The Best Chocolate Mousse of Your Life Under 5 Minutes

December 22nd, 2010  | Category: Chocolate

The Best and Easiest Chocolate Mousse Recipe Ever

Two ingredients (seriously, only chocolate and water) and five minutes later, you will be eating The Best Chocolate Mousse of Your Life. I promise.

And you don’t even need any fancy kitchen gadgets. Patience and a bit of elbow grease are required, but we always need those in the kitchen, right?

This amazing discovery was made by the famous French chemist, Hervé This, who is also known as the man who unboiled an egg. The recipe, which is also called Chocolate Chantilly, starts with melting chocolate in water and ends with whisking it until thickened. Sounds like it goes against everything we’ve been taught about working with chocolate, right? Sure, I’ve seen chocolate and water together in many recipes, but that was just the beginning of a recipe (mostly chocolate sauce), not all that you needed. So forget about everything you’ve been thought and try it. The recipe not only works, but also produces a mousse with the purest chocolate flavor ever.

Since the recipe has only two ingredients, it all comes down to the quality of the chocolate you use. My favorite is Valrhona’s Guanaja, but if you have another favorite, feel free to substitute as long as it has 70% cocoa solids. If you find the taste of bittersweet chocolate too strong, you may add a bit of sugar.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Don’t take this as a mousse recipe only. It sets beautifully (after an hour in the fridge) and never looses that melt-in-your-mouth consistency. It will be perfect as a filling for my DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE recipe:

Devil's Food Cake

You can also flavor it with spices like cinnamon or cayenne pepper or add a tablespoon of liquor like Grand Marnier, Chartreuse or Tia Maria. Just make sure the amount of liquid stays the same (subtract the amount of liquor from water).

Or boil the water first, take off heat, place a couple of Earl Grey tea bags, let infuse and then use it as your liquid. You’ll have Earl Grey scented mousse in no time.

The most important part of the recipe is achieving the right consistency. I always use a wire whisk; this way you can watch the consistency closely and stop the second before it thickens. You can also use an electrical hand-held mixer, but since it whisks much faster than your hand, I’d recommend watching the consistency very closely. If you whisk it too much, the mousse will be grainy. Just take a look at the right consistency here and watch as Heston Blumenthal turns liquid into mousse.

As soon as I hit the publish button, I’ll start working against a very tight deadline for the book. I don’t think I’ll be able to post another recipe until the new year, but it feels OK knowing I’m leaving you with a great one.

Hope to be back with photos from the New Year’s Eve Dinner Party at the mansion (update: the photos are here!). In the meantime, you can take a look at photos from 2009 & 2010.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

MORE CHOCOLATE!

Here are some more favorite chocolate recipes from the archives:

L’ORANGE: An orange-scented chocolate and almond cake covered with a lacquer chocolate glaze.

L'Orange - Orange, Chocolate and Almond Cake

BROWNIE WEARS LACE – The brownies I designed exclusively for DOLCE & GABBANA. Fudgy brownie + creamy hazelnut butter + chocolate lace.

Brownies for Dolce & Gabbana

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BUNDT CAKE with a sticky chocolate ganache glaze.

Chocolate Cake

STRAWBERRY TUXEDO

Strawberry Tuxedo 2

PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA and CHOCOLATE TOAST

Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Toast

INSTANT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (CHOCOLATE CHANTILLY)
Recipe by Herve This & Heston Blumenthal

Ingredients

4 servings

  • 9.35 ounces (265 grams) bittersweet (%70 cocoa solids) chocolate, chopped (preferably Valrhona Guanaja)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 4 tbsp sugar, optional

Method

  1. Place a large mixing bowl on top of another slightly smaller one, filled with ice and cold water (the bottom of the large bowl should touch the ice). Set aside.
  2. Put chocolate and water (also sugar and/or liquor if you’re using) in a medium-sized pan and melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the mixing bowl sitting on top of ice and water, and start whisking with a wire whisk (or an electrical hand-held mixer) until thick. Watch the texture as you whip and make sure not to over-whip as it will make the mousse grainy. If the mousse becomes grainy (which is possible at your first try), transfer it back into the pan, reheat until half of it is melted, pour it back to the mixing bowl and whisk again briefly.
  4. Divide into four serving cups and serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. 1 - Chef Chuck on December 22nd, 2010

