Want a special way to celebrate Valentines Day? Well, they do say that the way to the heart is through the stomach. An easy way to feed your loved one without having to cook is to make a Valentine’s Day themed charcuterie board.
What is a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board?
It’s a food board (not always technically a charcuterie board) that is centered around the theme of Valentine’s Day. It’s a touch of romance, a taste of desire and most importantly, all for you and your special someone.
What goes on a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board?
The most common foods associated with Valentine’s Day are a box of chocolates, chocolate-covered strawberries and other aphrodisiacs. Of course you can add these classic foods on your charcuterie board, but you should include a personal touch by adding some foods your love (even if that love is yourself) enjoys. Here are some ideas:
- candies: red licorice, black licorice, Valentine’s hearts, chocolate-covered candies, etc.
- cookies: chocolate chip, Oreos, etc.
- red fruits: strawberries, cherries, raspberries, etc.
- dips: chocolate syrup, whipped cream, etc.
- sliced meats: prosciutto, pepperoni, salami, etc.
- artisanal cheeses: brie, gouda, gorganzola, havarti, manchengo, etc.
- breads & crackers: breadsticks, sliced baguette, sourdough, seeded crackers, etc.
- veggies: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, pickles, etc.
- nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.
- dips & spreads: pate, hot pepper jelly, etc.
Besides the food, the decor is a big part of what makes your food display a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board.
colors, patterns and textures
These are traditional colors used for Valentine’s Day which you can also incorporate into your board:
- red – represents love, desire and passion
- white – represents peace and tranquility
- pink – represents kindness, compassion and love
Hungry for more charcuterie platters? Find out everything you must know about food boards here!
Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.