A Valentine’s Day twist to the classic snack board that will leave your loved ones in a sweet treat trance.
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Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day dedicated to celebrating love and affection. Is there a better way to show your love than to craft a charming snack arrangement of the sweetest treats? I think not! That is exactly what everyone looks forward to on this endearing holiday: sweet, sugary bliss. Instead of reaching for a generic box of chocolates at the store, let me show you how to make a Valentine’s Charcuterie Board that will delight any of your loved ones and leave them with hearts in their eyes.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
A charcuterie board is typically an arrangement of cheese, meat, crackers, and other finger-food snacks organized in an eye-pleasing manner and served on a board. A stylish snack board, if you will. I love making these boards throughout the year because they are just perfect for creating a moment to slow down and spend time with my family while we munch away on our favorite snacks. Which makes this edible arrangement an easy go-to for Valentine’s Day. However, I want to do a special twist on this classic and take it from a cheese board to a candy board.
A “Forget-Me-Not” Valentine’s Candy Board
The most fun part about these snack boards, besides eating all the yumminess, is setting them up and arranging the snacks in a charming display. They can be almost too pretty to eat. But how does one substitute the classic set-up of a cheese board to fit the candy theme for Valentine’s Day?
- Instead of crackers, go for cookies. I suggest using a mix of both crispy and soft cookies to compliment the other food textures on the board.
- Replace the usual finger foods with a wide variety of candies. Grab some soft candy, crunchy candy, sour candy, or whatever kind of candy you enjoy. Preferably the red, pink, and white versions, if available.
- Don’t forget the heart candy and, of course, the chocolate candies.
- To achieve a perfectly aesthetic Valentine’s charcuterie board, you might want to consider a mouth-watering centerpiece.
The Perfect Centerpiece for a Valentine’s Snack Board
For my charcuterie boards, I like to sometimes have a centerpiece in my arrangements. So, what is the perfect centerpiece for this lovely festive arrangement? Look no further than my chocolate-dipped strawberries! Why are my strawberries perfect? Because I have experimented and found the overall easiest solution to making the best chocolate-dipped strawberries. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for beautifully decorated strawberries and an easier prep and clean up process.
- A candy-melt pot easily outperforms a fondue pot in cooking, cleaning, and easier storing.
- For an aesthetically pleasing look, alternate dipping between melted pink candy melts and dark or white chocolate chips, then use an opposing candy color for the drizzles.
- Use pastry bags with the tip cut off for even drizzling.
- Don’t hold back on the sprinkles! I suggest using a mix of pink and red sprinkles and, of course, plenty of heart sprinkles.
- If you are packaging a charcuterie board as a gift, use small cupcake liners to separate each strawberry and keep them looking nice and neat.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Visit my chocolate-dipped strawberry recipe to see my whole process and to find my secret preparation trick to make the strawberries last longer, even after they have been dipped and decorated.
Celebrating Valentine’s At Home
With not as many people going out to celebrate nowadays, we are all on the lookout for cute and fresh ideas on how to bring festivity into our own homes, and especially into our kitchens. No matter who it’s for, this sweet candy board is a delightful way to remind your loved ones how special they are this Valentine’s Day.
- This candy board is a great treat for kids of all ages. Make a special arrangement of your kids’ favorite candies and cookies and it will absolutely make their day!
- Usually, celebrate Galentine’s with the girls but can’t this time? No problem! You can still safely package up a Galentine’s charcuterie board and drop it off. They will love it and adore how much thought you put into it!
- Stuck having to go to work on Valentine’s? Make everyone’s day better by surprising your coworkers with a thoughtful candy arrangement. Everyone knows workdays are much, much more enjoyable when someone brings food.
- Once the kids are tucked in for the night, it’s time to cuddle up and spend some intimate time with your significant other. Set up a special Valentine’s charcuterie board with their favorite sweets and treats, maybe grab a bottle of wine, and watch how their eyes twinkle with adoration.
- Celebrating solo? That’s ok too! Treat yourself to a special arrangement of your own favorite sweet treats, you don’t need a reason.
Goodbye Generic, Hello Home-Crafted
Times are changing and so are the ways we celebrate. It is ok to evolve traditions and try new things, especially in the kitchen! Say farewell to those lame chocolate box arrangements you find in stores that usually contain at least one or two undesirable flavors. Instead, go for a touch of homemade with love.
Even if you buy the candies and cookies in the store, you are taking the time to pick out and arrange your loved one’s favorite snacks in an awe-inspiring and mouth-watering display. And if you try out my method for the best chocolate-dipped strawberries as the main feature of your Valentine’s candy board, then you have at least one homemade food item in your setup.
This Valentine’s Day it is time for you to give your loved ones a gift made from the heart and crafted by your own hands. Whether it’s for your spouse, significant other, kids, friends, or coworkers, anyone and everyone will be speechless at the thoughtfulness you put into their Valentine’s charcuterie board gift…and also because they’re happily stuffing their face.
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
- Conversation Hearts
- m&m Valentine Mix Milk Chocolate Candy
- Cherry Sours Candy
- Reeses Valentine's White Creme Peanut Butter Hearts
- Voortman Bakery Sugar Free Wafer Cookies
- Cream De Pirouline Chocolate Hazelnut Artisan Rolled Wafers
- Heart Marshmallows
- Cinnamon Jelly Hearts
- Mothers Original Iced Circus Animal Cookies
- TWIZZLERS strawberry
- Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate covered strawberries
- Chocolate lips and hearts
- Clean cutting board.
- Fill heart-shaped bowls with candies and a cake stand with chocolate-covered strawberries.
- Position candy bowls and cake stand on the cutting board.
- Put Twizzlers and rolled wafers at the edges of the board.
- Place cookies in the middle and corners of the cutting board.
- Fill in the rest of the spaces with other candies.