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Classic Chocolate Mousse (VIDEO)

Learn how to make Classic Chocolate Mousse that is decadent, airy and intensely chocolatey. A generous dollop of whipped cream, shaved chocolate and fresh raspberries make this a romantic, special occasion dessert.

Add this dark chocolate mousse to your Valentines Day menu along with Filet Mignon or Lobster Tails for a truly memorable dinner!

Classic chocolate mousse served in ramekins for Valentines Day

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Chocolate Mousse!

Many of the “easy” chocolate mousse recipes take shortcuts which result in something that looks like mousse but tastes like chocolate pudding. This ‘Mousse de chocolate’ is something you might try in a fancy restaurant, but it’s simple to achieve these same results at home.

My husband and I took a “date night” cooking class together at Sur La Table and the chef taught this recipe for classic French mousse. We both were smitten with how intensely flavorful it was without being overly sweet.

Chocolate mousse in a cup with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and fresh raspberries

How to Make Chocolate Mousse:

This recipe comes together in 3 bowls and you will need a medium saucepan with 2″ of boiling water to serve as a hot water bath or “bain marie” to melt the chocolate and heat/thicken the egg yolks mixture. (I added Amazon affiliate links for tools we used)

  1. Melt chocolate with butter and coffee over simmering water
  2. Heat yolks with sugar and vanilla over simmering water
  3. Fold yolk mixture into chocolate mixture
  4. Beat egg whites and sugar and fold into mousse in thirds
  5. Divide between ramekins and refrigerate

chocolate mousse spoonful with whipped cream

Is Eating Raw Eggs Safe?

The yolks in this recipe reach the heat temperature where they are considered pasteurized but the whites do go into the chocolate mousse raw. It is recommended that the elderly, pregnant women, very young children and immune compromised individuals do not consume raw eggs. This article from healthline goes into greater detail on raw egg safety. If you are concerned, look for eggs labeled “pasteurized” in your grocery store and follow these tips:

  • Never use cracked, chipped or dirty eggs
  • Only buy eggs from the refrigerated section of grocery stores
  • Keeps eggs refrigerated and handle with clean hands
  • Do not use expired eggs
  • Use eggs from trusted sources

Ingredients for chocolate mousse with chocolate, raw eggs, raspberries, butter, coffee and whipping cream

Cooks tip: The coffee amplifies the flavor of the chocolate so do not skip it. Espresso or dark brewed coffee work well.

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Watch Natasha Make Chocolate Mousse:

I hope you are inspired to recreate this homemade chocolate mousse!

Classic Chocolate Mousse

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration: 2 hours
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Learn how to make Classic Chocolate Mousse that is decadent, airy and intensely chocolatey.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$15
Keyword: chocolate mousse
Calories: 478 kcal
Servings: 8 4 oz servings


For the Chocolate Mousse:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped or broken up
  • 6 oz unsalted butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp granulated sugar divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Toppings:


How to Make Chocolate Mousse:

  1. In a medium heat-proof mixing bowl, combine 6 oz chopped chocolate, 6 oz butter, 1/4 cup coffee. Heat a medium saucepan with 2-inches of water to a boil. Place your bowl with chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water so the bowl over the steam and not touching the water. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Separate eggs and put 4 yolks in a large heat-proof mixing bowl with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Place bowl over the saucepan of boiling water, and whisk until thickened, hot to the touch and lightened in color (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat. Use a spatula to stir chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.

  3. Place 4 whites in a third medium bowl. Beat until foamy. Gradually add 1 Tbsp sugar and continue beating until medium peaks form. Fold egg whites into the batter one third at a time, fully incorporating between each addition. Once all egg whites are in, stop folding when mousse is smooth and even in color.

  4. Divide mousse between 8 (4oz) ramekins, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or ideally overnight.

How to Make Whipped Cream and Assembly:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together heavy cream with 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract on medium/high speed until soft peaks form. 

  2. Spoon generous dollops of whipped cream over chilled chocolate mousse cups and top with shaved chocolate and raspberries.

Recipe Notes

What you will need: 1 medium mixing bowl, 1 medium heat-proof bowl, 1 large heat-proof bowl, 1 medium saucepan filled with 2" water.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Chocolate Mousse
Amount Per Serving
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1100IU22%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Jashan
    December 21, 2019

    Hi Natasha

    This looks yummy and i want to make this recipe.

    We don’t eat eggs. Is there a substitute for eggs in this recipe.

    Thanks for Sharing Reply

    • Natasha
      December 22, 2019

      Hi Jashan, that is a tough one since the mousse is egg-based. There are eggless mousse recipes that I’ve seen online but it would be difficult to modify this one. Reply

  • Elena Smityukh
    September 4, 2019

    Hi Natasha! I’m going to make this recipe using chocolate chips, since I don’t have chocolate bars. Do you think it’ll work? Also how long do you usually whisk the egg yolks and sugar together over the heat? That step confuses me. It would really help! Reply

    • Natasha
      September 4, 2019

      Hi Elena, I think that should work with chocolate chips. With the egg step, that takes about 4 minutes. Reply

  • Katerina P.
    July 23, 2019

    Just made this last night since I was having a major chocolate craving. It definitely satisfied it! So decadent and rich. Definitely a repeater! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Bianca
    June 10, 2019

