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Quick and Easy Chocolate Mousse

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

My kids love chocolate mousse. And I’m always looking for quick recipes that don’t require lots of ingredients, and lots of washing up. So, if I can skip the complicated steps, I’ll do it. I will try making it as easy and as delicious as possible, as quickly as possible.

Nigella Lawson was my inspiration. She’s just like me. She loves to cook, makes the easiest recipes and sneaks in the kitchen to midnight snacks! Hehe… Her Instant Chocolate Mousse Recipe is just the best!

I love how this recipe comes together so quickly and doesn’t require hours of chill time. Just pop it in the fridge for half an hour and it’s all set. Its perfect when you have unexpected guests and need a quick solution. Although it looks like it took hours to make, it literally takes 10 minutes to put together.

Most mousse recipes use egg whites, or eggs. This doesn’t require either. Its so simple. Only uses a few ingredients and tastes the same every time. I make a couple adaptations of this recipe for those who might want to switch it up from time to time. I have shared those below, after the recipe.

Preparation time 10 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes (30 minutes if the kids are making it!)

Serves 6


3 cups small marshmallows- if you have large marshmallows, then you can cut them smaller with wet scissors and measure out 3 cups)

½ cup butter- soft

1 ½ cups (200 grams)- semi sweet chocolate chips/ chocolate chunks

¼ cup hot water – from a recently boiled kettle

1 cup heavy whipping cream- chilled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate and hot water in a large saucepan. You need the room to mix it up.

  2. Over a medium heat, gently melt the chocolate and marshmallows. Stir occasionally, so it doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  3. In a clean bowl, whip the cream with the vanilla until thickened. First fold a third of the cream into the chocolate mixture. Then fold the chocolate mixture into the rest of the whipped cream. This ensures even folding without losing any of the air beaten into the cream. You will have a glossy, thick mixture.

  4. Divide the mousse into serving glasses or dishes and chill until set. Usually this mousse sets within half an hour, fantastic for ‘hangry dessert monsters’.

To make it fancy: add a spoonful of whipped cream to the top then decorate with chocolate shavings or curls. Depends on how fancy you want to go. Kids will love it without.

Great for little chefs: It’s great for a quick dessert without having to slave over the stove for ages. Little hands can make this too. If you feel they can’t use the stove, then switch to the microwave, melting at 30 second intervals and checking to make sure it doesn’t burn.


Mint Chocolate Mousse: add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the cream when beating. Top with mint chocolate shavings to decorate.

Terrys Chocolate Orange Mousse: substitute the semi-sweet chocolate for chopped up Terry’s chocolate oranges.

Share your experience. Show me what your little ones have been up to and tag me in your posts. Have a good one guys! Much love.

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