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Chocolate Mousse: How To Make An Amazing Chocolate Mousse

Updated on March 17, 2014

Amazing Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Who doesn't love chocolate mousse? Well, I suppose there are those out there that do not. I can't imagine it, but hey, it happens. However, I doubt you would be reading this article if you did not want to know how to create your own amazing chocolate mousse. You have come to the right place.

There are many variations of chocolate mousse recipes floating about, and I have tried many of them. Some are very good. Some are flops. Some are very simple and quick to put together, while others are time consuming and messy to create. I have modified and used variations of different recipes over the years to create an absolutely delicious recipe that is easy to follow and create, but one that definitely lands at the top in terms of excellence. It has been said that all good things take time. Why this is true in many situations, it need not be true with chocolate mousse. If you have just a few minutes, you can create a wonderful dessert that will impress your family and dinner guests alike. Lets get started.

Total prep time is about 15-20 minutes. Refrigeration time is about 2 hours.

This recipe yields about 4-5 10 oz servings (shown in the picture above.)


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 4 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 (4 oz) boxes semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 (8oz) container cool whip

Setting Up

It is always best to gather and measure out all of your ingredients first. Gather and prep the ingredients as follows:

Separate the 6 eggs. Save the yolks in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. Discard the egg whites. They will not be used.

Measure out the sugar and set aside.

Divide the heavy whipping cream into two parts. Measure out 2 1/2 cups and place back in the refrigerator for later use. Measure out 1 1/2 cup and place in a medium sauce pan and set aside.

Open both boxes of chocolate and break the squares apart. Wrap two of the squares back up for later use.

You are now ready to prepare.

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  1. With an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks on medium speed until they thicken and change to a lemon color. About 3 minutes.
  2. Once the egg yolks have thickened, slowly blend in the sugar and set the mixture aside.
  3. Heat the 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream over medium heat (do not boil). If you have a thermometer, heat to about 150 degrees. If not, heat just until hot to the touch.
  4. Measure out about half of the hot whipping cream and slowly blend it into the egg and sugar mixture.
  5. Now take the egg, sugar and heavy whipping cream mixture and add it back into the sauce pan with the remaining hot heavy whipping cream. Blend it all together and place back over medium heat.
  6. Slowly add in the chocolate pieces (except for the pieces that you wrapped and set aside) stirring constantly, until all the chocolate is blended and the mixture thickens to a pudding like texture.
  7. Remove the mixture from the heat and cover and place in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours.
  8. After 2 hours, and the mixture has chilled and further thickened, take the remaining 2 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream and beat with an electric mixer in a chilled bowl until thickened and soft peaks form. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
  9. Now take a rubber spatula and slowly fold the chocolate mixture into the heavy cream that you just whipped.
  10. This step is not necessary, but I like to take a hand held grater and one of the chocolate pieces that I have saved, and grate some chocolate shavings into the mix. I like the texture and taste that it adds to the mousse.

Final Step

Your mousse is ready. Now to present it. If you have a pastry bag and tips, choose your favorite tip and fill the bag and dispense into your favorite dessert dish or glass, leaving room at the top for the cool whip.

Now take the cool whip and put it in the pastry bag and dispense it on top of each dish of mousse. You can also choose to use whipped cream from a can if you wish. I prefer cool whip.

Finally, take the remaining chocolate piece that you set aside earlier, and shave some chocolate over the top of each dessert.

Place in refrigerator until ready to serve. (The mousse and the cool whip will be fine overnight, however, if you are going to use aerosol whipped cream, do not put it on until ready to serve. It tends to break down overnight)

Note: If you do not have a pastry bag, you can simply spoon the mousse and the cool whip into your dessert dish.

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      breakfastpop - LOL

      Teaches12345, Thank you for stopping by. It really is simple to make. Let me know how it turns out :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My eyes were fixed upon the first photo. Chocolate! This recipe is simple enough for me to follow and I can see his as dessert one day this week.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Actually, Howie, I did eat one picture and it was utterly fabulous!

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      Thank you Carb Diva. I have tried many recipes over the years as well, until I finally modified one to my own liking. Hope you enjoy :-)

      Fpherj48, I promise I have not been peeking in your windows lol. I hope you do treat yourself soon. We are our own best judge as to whether we have been good, right? Please do let me know how it turns out for you. Thank you for voting up and pinning :-)

      Flourish, thank you for your vote of confidence and for pinning. It really is delicious. My family doesn't allow it to last for long when I make a batch :-)

      breakfastpop, do not be eating my pictures now lol. Thank you for your kind words though. Give the recipe a try though :-)

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      OMG, the photos are good enough to eat!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, does this ever look delicious. Voted up and pinning.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Who's been peeking in my windows?? Just recently I pulled out the old, dusty cookbooks, looking for a delicious, but E-Z mousse recipe! It's my favorite treat to reward myself when I've been a good girl...(based on my own opinion!) LOL

      I have been buying a ready-made mousse.....but it's sooooo expensive. Of course I know that home made would be much more yummy!

      Thanks so much for this. I'll let you know how it turns out......between spoonfuls!!......UP+++Pinned

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      Linda Lum 4 years ago from Washington State, USA

      This looks and sounds amazing. My husband LOVES chocolate mousse. I have tried many recipes in the past, but am always hoping to find "the next best thing". We will certainly try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      Thanks greatstuff. I am sure you will succeed. The only way to really mess it up is to get the heavy cream too hot (boiling it) and to whip the heavy cream too much. Whip until thick with soft peaks where it is about the consistency of cool whip. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck :-)

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      It looks too delicious to resist. I will have to give this a try & I hope I will succeed! Wish me luck.

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      You are welcome Bk42author. Cant wait for you to try it and come back and let me know :-)

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      Brenda Thornlow 4 years ago from New York

      I love chocolate mousse....must try this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      Thank you Rebecca, and thanks for sharing it. Better go make some now :-)

      Thank you Phyllis. The coloring of the whipped topping in the first picture must be due to shadowing. I actually used regular whipped topping and then shaved some chocolate over top. With that said...they do indeed make chocolate cool whip. That sounds good as well, as I am a chocoholic :-) Good luck and let me know how it turned out for you :-)

      DrMark, this really is as simple to make as it sounds. It is the result of some fine tuning of the ingredients and processes through trial and error.

      VVanNess, Thank you for stopping by. It really is delicious. Your friends really will love it and you. Glad to share the love :-)

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      This looks delicious! I know some friends that are going to love me for making them this one!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I need to go make something tonight and this great and easy enough. I am glad Rebecca shared this!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Howie, this looks and sounds scrumptious ! I love mousse and will definitely try your recipe. Thank you. I have a question: in the first photo at the top, your cool whip is light chocolate color. Did you mix some chocolate with it, or use chocolate cool whip? Is there chocolate cool whip ready made?

      I am so anxious to taste this mousse.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I can almost taste it from the photo!

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      Howie Watts 4 years ago

      Please do give it a try Jackie. I assure you it is very good. Let me know what you think if you try it :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I might try this, I have been making some mousses lately for the first time and it is fun. Yours really looks and sounds good. Thanks!