In “Board Games,” learn to level up your Sunday brunch, create a holiday board with all your favorite cookies, or style a cheese board for a night in. This chocolate fondue board is created by Olivia Carney of That Charcuterie Chick. Learn how to make milk chocolate and white chocolate fondue, then serve them up with your favorite Harry & David fruit and Valentine’s treats!
As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may need some inspiration to jazz up the tired chocolate-covered strawberries that inevitably find their way to your table when this holiday rolls around. (Not that there’s anything wrong with them.) This year, try this twist on a dessert board with two types of chocolate fondue (why have one when you can have two?) and plenty of treats for dipping. It’s the perfect way to surprise your loved one during your Valentine’s weekend at home. It also has enough goodies to share with your friends at your Galentine’s Day party. Don’t forget the cocktails.
I made two fondues for this board, a white chocolate and a milk chocolate (my personal favorite). Then, I filled the board up with all kinds Valentine’s treats that are perfect for dipping, such as cookies and mini donuts. I know I said chocolate-covered strawberries were a bit blasé, but that doesn’t mean they’re not delicious. Go ahead and add extra chocolate with Shari’s dipped strawberries. None of these require preparation; they can go straight from box to board.
The rest of the items require a bit of work — if you consider preparing your favorite fruits to dip into warm, melty chocolate “work.” My favorites are bananas, cherries, and cute XOXO apples from Harry & David. I also like to include salted pretzels since they add a, well, salty and crunchy component, which also balances out the addition of decadent cake bites.
The best part of a chocolate fondue board is that every snack you include works. Valentine’s Day is about treating yourself and your loved ones, so make the board up just how you like. Depending on who you’re celebrating with, you can also whip up a few cherry martinis.
Milk and White Chocolate Fondue Board
For the milk chocolate fondue
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the white chocolate fondue
To make the milk chocolate fondue
- Melt both kinds of chocolate chips, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla together in a non-stick pan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and glossy (about 5 minutes).
- Remove from heat and serve in a red or pink ramekin. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.
To make the white chocolate fondue
- Melt white chocolate chips, heavy cream, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt together in a non-stick pan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and glossy (about 5 minutes).
- Remove from heat and serve in a ramekin (preferably heart shaped if you have one).
To assemble the fondue board
- Set the ramekins of milk and white chocolate fondue at opposite ends of your board.
- Fill in the empty space with your favorite dipping snacks, such as apples, bananas, and pretzels, as well as treats like mini donuts, Valentine’s cookies, and dipped berries.
- Serve immediately while the fondue is still melty and warm.