    Thank you for sharing this chocolate goodness!! Merry Christmas :)

  2. 2 - My Little Expat Kitchen on December 22nd, 2010

    That video with Heston Blumenthal explaining why this works is great. I’ll definitely try making this mousse. I would be crazy not to. I’ll try it with the Grand Marnier. Thanks Cenk. Happy holidays!
    Magda

  3. 3 - carole (bishy57) on December 22nd, 2010

    wow….and so simple!

  4. 4 - Genie on December 22nd, 2010

    Sounds impossibly easy!! I like impossibly easy in my desserts!! Thanks! Happy Holidays to all!

  5. 5 - feride on December 22nd, 2010

    Good idea! So simple! Thanks for sharing.

  6. 6 - Tiffany @ Conor & Bella on December 23rd, 2010

    Thanks for this recipe! It looks so easy (and tasty)!

  7. 7 - LimeCake on December 23rd, 2010

    Oh my thank you for this! Just think of all the possibilities! Happy holidays!

  8. 8 - sanem on December 23rd, 2010

    I just hate to wake up with your e-mail at 8 am. first i see the photos and then your expressions, the way you describe the recipe wake me up so badly. I know one day youll be the reason I gain weight. Is there any other way to reach you other than your twitter account or etc cause I am still waiting for your cookbook but i know you need more time to publish it and I have some questions specifically for the desserts. please help me!!! I am also asking it as your schoolmate:) and btw I’ll be the chief and really dying to cook and eat some proper homemade foods for the christmas after the months in US :) happy holiday Cenk!

  9. 9 - Caitlin on December 23rd, 2010

    I feel like it must be easier said that done… but that mousse looks great!

  10. 10 - Nicole on December 23rd, 2010

    Wow, that is so simple it’s crazy! I’ll have to try for sure.

  11. 11 - weddingchicks on December 23rd, 2010

    I just made this. It was amazing, I made some whip cream to top it off. It was super easy, my bowl wasn’t cold enough so it took a bit longer to thicken, but I next time I know better how to chill the bowl. Thank you for this!

  12. 12 - Making Sweets on December 23rd, 2010

    Amazing blog! Merry christmas!

  13. 13 - ninu on December 23rd, 2010

    thats just amazing!! im thrilled to see a non dairy non eggy mousse!!! just one question. im a lil scared 70 percent would yield a lil bitter mousse. Do you reckon its possible to do this wiht say 50 percent?

  14. 14 - Cenk on December 23rd, 2010

    ninu – I haven’t tried the recipe with 50%, but the addition of sugar (which is stated as optional in the recipe) is pretty much the same thing as using a chocolate with a less percentage of cocoa solids. You can even add more than 4 tablespoons.

  15. 15 - Cenk on December 23rd, 2010

    sanem – Thanks! You can send me your questions via the comment box (if it is about a specific recipe) or simply via email (address on my About page).

  16. 16 - Lauren on December 23rd, 2010

    This sounds so good… and without the addition of heavy cream like many mousses! Great recipe.

  17. 17 - Lael Hazan @educatedpalate on December 23rd, 2010

    I must admit I got lost in your blog. I kept clicking links and spent my morning enjoying your work. I adore chocolate mousse; and spend a lot of time trying to figure out the proper chocolate to make it out of, right now I’m enjoying Amedei. I look forward to reading your book.
    Have a delicious holiday!

  18. 18 - Julia on December 23rd, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it looks delicious! I will definitely have to try it.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones Cenk. :)

  19. 19 - Eva on December 23rd, 2010

    This looks delicious! I usually make something similar using rice milk, but water sounds even better! I’ll definitely have to give it a try. Thank you!!

  20. 20 - Artemis on December 24th, 2010

    Cenk, I wish you 2011 is full with inspiring recipes like this and anything you ask for in your life!
    Merry Chrismas,
    Artemis

  21. 21 - Loid on December 24th, 2010

    Wow this looks awsome! And so simple! I’m going to make this for christmas dessert tommorow (:

    Merrry Christmas!

