Charcuterie boards are one of the best food inventions—ever. Who doesn't enjoy a collection of different delicious finger foods piled on a board?

We really thought charcuterie boards could not get any better. But, apparently, we were wrong.

Enter dessert charcuterie boards. For those with a sweet tooth, dessert charcuterie boards are the perfect alternative to the traditional spread of meat, cheese, and accoutrements like cornichons.

Why choose only one dessert when you can have many? With dessert charcuterie boards, we get to throw together a bunch of different yummy sweets for a sugar-filled fun fest. A great choice for a festive, cheery, and unique addition to any party, gathering, or Friday night at home alone.

Guide to Dessert Charcuterie Boards

colorful candies and jellies as background

One of the (many) awesome things about dessert charcuterie boards is how many different options there are. You can literally design one with whatever desserts suit your fancy. Sometimes people use certain themes (think chocolate-, caramel-, holiday-, or sour-themed). Other times, it's just a hodge-podge of favorite sweet goodies.

To get you started, below are some ideas of deeeelicious dessert charcuterie boards that are sure to be winners.

Lovey-Dovey Dessert Board

Flat lay. Step by step. Cheese board with candies and cookies for Valentines Day.

This could be a really cute option for a date night or Valentine's Day. Toss on some sprinkle- and frosting-covered animal cookies. Whip up (and decorate, if you're up for it!) some chocolate-covered strawberries. Make or some sugar cookies and red velvet peanut butter blossoms. And add a few wafers, some licorice, a bowl of gummies, and any other red, pink, or white candies you can think of.

Super romantic, super sweet, super tasty.

Festive Dessert Board

Christmas sweets platter. Christmas fruit cake, candy, chocolate, candy cane, cookies, fruit on black tray. Christmas food concept.

This one's got some serious variety. Throw together some chocolate-covered nuts, marshmallows, and gummies. If you're a fruit cake fan, that's a great addition. A donut (or more!) is a safe bet for yumminess. If it's the holidays, toss on some candy canes. And if you'd like to add a healthy option, include a bunch of grapes.

It's a something-for-everyone dessert board!

Hot Chocolate Dessert Board

Hot chocolate, marshmallows, chocolates and cookies charcuterie board on pink background. Closeup view, horizontal orientation

A hot chocolate dessert board is the perfect thing for cold-weather gatherings. Though, really, we like it for any time of the year. The fun (and delicious) part of this board is that everything on it can be dipped in the hot chocolate for some extra chocolatey goodness in every bite!

Hot chocolate is obviously a component of this one. Marshmallows are also a must. Then throw together an assortment of cookies, wafers, caramels, and chocolate-covered anything.

It's the coziest charcuterie dessert board out there.

Patriotic Dessert Board

Patriotic red white and blue charcuterie dessert grazing platter with fruit, chocolate and candy for independence and national holiday celebrations. Negative copy space.

Feelin' patriotic, or looking for something to sweeten up a Fourth of July party? Here's just the thing.

This red, white, and blue dessert board is both thoroughly American and unbelievably cute. For the blue, use some blueberries and blackberries, as well as any blue candies you can get your hands on. For the white—wafers, white chocolate bars, meringue, and white chocolate-covered anything are perfect. For the red, try some red grapes, strawberries, raspberries, peppermints, and any other red candies you can find.

Bonus: It works for British or Australian-themed parties, too!

Easter Dessert Board

Easter sweets tray with an assortment of desserts and candy. Top view over a white wood background. Spring holiday food concept.

In terms of holiday-themed dessert charcuterie boards, this Easter and spring-themed board might be the absolute cutest. It's up to you whether to attempt to hand-make a bunch of cutesy sweets or if you'd rather search them out online or at the store. Either way, there are a few must-adds for a springy, Eastery assortment.

Bunnies are a must—and some bright, yellowy chicks are also essential. Toss on some carrot candies or cookies. Easter egg sugar candies or chocolates are perfect additions. Add any other flowers, plants, animals, or spring-themed treats. Go all out by making haystack egg nests or including edible grass.

Chocolate, Fruit, and Nuts Dessert Board

chocolate dessert with nuts and citrus on the kitchen board

Hoping to put together something a little more classy? Try a chocolate, fruit, and nuts dessert board.

There are so many ways to go with this type of dessert board. But a big chocolate dessert or cake to start with is great. Add some sliced oranges or a collection of grapes or berries. Include a chocolate bar or chocolate candies. Finally, throw on some walnuts or pecans, and you've got yourself an easy but fancy dessert charcuterie board.

Happy, Scrumptious Holidays Dessert Board

Happy Holidays Christmas large dessert grazing platter charcuterie board with gingerbread, chocolate and shortbread cookies with black and gold theme flat lay.

What's the best time for desserts and all things festive? The holiday season. You're sure to be a popular holiday party host if you include a holiday dessert board for your Christmas (or other winter holiday) party.

Gingerbread is an obvious and essential part of any holiday dessert board. Peppermint, candy canes, and peppermint bark are also a jolly good idea. Christmas sugar cookies would add some color and festivity. Chocolate candies or cookies will help satisfy your chocolate-fiend guests. For some more holiday-themed goodness, add some oranges—or, better yet, chocolate oranges.

Serve it to your holiday guests—and leave the leftovers out for Santa!

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