Create a Holiday Chocolate Dessert Board for a classy dessert party; or bring to a potluck. This board is made on the 12×24-inch BIG BOARD.

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Friends, entertaining can be exhausting and overwhelming this time of year, so I say … just serve dessert!

Thanksgiving baking can be labor intensive (right?), so here’s a quick way to set out the sweets that everyone loves. Of course, you can also just make my Fall Mini Pie Dessert Board … simply add chocolate! You may also be inspired by this Epic Christmas Dessert Board.

Head on over to Instagram to learn more about this chocolate board and WIN A BOARD + Endangered Species Chocolate bars for your holiday entertaining! Endangered Species Chocolate sent me an abundant amount of chocolate, but they did not pay me to write this post today. We just love their chocolate!

woman holding a chocolate board

Today I’m sharing a healthy, fun, beautiful dessert board that is easy to make.

Use these ingredients for a chocolate fruit dessert

  • Peanut butter cookies + coconut shortbread cookies
  • Blood orange + navel orange
  • Raspberries + blueberries + red Anjou pear
  • Banana chips
  • Dried tart cherries
  • Toasted pecans + marcona almonds
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Persimmon + pomegranate

chocolate bars for a dessert board

We used these Endangered Species Chocolate bars for a “dark chocolate” board

    • Espresso Bean & Dark Chocolate
    • Hazelnut Toffee & Dark Chocolate
    • Strong & Velvety Dark Chocolate
    • Bold & Silky Dark Chocolate
    • Almonds Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate

dessert board with fruit and chocolate bars

To make a BIG BOARD for the holidays, all you need are one of my boards (made in the USA, with a lip so the food stays on the board), you can find the various boards at the bottom of this post.

Get the cute cheese markers?

  • Come in set of 6 with chalkboard paint
  • Wipe clean with dry cloth!

Buy cheese markers today (also a fun hostess gift).

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Endangered Species Chocolate

I truly love all the baking, cooking, and decorating for the holidays, but one of the easiest things I do is make a board for a party. Especially a dessert board, where, if you need to, you can pick up your favorite baked products, and then get creative. We have a few favorite stores here in Bend, Oregon … like Newport Avenue Market and Market of Choice. These are our go-to’s for making a dessert board.

They also sell our favorite chocolate: Endangered Species Chocolate. Just look at all the varieties that you can get! WOW! Here are all the bars you can buy!

dessert tray with chocolate bars

What makes a Endangered Species Chocolate Bar?

Their chocolate has absolutely zero artificial sweeteners or additives. Only the good stuff makes the cut for their delicious bars!

Mission that makes an impact

Did you know that when you buy Endangered Species Chocolate, you’re helping make a true impact for wildlife and habitats around the globe?

And 10% of their annual net profits are donated to other organizations who support their mission!

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Chocolate for gift ideas

Friends, we love Endangered Species Chocolate, and we’ve enjoyed it for years. I love stocking up on these chocolate bars, too, and adding them to gifts like these:

  • Stocking stuffers
  • Hostess gifts
  • Pop in the mail with a birthday card
  • Add in a “welcome” basket for new neighbors, or when guests come to visit you in your home
  • Put in gift bags for new parents (baby gifts) or bridal shower gifts
  • Put on any kind of dessert or appetizer board
  • Taking a board to a friend’s for dinner? Make these chocolates the desserts—it’s all you need

Thank you Endangered Species Chocolate for all that you do, and your amazing work on behalf of wildlife every day! Apply for your chance to become a 2022 giveback partner! :)

Endangered Species chocolate bars

The Big Board®

Friends, The Big Board® is here! Yes, I’ve partnered with JK Adams, the premier woodmaking company in Vermont, with my own line of RE boards!

  • 20-inch round, maple
  • 26-inch round, maple
  • 12 x 36-inch maple
  • NEW 12 x 24-inch maple
  • 23-inch Lazy Susan
  • 26-inch ebonized BLACK, cherry
  • 12 x 36-inch ebonized BLACK, cherry
  • A board with a lip (or raised edged) so the food doesn’t fall off
  • Made in the USA
  • Undercut handles (a unique design)

Thank you for your support, as we’ve sold out so many times already!

Order The Big Board® today!

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Holiday Chocolate Dessert Board

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 6 chocolate peanut butter cookies
  • 6 coconut shortbread cookies
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 red Anjou pear
  • ½ cup banana chips
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • ½ marcona almonds
  • ½ toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 5 chocolate bars
  • Espresso Bean & Dark Chocolate
  • Hazelnut Toffee & Dark Chocolate
  • Strong & Velvety Dark Chocolate
  • Bold & Silky Dark Chocolate
  • Almonds Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate


  • 1 persimmon
  • 1 pomegranate


  • On a big board, arrange the cookies, and set down the 2 garnishes (pomegrante and persimmon).
  • Next lay down the 5 kinds of chocolate pieces. ADD IN THE ____ from Crate and Barrel, so guests know what kind of chocolate they are enjoying.
  • Fill in open spots with remaining fruit, nuts, and seeds. Serve and ENJOY!
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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woman holding a dessert board with dark chocolate