Perfect for casual entertaining year-round (think: backyard BBQs, game nights and book-club gatherings), a beautifully styled dessert board is quick to put together and leaves a lasting impression.

To create a sweet and salty take on this popular entertaining trend, we asked one of Toronto’s most sought-after food stylists and recipe developers, Miranda Keyes, to put together a delicious platter with three distinct flavour zones. Each pairing features a sweet treat, a salty snack, and a fresh fruit component designed to enhance the tasting experience of three of our most popular Lindt Excellence bars: Sea Salt, Chili and Almond.

And while you may already know that chocolate pairs brilliantly with wine, cheese, tea and even whisky, getting that perfect combination of flavours, colours and textures can be a delicate balancing act—here’s how to master the mix.

A Hint of Spice

Turn up the heat by matching Lindt Excellence Chili Dark Chocolate with crunchy treats that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

Sweet: dried apricots and banana chips
Salty: pretzels
Fresh: pomegranate seeds


A Sprinkle of Salt

Combine classic snack foods and fresh seasonal berries with Lindt Excellence Sea Salt Dark Chocolate for a crowd-pleasing plate.

Sweet: caramel corn and nougat
Salty: walnuts
Fresh: strawberries


A Touch of Crunch

Soft cheese (with a delicious drizzle) and the tang of berries complement the crunch and richness of Lindt Excellence Almond Dark Chocolate.

Sweet: ricotta and honey crostinis
Salty: sweet potato chips
Fresh: blueberries