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Two-Minute Chocolate Mousse

I’m not sure whether to be happy about this or not, but if all the bowls of chocolate mousse in my fridge are any indication, I could be in big trouble. 

It all started when my daughter-in-law made these outrageously amazing chocolate cupcakes for my Mom’s birthday last week.  For a few of the leftover ones, she mentioned that she just shook up some cream and chocolate and made mousse to frost them.  If she didn’t have that degree in pastry from culinary school, I might have been a bit skeptical.  As it was, I had to immediately try it for myself, and dang if it didn’t work.  And double dang if it didn't make some very fine chocolate mousse.

I’ve made this a few times now, experimenting with ingredient proportions, etc., and every single time it’s come out light and mousse-y and really, really good.

So all you do is just dump some cream, unsweetened cocoa powder and powdered sugar  into a jar and shake it for 2 minutes.  Done.  Mousse.  Really good chocolate mousse.  If you want whipped cream on top, just grab another jar, add cream and sugar, shake it for 2 minutes and you’ve got yourself some whipped cream.

Now you’re probably wondering why you would go to all the trouble to shake this stuff when you could just pull out your mixer and save yourself some trouble.  I can think of 3 reasons… 1) It’s fun.  2) you can make a small batch for one or two without the mess; and 3) it’s perfect for midnight chocolate cravings when quiet and stealth are called for. Oh, and 4) I sort of like the idea of burning a couple of calories in advance of consuming several more. 

(A disclaimer for the above photo... the mousse sort of sticks to the top of the jar like that, and at the bottom, but the middle of the jar is sort of empty and airy).

I've made this with regular whipped cream and also with shelf-stable cream that I keep in the pantry for dessert emergencies, and it works well with both.  I think more and more grocery stores are carrying this now and it comes in real handy for making chocolate mousse at a moment's notice. :)

Now if you want to make this for more than 2 or 3 people, I would most definitely pull out the mixer and you would still have some of the easiest chocolate mousse ever, minus the triceps workout.  Here’s the recipe…

Two-Minute Chocolate Mousse

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This really does make some very good chocolate mousse.  At two minutes you will have a soft mousse.  If you would like it a little thicker, just shake it a bit longer.  At three minutes, my mousse had about turned to butter (very thick).  Add more or less chocolate or sugar to suit your tastes.  I suggest using a wide-mouth jar just to make spooning the mousse out a little easier.  To make mousse for 2, just double the ingredients into a larger jar.  For more than that, I might pull out the mixer.

Serves 1

½ cup heavy cream
1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (really heaping)
3 teaspoons powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
Pinch of fine sea salt (a healthy pinch)

Whipped cream topping: (enough for two servings)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 ½ teaspoons powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
1/8 tsp vanilla

Miniature chocolate chips for serving (optional)

For the mousse:
Place all of the mousse ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously for 2 minutes.

For the topping:
Put the whipped cream ingredients in a separate jar and shake vigorously for 2 minutes.

For serving:
Spoon the mousse into a serving dish and top with the whipped cream and chocolate chips. (or eat it right out of the jar!)

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Reader Comments (59)

I’m very excited about this recipe! My husband loves chocolate mousse and my recipe is a bit complicated with whipping egg whites, etc. I can’t wait to try this and I hope he likes it! Amazing!

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLydia C.

Chocolate mousse in 2 minutes?? I’m in! (sounds a bit dangerous for the waistline though) :)

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Engleson

Yes, please.

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelena

Awesome idea! I could sneak myself some chocolate mousse whenever. Nice to be able to make a small batch

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Noland

Genius!! On my way to the kitchen right now!! I love it!

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Wow! Really? Must try this ASAP!

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

Thought you should know that I went right in and made myself some chocolate mousse. It's so good! I didn't have any chocolate chips and I didn't think it needed whipped cream. I just ate it right out of the jar. Thanks for such a great recipe! Can't wait to make it for my family.

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

You're so welcome, Anna! Really glad you liked it...thanks for letting us know!

August 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

O-M-G!!! That looks amazing!! I want some!! I'm putting cream on my grocery list this week and am hoping I can find the kind in the carton. Nifty idea!

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQuinn G.

I sort of wish I had never seen this, but I found your photo on Foodgawker and clicked on it before I could stop myself. I feel a chocolate mousse attack coming on! It looks so good! And could it possibly be that easy?

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine Smithers

It IS that easy, Janine. :)

August 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Seriously?? I HAVE to try this!

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie H.

You should know that I went right in and made this as soon as I saw your post. Since then I've made it two more times and my neighbor has made it twice as well. It's SO GOOD!! I can't even believe how easy this is. My son wants me to make it again tonight, but I'm going to make him shake the jar. LOL!!!

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

And it worked! Wow! Not only was that easy, but it's so good! Thanks for this great recipe!

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Barter

You're so welcome, Julie! So glad you liked it!

August 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Just stumpbledupon your blog and am I ever glad I did! This mousse looks so awesome! And how great that you can just make it in a jar like this! Your site is so great and I love your writing and your recipes! I'll be back!

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

Thanks, Kayla and welcome!

August 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Oh, just oh.....I can't wait to try this!

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Involuntary Housewife

-think this might be the top to the coconut-cream cake i was going to make today..
thank you for sharing amazing things such as this which will kill my waistline and i don't think i am going to complain.

January 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Your cake sounds incredible, Kate! And you're welcome! Great to hear from you!

January 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Wow...I just tried this. It makes chocolate whipped cream, which--I never really thought about this--is essentially chocolate mousse!

I used a BlenderBottle, which has a little whisk ball inside. In just under a minute, it was DONE. The result wasn't quite as rich and flavorful as the recipe I have been using, but for a quick and decadent dessert for two, it will certainly suffice! Thanks for sharing this secret!

