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Semisweet Chocolate Mousse

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


2 servings

A friend shared this rich velvety chocolate mousse recipe with me. I love to cook and have tons of recipes, but this one is a favorite. Best of all, it's easy to make. —Judy Spencer, San Diego, California


  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Optional: Whipped cream and raspberries


  1. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips with water; stir until smooth. Stir a small amount of hot chocolate mixture into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Quickly transfer to a small bowl. Stir occasionally until completely cooled.
  2. In a small bowl, beat whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Fold into cooled chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and raspberries.

Semisweet Chocolate Mousse Tips

Is it safe to eat raw eggs in chocolate mousse?

No, we don’t recommend that you eat raw eggs. This chocolate mousse recipe cooks the egg yolk in the first step. When the mixture thickens, it means the egg is fully cooked.

Why is my chocolate mousse not fluffy?

If your mousse is not fluffy, it may be because your cream was not adequately whipped when you folded it into the chocolate mixture. Or if the mixture is too warm, it will deflate your whipped cream. To revive your chocolate mousse, try whisking it in a bowl with a large whip. Make big, exaggerated circles with the whip to work some air into the chocolate mousse. If that isn't enough to make your chocolate mousse fluffy, you can fold more whipped cream or whipped topping into it. For more tips, check out how to make mousse.

What do you serve chocolate mousse in?

I like to serve my chocolate mousse in clear glass dishes—bowls, sundae dishes, parfait cups or even wine glasses. Serving your mousse recipe in glass lets everyone admire the mousse’s rich color and attractive texture. These indulgent mousse dessert recipes will also look appealing in a glass dish.

Research contributed by Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 367 calories, 31g fat (18g saturated fat), 188mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.