Chocolate Mousse

This Chocolate Mousse is one of my favorite French desserts. It’s elegant smooth, creamy, airy, and most of all chocolatey. I always recommend this dessert for elegant dinners.

Although chocolate mousse is a staple in many high-end restaurants and may appear to be a complex recipe, don’t be intimidated. Despite its refined appearance, it’s actually quite easy and quick to prepare. With just a few simple steps, you can create a dessert that will surely impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

One of the reasons I love chocolate mousse is its versatility. You can serve it in a variety of ways, from individual ramekins to elegant martini glasses, and garnish it with fresh berries, a dollop of whipped cream, or a sprinkle of cocoa powder. This adaptability makes it perfect for any occasion, for either a casual family gathering or a formal dinner party.

How to make classic French Chocolate Mousse

Begin by melting the chocolate over a bain-marie until it becomes smooth. Once melted, add the butter and incorporate it until well blended.

In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with a mixer until they become foamy. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to whip until the mixture forms very stiff peaks.

Next, beat the egg yolks with your chosen flavor ingredients, and then add this mixture to the chocolate. Fold a spoonful of the whipped egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the remaining whipped egg whites and gently fold until everything is well combined.

Transfer the mousse into serving bowls, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

How to make the mousse without using raw eggs

If you’re not comfortable using raw eggs, you can gently heat them to make them safer. For the egg yolks, combine them with 1 tablespoon of sugar and place the mixture over a pot of simmering water. Stir continuously until a thermometer reads 160°F (70°C).

For the egg whites, combine the whites, sugar, and salt in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water (bain-marie) and whisk constantly for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture reaches 160°F (71°C) on a thermometer. Once heated, remove from the heat and mix on high speed for about 5-7 minutes until glossy stiff peaks form.

From here continue with the instructions as mentioned.

Before serving, decorate as desired. Enjoy your rich and creamy chocolate mousse! If you try it out, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Would love to see how it turns out for you.

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Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

5 from 2 votes
Chocolate mousse is a great elegant dessert, smooth, creamy and airy with lots of chocolate. Quite easy and fast recipe, will surely impress your guests.
Servings 3 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 5.5 oz (150g) dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs , separated
  • 3 tbsp (50g) butter
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • flavors - you choose (rum, orange)


  • Melt chocolate over a bain-marie until smooth. Add butter and incorporate until well blended. 
  • Whip egg whites until foamy with a mixer and gradually add the sugar whipping the whole time until it holds very stiff peaks. 
  • Beat the yolks with your chosen flavor ingredients, and add to the chocolate mixture.
  • Fold in a spoonful of the whites into the chocolate mixture then pour the chocolate into the remaining whites and fold gently until well combined. 
  • Pour the mousse into serving bowls. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate few hours or overnight. Decorate if desired  before serving. 



  1. If you don't feel comfortable using raw eggs, you can place the egg yolks with 1 tbsp sugar over a pot with simmering water and stir continuously until the thermometer reads 160F (70C).
  2. For the egg whites place the whites, sugar and salt in a heat proof bowl. Place over a pan with simmering water (bain-marie). Whisk constantly, for about 5 minutes, or if you have a thermometer until it reaches 160F (71C). Remove from heat and start mixing on high speed for about 5-7 minutes, until glossy stiff peaks form. 


Serving: 1 serving out of 3Calories: 515kcalCarbohydrates: 46.9gProtein: 9.5gFat: 32.7gSaturated Fat: 20.3gCholesterol: 233mgSugar: 42.9g
Calories: 515kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate, mousse

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  1. Eftychia Author says:

    Delicious chocolate mousse and very easy to make. I already saved it in my favorite list. I will give your recipe a try soon. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cristina Author says:

    Let’s pretend we are eating this in Paris…

  3. elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds Author says:

    I love your chocolate mousse, and bookmarked it to make it ASAP. So light, fluffy, and decadent. The photo of it is beautiful, as well.
    Congratulations on the top 9. I buzzed you:DDD

  4. Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) Author says:

    This looks like a perfect mousse. I like your photograph too. Yum! Congratulations on making the Top 9 tokday on FoodBuzz. Look forward to more from Home Cooking Adventure.

  5. cakewhiz Author says:

    i love anything with chocolate and this mousse is to die for!

  6. Mario Author says:

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  7. Chrissy Author says:

    Your blog is lovely! I can’t wait to try this chocolate mousse.

  8. Anna Author says:

    Mmmm, this looks amazing, great picture. I’ve been looking to try a mousse recipe just to use my fresh mint as garnish and I think this is the one I’ll try!

  9. Simran Author says:

    WOW ! this is such an easy recipe !! i just cannot wait to try this !!

  10. Juanita Author says:

    This looks amazing! Love the photo styling too.

  11. CassidyS Author says:

    I bookmarked this and will be making it very soon — it looks delicious!!!

  12. Marie Author says:

    I am concerned about the use of raw eggs in a recipe. Any ideas to keep it safe? Thanks! 🙂

  13. Alida @ Alida's Kitchen Author says:

    This looks delicious and you make it sound so easy. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  14. Kadence Author says:

    BEST CHOCOLATE MOUSSE I HAVE EVER MADE! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This turned out perfect even though I didn’t add a flavor! I am so saving this recipe!!!!!!!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am so glad Kadence to hear that it turned well for you. My favorite is the one with only chocolate flavor as well, but I wanted people to know that different flavors can be added.  Stay in touch, more recipes are about to come 🙂

  15. Adeeha Author says:

    Dear Ella

    Thanks for this recipe. I tried it last night the final product turned out good. but i guess its slightly less airy then i was imagining it to be (or more precisely as i was hoping it to be after seeing your video). Could you pinpoint as what I could have done wrong or what i can be careful with while i make it next time.
    Moreover, I had also halved the quantity given in ur recipe as last night was just a pilot run before finalising it for the upcoming family get together 🙂
    please advise asap.


    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You just have to be careful on how you fold in the chocolate mixture into the whites so the whites don't deflate. And also it is important to let it chill preferably overnight, this is what also helps being so airy. 

  16. Rina Author says:

    I made this last nite. turned out exactly like the picture! sweet, love the texture. I hope one day you could also share a recipe which does not use raw eggs. Thank you so much Ella! I’m a huge fan of this blog 🙂

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you so much Rina for your comment.. I am really happy that you enjoyed the recipe… Hope I will be able to post soon a mousse recipe that doesn't use raw eggs

  17. Michela Author says:

    This is look amazing and delicious. But when you say few hours,what do you mean?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      4- 6 hours should be just fine.. or even overnight.. hope you will try it out and let me know

  18. Elizabeth Dag Author says:

    I would just like to say what a wonderful website I have discovered. Your recipes and methods are fantastic and the way everything is presented makes it so easy to follow. Thank you so much for using the metric system as well. This helps a lot of confusion about measurements.

  19. Have you used salted or unsalted butter ?

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      I always like to use unsalted butter. I like to add the salt after so I can control the quantity of salt in my desserts.

  20. 5 stars
    Your recipes and methods are fantastic and the way everything is presented makes it so easy to follow. Thank you so much for using the metric system as well. This helps a lot of confusion about measurements.

  21. 5 stars
    Thank you so much Ella for sharing this wonderful chocolate mousse recipe with us. I will surely try this at home.

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