Chocolate Mousse, Two Ways

Chocolate mousse is one of those classic desserts that brings all the fancy without the fuss. But to the surprise of many, it's simple to make at home, requiring only a few ingredients and a gentle hand to fold it together and keep it as light and fluffy as possible. 

In honor of World Chocolate Day, we're sharing two ways to make chocolate mousse at home - both white chocolate and dark chocolate mousse so there is something for everyone! 

Don't forget, chocolate mousse's flavor comes from the chocolate you use so the better the chocolate, the better your final product is going to taste! Our chocolate discsare perfect for making mousse at home. 

Christina's Dark Chocolate Berry Mousse 

This light and airy dark chocolate mousse is topped with strawberry jam, whipped cream and fresh strawberries, but the same could be done with your favorite in-season berry throughout the summer. 

To create this decadent treat, I made the following layers: 

1) Bon Appetit's Classic Chocolate Mousse, made with our 70% Esmeraldas discs, chopped for quicker melting. I also used local cream from Farmer's Creamery, Higher Grounds coffee and eggs from Old Hundredth Farm. I chilled the mousse in the serving glasses, before layering on top of it. 

2) A quick strawberry jam, made with fresh local berries, a little bit of sugar and a little lemon juice. Cook until it's jammy when cooled and chill completely. I put a small spoon of jam in the freezer for a few minutes to test the texture! 

3) Fresh whipped cream with a little bit of sugar and a little vanilla. I love unsweetened cream, but the sugar helps to add stability if you want to fully assemble the mousse and keep it in the fridge until you serve (I wouldn't make this more than 24 hours ahead of time). 

White Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Layered chocolate mousse parfaits are the perfect summer treat. We made this one with a quick raspberry coulis and homemade whipped cream and served it at a recent Fourth of July party. Blackberries and fresh mint are a wonderful combination too. 

Or, if fruit isn't your jam - wink, wink -  layer Christina's dark chocolate mousse with this mint white chocolate mousse, add a layer of whipped cream and some oreos for crunch (try this homemade oreo recipe from Serious Eats).

1. We love the White Chocolate Mint Mousse by Nigella Lawson (easily searchable online). It's very rich so a few bites is the perfect amount. We used (1) 9 oz. pkg of our white chocolate discs for the recipe.
2. Raspberry coulis (koo-LEE) is easy peasy. Cook down 2 cups fresh raspberries, 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 2/3 cup water and 2 tbsp powdered sugar until most of the water is evaporated and consistency is jammy. Let cool.
3. Homemade whipped cream with local heavy cream and just enough maple syrup to sweeten. A can of RediWip works great, too!
4. Fresh berries of your choice.