If you’re in search of an indulgent and super easy to make Valentine’s Day gift that you can enjoy at home with your other half, then you’ve come to the right place. Put the sweet back in sweetheart with an oh-so delicious dessert grazing board for two! We think it’s the little things that count here at Stockland, and if you want to spoil your loved one without leaving the couch (win-win!), then have some fun with our simple dessert board building guide.
What to add to your dessert board
Macarons – the French were onto a good thing with these crispy, delightful meringue bites. The variety of colours and flavours are the perfect addition to your board.
Fresh cherries – strawberries may be the traditional V Day fondue fruit, but sweet cherries are just as delicious.
Brownie bites – if you know, you know. They’re worth the trip to your local Stockland shopping centre; just check out the frozen section and you’ll come across them. Easy, pre-made and fudgy. Mmm!
Chocolate dipped strawberries – okay, we know we said cherries were the new strawberries, but you can’t have a Valentine’s Day dessert board without a punnet to dip into the Nutella.
Dips – speaking of Nutella, be sure to pick up some dessert dips for your grazing platter. Think salted caramel, dark chocolate or even some melted peanut butter for the sweet-but-salty tooth out there.
Vovos – they’re pink, coconut-dusted, jam-filled and a staple here in Australia. You can’t go past iced Vovos when building your dessert board.
Pretzels – add a touch of savory to your platter with some tasty pretzels. They’re great for filling gaps and satisfying both types of tastebuds.
Chocolate truffles – we did cheat a little with this one because we said no-cook, but these delectable truffles are just too tasty not to include! Scroll to the bottom of this article for a quick-and-easy recipe that’s sure to add some ‘wow’ factor to your dessert grazing board.
Styling your sweet as dessert board
This is probably the easiest step of all because you can simply use your existing charcuterie board. Just swap out the brie for brownie bites!
Use 2-3 small dishes or ramekins to add dimension to your board and to break up the elements.
Start building your indulgent dessert platter by filling the ramekins with various items like cherries or salted caramel sauce and place evenly around the board. Continue by placing contrasting items, like pretzels or macarons, in small groups around the ramekins. The contrast of colour and texture will create interest.
Top tip: use the grain of the board as a rough guide to follow when placing the items in their sections. For example, a round board should follow the circular grain and you can place the elements as such. Simple!
Add one more special touch to your mouth-watering dessert board by picking a few fresh blooms from the garden (or grabbing some from your local Stockland florist) and fill gaps with them. It’s the little, beautiful touches that’ll make your Valentine’s Day dessert board just that bit more meaningful.
However, if you feel like going the extra mile and making something from scratch try these easy to follow recipes.
Heart Shaped Jam Filled Biscuits
Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
Strawberry Dessert with Heart Chocolate Biscuits
Celebrating the joy and simplicity of enjoying each other’s company this Valentine’s Day (and every day), has never been more important.
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- Fresh Cherries
- Brownie Bites
- Assorted Dessert Dips
- Chocolate Truffles