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How to Make Chocolate Mousse in a Blender: Recipe and Tips

Cool and silky, airy and elegant, chocolate mousse is a decadent but light dessert that is as sweet as it is refreshing. Chocolate mousse has a rich flavor and can be enjoyed as a standalone dessert or as a delicious component of other desserts such as chocolate mousse pie.

Making mousse is a process that you will enjoy learning and adding to your culinary repertoire. Although mousse is an elegant dessert, making it is relatively simple and can be done with the help of your KitchenAid® blender and a few simple ingredients. Read the recipe overview below to learn how to make delicious, fluffy chocolate mousse for your next dessert.

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WHAT IS MOUSSE?

Mousse is rich yet light and can be made by folding whipped cream or eggs and sugar into a base, which can be chocolate, fruit, curd, prepared custard or a variety of other options. Mousse can be enjoyed on its own, delicately served in individual dishes or as a delicious addition to a layered cake.

Some varieties of mousse add gelatin to the recipe in order to give it more structure for a mousse pie like this passion fruit blender mousse that is as stunning as it is delicious.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MOUSSE AND PUDDING?

Although mousse and pudding have similar appearances, they are quite different. Mousse has an airy texture, while pudding is more dense. Mousse is made from combining an aerator like whipped cream with a base, while pudding is made with milk thickened by a starch.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE BLENDER RECIPE

If you’re looking for a richly-flavored, elegant dessert for your next party or post-meal treat, chocolate mousse is a great option. You can create this delicious chocolate mousse using your KitchenAid® blender and a few simple ingredients. Although the recipe below suggests using espresso for a rich flavor, it is not required and can be substituted for another liquid.

Once you have experimented with a basic mousse recipe, consider adding more elaborate flavors like a hint of cardamom or star anise to make this dish uniquely yours.

YIELDS

8 servings

INGREDIENTS
  • Granulated sugar

  • Heavy cream

  • Dark chocolate, chopped

  • Eggs, room temperature

  • Brewed espresso or coffee

  • Vanilla extract

  • Kosher salt

  • Brandy or rum, optional

PREP TIME

20 minutes

TOTAL TIME

20 minutes, plus time to chill

TOOLS
  • KitchenAid® blender

  • KitchenAid® stand mixer

  • KitchenAid® stand mixer whip accessory

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Small saucepan

  • Rubber spatula

  • Individual serving dishes

KitchenAid® blender with heavy cream in the blender jar

STEP 1: WHIP HEAVY CREAM

Using your KitchenAid® blender or a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream to medium peaks. Begin blending on speed 1, slowly increasing speed to medium. Continue blending until the cream is whipped and voluminous, which will take about 10-20 seconds. Set it aside in the refrigerator.

STEP 2: MELT SUGAR AND DISSOLVE WATER

In the small saucepan over low heat, melt the sugar and dissolve it into the water. As soon as it begins to boil, turn off the heat and allow it to cool.

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STEP 3: BLEND CHOCOLATE AND EGGS

Add the chocolate and eggs to your KitchenAid® blender and blend on medium-high speed while slowly adding the sugar and water mixture.

STEP 4: ADD ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS

Continue blending until the mixture is very smooth and then add the espresso, if you are including it, vanilla, salt and rum or brandy, if desired. Keep blending until it has cooled to room temperature. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides if needed.

STEP 5: FOLD WHIPPED CREAM INTO CHOCOLATE MIXTURE

In your blender jar, fold part of the chocolate mixture into the chilled whipped cream, gently blending until it is smooth. Add the rest of the chocolate mixture to the whipped cream.

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STEP 6: PORTION AND SERVE

Pour your mousse into individual serving dishes and allow it to chill until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Serve the mousse chilled.

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WHAT MAKES MOUSSE THICK?

Including additional egg yolks gently heated with heavy cream (called a liaison) or adding butter or corn starch can thicken mousse to a more pudding-like consistency. You can also add more chocolate or more whipped egg whites to help thicken.

WHAT MAKES MOUSSE GRAINY?

Mousse can become grainy if the cream has been overwhipped. Adding fresh cream to your mixture can help fix the grainy texture. Chocolate can also break which will make it grainy if exposed to water. The best way to fix this is to add some alcohol, like rum or bourbon, or strong coffee.

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CAN I MAKE A VEGAN MOUSSE?

Vegan mousse can be made by using dairy free alternatives such as coconut milk and cream or avocado. Be sure to use organic sugar, as well, to keep the recipe vegan. Aquafaba whipped cream is another vegan option. You can use it in your mousse recipe or as a delicious, vegan-friendly topping.

CAN I MAKE DIFFERENT MOUSSE FLAVORS?

Mousse recipes come in a variety of different flavors to match the theme of your spread or the taste preferences of your guests. For a refreshing, summery take on mousse, try this Lemon Mousse recipe. This Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse is the perfect addition to your fall menu. Some mousse recipes are even savory rather than sweet, such as Goat Cheese Mousse that can be served with crispy crostinis.

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WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH MOUSSE?

A savory mousse can be spread on crackers or bread or served as a dip, while a sweet mousse is delicious on its own, but can be served alongside atop sweet confections such as cake or layered into a cookie crust for a smooth and creamy pie. A whipped cream topping sprinkled with nuts, chocolate shavings, spices or fruit are also a great complement to a light, airy mousse.

CAN I USE A FOOD PROCESSOR TO MAKE MOUSSE?

Although food processors and blenders are not always interchangeable in recipes, a food processor can be used similarly to a blender when making mousse. To create mousse in a food processor, you can use the multipurpose or chopping blade and run the processor on a low setting. 

EXPLORE KITCHENAID® BLENDERS

Whether you’re mixing up a silky, rich mousse or creating a fruity, refreshing smoothie, a KitchenAid® blender can help you bring your inspirations to life. With a variety of speeds, select models with built-in heating and the extra power you need to pureé foods and crush ice, a KitchenAid® blender is a staple in your culinary collection.

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