Easy Chocolate Mousse


One of my all time favorite treats is chocolate mousse. If only it were calorie free and I could eat it every single day, but sometimes you’ve just got to live a little and splurge sometimes. Life is about balance and I think chocolate most definitely fits into that balance somewhere.

Easy Chocolate Mousse | Cooking Classy

This chocolate mousse is so quick and easy to make, it doesn’t call for raw eggs and it doesn’t have to chill for hours to set. The secret ingredient in this mousse – marshmallows. I adapted this recipe heavily from Nigella Lawson and it is totally genius! No one even notices the marshmallows in it, not that they are a bad thing but definitely not the first thing you’d want to pick up on in a chocolate mousse. Mostly they just offer a light and fluffy texture and simple, sweet flavor and they leave plenty of room for the chocolate flavor to shine. Plus, they are what makes this mousse quick to set.

This mousse is going to be my go to chocolate mousse recipe from now on! It has the perfect amount of chocolaty richness, it’s texture is fluffy, melt-in-your mouth perfection, and it’s just divinely decadent. Well worth the splurge on occasion! My sister who isn’t even much of a chocolate fan couldn’t put it down, and my mom, a chocolate fanatic fully approved. Mission accomplished.


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Easy Chocolate Mousse

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup salted butter , diced into 1 tbsp pieces
  • 9 oz good quality semi-sweet chocolate , chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetened whipped cream , fresh raspberries and fresh mint leaves, or shaved chocolate, for serving (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan combine butter, chocolate, water, and marshmallows. Set over moderately low heat and cook, stirring frequently until mixture is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool until warm, 7 - 10 minutes (it may appear to separate a little just whisk vigorously to blend).
  2. Meanwhile, whip heavy cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold and stir whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Spoon into 6 dessert cups. Chill 30 minutes or until ready to serve. If mousse chills through entirely after several hours of refrigeration, just allow it to rest at room temp about 20 minutes for optimal consistency. Top with whipped cream, raspberries and mint leaves if desired, or top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired.
  3. Recipe source: adapted from Nigella Lawson



  • Fatima Galban: Me encanta el chocolate!!
    Esta receta me la guardo para preparar!!!
    Feliz viernes!!! June 26, 2015 at 1:09am Reply

  • Elle @ Only Taste Matters: I love this recipe! Marshmallows! Who would of thought? Pinned! June 25, 2015 at 8:55pm Reply

  • Shelby: Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for another
    great eggless recipe! June 25, 2015 at 6:56pm Reply

  • June @ How to Philosophize with Cake: Wow that looks perfect! Love the way you garnished it, so elegant :) June 25, 2015 at 5:39pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I love chocolate mousse, too, and yours looks so rich and creamy and chocolaty. I have never heard of using marshmallows, but that makes it so much easier than dealing with the eggs. Your pictures are just beautiful, Jaclyn! June 25, 2015 at 3:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the nice compliment Shari, you’re always so kind :)! June 25, 2015 at 10:47pm Reply

  • Diana Brodeur: Would replacing the hot water with hot coffee work in this recipe? June 25, 2015 at 2:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t see why not. I hope you try it and love it! June 25, 2015 at 10:44pm Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness: I have been curious about making chocolate mousse.. It is still on my to-do list :) June 25, 2015 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Alexandra: That Looks wonderful! Ideal for the whole Family, including Little children. I love your recipes and photos June 25, 2015 at 1:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Alexandra! June 25, 2015 at 10:45pm Reply

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