Four Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

This Four Ingredient Chocolate Mousse whips up super quickly and easily. It’s light as a feather with the most decadent, rich, chocolaty flavor with a rich dark chocolate flavor that you’ll love! Make this for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!

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Chocolate Mousse

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About a million years ago, I had found a recipe somewhere for an easy chocolate mousse recipe that only had three ingredients. It was so easy and delicious, and I was hooked. And then I promptly lost it and never made it again. I suspect that it is buried deep within an old email account of mine. I don’t remember any of the information to get into this email (believe me, I’ve tried).

Fast forward to one fateful Valentine’s weekend. I knew I wanted to make something chocolaty and decadent for my husband. I couldn’t remember the ingredients to the old recipe so I followed my heart (and my belly) and threw together this recipe I’m sharing today. It took a little testing to perfect it, but this is now one of our favorite easy desserts!

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Tips for making this chocolate mousse recipe

  • Chocolate can be tough to melt because if the temperature is too high (or if any moisture touches it) it will seize up and get a really undesirable clay-like texture. For melting it, you have two options- melting it in a double boiler over medium low heat and stirring often (or heat safe bowl over a pot with an inch or two of simmering water) or follow my directions to melt the chocolate in the microwave.
  • If you can, try to use a higher quality chocolate as those tend to melt better. And if it isn’t already in small pieces, chop it to help it melt more evenly.
  • Don’t over-whip your cream. I like it whip it to the point that it’s just starting to thicken and then add the melted chocolate and finish whipping it into stiff peaks.
  • For an extra fancy presentation, place it into a piping bag with your favorite tip and pipe it into the serving dishes.

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Frequently asked questions about making easy chocolate mousse

  • I don’t want to use alcohol, what can I use in place of the Kahlua? No problem- you can replace the Kahlua with the same amount of cold brew coffee (or regular coffee that you chilled).
  • Is there a lot of alcohol in this? No, it’s a very small amount. So small, in fact, that my kids have eaten this without a problem.
  • What do I do if my chocolate seizes up? Unfortunately, you’ll need to start over with new chocolate. You can still use the seized chocolate for a different recipe that involves baking it, but for this specific recipe it won’t blend into the cream unless it’s melted. Sorry! We’ve all been there. 🙁
  • Does chocolate mousse have raw eggs? Traditional chocolate mousse recipes often include raw eggs but my recipe does not! Have no fear!
  • Can I make this ahead? Yes, just keep it covered in the refrigerator.
  • How long can you keep chocolate mousse in the refrigerator? Because my recipe doesn’t include raw eggs, it will last up to a week in the refrigerator, but is at it’s very best in the first couple of days.
  • What do you serve with chocolate mousse? I like to serve it with fresh berries. Raspberries or strawberries are my favorite with this!

easy chocolate mousse

Make it a meal!

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Four Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This Four Ingredient Chocolate Mousse whips up super quickly and easily. It’s light as a feather with the most decadent, rich, chocolaty flavor with a rich dark chocolate flavor that you’ll love! Make this for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mousse
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Kahlua (or cold brew or cold coffee)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Begin melting the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. Go slow and stir often until melted. You can also melt it in the microwave.

  2. While the chocolate melts, begin whipping the cream, Kahlua and vanilla extract until it's just beginning to thicken.

  3. When the chocolate is fully melted, add it into the cream mixture and continue whipping until fully combined with nice, fluffy peaks.

  4. Serve right away or refrigerate for up to a week. This tastes great served with fruit.

If you tried this recipe please comment and rate it 🙂 I love hearing your feedback and answering your questions! And if you make this please tag me on Instagram with @thelifejolie so I can share it <3