  22. 22 - Christina on December 25th, 2010

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. May peace, love and delicious recipes follow you always.
    Love from Sweden

  23. 23 - Min {Honest Vanilla} on December 25th, 2010

    Sounds so easy! Gotta try this holiday :) Merry Christmas!

  24. 24 - Dana on December 26th, 2010

    mmmmmmm this looks sooo yummy i really should try it thanks.Merry christmas!!

  25. 25 - Cherine on December 26th, 2010

    Looks fabulous! Should give it a try :)

  26. 26 - Veggie on December 29th, 2010

    I’m all for recipes that do not consume much time, thanks.

  27. 27 - Trissa on January 2nd, 2011

    I think I officially hate you now. My sister sent me your blog and said you must try making this and this and this etc. Then I saw your pics and read your posts. I was green with envy. How could anyone be so talented in everything? If I was a US immigration official I would certainly be bribed to let you live in America on those brownies alone! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find tour blog. Am sure glad I did though and will certainly be back.

  28. 28 - Cenk on January 2nd, 2011

    Trissa – Thanks so much for your kind words! How I wish you were a US immigration officer :)

  29. 29 - Jason and Steve on January 3rd, 2011

    Simple, easy, and delicious. The recipe is going to be one I use often. We’ll be following your future blogs.
    Cheers,
    Jason & Steve

  30. 30 - MK-sweet on January 3rd, 2011

    I was enticed – two ingredients and a workout to make a heavenly treat?
    I found the recipe last night and couldn’t wait to try it today with my fav 100% chocolate from Bakers and a little Stevia. – I was wondering, is it more like a chocolate cream than a fluffy airy texture? – mine turned out a bit more like a chocolate cream – very useful as no added fat icing I suppose, tasty all the same.
    I’ll keep watching what other exiting stuff you serve the world to try…
    Thanks for sharing…good luck with your book

  31. 31 - Rhea on January 6th, 2011

    Wow, this is crazy. I understand how it works but it’s still pretty amazing to see it in action! Definitely the best chocolate mousse…but only for serious chocolate addicts! My sister tried a spoonful but said it was far too intense a chocolate taste for her – she prefers a traditional mousse with a more diluted chocolate flavour.

    I overwhipped a little (it goes from liquid to mousse so quick!) but the first cup wasn’t too bad so I didn’t mind, but the others I put in the fridge for later and they did set a little firmer. I put them in the microwave for ten seconds (so it only melted a little) and then used a tiny whisk to get it back, which seemed to work pretty well.

    Thanks for sharing!

  32. 32 - Cenk on January 7th, 2011

    Rhea – Yes, the mousse is definitely for chocoholics. Glad you liked it.

  33. 33 - Liam on January 7th, 2011

    I am a certified chocoholic and that mousse looks amazing! I am definately going to make it! Maybe with a splash of my beloved amaretto!

  34. 34 - Chili Bob on January 11th, 2011

    Love this recipe! I too am a chocoholic! I am going to make this next weekend.

  35. 35 - JOERI on January 12th, 2011

    I just made this chocolate mousse. It is very easy to make. And the taste is so pure and intense. Thanks for posting!

    Here’s a picture of the chocolate mousse: http://joeribosma.tumblr.com/post/2713702253/deze-chocolademousse-is-heel-makkelijk-te-maken

  36. 36 - roksi on January 14th, 2011

    so where do you get the chocolate you use in the recipe? I remember the brand closed its boutique in Turkey market:( help!

  37. 37 - Cenk on January 16th, 2011

    roksi – Yes, they closed their boutique, but still selling (min order 3-5 kg). I order my monthly supply on the phone and they deliver right to my door the day after. Here’s the contact info: Ersin Bey 0533 965 9482.

  38. 38 - lili on January 25th, 2011

    Wow. I must try this. I’ve just arrived in Korea, I’m staying for a year and am devastated by the lack of affordable butter and cream in this country. This recipe will make chocolate mousse possible, hooray!

