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How to Make a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

Valentine’s Day charcuterie board filled with delicious desserts, fruits, and cheese. Perfect for a romantic evening at home or a girls’ night.

A Valentine’s Day charcuterie board is a great way to celebrate the holiday of love at home. Fill the board with delicious desserts, fruit, cheese, and other snacks. Use snacks that are red or heart-shaped to make it extra festive. It’s perfect for a date night or a night with your best girlfriends.

Valentine's Day charcuterie board arranged on a large rectangular wooden board.

Make a small snack board for a romantic Valentine’s at home with your love. Or a large board to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your best friends.

What’s On This Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Salami
  • Round Crackers
  • Apple
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • White chocolate pretzels
  • Macarons
  • Heart-shaped Hershey’s chocolates
  • Hershey’s Kisses (Valentine’s colors)
  • SweeTarts Conversation Hearts
  • Pink Sixlets
  • Red lollipops

Serve this board with a Valentine’s Day cocktail, like the Love Martini!

How to Assemble a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

Beautiful boards are an excellent way to celebrate a holiday or special occasion. They are full of delicious sweet treats, hard cheeses, and fresh fruit. This Valentine’s Day Board contains classic charcuterie board ingredients, as well as themed candy, fruit, and heart-shaped treats.

Heart-shaped bowl full of SweeTart conversation hearts on a Valentine's Day charcuterie board.

It’s arranged on a large rectangular wooden board. Work in groupings from large to small items. Large items include cookies, whole fresh strawberries, and slices of apples. Next, place the slices of cheese, meats, and other traditional charcuterie. Finally, place the chocolate hearts. The chocolates have colorful wrappers so they are great for filling in empty spaces and adding color to the board.

Step One – Place four heart-shaped bowls spaced out on the board. Fill the bowls with smaller items, like small candies or berries. These small bowls contain SweeTart Conversation Hearts, pink Sixlets, and blackberries.

Styling the Fruit

Step Two – Arrange all of the fresh fruit for the Valentine charcuterie board together. Stack whole strawberries above the heart-shaped bowl of blackberries. Strawberries are synonymous with Valentine’s. Plus, they add a bright pop of red to the board. 

Step Three – Next, cut an apple and arrange the slices in the shape of a heart. To create a heart apple, cut a round red apple in half. Then, slice one-half into thin sections. Push the center section down and the outer sections up until they resemble a heart. Use this apple heart tutorial if you need a visual guide! It’s simple but a fun way to serve fruit.

Valentine's Day charcuterie board on a large rectangular wooden board.

Step Four – For the remaining apple, use a small heart shape cookie cutter or vegetable shape cutter to cut out little hearts. Place the little apple hearts in various places across the charcuterie board.

Styling the Charcuterie

Step Five – Next, style the cheese and meats on the grazing board. Start with a variety of hard cheese. Cheddar is one of my favorite cheeses, so I include it on almost every board I make. This board uses cubed cheddar cheese. Slices from a wedge of manchego or gouda fanned across the board are a great addition to a delicious charcuterie board as well.

Step Six – Use thin slices of herb-crusted salami to create beautiful salami roses. The roses are stunning on any board but are especially fitting for a Valentine’s charcuterie board. Use my tutorial for creating salami roses.

A salami rose on a Valentine's Day charcuterie board.

Step Seven – Fill in the space around the salami roses with pepperoni, or another meat of your choice. I chose pepperoni because this is a family board and my kids love it. 

Step Eight – Then add some round crackers for a savory crunch! The key to a beautiful board is to incorporate a variety of textures.

Choosing Desserts and Candy

No Valentine’s Day snack is complete without chocolate and sweets! Keep with the Valentine’s Day theme and use pink, red, or heart-shaped desserts. I used Valentine’s Day bags of Hershey’s Kisses and heart-shaped chocolates for my board. The wrappers for both chocolates are red, pink, and silver. 

Macarons are a great cookie for charcuterie boards. They come in a variety of colors, look beautiful, and taste even better. Some local stores even sell heart-shaped macarons around Valentine’s. I used chocolate, coffee, raspberry, vanilla, and lemon macarons on this board. Another fun option is sugar cookies with pink icing and sprinkles—or chocolate chip cookies with Valentine’s M&Ms. 

Step Nine – In the lower-left corner of the board, stack macarons or other cookies. Arrange them lying flat and on their sides.

Step Ten – Create a pile of chocolate hearts and candy in the upper left corner.

Chocolate, raspberry, vanilla, and lemon macarons stacked on a Valentine's Day charcuterie board.

Step Eleven – Fill in any remaining space on the board with white chocolate-covered pretzels. They are the perfect balance of sweet and salty. And they add a bright visual contrast. 

Step Twelve – Tuck red and white lollipops into the board as well. They complement the color scheme and are so much fun!

Step Thirteen – Fill in any remaining space with additional chocolate candy.

Alternative Food for a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

  • Manchego
  • Soft cheese like Brie or goat cheese
  • Pink fruit, like raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • Fruit dip
  • Nuts
  • Valentine’s m&m
  • Cinnamon hearts
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
Valentine's Day charcuterie board on a large wooden cheese board.

What Size Board Did You Use?

My rectangular board is 18″ x 14″. I purchased the board at HomeGoods. It’s a great place to find affordable cheese boards! I’ve provided links to similar boards, a heart-shaped board, and heart-shaped dishes. I also linked to the shape cutters that I used to cut the little apple hearts.

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Serve this fun charcuterie board with a glass of wine, or a fun cocktail like a rose spritzer. It’s a festive way to serve a variety of cheeses, treats, and fun to those you love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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valentine's day charcuterie board

Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

Valentine's Day charcuterie board filled with delicious desserts, fruits, and cheese. Perfect for a romantic evening at home or a girls' night.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Charcuterie
Servings 6 people


  • 1 18" x 14" charcuterie board
  • 4 heart-shaped bowls
  • 1 heart-shaped vegetable cutter



  • cheddar cheese
  • salami
  • pepperoni
  • round crackers


  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • 1 red apple


  • macarons
  • Valentine's Hershey's Kisses
  • Valentine's Assorted Hershey's chocolates
  • SweeTarts Conversation Hearts
  • pink Sixlets
  • white chocolate-covered pretzels
  • red lollipops


  • Place four heart-shaped bowls in different places on the board.
  • Fill two bowls with conversation hearts and one with pink Sixlets.
  • Fill remaining bowl with blackberries and arrange strawberries above the bowl.
  • Create a heart using apple slices and place in the center of the board.
  • Create salami roses and place them in the center and on the right side of the board.
  • Arrange cheese and pepperoni around the salami roses.
  • Fill the bottom corner with round crackers.
  • Fill the opposite corner with macarons.
  • Fill the top left corner and sides with Hershey's Kisses and heart-shaped chocolates.
  • Fill in any remaining space with white chocolate-covered pretzels.
  • Tuck a few red lollipops and additional chocolates around the board.
  • Use remaining apple to cut small hearts using shape cutter. Scatter hearts across the board.
Keyword charcuterie, charcuterie board

One Comment

  1. Wow Ashley, this board is beautiful!! You have a true gift for these charcuterie boards. It looks so pretty and everything would be delicious!

    Make Life Marvelous

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