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5 from 2 votes

Classic Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Rich and delicious, this classic chocolate mousse recipe is one of my favorites.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Refrigeration2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 224
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into coarse chunks
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter
  • 2 tablespoons strong coffee, brandy, rum, orange liqueur, or coffee liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • Whipped cream for serving (optional)


  • Place the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave until melted and smooth, stopping to whisk the mixture often. This will take from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Whisk in the egg yolks one at a time, making sure that each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Set aside.
  • Place the egg whites in a medium mixing bowl and whip with an electric mixer on low speed until they are foamy. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to whip while slowly adding in the sugar, until the egg whites are glossy and form soft peaks. (Soft peaks will bend or droop slightly downward from the tip of the whisk or beater when it is held up.)
  • Whisk one-fourth of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Then, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the remaining egg whites into the chocolate mixture, until no large streaks of egg whites remain.
  • Place the chilled cream in a medium mixing bowl and whip with an electric mixer set on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mousse.
  • Spoon the mixture into individual wine/dessert goblets or a large serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  • Serve garnished with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *7
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *11
Nutrition Facts
Classic Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /8th of recipe)
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 154
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.1g26%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 0g0%
Protein 3.9g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: classic mousse, creamy chocolate dessert