  39. 39 - Christopher on February 3rd, 2011

    Might I ask where you got that jar, and those spoons? They are wonderful.

  40. 40 - Cenk on February 3rd, 2011

    Christopher – Thanks! The jars are from my Paris trip. They are actually glass yogurt cups. I washed them and brought back with me to use as props. The spoons are from my Lufthansa flights :)

  41. 41 - milou on February 10th, 2011

    I just made this – and it was as promised, easy and yummy! Next time though I will made sure I add the 4 tbsp sugar. the mousse is just too rich with just 70% cocoa :) Thanks for the recipe! Btw, also used a hand mixer, got tired beating by hand. It worked well and the consistency was great the first time around. I guess I got lucky!

  42. 42 - Leem on February 15th, 2011

    Disastrous Valentines Day for the wife & kids… Made it with 70% BSWC and 4Tbl sugar. Used a whisk and then a hand mixer. Mixture never changed from a liquid to a mousse (became a slightly thick syrup). Used it as a fancy (and pricey) syrup for sliced bananas. Where could I have gone wrong?

  43. 43 - Marilou on February 15th, 2011

    Thank you for the recipe! I just made a half recipe for my 3-year old chocoholic and myself. It’s a fantastic recipe and yes, it really does work. The servings are very generous, and I found that a half recipe could serve 3 people. It took me about 3 minutes to whisk by hand, and then I was sore! This recipe is a great vehicule for testing different chocolates one can find nearby, and discovering those which become our favorites. Best wishes from Montreal!

  44. 44 - Cenk on February 15th, 2011

    Leem – If the ingredients and measurements were right, the only thing I can think of is that you haven’t whisked enough. However, you mentioned you’ve also used a hand mixer so I really don’t know what went wrong. Did you whisk it on top of cold water and ice?

  45. 45 - Jeff Winett on March 11th, 2011

    So much fun in my kitchen this morning…this recipe could be dangerous :)
    But guess what! My only chocolate at hand was Merckens Yucatan Vanilla, which is a semi-sweet chocolate containing 54% cocoa solids. It worked like a charm. I’ll procure some 70% to see the difference, in the future. My other tweak was that as tempting as it was to immediately eat this mousse when completed, I felt that 9 a.m. was too early to indulge. I was mature and waited until noon to eat my mousse as a snack :) It had a lovely texture, so I see no reason why I can’t make it in advance from here on in.
    Cheers all,
    Jeff

  46. 46 - Jane Austen on March 15th, 2011

    Thanks for this easy mousse recipe last year i made a Delicious mousse but i had to add eggs and cream it took a lot to make and i haven’t made it since, but it did turn out GREAT! I used it on cupcakes and i called it Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes it was a HIT! With this recipe i will made the Chocolate Mousse cupcakes often.

  47. 47 - Pille @ Nami-Nami on April 10th, 2011

    Made this at a dinner party today, and it worked like a charm. I used 200 g dark chocolate and 200 g water. I agree with some of the comments above – it’s so impossibly rich that 400 g of it (that is 200 g chocolate + same amount of water) would easily be enough for 8-10 people! (And I’m a huge chocoholic who can easily have a bar of chocolate in one go).
    Thanks for sharing!

  48. 48 - Nese on April 26th, 2011

    :) The best chocolate mousse deyince Pinterest’ten, Cenk’ in website’ sine yonlendirilmek ne guzel! Sevgiler!
    link surada:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/16187871/

  49. 49 - Cenk on April 26th, 2011

    Nese – Haber verdiğiniz için çok teşekkürler!

  50. 50 - cris ronk on May 25th, 2011

    The last mousse I made turned out like crap. I’ll give this one a try. It has to be better than the last one I made.

  51. 51 - Antoniya Z. on May 25th, 2011

    I just love this blog! I recently found it and everything in it is just so inspiring! I love crafting but cooking is my one passion (after eating I guess) so thank you thank you thank you! And I really hope this mousse works out because I promised it to the hubby for his birthday and he has been talking only about that! :)

  52. 52 - shelz on June 23rd, 2011

    i wouldn’t call this mousse. Real mousse contains egg whites to make it light and fluffy!!! I can imagine this looking very dense if not eaten straight away.

