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Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

I've always wished I was one of those people who could just whip up some fancy hors d'oeuvres on the fly when friends stop by. If I'm lucky, I might have some cheese and crackers to put out, but otherwise, I've got my guests covered with water and some kind of sweet treat hiding in my cupboard.

However, in my quest to have an easy (but fancy-looking) stash of things to have on hand when friends come over for a playdate or even for pre-dinner bites, I asked my friends at Heirloom LA to help me come up with hors d'oeuvres that are not only easy and delicious, but that include something unexpected. We decided to create fruit and veggie boards—both accented with a touch of dark chocolate.

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

I love the contrast of rich chocolate with light, fresh fruit, so we made a really simple and delicious chocolate fondue to pair with a fruit board.

Dark Chocolate Fondue Recipe

You'll need:
-1 (16 oz) can coconut cream 
-1 (12 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 
-3 bars (24 oz) Ghirardelli dark chocolate, chopped 

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Fruit Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Here's how: 
1. Place half the chocolate in a small fondue pot.

2. In a separate pot, bring coconut cream and condensed milk to a simmer, then pour mixture over chopped chocolate in fondue pot.

3. With a spoon or whisk, slowly stir in remaining dark chocolate until smooth.

4. Serve warm, with sliced pineapples, melon, strawberries, orange slices, grapefruit wedges, grapes, or apples. Also, to make a simple but beautiful presentation, think about other parts of the fruit you can use to decorate the board (Matt from Heirloom simply used the head of the pineapple, which adds extra interest). We also added some granola and simple puff pastry (sprinkled with cinnamon sugar) to complement the fruit.

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Veggie Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Now, for a veggie version, here's an updated version of crudite that's so, so delicious, thanks to a chipotle cream cheese spread that's topped with dark chocolate. 

Cream Cheese Chipotle Spread Recipe

You'll need:
-1 lb Philadelphia cream cheese
-1 can chipotle peppers in adobo
-2 tablespoons agave syrup
-1 bar Ghirardelli dark chocolate
-Salt & pepper, to taste

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Veggie Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Here's how:
1. Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature.

2. Empty the can of chipotle peppers into a bowl, then remove peppers, leaving only the sauce from the jar (the adobo).

3. Combine cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of the adobo sauce, salt, pepper and agave syrup in a food processor or large mixing bowl and pulse/stir vigorously to mix until smooth.

4. Finish with freshly grated Ghirardelli dark chocolate.

5. Serve chilled with any freshly washed raw vegetables. We used cauliflower romanesco, asparagus, fennel, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, and broccolini.

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Veggie Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Veggie Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Heirloom LA | Veggie Board | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

The resulting dip is creamy and savory, with a little kick of spice and a touch of sweetness. I really could slather that spread on just about anything!

Whether you're into fruit or veggies—or both—I love how easy it is to create this beautiful spread for guests, or even as a quick snack for yourself at home.

*This post is brought to you by Ghirardelli Intense Dark™ Chocolate. Create your escape here. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. Special thanks to Matt and Tara at Heirloom LA for their culinary skills and for creating these recipes! My outfit: Because I'm Addicted dress, Rivet & Sway glasses. The copper pot was a thrift store find, and the wooden boards were found off Ebay by the folks at Heirloom (will update with specific seller link if we can find out!).}



  1. Hi Joy, this is my first comment on your blog! I absolutely love it and am now really hungry (thanks for that, haha). Keep up the awesome posts, and thank you! All the best, C

  2. So yummy! That copper pot is gorgeous! Where is it from? And I’m not a coconut fan- did you add it to the chocolate for added flavor? Or would it need to be replaced with something else?

  3. This is a genius idea! I love the styling too. I never thought of putting the leaves and tops on the board, but it makes everything look cool. I’m going to up my styling game from here on out. Thanks for the tips.

  4. Can’t wait to have a fondue/dip party! I’m curious where you got that gorgeous wooden serving board? Love those!
    Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Traditionally, chocolate fondue would be made with heavy cream. It does need some additional fat. Maybe the coconut cream is being used here because it’s shelf-stable? I doubt the coconut flavor is overwhelming with all that chocolate in there.

  6. I love this! Now I can’t wait to have friends over so I can make all this–what a yummy looking spread! Thanks for a great post. Of course, you are adorable as usual.<3

  7. Wow! This looks so delicious. I love the idea of grating choc. over the creamy dip. Genius! I was wondering if you had the source for those long wood serving boards? The length really adds some drama to the presentation.

  8. Hey Joy, just joined and love your blog!! Where did you get your reclaimed wood serving platters?? Love em!

  9. Love the post! Thank you! Especially love the wooden board – I see it is from Etsy – do you have a link to the specific shop/seller it is from? Many Thanks!

  10. Joy, that spread looks absolutely scrumptious! So rustic and amazing! I have a feeling this might make an appearance at my next dinner party… Love it!
    Thank you for sharing!!

  11. It’s late at night and I can’t seem to get to bed…this post is making me want to run out to Safeway and buy all the necessary ingredients for fondue! I’m not great in the kitchen, but this looks like something manageable.
    Thanks for posting!

  12. I am totally obsessed with creating a collection of easy to whip out appetizers. I knew about the chocolate fondue, but the chipotle spread with the chocolate is brilliant, and is going in my recipe files.
    This is a great example of sponsored content that can add value to your readers’ lives. Kudos Joy (and Ghiradelli). Gorgeous photography, too, as usual. 🙂

  13. Just came across your site on Pinterest and love it! My husband and I received a fondue set as a wedding gift five years ago and we have not used it yet. I’ll have to try the chocolate fondue recipe soon – it sounds amazing!

  14. Is that board from heaven? Looks FANTASTIC! It’s the strawberry season here, so it’s time to make chocolate fondue to dip berries into it!

  15. You’re so right – i think it is a truth universally acknowledged! Especially with fruit, because you feel less naughty! Woo!


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