Easy Chocolate Mousse

June 25, 2015

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Easy chocolate mousse – one of the worlds tastiest treats! 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.

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This easy chocolate mousse is so quick 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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How to Make Easy Chocolate Mousse

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

Easy Chocolate Mousse | Cooking Classy

Easy Chocolate Mousse

My go-to chocolate mousse recipe! It's amazingly decadent, perfectly fluffy, deliciously creamy and it's so easy to make! So good you'll want to add this to your dessert recipe collection!
Servings: 6
Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Cool40 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Recipe source: adapted from Nigella Lawson
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Mousse
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 271mg8%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 841IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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38 Comments

  • Amy

    I love to make choc indulgence cake. Can I use this mousse recipe to make the cake filling? I guest this is more easy to handle.

  • McFadden’s NYC

    These look amazingThe mousse turned out extra creamy and my family loved it.

  • Myrtice Stevens

    My Dear Jaclyn, it is stunningly beautiful. I don’t know whether it has anything to do with my chocolate obsession or not, but i love this chocolate mousse so much. Made it and 100 percent satisfied with it.

  • farah

    made this today, so yummy. I only had big marshmallows so they took ages to melt, I should have chopped them up!
    Jaclyn please please invent a low fat chocolate mousse recipe! I could feel the calories in this one but it was so delicious!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I just went to this event at the Culinary Institute of America and they made mousse with canned garbanzo bean liquid – it whips into peaks, + almond milk and chocolate (which were melted together). It was delicious I was so surprised and also amazed at the fact that canned garbanzo bean liquid whips up into fluff. That would be the little lighter calorie version :).

  • Naadia

    There’s nothing I could eat more than a good chocolate mousse! Loved your presentation! never thought of making it with marshmallows! Definitely on the to-do list! Thanks :)

  • farah

    i tried nigella’s mousse before because i needed a pregnancy friendly mousse. it was heavy and not aerated. sorry nigella! im really excited to try your version. by the way just made your lemon cupcakes and they were divine, the buttercream was gorgeous.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I wonder if that’s because in the recipe she posted it doesn’t really mention much of a cooling time so if you let it cool just until warm it doesn’t melt all that whipped cream. I didn’t really understand the point of whipping that up if you just add it in right after. Hopefully you like it this way :)!