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milk chocolate mousse in white ramekins with chocolate shavings around

Chocolate Mousse Cups

Rich, creamy, smooth and oh-so-chocolatey, there's nothing quite like milk chocolate mousse cups. It's simplistic but so luxurious and satisfying and just the right amount served in cups to satisfy a craving without being overindulgent.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Course: All Recipes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mousse cups, heavy cream, milk chocolate, milk chocolate mousse
Servings: 8
Calories: 319kcal


  • 6 oz milk chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon strong brewed hot coffee
  • 4 large eggs separated
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream plus extra for garnish
  • chocolate shavings for garnish


  • Fill a large saucepan with an inch or two of water and set it over medium heat until water comes to a low simmer.
  • Place a medium bowl over the simmering water and place chocolate inside. Stir gently until chocolate is fully melted.
  • Once fully melted, whisk the butter into the melted chocolate, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove chocolate mixture from heat.
  • Stir in the salt, vanilla, and coffee until completely incorporated.
  • Whisk in yolks, one at a time, making sure that each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Set chocolate mixture aside.
  • Stir egg whites in a clean mixing bowl set over a saucepan of hot water until slightly warm, 1 to 2 minutes; remove bowl from saucepan.
  • Beat with an electric mixer set at medium speed until soft peaks form. Raise mixer speed to high and slowly add sugar, beating to soft peaks.
  • Whisk a quarter of the beaten whites into chocolate mixture to lighten it, then gently fold in remaining whites.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream to soft peaks. Gently fold into mousse.
  • Spoon portion of mousse into six to eight individual serving dishes or ramekins.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 2 hours, before serving.
  • Optional: When ready to serve, whip heavy cream on high speed in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form.  Serve chocolate mousse with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.


  • Can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours
  • Store chocolate mousse and additional whipped cream garnish separately until ready to serve
  • Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.1g | Protein: 6.3g | Fat: 23.2g | Saturated Fat: 13.6g | Cholesterol: 132.8mg | Sodium: 145mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 20.7g
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