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This Four Ingredient Chocolate Mousse whips up super quickly and easily. It’s light as a feather with the most decadent, rich, chocolaty flavor with a rich dark chocolate flavor that you’ll love! Make this for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim@The Baking ChocolaTess
    February 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm i love chocolate mousse! 4 ingredients including Kahlua is definitely a plus! Thanks so much for sharing and I'm visiting from Titus 2 Tuesday Party. PInning and tweeting! Have a great day! Kim@The Baking ChocolaTess recently posted...‘Symphony’ Almond Toffee Milk Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 24, 2015 at 10:46 pm Thank you! i couldn't leave the Kahlua out. I'm not a huge drinker, but I think alcohol is an excellent tool in the kitchen. I'd like to try this with Amaretto some time or Frangelico.
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    AdoringFamily
    February 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm chocolate mousse is one of my favorite desserts. I have been looking for an excuse to use my new kitchen aid! Thank you for the recipe :)
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      Jessy
      February 24, 2015 at 10:49 pm That's exactly what I did- I love my stand mixer (named Big Blue), I use it for everything. My favorite is actually making mashed potatoes in there. I don't even own a hand masher. Thanks for stopping by!
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    Gina
    February 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm I've never made chocolate mousse before. but now I gotta try it! I love that this recipe only has four ingredients! Thanks for the recipe! Saw this post over at Whismy Wednesday! Gina from Always Savory Gina recently posted...Motivate ME Monday: DeerDad: Free Printable!!My Profile
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      Jessy
      February 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm Give it a shot, it's super easy- I hope you enjoy :)
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    Felissa
    February 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm This looks scrumptious! I would be honored if you would hop over to party with us at Inspire Us Tuesday! Felissa recently posted...Inspire Us Tuesdays – Spring Cleaning Tips and TricksMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm Thank you for stopping by, I'd love to pop over!
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      Jessy
      February 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm Also, Macie is half Cavalier- they are the sweetiest dogs!
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    Katherines Corner
    February 25, 2015 at 10:39 pm oh this is divine. I pinned to my just desserts board. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo Katherines Corner recently posted...Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 178My Profile
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      Jessy
      February 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm Thank you so much- I hope you enjoy!
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    Katherines Corner
    February 25, 2015 at 10:40 pm this is divine and I love it's simplicity with such a grand finish. Pinned to my just desserts board. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo Katherines Corner recently posted...Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 178My Profile
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      Jessy
      February 25, 2015 at 10:43 pm Thank you for the kind words and for pinning!
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    Pam@over50feeling40
    February 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm Looks so good...thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop! Please stop by to enter the very special giveaway on http://www.over50feeling40.com Pam@over50feeling40 recently posted...Tamera Beardsley: An I MATTER Woman; a Jewelry Giveaway and the Blog Hop!My Profile
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      Jessy
      February 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm I'll check it out- thanks for stopping by!
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    Leanne
    February 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm I love chocolate, so I'm going to make this recipe! Thank you for sharing this post, glad I found it. Come join the Mix It Up Friday blog link up tomorrow morning at http://www.classyyettrendy.com Leanne, Classy Yet Trendy Leanne recently posted...Spring Accessories at TargetMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm I'll be sure to stop by- thank you for the kind words and enjoy :)
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    Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
    February 26, 2015 at 8:56 pm Yum, looks so yummy! I would love if you would share on my Friday Favorites linkup! Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife recently posted...Friday FavoritesMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm Thank you so much- I'll definitely stop by!
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    Jann Olson
    February 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm Looks super yummy and I love that it's so easy! Thanks for sharing with SYC. hugs, Jann
    • Reply
      Jessy
      February 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm Thank you- It's all about keeping it easy :)
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    Alyssa
    February 28, 2015 at 7:51 pm Yummy Yummy! Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Linky Party. #homematterparty Alyssa recently posted...Home Matters Linky Party #26My Profile
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      Jessy
      February 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm Thank you- enjoy!
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    Carol
    March 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm Oh I am always in the mood for chocolate mousse and a 4 ingredient recipe? Perfect! Featuring when my weekly party opens up tonight.
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      Jessy
      March 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm I hope you enjoy- thanks for the feature and for stopping by :)
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    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    March 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm Yum! Can't wait to try it! :) Jenny @ Women With Intention recently posted...Women With Intention Wednesdays #9My Profile
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      Jessy
      March 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm Thank you- enjoy!
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    Mary Denman
    March 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm Looks amazing! Going to try this!!!! Popping over from Friday Flash Blog. :) Mary Denman recently posted...Wordless Wednesday: Sunrise, SunriseMy Profile
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      Jessy
      March 19, 2015 at 11:07 am Thank you so much- I hope you enjoy!
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    Jessica @ The Pen & the Needle
    June 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm This looks sooo good! I'm a huge chocolate fan, so this is prefect for me! LOL. I will be trying this recipe out for myself very soon! Jessica @ The Pen & the Needle recently posted...Famous People That are My AgeMy Profile
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      Jessy
      June 10, 2015 at 8:50 am I hope you enjoy!
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    Sacha
    June 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm Im going to try this right away lol..but it does look good Sacha recently posted...The best gift I ever gotMy Profile
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      Jessy
      June 10, 2015 at 8:49 am It's dangerously easy!
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    Kathy
    December 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm I can hardly wait to try these
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 21, 2016 at 8:30 am Enjoy :)

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