Charcuterie Board
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This Christmas Charcuterie Board is full of cheese, meats, and treats! It makes a great addition to any holiday gathering, large or small. 
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More Charcuterie Board Ideas

Charcuterie boards are so easy to make and always make for an impressive spread. Bring one of these and you will easily be the star of your next party!

How to Make a Fondue Dessert Charcuterie Board

We love Dessert Charcuterie boards in every theme, but this Fondue Charcuterie Board is one of our favorites! It is perfect for a night cuddling up on the couch or for a game night with friends!

a charcuterie board with white chocolate, and milk chocolate and strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, bananas, pound cake, and brownie pieces

Fondue Dessert Charcuterie Board

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This is the ultimate fondue dessert charcuterie board and perfect for date night or game night! Plus it can be customized to your taste.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 people



  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 16 ounces pretzels
  • 16 ounces marshmallows
  • 13 ounces brownie bites
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 3 bananas sliced
  • 10 ounces angel food cake cubed


  • Place milk chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir well between each interval. Repeat with white chocolate chips. Place on board.
    a bowl of melted white chocolate and a bowl of melted milk chocolate
  • Fill in space on the board with all remaining items.
    a charcuterie board with white chocolate, and milk chocolate and strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, bananas, pound cake, and brownie pieces
  • Serve with fondue forks.
    a fondue fork dipping a strawberry in white chocolate


  • Nutrition Facts are approximate and based on splitting the board evenly.
  • Don’t forget to wash and dry your serving tray before making your board.
  • Keep extra supplies nearby to refill the board as people snack from it. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 286mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. This is not Charcuterie. The word Charcuterie is French. Its a board that has cold sliced MEAT. Not desserts. Just call it a dessert board.

    1. You’re absolutely right. We use the term “Charcuterie” for this board because it is what people are searching for online, and it helps them to find our ideas.