3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Cups

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Chill 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
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a chocolate mousse cup with whipped cream.

These 3 ingredient Chocolate Mousse Cups have a delicious combination of creamy chocolate and an airy and light texture. They are easy to make, decadent, and satisfy all your chocolate cravings. This chocolate mousse recipe is the perfect dessert to end a dinner party with family or friends. You only need 3 ingredients to make it, and we know all you chocolate dessert lovers with love this recipe.

What is a Mousse?

A mousse is a delicate dessert that is foamy and light in texture. It’s prepared by making whipped cream and then gently fold it in the puree, like a fruit puree or melted chocolate. After the mixture is folded together, the base is light and smooth, and after it sets, the bottom of the mix will be denser and firmer but with lots of volume and lightness. A classic mousse call for eggs as they provide emulsifying properties and contribute to their light and fluffy texture. Don’t get us wrong, we love a classic chocolate mousse, but after we made one without the eggs, we were impressed by how light and airy the mousse was. The key is to whip the cream to medium peaks over an ice bath and fold in the chocolate gently. Get ready, chocolate lovers; this is a good one!

🍫 Ingredients

Our easy chocolate mouse recipe requires only 3 simple ingredients, but we provide a couple of other ingredients in our FAQ section on enhancing the chocolate flavor.

  • Heavy Whipping Cream. You could also use heavy cream, but heavy whipping cream makes this mousse lighter once it firms up.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Bar. We used 70% dark chocolate for our chocolate mousse because we prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but you could use milk chocolate too. We recommend selecting dark chocolate with 70% to 72% cacao.
  • Powdered Sugar. Adding powdered sugar makes the whipped cream sweeter and helps the cream hold its whipped texture longer.

🥣 Instructions

This simple dessert is similar to a chocolate pudding but lighter in texture, like a classic airy chocolate mousse. It’s easy to make, and the most challenging part is waiting for the chocolate to set. If you have a date night and are a chocolate dessert lover, we recommend making these the day before.

  • Whip the Cream. Using a hand mixer, whip 1 cup of the cream on medium-high speed in a medium bowl over an ice bath until medium soft peaks form.
  • Melt Chocolate. Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a saucepan with the remaining heavy cream (3/4 cup). Melt the chocolate over medium heat, frequently stirring with a spatula.
  • Gently Fold Everything Together. Add the melted chocolate to the bowl with the whipped cream and gently fold everything together with a rubber spatula until there are no more white streaks.
  • Add to Mini Cups. Transfer the chocolate mixture to 4-6 mini cups, cover with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate to set for 4 hours.
  • Decorate & Enjoy. Once the chocolate mousse has set, add whipped cream on top with chocolate shaving or cocoa powder and fresh berries before serving.

FAQs

How to enhance the chocolate flavor?


Adding 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract to the melted chocolate enhances the chocolate by adding creaminess. Plus, it balances out the sweetness and bitterness of the cocoa.

Adding 2 tsp of instant coffee powder to the melted chocolate intensifies the chocolate flavor and adds a nice balance to the bitterness.

How to store dark chocolate mousse?


Cover leftover mousse with plastic wrap or a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. We don’t recommend freezing this mousse as it has no gelatin, and it won’t have much texture when it starts to defrost.

What thickens chocolate mousse?


Since we use heavy whipping cream in our recipe, we need to whip the cream until soft peaks form. When this happens, it makes the mixture light and airy. Also, when folded with the melted chocolate mixture, it makes the mousse denser and thicker in texture when everything sets.

If your mousse did not turn out light and airy, then it’s possible you over-folded the chocolate mixture with the whipped cream.

Gently fold the whipped cream into the chocolate so you don’t destroy all the air pockets. Once all visible white streaks are gone, stop folding and immediately transfer to cups to set.


These 3 ingredient dark chocolate mousse cups are a creamy and velvety treat that will satisfy all your chocolate cravings after just one bite. It’s easy to make, light, airy, decadent, and delicious. We hope you all love our recipe. Enjoy! ♡

taking a spoonful of chocolate mousse.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

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These 3 ingredient Chocolate Mousse Cups have a delicious combination of creamy chocolate and an airy and light texture. They are easy to make, decadent, and satisfy all your chocolate cravings.
a chocolate mousse cup with whipped cream.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Chill 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Yields 6
Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 oz bittersweet chocolate 70-72% cacao
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
Instructions
  • Whip the Cream. Using a hand mixer, whip 1 cup of the cream on medium-high speed in a medium bowl over an ice bath until soft peaks form.
  • Melt Chocolate. Chop the chocolate and transfer to a saucepan with the remaining 3/4 cup of cream. Melt the chocolate over medium heat, frequently stirring with a spatula.
  • Gently Fold Everything Together. Add the melted chocolate to the bowl with the whipped cream and gently fold everything together with a rubber spatula until there are no more white streaks.
  • Add to Mini Cups. Transfer the chocolate mixture to 4-6 mini cups, cover with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate to set for at least 4 hours.
  • Decorate & Enjoy. Once the chocolate mousse has set, add whipped cream on top with chocolate shaving or cocoa powder and fresh berries before serving.
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American-Inspired
Diet: Vegetarian
Nutrition Facts
Serving1gCalories383.18kcalCarbohydrates17.02gProtein3.42gFat34.11gSaturated Fat21.17gPolyunsaturated Fat1.38gMonounsaturated Fat9.04gTrans Fat0.02gCholesterol79.86mgSodium21.16mgPotassium199.95mgFiber1.89gSugar13.31gVitamin A1032.24IUVitamin C0.42mgCalcium60.49mgIron1.57mg
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