easy chocolate mousse

Easy Chocolate Mousse

I started making this easy chocolate mousse recipe when I was 14 or so. It’s now (cough, ahem, mumble) years later, and I’m still doing it.
The original recipe came from Seventeen magazine. It was so easy that I made it for my friends (even hosted a party) and served it to my parents.

This is still remembered today as the infamous, “Jodi, you make dinner tonight episode:” all my favorites — fettucine alfredo and chocolate mousse. 

I’ve now learned to make much more complicated desserts (chocolate and otherwise), but this easy mousse is still a big favorite.

The recipe is so easy, a kid can make it. You don’t have to separate eggs, or follow lots of complicated instructions. There are only 5 ingredients: a chocolate bar, heavy cream, water, vanilla, and an egg.

If you can boil water, you can make this chocolate mousse. The only tools you need are a blender, a measuring cup, a measuring spoon, and a spatula.

This page (which was originally on Squidoo) has the original recipe, with instructions on how to make your mousse. There are also several delicious variations, like chocolate mousse made with cocoa powder, chocolate mousse without eggs, and chocolate mousse without cream. Scroll down to find the one you want.

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: French

five servings

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Easy chocolate mousse with only five ingredients. No fussing, or separating eggs, you can make this in a few minutes.


  • 7 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1/4 C boiling water
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


  1. Break up the dark chocolate into squares or small pieces. Drop them into the blender.
  2. Add boiling water. Blend for 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients. Blend 15 seconds. Scrape down sides.
  3. Blend until smooth. Pour into dessert dishes or small glasses and refrigerate until set.


Garnish with mint, sliced strawberries, whipped cream or all three.

Do not double the recipe, as it won't set properly. If you need to make more, make two separate batches.

Easy Chocolate Mousse Substitutions and Variations

  • Use a dark chocolate bar (like 70%) for an extra chocolate boost.
  • Freeze the mousse. It comes out like chocolate fudge ice cream.
  • Add raspberries or strawberries on top. If you freeze those too, they get even sweeter.
  • Garnish with shaved chocolate or chocolate sprinkles.
  • Serve layered in parfait glasses with whipped cream in-between.
  • Make it with coffee instead of water.
  • A splash of Kahlua or Amaretto might be fun too!

Ingredients to Make Easy Chocolate Mousse

Extra Dark Chocolate Makes Your Mousse Even Better

Green & Black’s 70% Organic Chocolate Bars

Make your mousse extra special with Green & Black’s extra dark chocolate. It’s smooth, intense, and super-chocolatey. Use it in mousse, or just eat one or two squares right out of the package. And, all that dark chocolate is actually good for you.

Use Real Vanilla, It Makes a Difference

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas 8-oz. Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract

This vanilla from Nielsen-Massey is real vanilla. It costs more than standard vanilla because the plants are pollinated by hand. It takes 9 months for the beans to mature. After that, the beans must be immersed in an alcohol solution to eventually produce vanilla extract.

The fake stuff is cheaper. Want to know why? It’s because it’s made by soaking wood in alcohol. Who wants to eat wood?

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