Indulgent Chocolate Mousse Recipes That Melt in Your Mouth

Whether you like it rich, lite, or vegan, we've got the chocolate mousse recipes you crave.

Updated July 6, 2023
Delicious chocolate mousse

Do you dream of eating silky-sweet chocolate clouds that melt in your mouth? Who wouldn't? There's a reason chocolate mousse is a favorite. It's richly indulgent, lightly sweet, and chocolatey in the exact way chocolate is supposed to be.

Oh - and it's fancy. Not only can you enjoy chocolate mousse in a wine glass or stemmed ramekin, but it's just as enjoyable straight from the mixing bowl or fresh from the beaters. Unplug the mixer first, please.

Foolproof and Easy Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Indulgence is so easy with a simple two-ingredient chocolate mousse. You read that right....two ingredients! You'll find this recipe works very well with 70% cacao, but you can use whichever you prefer. It's also very tasty with a slightly salted dark chocolate. This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free, but can also be dairy-free if you use dairy-free chocolate.


  • 5¼ ounces dark chocolate
  • 4 eggs


  1. Over low to medium heat in a small saucepan, melt the chocolate until it's creamy and smooth.
  2. Allow it to cool at room temperature.
  3. Separate egg whites and yolks into two medium bowls.
  4. With an electric whisker, whisk your egg whites into stiff peaks. You'll know they're ready when you can turn your bowl upside down and they don't fall out.
  5. Mix your egg yolks into the chocolate quickly so you don't cook them. Do so until they are fully mixed together and smooth.
  6. Add the whipped egg whites into the chocolate mix in two or three batches, folding them with a spatula until all the white has turned brown. Don't overmix. The idea is to keep the air and texture of the whites as much as possible.
  7. Spoon the mixture into ramekins or glasses, or use different ones for fun.
  8. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Chocolate Mousse Tips

Keep these tips in mind to mix up the perfect two-ingredient mousse:

  • This dessert is about keeping it as cool as possible as you make it so the whites don't fall and the airy texture is maintained.
  • If it's a hot day put the egg white peaks in the fridge while you are doing the other steps to keep them cool.
  • Although the final mix can be done with an electric mixer at the lowest and slowest setting, mixing by hand keeps the airiness and is more rewarding.
  • Lastly, there is no need to add sugar as chocolate already has sugar. This means you have full control over how sweet the end result is and makes this recipe a healthier option.
Fast Fact

The secret to a delicious chocolate mousse is in your chocolate selection. Higher-quality chocolate is what makes the difference. Most chocolate mousse recipes call for bittersweet chocolate, which is darker than milk chocolate but has a higher sugar content than dark chocolate.

Rich Chocolate Mousse

Delicious homemade chocolate mousse

Looking for a chocolate mousse that's rich enough to make you want to check on your 401k and decide whether you'll be retiring in Fiji or Monaco? This is the one.


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum, cognac, or flavored liqueur (optional)


  1. In a saucepan, heat ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream over medium heat until hot. The cream should be steaming, but not boiling.
  2. Meanwhile, in a glass bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and salt until well combined.
  3. Whisking constantly, slowly pour the hot cream into the egg and sugar mixture until well-combined. Be sure to add the cream very slowly so you don't inadvertently cook the eggs.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan. Cook the custard over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  5. When the custard reaches 160°F, remove from the heat.
  6. Pour the custard mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
  7. Stir in the vanilla. If desired, stir in liquor.
  8. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring frequently.
  9. When the chocolate is smooth, remove from the heat and whisk the custard into the chocolate until well-blended.
  10. Allow the custard to cool.
  11. In a separate bowl, beat the remaining heavy cream until it holds stiff peaks.
  12. Using a quarter of the beaten cream at a time, fold it into the custard until it is thoroughly incorporated.
  13. Spoon the mousse into serving dishes and chill for at least five hours.

Lite Chocolate Mousse

Two glasses of chocolate mousse

If you're looking for something a little lighter that'll fit into your food goals, give this lighter version of chocolate mousse a try.


  • 14-ounces low-fat sweetened, condensed milk
  • 3.9 ounce chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum, cognac, or flavored liqueur (optional)
  • 6-8 ounces frozen light non-dairy topping, thawed


  1. Beat the condensed milk, pudding mix, liquor, and water per pudding mix package directions.
  2. Chill the pudding for ten minutes.
  3. Fold in the non-dairy topping until it is well incorporated.
  4. Spoon the mousse into individual serving dishes. Cover and chill for at least five hours.

Dairy-Free and Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousses topped with berries

Dairy not in your diet? Living the vegan lifestyle? Perhaps you are looking for a low-carb version of mousse? Try this dairy-free avocado-based mousse. It's surprisingly light and flavorful, and you can't tell it's made with avocados.


  • 2 extremely ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 packets stevia, Splenda, or other artificial sweetener
  • ¼ cup coffee or espresso, cooled


  1. In a food processor, add all ingredients.
  2. Process the mousse until well-blended and smooth. Be sure to periodically scrape the side of the food-processor bowl, but only doing so when the processor is off. Repeat until totally smooth.
  3. Spoon the mousse into individual serving dishes and chill for at least five hours.
  4. Serve the mousse topped with fresh berries.

The Solution When You're Craving Chocolate Mousse

No matter what kind of chocolate mousse you're looking for, there's one for all. It's also a genius base for other desserts. Layer with berries and whip cream for a mousse parfait or drizzle with liqueurs for a unique and flavorful adult twist. How will you be digging into your next serving of mousse?

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Indulgent Chocolate Mousse Recipes That Melt in Your Mouth