This decadent Chocolate Mousse Recipe delivers a light but rich, silky smooth chocolate mousse texture and flavor. Such an easy gourmet dessert to make ahead of time, to help during the busy holiday season. Or the perfect special dessert for Sunday dinner to produce many oohs and aahhs.
Why is it called 'Mousse'
Mousse in French means 'foam', and the dark chocolate mousse traditional French recipe often whips eggs up into a foam, not using cream so that the intense dark chocolate flavor is the star of the show.
I prefer a mousse with heavy cream that has a smoother less intense flavor pairing with the chocolate, that is so good with homemade whipped cream or cool whip on top. This best chocolate mousse recipe really delivers the perfect light fluffy and rich, creamy chocolate flavor that we know and love.
Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe
This easy chocolate mousse without eggs recipe is such a quick recipe to make and enjoy a rich creamy chocolate dessert for the holidays. It is sure to impress any guests and prepare for them to ask for seconds!!
Such a perfect fancy dessert recipe that is easy to customize with your favorite toppings and is terrific with our optional chocolate fudge topping for a burst of even more double-chocolate flavor.
You can also add your favorite chocolate brownie like our delicious cheesecake chocolate brownies to the top of this recipe to really impress the kids for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
However you choose to present or top this amazing chocolate mousse I hope this recipe can help make a memorable special holiday or party dessert or to jazz up any family night dinner.
Why you'll love this no bake chocolate mousse recipe
- Easy recipe in a little as 15 minutes for chocolate mousse
- Chocolate mousse with no eggs and no gelatine
- One of the best chocolate desserts to impress your guests or a crowd
- Easy to customize dessert
Ingredients for eggless chocolate mousse recipe
- Chocolate Chips - semi sweet
- Chocolate Bar - good quality chocolate like Ghirardelli or Lindt for milk chocolate mousse recipe
- Heavy Cream
- Vanilla Extract - pure vanilla extract for the best flavour
- Powdered Sugar
- Chocolate Fudge - optional
Substitutions for classic chocolate mousse
You can use dark chocolate chips and dark chocolate if you want to make more of a dark chocolate mousse recipe.
If you have artificial vanilla in your pantry, it can be used in place of pure vanilla extract for this mousse recipe.
Step by step instructions on how to make this recipe for chocolate mousse
STEP ONE - In a medium-sized bowl add the chocolate chips and ½ cup of heavy whipping cream. Melt in 15-second increments. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted.
STEP TWO - Once the chocolate has melted add the vanilla extract and salt. Mix until fully combined. Set aside.
STEP THREE - In a large bowl add 2 cups heavy whipping cream and the powdered sugar. With a hand mixer mix for 3-6 minutes or until thick peaks have formed. Remove ¾ cup of the whipped cream and set aside.
STEP FOUR - Add the cooled chocolate to the main bowl of whipped cream.
STEP FIVE - With a spatula fold the chocolate into the whipped cream until fully mixed in.
STEP SIX - Transfer the mousse to your serving dishes.
STEP SEVEN - Top the mousse with the ¾ cup whipped cream. Grate chocolate on top.
Variations for chocolate mousse recipe
You can easily turn this mousse recipe into a chocolate mousse parfait by layering in layers with cool whip or whipped cream, crushed chocolate Oreo layer or a brownie layer.
Raspberry chocolate mousse is a terrific chocolate mousse variation to try.
How to serve your chocolate mousse?
You can use a variety of glassware to serve chocolate mousse. Such as your favorite juice glasses, cute Christmas glassware, martini or champagne glassware, pudding cups or mini trifle bowls. Any clear glass to show off your mousse will do!
Best toppings for chocolate mousse recipes
- Whipped Cream
- Cool Whip
- Chocolate Fudge
- Oreo Cookies crushed or whole
- Shaved Chocolate - milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate
- Dusting with cocoa powder
- Fresh Fruit - Cherries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Oranges
- Maraschino Cherries
- Mint - for a mousse garnish
Top tips for making the best chocolate mousse recipe
- Using a good quality chocolate bar with cocoa butter is important for the right texture and flavor of your mousse
- Do not over whip the cream
- Gently fold in the whipped cream
How to make chocolate mousse ahead of time?
The best way to make chocolate mousse recipe ahead of time is to make it the day before. Store the mousse in the fridge overnight covered tightly with plastic wrap for the best results.
Can I use milk instead of heavy cream to make chocolate mousse?
I recommend that you do not use milk as a substitute for the cream in this chocolate mousse recipe. Even using whole fat milk I think you would be disappointed in the texture and flavor as it would not be as rich or thick as you want it to be.
Storage and freezing instructions for fluffy chocolate mousse recipe
Storing quick chocolate mousse recipe
For best results you can store leftover chocolate mousse in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Can you freeze chocolate mousse?
Yes you can! You can freeze leftover mousse in a freezer-safe container without any toppings for 1 to 2 months.
Thaw overnight in the fridge and then spoon and serve with your favorite toppings.
We do not recommend using this freezing method to make this mousse recipe ahead of time, for the best results.