Create a stunning Valentines Charcuterie Board filled with delicious sweets and treats for all of your special Valentines to nibble on!
A Valentines Charcuterie Board is a fantastic and visually beautiful way to celebrate this day of love with all of your most special people. Fill a Valentine Charcuterie Board with sweets like Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate-covered pretzels, and fresh berries, along with savory rosette salami, crackers, and cheese to make a truly special spread full of love.
Charcuterie boards are fun to put together and so pretty to look at that they instantly elevate the party mood! Themed charcuterie boards are even more fun, especially when each item is like a tiny Valentine’s card, like the ones we used to get at school as kids. This Valentine’s Charcuterie Board has plenty of sweet offerings, like strawberry Poky sticks, cinnamon hearts, and Hershey Kisses, and is balanced with a great selection of cheese, meat, and crackers, all of which are perfect for spoiling your special people!
White Chocolate Fudge is a festive and decadent addition to any charcuterie board, along with a wonderful Chocolate Fondue to dip all of those sweets into!
Other Recipes to Serve with Valentines Charcuterie Board
- For a fancy date night, Smoked Salmon Crostini is a gorgeous appetizer that really sets the romantic mood!
- A beautiful night requires a beautiful drink with a touch of whimsy so celebrate with a Champagne Float!
Meat: Create beautiful rosettes for the board with Genoa salami and be sure to include crowd-favorite prosciutto.
Fruit: Fresh strawberries and raspberries are perfect for this board but don’t be shy about including any other favorite fruit.
Cheese: Purchase a small wheel of Brie, along with aged white cheddar and mozzarella. The Brie can be left whole or cut into wedges. Mozzarella can easily be cut into shapes like rectangles or use cookie cutters to make other fun shapes like hearts!
Sweets: Include delicious treats like Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate hearts, strawberry Poky sticks, white chocolate-covered pretzels (AKA yogurt pretzels), cinnamon heart candiess, or any other Valentine-themed candy you like.
Crackers: For this Charcuterie Board you can use any of your favorite crackers, like Ritz, Townhouse, herbed crackers, etc. Offer a variety of crackers to create more visual interest.
How to Make a Valentines Charcuterie Board
STEP ONE: Begin by making the salami rosettes. For a large rosette, layer slices of salami over the rim of a wine glass, followed by two more rows.
STEP TWO: Flip the glass upside down where you want the rosette on the board and wiggle the glass a little for the rosette to settle in place. Repeat this process using a shot glass to make smaller rosettes.
STEP THREE: Place the wheel of brie on the board, either whole or cut into wedges, and then create rows or lines of crackers. Add small amounts of Proscuitto and cheddar cheese in different locations by the crackers.
STEP FOUR: Arrange the strawberries in one corner, with a handful of yogurt pretzels on each side. Add raspberries and chocolate hearts to the bottom corner of the board.
STEP FIVE: Arrange the Mozzarella hearts, Hershey’s Kisses, and Poky sticks around the board. It’ll be easier to let the Pocky sticks lay over the other items rather then make an entire spot for them. Fill in any empty spots with cinnamon heart candies.
Tips for Success
- Be sure to check out this great video tutorial on how to make perfect salami rosettes! They are simple to make and are the perfect addition to any charcuterie board so learning to make them will definitely come in handy!
- The larger items on a charcuterie board are known as the anchors so place them in different areas of the board and then use the smaller items, like the crackers, fruit, and cheese, to create rows and visual appeal.
- Include the sweets and treats that you and your Valentine(s) like the most! We all know how versatile charcuterie boards are fill it with special goodies!
How to make a charcuterie board for Valentine’s Day?
First, decide if you want a sweet board, a savory board, or a combination of the two. From there think about what seasonal treats are available, foods that can be found in red, pink, or white, or things your significant other REALLY loves to eat. Consider high-end items like shrimp or lobster, steak, asparagus, and fondue dip, for a fun grazing dinner. Serve with a beautiful wine or special champagne floats to complete the experience.
How do you put together a beautiful charcuterie board?
Think about colors that fit your theme or holiday (football team colors, pink/red/white for Valentine’s Day, etc), and start looking for items that fit that vibe. When it’s time to create your board, use larger food or items in bowls to anchor the board, such as a wheel of brie, salami rosettes, or bowls containing fruit, nuts, and jams. These items will provide the structure in which to arrange cheese, crackers, and sweets around. Don’t be afraid to add little touches, like cutting cheese slices into hearts or making homemade items like monster fudge or marinated olives for an extra special touch.
More Beautiful Valentine’s Ideas
- Pear, Caramelized Onion, and Brie Bites
- Tiramisu Dip
- Balsamic Steak Roll-Ups
- Mini Raspberry Mousse Cakes
- Sparkling Red Wine Sangria Recipe
- 36 slices Genoa salami
- 15 slices prosciutto thinly sliced
- 4.5 ounces brie wheel
- 4 ounces extra sharp white cheddar
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into thin rectangles
- 6 ounces strawberries
- 6 ounces raspberries
- Crackers any kind you like
- White chocolate covered pretzels
- Chocolate hearts
- Hershey kisses
- 1 packages strawberry Pocky sticks
- ¼ cup cinnamon hearts candies
- Make the salami roses by using a narrow wine glass for the larger rose. Create the first row by folding 1 piece of salami over the glass then add 2 other pieces to cover the whole rim. Add additional layers of salami all around the rim by adding about 15 more pieces. Flip the glass upside-down onto the board where you want to place your rose. Lightly hold the edge of the rose and wiggle the glass back allowing it to fall in place. Repeat the same steps to make two smaller roses using a shot glass with 9 pieces of salami each.
- Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts from the mozzarella slices.
- Place the brie wheel toward the center of the board. You can leave it whole, wedges into the wheel, or cut a heart into the top and fill the space with raspberry jam.
- Add crackers to the board arranging them from one corner to the other diagonally around the roses and brie. Add the prosciutto and cheeses around the roses and brie. I like to make the mozzarella hearts can be seen easily.
- Place some strawberries in one corner of the board and the raspberries in the opposite corner.
- Arrange the pretzels, chocolate hearts, and Hershey kisses around the board. Lay the Pocky sticks in 2-3 bundles around the board (it's oaky if they're laying over other items). Fill in any gaps with the cinnamon heart candies.