    This mouse was delicious! My dad asked if I would make him mousse for his birthday. He loved it. We don’t have bittersweet chocolate here, so used 70% dark which turned out lovely. It was SO fluffy and easy to make! Thank you Natasha, everyone loved it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 10, 2019

      That’s so awesome! I’m so happy you all enjoyed that Bianca! Reply

  • Atiqa
    May 28, 2019

    Can I make this a day ahead? Along with the topping?
    Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 28, 2019

      Hi Atiqa! That should work! Reply

  • Yuliya Aukschun
    May 15, 2019

    Natasha is there a way to substitute something else for coffee in the chocolate mousse since I don’t drink coffee Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 15, 2019

      Hi Yuliya, we have only tried this with coffee – from my research coffee really enhances the flavor of chocolate but you could substitute with water instead and the recipe would still work. Reply

  • Ariane Velez
    March 25, 2019

    This recipe is amazing! I used dark chocolate instead because that’s what I had on hand and it still came out really good. My husbands favorite is dark chocolate and it was his first time trying mousse. He really enjoyed it as well. Thank you so much for sharing!❤️ Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2019

      You’re so welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Ariane! Reply

  • March 23, 2019

    I was asking if I can replace the chocolate with cocoa powder? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2019

      Hi Angela, I haven’t tested that so it’s hard to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe. Reply

    • Angela Zhovkly
      March 27, 2019

      I have tried the cocoa powder and I used 1/4 cups of cocoa powder and it worked really good.

      Thankyou Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        March 27, 2019

        Thank you for sharing that with us, Angela! Reply

  • Helena
    February 14, 2019

    Hey, these chocolate mousse cups were sooooo good! The only problem was that it didn’t make a lot. We didn’t have ramekins so I used small cups that were definitely less than 4 ounces. I barely divided them into 6 of the small cups. Next time I’ll probably make a double recipe, since our family is big. Any tips for double recipes? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 14, 2019

      Hi Helena! That’s so great! I’m so happy to hear that! I haven’t tried doubling it but it should work! Reply

  • Patricia Chutskoff
    February 8, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    Thanks for all recipes. I enjoy trying them. I did make the chocolate mousse but they came out thicker and dense. ( But still tasty ) Not soft and light like yours. Was it the bakers chocolate of 70% or did I over mix the ingredients. Would love to try again. Patricia Reply

    • Natasha
      February 8, 2019

      Hi Patricia, If everything else was the same per the recipe, it could also be over beating or under beating the egg whites – they should come to soft peaks before folding them in – if it get’s too stiff, it doesn’t incorporate well into the mousse. Also, I find these are the most airy right out of the fridge after letting them set completely. I found the best results when refrigerating them overnight. Hope that helps! Reply

  • Tonya
    February 7, 2019

    Natasha, can I use dark chocolate? Or what are your recommendations? I only have dark chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips on hand. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 8, 2019

      Hi Tonya! I imagine that should work! If you experiment please let me know how you like that! Reply

      • Tonya
        February 8, 2019

        I made it with 2 dark chocolate bars and it came out great!!! I’ll try it with bittersweet chocolate next time, I’m thinking it’ll be less seeet and more chocolatey… Reply

    February 4, 2019

    Can you substitute something else in for the coffee? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 4, 2019

      Hi Allyson, We have only tried this with coffee – from my research coffee really enhances the flavor of chocolate but you could substitute with water instead and the recipe would still work. Reply

  • Ellen Gary
    February 3, 2019

    Did I miss a step and see you used raw eggs and didn’t bake it, Can’t you get sick from raw eggs. Please let know if I missed something Wold love to make this for the chocolate moose Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2019

      Hi Ellen, we did leave a note in the recipe regarding the raw egg whites. “The yolks in this recipe reach the heat temperature where they are considered pasteurized but the whites do go into the chocolate mousse raw. It is recommended that the elderly, pregnant women, very young children and immune-compromised individuals do not consume raw eggs.” There are more detailed to that in the post. I hope this helps! Reply

  • Taylor
    February 2, 2019

    This looks divine! So rich and creamy! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 2, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Pam
    February 1, 2019

    My family loved this for our Friday night dessert tonight! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 1, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that you all loved the chocolate mousse recipe!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Sommer
    February 1, 2019

    This is the ultimate dessert! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 1, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Christine
    February 1, 2019

    The recipe and instructions in the video state the recipe makes 8 4-ounce servings, however, in the video there are only 6 ramekins. Are the ramekins in the video larger than 4 – ounces? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 1, 2019

      Hi Christine, I did fill 8 4-ounce cups – but because I made a batch the day before, I didn’t think through that I needed another 8 ramekins so the other 2 were mismatched and different colors. lol. It’s not a very good excuse but it’s the truth 🙂 Reply

  • Steph
    February 1, 2019

    Mousse is my favorite dessert ever! Can’t wait to make this over the weekend! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 1, 2019

      Hi Steph, I look forward to your feedback! Thank you for that wonderful review! Reply

  • Anna
    February 1, 2019

    This mousse is so rich and decadent! Love it! I will have to make it again for Valentine’s Day! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 1, 2019

      Hi Anna, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! This will be so perfect for Valentine’s day! 🙂 Reply

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