Chocolate mousse seems like a complicated and fancy dessert to attempt and make. For me, it seemed like something I’d eat out at a nice restaurant but never make in my own tiny kitchen. The truth is, anyone can make a rich delicious chocolate mousse if they’ve got a good recipe at their side. I tried tons of different recipes and batches, but this is the one I finally landed on as being my favorite version and combination of them all. It’s rich, quick and fancy. What’s not to love?
Best Dark Chocolate Mousse Recipe
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 5 tablespoons of sugar
- 8 ounces of bittwerseet chocolate
- 2 teaspoon of vanilla
- a pinch of salt
- Toppings: chocolate chips, cacao nibs, fresh fruit
- Just a warning, that a bunch of these steps need to happen relatively quickly so it’s best to have all of your ingredients out on the counter and ready to go!
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. If you use the microwave, heat it for bouts of 15-30 seconds stirring in between until it is completely melted.
- Simultaneously, or as soon as possible so the chocolate doesn’t harden, begin this next step. Over medium heat, mix together the egg yolks, 3/4 cup of heavy cream and only 2 tablespoons of sugar in a saucepan. Stir continuously for about 3 minutes until the mixture is thick. Make sure that it does not boil!
- Turn the heat off and move the pan from the burner. Add in the melted chocolate and vanilla , cover and place in the fridge to chill until cool.
- While the chocolate mixture is cooling, add the 1 1/4 cups of heavy cream that is left with the 3 tablespoons of sugar and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Remove the chocolate mixture from the fridge and slowly fold in the whipped cream mixture until well incorporated.
- Slowly spoon the mousse into serving dishes and then cover in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving!
- If you’re using toppings, add them right before serving. I recommend chocolate chips, cacao nibs or fresh fruit.
Store the mousse in the fridge for up to 2-3 days, after that it won’t be as fluffy!
Where did chocolate mousse originate?
According to Extreme Chocolate, the origins of chocolate mousse are hard to track. However, it seems that French chefs have been playing with the recipe since the early 17th century after the Spanish introduced them to this amazing thing called Chocolate! “Mousse” is actually a french word that translates to ‘foam’, indicating the fluffy, light texture of this chocolatey dessert. So it seems that chocolate mousse is really an international dish! The Spanish introduced the chocolate to the french who played around with it in the kitchen, creating “mousse” or foamy dishes. Yet, the first recorded recipe was actually found from a Food Exposition ‘held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.’
If you’re looking to try out a fancy dessert, definitely make this rich chocolate mousse for your next dinner party or even just to treat yourself. You'll feel like royalty with each bite, especially knowing you made it yourself!