An Epic Valentine's Day Cheese and Chocolate Board
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Dark chocolate, salty meats, creamy cheeses, sweet candied nuts. Here is everything you need to create a sexy Valentine's Day cheese board.
  • ripe strawberries + raspberries + cherries
  • dark chocolate-chili ganache for some heat (also, for dipping fruits!) See the recipe below
  • candied pecans
  • granny smith apple slices
  • truffled honey, or regular honey
  • pomegranate seeds
  • various cured meats
  • crackers + fresh bread
  • Castello Traditional Danish Blue cheese
  • Castello Jalapeño Havarti
  • Castello Aged Havarti
Dark chocolate-chili ganache
  • 1 (3.5oz) bar of dark chocolate (I used Perugina, but you can use whatever you like)
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream + 1-2 tbsp extra (if necessary)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  1. Arrange a selection of the items above on a large board.
  2. Place items next to each other that go best together.
  3. Serve with Folie a Deux wine.
Dark chocolate-chili ganache
  1. Break up your chocolate bar into individual squares.
  2. Place the chocolate squares, corn syrup, and ¼ cup cream in a microwave bowl or cup.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir.
  4. Continue to microwave in 15 second intervals as needed, stirring after each time until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  5. If necessary (it usually is for me), add 1-2 tbsp extra cream and stir vigorously to smooth out your ganache until it is silky and pourable.
  6. Stir in the vanilla and cayenne pepper.
  7. Spoon ganache into a small serving dish/bowl.
  8. Enjoy, with fresh fruits!
Recipe by Honest Cooking at