3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Life is busy. Its a fact we all have to face. Whether you go work, or stay work at home, time is precious. I love making yummy desserts and treats, and I try to make something that won't take too much time (or create too many dishes!). This chocolate mouse is one of those desserts! You put 3 ingredients in - and you get a marvelous, smooth and silky dessert out. What's not to love about that?

If you came here via foodgawker, and read that this recipe has a secret ingredient - then you are like me - waaaay to curious not to click on a link with some sort of secret at the end. I bet you watch those treasure-hunting type movies and you can't help love to sit and stare watch  random people doing their daily activities. I am sorry for playing the secret card :) ha ha, I always wanted to do it thou! The secret is the marshmallows. The gelatin in the marshmallows gives it that light, airy, soft texture and it helps the mousse to set nicely.

First up: place marshmallows, chopped up chocolate (or chocolate chips) and a little of the cream in a heavy based pot on the stove. Stir and stir until the marshmallows are melted. This usually takes about 3-5 minutes on a medium heat.

Once that is done, take it off the stove and let it cool COMPLETELY. Don't be impatient. I have, on the odd occasion, tried to ignore the small voice in my head saying "wait Heidi, this is still a little too warm!!". It didn't end well. In fact, it ended in chocolate mousse milkshake. Don't do it! OK?!?! Let me be the LOUD voice in your head! Let it cool!

So, now that we have established that, once it has cooled, grab a clean bowl and whip up the remainder of the cream.

Once the cream is whipped (so that stiff peaks form) you can add the marshmallow mixture to this.

Doesn't that just look super yummy? MMmmmmm.

Then you just fold the cream and marshmallow mixture together until they are combined and scoop it into your serving dish. You can make one large mousse, or several smaller ones. I love making this in champagne glasses, and usually get about 4 large servings from this mixture. Its also really cute to serve it in some shot glasses.

After that, pop it into the refrigerator for about 2 - 3 hours, or until it is set.

The very best thing about this chocolate mousse is the flavour is totally up to you! I have tried this using white chocolate, mint chocolate, hazelnut chocolate...the list goes on! I have also done it in layers before where I have made a white chocolate mousse and a dark chocolate mousse and layered the two - such a great effect!

This is one of the recipes from my book, Bakes and Treats, which is available for download from iTunes. FOR FREE :)

Bakes and Treats

If you do happen to download it, and enjoy it, I would really appreciate a review on it!

And if you just want the recipe for this, here it is! Enjoy!

3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse | Printable
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes (stove top)

Setting time: 2-3 hours in the refrigerator
Yields: 4 servings

2 cups whipping (heavy) cream *
1 small bag marshmallows (150g)
200g dark (semi sweet) chocolate

break the chocolate into pieces
add the chocolate pieces, marshmallows, and about ¼ cup cream to a heavy based pot
melt on a very low heat, stirring constantly
when marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is rich and smooth, take off heat and leave to cool completely!!!
when cool, whip the remaining cream until soft peaks form
fold the cool marshmallow mixture onto the cream
pour into serving dish and leave to set in the refrigerator

*heavy whipping cream in South African terms is just normal 'fresh cream'. 

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