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Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Bar: a layered dessert with chocolate on the bottom, and a pale pink strawberry mousse drizzled with white chocolate glaze. Topped with whipped cream and a Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark SQUARE, plated and sitting on a pink napkin with gold forks and candy wrappers in the background.
Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Bars
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins
Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Bars: a nearly flourless chocolate torte layered with an airy strawberry mousse and garnished with white chocolate glaze. Perfect for Valentine's Day, or any other time you're craving something light, sweet, and pretty in pink!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate strawberry mousse bars
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 660 kcal
For the chocolate base layer:
For the strawberry mousse layer:
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • .25 ounces unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped or pureed (approx. 5 or 6 large berries)
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Drop of pink food coloring (optional)
For the garnishes:
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ounces Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped softly with 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 9 Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark SQUARES
To make the chocolate base layer:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, mist a 9x9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray, and line it with parchment.
  2. Place the Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% Cacao Baking Chips and butter in a small bowl, and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring, until melted and smooth.
  3. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl, and whip until pale and doubled in volume.
  4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the yolks, along with the almond meal, flour, extracts, and salt.
  5. Place the egg whites in a medium bowl and whip until they can hold stiff peaks.
  6. Fold the whipped whites into the chocolate mixture, a little at a time.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  8. Cool completely, then top with strawberry mousse.
To make the strawberry mousse:
  1. Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top.
  2. Heat the milk in a small pot over low heat.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl, until pale and doubled in volume.
  4. When the milk is steaming, pour it into the yolk mixture in a slow, thin stream, while whisking.
  5. When all the milk has been added, transfer the mixture back to the pot and cook over low heat, whisking, until slightly thickened (about 5 minutes).
  6. Stir in the gelatin mixture, the fresh strawberries, strawberry preserves, lemon juice, and salt.
  7. Cool the mixture to room temperature.
  8. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks, then fold into the strawberry mixture. Tint with food coloring, if using.
  9. Pour the mousse over the chocolate base, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
To garnish:
  1. Place the cream, white chocolate, and corn syrup in a heat-safe measuring cup, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring, until melted and smooth.
  2. Pour the glaze over the mousse.
  3. Allow the glaze to set, then cut into bars.
  4. Top each bar with whipped cream and a Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark SQUARE.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 660 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Cholesterol 252mg84%
Sodium 192mg8%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1405IU28%
Vitamin C 8.9mg11%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.