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCandIO

You're so welcome, Candi! It's a fabulous little quick dessert and makes a great topping for pies and cakes too. Great to hear from you!

January 22, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

So, I just made this. I didn't have a jar so I used a small thermos. It took me 3 minutes to shake it to mousse consistency, but it worked. I can't believe it worked! Tasted good, too! I was just wondering if it would still work if you were to use chocolate syrup instead of cocoa powder and sugar?

June 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I haven't tried using syrup, Elizabeth, but I'm wondering if it might be too heavy to whip up. Let us know how it comes out if you try it. So glad you liked the mousse!

June 26, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I have made chocolate edible oil product whipped topping in a mixer.... but this sounds so much better.

but I would add, that the comment: "2) you can make a small batch for one or two without the mess" confuses me

What could be meant by a "Small" batch for "one or tow"? a small batch would be just an appetizer. MY small batch would be made in a quart sealer!!!!
and for two or three, I'd use 1/2gal sealers and a mechanical paint mixer!!!

November 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternanuk

LOL!! I stand corrected, Nanuk! Sounds like I better be more specific when throwing around terms like "small batch"! BTW, I totally love the idea of using a mechanical paint mixer!! Brilliant!!

November 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

You know the break down in calories and etc for one serving. I am on a strict eating plan and need the info so I can work this in my menu plan.

November 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

I don't have the calorie or nutrition breakdown on this, Beverly. It's sort of like, if you're going to make this, you've already decided to splurge. But if you want to do some calculations, I do know that there are 5 grams of fat in 1 tablespoon of whipping cream, which means that there are 20 grams of fat in 1/4 cup. That already exceeds my daily allotment and makes this something that I reserve for special occasions.

November 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Tried this and it turned out amazing. Just had a thought that instead of adding vanilla to the whipped cream, I might add orange, raspberry, or peppermint extracts to the whipped cream. Just for a different mix of flavors.

November 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRosena

Great idea, Rosena, and really fun for the holidays!

November 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

This didn't work for me :( not sure what I'm doing wrong
I shook it for 5 solid minutes and it's still a liquid.

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Oh man, I'm so sorry, Meg. I'm not really sure what happened. I wonder if it's the cream? I know there are different types (heavy cream, whipping cream), but it seems that either of them should work with this. It's worked really quickly every time for me, so that's the only thing I can think of. Maybe try it again with a different carton of cream? Let me know if that works, and again, I'm really sorry it didn't work for you.

December 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I tried my own version minutes after seeing your recipe, and it worked! Used 1/2 c. Straus organic cream (Calif, amazing), 1 very heaping T. raw cacao, about 1/2 of a small packet of stevia if that, and a dab of vanilla in glycerine. Shook 2-3 minutes, and voila! Dangerous discovery!
Thank you so much!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterblueshoes

I love Strauss dairy products and have missed them a lot since we left CA. Love your recipe, Blueshoes!

January 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I have been trying to eat better more whole foods and had a chocolate craving. Obviously it's not low cal but at least I can name all of the ingredients! :D
I have a small jar type attachment for my oster blender and pulsed it for about a minute and it was PERFECT!

Thank you!!!!

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim Kuhn

You're welcome, Kim, and yes, there's something to be said for a few familiar ingredients!

February 5, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I love this idea! Would this work with Splenda (sucralose), for a diabetic person?

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I don't see why it wouldn't work with Splenda, Amy. I haven't tried it, but Splenda seems to work fine in most sugar applications, so I would give it a try.

March 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Just wanted to let everyone know that Splenda worked fine with this recipe! It was also super delicious!

March 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Thanks so much for that, Amy! Yay!!

March 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I made this with maple syrup instead of sugar - took an extra couple of minutes to whip but we got there!! Absolutely beautiful.
I noticed that you can tell when it's nearly done because it doesn't make a flopping sound inside the jar anymore.

May 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKat

What a great idea, Kat, to make maple mousse!! That sounds divine! I noticed that too...it gets sort of quiet in there when it's about done.

May 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Thank you for the wonderful recipe!
I substituted the sugar with 2 tablespoons of agave nectar owing to a low glycamic diet. I also added 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Did not do the topping but the mousse was a great success!

June 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenternoa

You're welcome, Noa! Nice to hear that the agave nectar works!

June 19, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I tried subsituting milk for cream and got frothy liquid chocolate. Added loads of cream, got more liquid. Microwaved it. Hot chocolate. So, another culinary experiment successful. Luckily, the wife's out with the offspring. Don't tell anyone.

August 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Your secret's safe here, Phillip! LOL!! But maybe you should consider sharing some of that yummy hot chocolate with the kids??

August 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I really wanted chocolate mousse for our Christmas dessert. Looked online at a few recipes, then found your. I didnt even do a trial run, just made it after dinner and Oh My Goodness. I could barely get out of kitchen without eating it all myself. So rich, better the the restaurant. I made poo t in less then 5 min. I used a mini blender. I am not telling anyone how easy it is to make. I new go to dessert to bring to parties. THANK YOU, AND MERRY CHRISTMAS. Kathy and family

December 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkathy b

Very cool, Kathy!! Pretty brave of you to just go in without a trial run, but this stuff is so good and so easy and I'm really glad you liked it! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! So great to hear from you!

December 25, 2015 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Thanks!! I was craving this and had some whipping cream but no chocolate. I searched the Internet only to find more complicated recipes with chocolate, but then I found this!! I ended up using about 3x the sugar.

Definitely satisfied my craving and will be saving for some baking later, thanks!!!!!!!

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAng

You're so welcome, Ang! Nice to hear from you!

January 9, 2016 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

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