Dessert boards have been having a long moment over the past year. As the owner of a big sweet tooth, I think the moment is well-deserved. I regularly incorporate sweet elements into my cheese and charcuterie boards so makingĀ  dessert board was the natural next step. I put together this Valentine’s dessert board for a night in with a few my girlfriends and Cute sweets and treat plus a bottle of wine (or two) is the perfect recipe for girls night, right? You can also do a dessert board like this one on a smaller scale for date night or double date night. Check out this guide to the perfect date night in and some date night in a box ideas for more inspo!

toasting sparkling water and red wine over dessert board

What to Put on a Dessert Board?

The beauty of building a cheese board, appetizer spread, or dessert board is that you can incorporate whatever you and your guests will like. I like a mixture of textures, colors, and tastes (sweet, salty, savory, etc.). Here’s what went into this Valentine’s dessert board:

  • 1 Bag Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
  • 1 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar
  • 1 Cherry Almond Chocolate Bar
  • 1 Bag Cherry Jelly Hearts
  • 1 Bag Conversation Hearts
  • 1 Box Heart-Shaped Cookies
  • 1 Bag Red Hots
  • 1 Box Smooch Cookies
  • 1 Bag Wrapped Peanut Butter Hearts
  • 1 Canister Pirouine Cookies
  • 1 Bag Twizzlers Bites
  • 1 pint Strawberries
  • 1 pint Blueberries
  • 10 ounces Almonds
  • 10 ounces Yogurt-Covered Pretzels
  • 1 Box Blue Diamond Pecan Thins
treats on a Valentine's themed dessert board
bottles of pellegrino and cabernet sauvignon on dining table
grabbing treats off dessert board

How Much Does it Cost to Make a Dessert Board?

I found all the valentine’s dessert board ingredients at my local HEB and dollar store and they totaled just under $30. Keep in mind that the full amounts of every component didn’t fit on the board I had leftovers of a few things. This is good for bigger gatheringsĀ  where it’s necessary to replenish as the night goes on.

heart shaped cookies on dessert board

 

lip shaped smooch cookies on dessert board

How to Build a Dessert Board

  1. If you’ve peeped my holiday cheese board or maybe this seasonal Trader Joe’s cheese board, you know the first step is to fill and place any ramekins. I use them for sauces or small ingredients that would be harder to grab–in this case, the almonds, conversation hearts, and red hots.
  2. Next, cascade the cookies. This will help give you an idea of how much space you’re working with and create boundaries for the smaller items like candy and berries.
  3. Then start filling in between the cookies and around the ramekins. To make your dessert board aesthetically pleasing, I recommend alternating items based on color. For example, no two red items next to each other.
  4. There’s no right or wrong way to build a dessert board so play with the placement of your ingredients as you see fit.
  5. Once you’re done, just add a bottle of wine and voila!

***I documented the whole process of building this dessert board on Instagram and you can watch the video here.

Valentine's Day dessert board
Valentine's candies on dessert board
black women holding kiss cookies

I hope this is helpful and inspires your Galentine’s or Valentine’s celebrating. Also be sure to check out how to host a Galentine’s spa night at home. Thanks for reading!

Signature Dash of Jazz

P.S More sweets for your sweetie:

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Valentine's Day themed dessert board
Valentine's Dessert Board
Prep Time
15 mins
 

A mix of classic Valentine's colors, textures, and sweet flavors

Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert board, dessert charcuterie board, dessert grazing board, dessert table, holiday dessert board, sweet appetizer ideas, Valentine's Day dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
  • 1 Ghirardelli 72% cacao dark chocolate bar
  • 1 Ghirardelli cherry almond chocolate bar
  • 1 bag cherry jelly hearts
  • 1 bag Brach's Conversation Hearts
  • 1 bag Red Hots
  • 1 box Smooch cookies found in the bakery section
  • 1 box heart-shaped cookies found in the bakery section
  • 1 bag wrapped peanut butter hearts
  • 1 canister Pirouine Cookies
  • 1 bag Twizzlers Cherry Bites
  • 1 pint strawberries washed and pat dry
  • 1 pint blueberries washed and pat dry
  • 10 ounces whole Almonds
  • 10 ounces yogurt-covered pretzels
  • 1 box Blue Diamond Pecan Thins

Galentine's Dessert Board