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An Epic Valentine's Day Cheese and Chocolate Board

Tina Putzing
Dark chocolate, salty meats, creamy cheeses, sweet candied nuts. Here is everything you need to create a sexy Valentine's Day cheese board.
Course Appetizer


  • 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


  • Arrange a selection of the items above on a large board.
  • Place items next to each other that go best together.
  • Serve with Folie a Deux wine.

Dark chocolate-chili ganache

  • Break up your chocolate bar into individual squares.
  • Place the chocolate squares, corn syrup, and ¼ cup cream in a microwave bowl or cup.
  • Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir.
  • Continue to microwave in 15 second intervals as needed, stirring after each time until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the vanilla and cayenne pepper.
  • Spoon ganache into a small serving dish/bowl.
  • Enjoy, with fresh fruits!