Chocolate Mousse: the classic, elegant French recipe for a decadent chocolate mousse

Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist

When done right, chocolate mousse is the quintessential indulgent dessert. Chocolate is loved by most, and chocolate mousse is a definite crowd-pleaser. This chocolate mousse is an easy and rich yet light French dessert that’s even better than the ones you’d find in French restaurants.

Unlike chocolate pudding, which is usually thickened by cooking it with cornstarch, a chocolate mousse is made with eggs and has a smoother, less gritty texture. Pudding is often solid and dense, while a classic chocolate mousse is light and airy.

While it’s a luxury dessert to make, it’s not difficult at all. You can serve the mousse in ramekins, cups, or even fancy glasses. Top with whipped cream and it’s ready to be served! It’s perfect for making it ahead of time for hosting. Rich and creamy, yet light and fluffy, one pot is satisfying but always leaves us wanting more.

Chocolate Mousse Ingredients

Chocolate – use high-quality bittersweet/dark chocolate, at least 70%. Don’t use cheap chocolate for this recipe.

Egg yolk – eggs are what makes this recipe rich, yet airy.

Powdered sugar – don’t use granulated sugar, otherwise, the mousse will be grainy.

How To Make Chocolate Mousse

Mix the dry ingredients together. Then add the milk and yolks and cook until thickened. Take the pan off the heat and add the butter and chocolate, Stir until both melts completely. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the ice water. Whisk with an electric mixer.

Now assemble the mousse. Place a cookie in the bottom of the glass or cup you’re using. Top with the chocolate mousse, sprinkle with crushed nuts and serve.


Should I Use Raw Eggs For Chocolate Mousse?

Eggs are essential to make this mousse light and airy, but also rich. While you use raw eggs in the dish, they are cooked while you thicken the ingredients, so don’t worry about eating raw eggs. Don’t be tempted to leave them out.

Tips For Classic Chocolate Mousse 

Don’t use cream instead of milk, as it will make the mousse too dense.

If you want to make this egg-free, you can use gelatin to set the mousse.

You can also use leftover Chocolate Mousse as a filling for eclairs or a layered cake.

How To Serve Chocolate Mousse

Serve the Chocolate Mousse with fresh whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, nuts, or fresh berries.

How To Store Chocolate Mousse

The assembled Chocolate Mousse cups can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving.

Alternatively, make the mouse and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days and assemble at least an hour before serving.

1 liter
Cocoa powder
3 tbsp
3 tbsp
Powdered sugar
6 tbsp
2 tbsp
Egg yolks
Dark Chocolate
80 g
Cold Water
1 cup
white chocolate shavings for serving
Chopped hazelnuts for serving
biscuits or cookies


Mix flour, cocoa, icing sugar.

Add the yolks, milk. Cook.

Add butter and chocolate to the hot mixture. Mix well.

Add one glass of cold water with ice. Beat with a mixer. Place a biscuit in the bottom of the glass.

Pour the mousse into the glasses.

Decorate with white chocolate shaving and chopped hazelnuts.

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