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Chocolate Mousse

March 25, 2019 (Last Updated: October 12, 2019)

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Rich and Decadent Chocolate Mousse

Homemade Chocolate Mousse topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

I’ve always considered chocolate mousse one of those ultra fancy desserts that I only eat at restaurants on special occasions.  That’s what I always thought, until I made it at home! 

Making chocolate mousse isn’t difficult, but it does take a few steps. It is totally doable for the at home cook! I’m already planning the next time I’ll make this mousse.

A spoonful of homemade chocolate mousse

What is chocolate mousse?

Chocolate mousse is a sweet chocolate dessert that is light an airy. It gets its light texture from whipped cream and whipped eggs whites.

What is the difference between mousse and pudding?

Mousse is lighter and fluffier than pudding. Pudding is usually cooked to thicken the pudding mixture.  Mousse is thickened from whipping the cream and egg whites and then folding into the melted chocolate. 

What ingredients are used to make chocolate mousse?

The ingredients are simple, but very decadent! 

  • bittersweet chocolate
  • butter
  • egg whites
  • granulated sugar
  • heavy cream

Ingredients used for making chocolate mousse.

What is bittersweet chocolate?

Bittersweet chocolate is a lightly sweetened chocolate. It is usually darker and less sweet than semisweet chocolate. 

Is chocolate mousse cooked?

This chocolate mousse is not cooked. The chocolate is melted over a double boiler and then it is mixed with the other ingredients. This recipe does use uncooked egg whites. I use eggs from chickens we raise. If you are concerned about using raw egg whites, pasteurized eggs can be used. 

How do you make chocolate mousse?

  • Melt chocolate Chocolate melted over a double boiler.When chocolate is completely melted, mix in butter
  • Whip egg whites until peaks are formed. Mix in sugar
  • Whip heavy cream until peaks are formed
  • Fold egg whites into chocolate Adding egg whites to melted chocolate
  • Fold whipped cream into chocolate Adding second half of egg whites to chocolate mixture.
  • Serve or cover and refrigerate for later

How do you fold egg whites into mixture?

This recipe needs you to fold egg whites and whipped cream into chocolate. This folding mixture helps preserve all the light fluffiness you’ve whipped into the egg whites and cream. If you were to whisk or stir the mixture, you would lose all that great fluffiness.

To fold you need a large, firm spatula. Place spatula in the center, push down to the bottom and pull spatula along the bottom and up the side pulling up mixture onto the top. Rotate bowl a quarter of a turn and repeat. After a full rotation around bowl, swipe spatula around the bowl. Continue until fully mixed. 

Folding takes a bit of patience, but don’t give up before it is fully combined.  You shouldn’t see any white streaks or speaks when fully combined.

Folding whipped cream into chocolate for chocolate mousse.

How should I serve chocolate mousse?

My favorite method is to serve in small cordial glasses. This chocolate mousse is rich and for me a smaller serving is better. Plus I think they look fancier served in small portions.  If you like larger portions you could also use these pudding glasses

How do you get the mousse into those tiny glasses?

I put the mousse into a plastic zip top bag and snipped off a corner. I then pipped the mousse into the glasses. This was easy peasy and almost no mess!

Pipping chocolate mousse into small cordial glasses.

How do I prepare ahead of time?

Once mixed you can portion into individual containers or cover and refrigerate for later. I like to place portion into serving dishes, cover and refrigerate.  When ready to serve I remove from fridge about 15 minutes prior to serving. I then top with fresh raspberries and whipped cream.

Chocolate mousse covered with plastic wrap

How should I garnish chocolate mousse?

There are many options for garnishing mousse. Some options include –

  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Small chocolate candy

Chocolate Mousse in small glasses topped with a raspberry

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5 from 8 votes
Homemade Chocolate Mousse topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
Chocolate Mousse
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Rich and decadent chocolate mousse

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: chocolate mousse, mousse
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 351 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
Melt Chocolate
  1. Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Heat until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat

  2. Mix in butter with one tablespoon at a time. Mix with a whisk until butter is completely combined. 

Whip Egg Whites
  1. Put egg whites in a bowl. Mix with a mixer at high speed until egg whites form soft peaks.

  2. With mixer running, slowing add sugar while mixing. If you add sugar too fast, your egg whites could deflate.

Whip Cream
  1. Put heavy cream in a different bowl. Mix with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks are formed. 

Assemble Mousse
  1. Add 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Use a large spatula and fold egg whites into chocolate. Do not stir mixture or egg whites will deflate.

  2. Add remaining egg whites and continue folding until no white remains.

  3. Add whipped cream and fold gently until mousse does not show any white streaks and is one consistent color.

  4. Place into individual serving dishes and serve or cover and refrigerate.

Recipe Notes

If serving later, put into individual serving dishes and cover each dish with plastic wrap before refrigerating. 

Garnish before serving with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mousse
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 271mg8%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    March 29, 2019 at 8:28 am

    This is everything I’m craving today, smooth, creamy, decadent and lucious! Yum! Take care.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 1, 2019 at 5:45 am

      Some days we just have to have something a little decadent!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 28, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    5 stars
    A favorite dessert at our house for sure Kathy! So rich and decadent and such a treat! Delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 1, 2019 at 5:46 am

      I think I’m going to be eating this a whole lot now that I can make it at home!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    March 28, 2019 at 4:15 am

    5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to make it but never did because, like you, I thought it was too fancy and difficult! Thank you for showing it is doable and with such a delicious result!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 1, 2019 at 5:47 am

      It is so doable!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 3, 2019 at 5:20 am

      This really can be made at home – give it a try! The results are so tasty!!!

  • Reply
    Adina
    March 28, 2019 at 12:50 am

    So fluffy and delicious! Chocolate mousse is one of those famous recipes (like scones, burritos, osso bucco or cordon bleu) that I have never made yet although I have been meaning to do so for years. Your recipe is so simple and nice.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 1, 2019 at 5:49 am

      This is an easy one to tackle with delicious results!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 27, 2019 at 4:13 am

    5 stars
    This looks so creamy, dreamy and airy! I can totally see why you’re planning on making again soon…I would too! So perfect for entertaining too 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    March 26, 2019 at 9:48 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, totally drooling over this chocolate mousse! It looks so light and heavenly!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 26, 2019 at 4:44 am

    5 stars
    You are totally right that chocolate mousse is one of those fancy desserts that makes everyone go “oooo”! But it really is a simple recipe to make. I need to try out your recipe ASAP as it looks so light and creamy!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 25, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    5 stars
    i can almost taste to mousse right now.

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    March 25, 2019 at 6:21 am

    5 stars
    Chocolate mousse is such a divine dessert! And I love how you have piped it in to those gorgeous glasses – such lovely presentation!

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina
    March 25, 2019 at 5:54 am

    5 stars
    Yum! You can just see how light and fluffy this mousse is! A sweet treat for a cold Monday sounds just perfect to me!!

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