Classic Dark Chocolate Mousse

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Classic Dark Chocolate Mousse…the perfect light, silky, chocolate-y dessert to make all year long! Made with only SIX ingredients, this classic chocolate mousse is so much easier to make than you might think. Sugar, eggs, gelatin, water, cream, and plenty of chocolate! After each glass is set, be sure to serve each with a dollop of Chantilly Cream on top, lots of chocolate curls, or even fresh berries. It’s the perfect fancy dessert when you’re craving something extra chocolate-y, but not too terribly difficult to make. Bonus? It’s a naturally gluten-free dessert that’s sure to impress!

overhead shot if five glasses of chocolate mousse, with bowl of chocolate curls and white flowers around on marble surface

About The Recipe

Monday’s need a pick-me-up and there’s no better way to finish the day than with a spoonful (or two!) of chocolate mousse. After sharing a few chocolate mousse recipes on the blog, we thought it would be fun to share traditional mousse!

No fancy choux pastry, no baked elements, just a delicious chocolate-y dessert that everyone is guaranteed love!

I mean, it’s just one big bowl of light, fluffy, silky, and delicious chocolate. What’s not the love?!

We’ve made it about 5 or 6 times by now, and it just gets better every time! Though, I will admit, out of all the chocolate mousse things we’ve made on the blog thus far, this might just be my favorite. It’s so simple, but so elegant.

It works as a fun treat at Halloween, a decadent dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas, handheld desserts for parties like New Years Eve, even as a romantic treat at Valentine’s. This dessert really has it all and is a wonderful addition to your rotation of holiday recipes.

Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free!

close up of chocolate mousse with whipped cream and chocolate curls on top

Every spoonful is silky, chocolate-y, perfectly sweet without being too sweet, light, and will leaves you wanting more!

What is a Chocolate Mousse?

A chocolate mousse is a dessert that traditionally consists of whipped cream, raw eggs, and chocolate. Our recipe is similar to a traditional chocolate mousse, but instead of consuming raw eggs, we cook the eggs over a bain-marie to ensure that everyone can enjoy this recipe!

Reasons You Will Love This Chocolate Mousse

  • Easier to make than you might think.
  • Only 6 ingredients!
  • Can easily be made into other desserts or enjoyed on its own.
  • Highly impressive with not a lot of effort.
  • Comes together in 30 minutes or less!
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Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(*Note that the image below doesn’t reflect the actual amount of ingredients you will need. Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Heavy Cream
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Powdered Gelatin
  • Water
  • Egg
  • Egg Yolk
  • Granulated Sugar
chocolate chips, sugar, cream, eggs, water, and gelatin on marble surface

How To Make Chocolate Mousse

Step 1: Whip cream

With an electric mixer, whip cream to stiff peaks. Refrigerate until needed.

Step 2: Dissolve gelatin

In a small bowl, stir together gelatin and water. Set aside.

Step 3: Cook eggs

In a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, and sugar.

Place over pot of simmering water. Continue to whisk while heating to 135°F. Remove from heat.

Step 4: Mix in gelatin

Add gelatin and beat with an electric mixer for 3-4 minutes.

Step 5: Melt chocolate

In a microwave proof bowl, melt chocolate in 15 second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted and smooth.

melted chocolate on marble surface in glass bowl

Step 6: Stir and fold

Add to egg mixture and mix thoroughy.

Fold in whipped cream in three parts.

Step 7: Serve

Spoon or pipe mousse into individual serving glasses.

five small glasses of chocolate mousse on marble surface

Topping Ideas

Chocolate mousse is delicious on it’s own, but with toppings…it’s even better! Here’s a few of our favorite ways to finish these mousse cups.

What To Make With Chocolate Mousse

If you’re looking for a way to change this traditional chocolate mousse into a different dessert, we’ve got you covered!

overhead shot of five glasses of chocolate mousse with spoonful missing from two glasses, with bowl of chocolate curls beside

How To Store

Once the chocolate mousse is made, you can cover the individual glasses with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for 4-5 days. You can also freeze this chocolate mousse for up to 2 months!

Looking for more recipes like this? Here are a few you may like: Chocolate Mousse Filled Cream Puffs, Chocolate Mousse Pie, Chocolate Mousse Rocky Road Ice Cream, Ultimate Chocolate Cake

angled close up of glass of chocolate mousse with chocolate curls and white flowers

Expert Tips

  • When making the chocolate mousse, be sure that the gelatin is entirely dissolved into the egg mixture before moving forward. You don’t want chunks of gelatin in your mousse!
  • If using sheet gelatin rather than powdered gelatin, you will need 1/2 of a sheet.
  • The melted chocolate NEEDS to be warm for this recipe. If it gets cold by the time you add it to the egg mixture, you will have chunks of chocolate in your mousse.
  • Be careful to not over-whip your cream!
  • When folding in the whipped cream, do not over fold. You don’t want to deflate the mousse.
  • After spooning into glasses, the mousse can be refrigerated up to 4-5 days if covered with plastic wrap.

When you make this Classic Dark Chocolate Mousse, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

overhead shot of five glasses of chocolate mousse, with bowl of chocolate curls and white flowers around on marble surface

Classic Dark Chocolate Mousse

Traci
Silky smooth, extra chocolate-y, light, and oh so impressive! This easy to make Classic Dark Chocolate Mousse is a delicious dessert that will be loved by everyone. Bonus? It's naturally gluten-free!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 277 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • ¾ teaspoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cup dark chocolate pieces

Instructions

  • Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, whip cream to stiff peaks.
  • Refrigerate.
  • In a small bowl, stir together gelatin and water. Set aside.
  • Bring a small pot with about 1" of water to a simmer.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, and sugar.
  • Place over pot of simmering water.
  • Continue to whisk while heating to 135°F.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in gelatin.
  • Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  • In a microwave proof bowl, melt chocolate in 15 second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Add to egg mixture.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Fold in whipped cream in three parts.
  • Spoon into individual serving glasses.

Nutrition

Serving: 6ouncesCalories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 671IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

When you make this recipe, remember to tag @bakerstble or hashtag it #BakersTable!

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