This easy chocolate mousse recipe whips up in just 15 minutes! So airy & light, with a rich, deep chocolate flavor. Fancy, yet so quick & simple!

Small glass bowls of chocolate mousse with whipped cream on an antique silver tray.

Hello my friend! I hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day!

I have to admit I planned on sharing this easy chocolate mousse recipe before Valentine’s, but sadly it just didn’t happen. It would have been nice for you to have been able to make it for a cozy date night in, but recovering from my fabulous Ireland trip has been more difficult than I thought!

So much to catch up on! Namely REST!

I hope you were able to follow along on my Instagram stories. And I hope you’ve entered the sweepstakes so you can win a trip of your very own!

Regardless, this recipe will serve you well no matter when you make it. It’s nice for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also great for any special occasion.

If you like chocolate, you’re going to LOVE this. If you know me, you know I like my chocolate desserts good and chocolate-y. Give my chocolate cake recipe a try, or my brownies or chocolate molten lava cakes and you’ll see what I mean.

This chocolate mousse recipe is no different. The flavor is deep and rich, and the recipe itself couldn’t be quicker or easier to make. It comes together in just around 15 minutes and it makes any occasion seem so special!

Chocolate mousse recipe, prepared and served in a small glass bowl, with whipped cream and a text overlay above that reads "Chocolate Mousse."

WHAT IS CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

The word “mousse” is French for foam, and that’s a pretty good way to describe this dessert!

It’s airy and light as a cloud, with tons of little bubbles and a texture that just melts on the tongue.

The chocolate flavor is rich and intense, which is such an interesting contrast with the frothy, light texture.

One spoonful and you’ll be hooked!

This dessert is perfect for any special occasion. Especially if you want to create a romantic mood.

But it’s so easy to make, you could easily serve it whenever!

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

To make this simple recipe, start with chocolate chips, water, cocoa powder (I prefer regular over Dutch-processed), sugar, and a little bit of salt.

Chocolate mousse ingredients in a large glass mixing bowl.

WHAT CHOCOLATE IS BEST FOR MOUSSE?

For what you see here, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. The flavor is very deep and intense. If you like a lighter, sweeter taste, you could substitute with the same amount of milk chocolate or white chocolate.

Stirring melted chocolate mousse ingredients together until smooth.

Melt these ingredients together, in the microwave or over a double boiler. Then stir them together until smooth, and set aside.

Next you’re going to whip up the cream.

You’ll need to use heavy whipping cream for this. Sometimes it’s called “heavy cream,” sometimes it’s called “whipping cream,” or if you live outside of the US it may be called “double cream.”

Whipping cream for chocolate mousse.

Light cream, half and half, or table cream will not work for this recipe. You need the higher fat content in order for it to whip up nice and stiff.

Folding stiffly whipped cream into chocolate mousse.

Once your whipped cream can hold stiff peaks, add it to the chocolate mixture and fold it together until it’s well-blended.

You’re also going to fold in a little vanilla extract to bring out the flavors, but I forgot to show that in the video! Don’t hold it against me, ok?

Transferring chocolate mousse into individual serving dishes.

Transfer the mousse to individual serving dishes. I love these simple dessert glasses I found on Amazon: Bormioli Rocco.

Topping chocolate mousse with whipped cream.

Top the mousse with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.

This is totally optional, but I really like how the sweetness contrasts with the deep, dark chocolate flavor.

Plus it looks really pretty!

Garnishing chocolate mousse with cocoa powder.

The final flourish is a dusting of cocoa powder.

Tah-dah!

IS CHOCOLATE MOUSSE HEALTHY?

Everybody has their own definition of “healthy,” and there are lots of specifics in the nutritional info section of the recipe card below, but I can tell you that this chocolate mousse is:

  • gluten-free
  • vegetarian (but not vegan)
  • egg-free

And if you can get your hands on sugar-free chocolate chips it is also low carb and keto.

Spooning easy chocolate mousse recipe from a glass bowl with a silver spoon.

HOW TO SERVE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

This dessert is perfect served just as-is, in some pretty glasses, eaten with a spoon.

But it can also be used as a filling in cakes or pies, or even as a frosting.

So long as you whip your cream nice and stiff, it will pipe well. And as the chocolate cools it will firm up even more.

If you’re worried your chocolate mousse is not thick enough, rest assured that as it chills it will set up quite a bit.

CAN THIS BE MADE AHEAD?

You can definitely make this ahead, in fact it’s smart to do so. It will give the mousse a chance to firm up and set, and it’s best served cold so it’s good to allow time for that.

Just cover the dessert dishes with a little plastic wrap before refrigerating, so that the mousse doesn’t dry out as it chills.

HOW LONG WILL IT KEEP?

This chocolate mousse can be left out at room temperature for an hour or so, but it is really best served cold.

It will keep in the fridge (covered) for around a week.

I think it’s best when it’s relatively freshly whipped, but you could probably get away with freezing it too. I have not done so myself, but I’m imagining it wouldn’t be much different than this no-churn chocolate ice cream.

Serving quick chocolate mousse in glass cups on a silver tray with a pink linen napkin.

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Small glass bowls of chocolate mousse with whipped cream on an antique silver tray.
Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Chill Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

This easy chocolate mousse recipe whips up in just 15 minutes! So airy & light, with a rich, deep chocolate flavor. Fancy, yet so quick & simple!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mousse, chocolate mousse recipe, chocolate mousse recipe without eggs, quick chocolate mousse recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 485 kcal
Ingredients
For the easy chocolate mousse:
For the optional garnishes:
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks and sweetened with 1 1/2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • cocoa powder, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate chips, water, cocoa, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and microwave in short, 30-second bursts, stirring after each interval, until the mixture is melted and smooth (this can also be done over a double boiler).

  2. Fold in the whipped cream and vanilla extract.

  3. Divide the mixture evenly between 6 dessert glasses, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until set (about 1 hour).

  4. Top with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder (optional).

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1088IU22%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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