    This is just melted chocolate with a chunk of sugar.

  53. 53 - carri on July 2nd, 2011

    I’ve never had mousse. Not sure why, but I must get on that!

  54. 54 - Carmin on August 4th, 2011

    I just made it and thought it was amazing. My cousin on the other hand didn’t like how intense the chocolate flavor was. I guess you really have to like chocolate.

  55. 55 - shelby on August 6th, 2011

    AHH-MAZEE-ING! I am severely lactose-intolerant and am always looking for recipes that are creamy and can fool any dairy-lover. Just made it with raspberry chambord and it came out wonderful. I used about 1/4 c chambord but may use more next time and decrease sugar.. Thank you!

  56. 56 - sippio on August 21st, 2011

    My sis and I just made this recipe. AMAZING. We love making chocolate recipes (especially when Valrhona is mentioned) and this one lives up to its name. I didn’t think my sis would go for it with the water and whip thing but she was all game for it. Chilling the bowl with water and ice is key. Thank you! :)

  57. 57 - debeemes on August 27th, 2011

    Wow! It works! I whipped it with an electrical whisk, pausing from time to time to check. And it turned out beautifully. My kids loved it, too. Despite the bittersweet chocolate.
    Next time I need something for a buffet, voilá! Quick, easy, delicious! Thank you!

  58. 58 - Isobelle on October 24th, 2011

    I made this today without the sugar (I used a little bit of agave instead) and it was incredible! I didn’t know making mousse was so simple. Cheers!

  59. 59 - kate on October 24th, 2011

    could you email me and let me no if i can make this with milk chocolate brands?

  60. 60 - BlondeBomber on October 27th, 2011

    This is definitely easier than the recipe that the pastry baker used at the restaurant I worked in. Thank you!

  61. 61 - Cenk on October 27th, 2011

    kate – I haven’t tried the recipe with milk chocolate.

  62. 62 - shelly on November 10th, 2011

    I saw this today and ran to try it, and it did not disappoint!
    This recipe is great for us kosher girls!
    I halved the recipe and used 1 cup of my favorite trader Joe’s chocolate chips and 1/2 c water steeped with mint tea… it was fantastic and made my apt smell delicious! I dipped strawberries, it doesnt get better than this.
    Thank you

  63. 63 - Cooking Rookie on November 28th, 2011

    Definitely the most low maintenance chocolate mousse recipe I’ve seen :-) . Need to try this one

  64. 64 - Nancy on December 11th, 2011

    did i do something wrong…how do i mess up this recipe…i feel like a failure, but it just would not thicken up, the chocolate wouldn’t work DX

  65. 65 - Jennifer A on December 16th, 2011

    I haven’t tried the mousse yet, but I would like to know where those spoons are from?

  66. 66 - Cenk on December 17th, 2011

    Jennifer A – Those spoons are from my Lufthansa collection :) The one on the right is the oldest – probably from the early 90s.

  67. 67 - megan {a dash of megnut} on December 26th, 2011

    ok seriously? only chocolate and water? that’s amazing!! I have got to try this recipe! Where did you get the jars from? They are adorable!

  68. 68 - justjayma on December 29th, 2011

    I keep thinking this shouldn’t work! Whenever a DROP of water hits my chocolate when I melting it, it seizes my chocolate….so it doesn’t seem like it should work!! Amazing recipe.

  69. 69 - Mike on December 31st, 2011

    Thanks for the fantastic recipe! I also had a problem with it not thickening. Do you think it might be an altitude problem? I live fairly high up and I wonder if those having the same problem also live at high elevations. Even though it might slightly ruin the point of the recipe (simplicity), do you think a touch of heavy cream, an egg white, or something else might fix the problem?

  70. 70 - Cenk on January 5th, 2012

    Mike – I don’t think it has anything to do with altitude. Did you use a handheld whisk or an electric one? It takes a bit of elbow grease if you’re doing it by hand. I’d also recommend weighing the ingredients as the ratio is quite important in achieving the desired thickness.

  71. 71 - Cenk on January 5th, 2012

    megan – Those are glass yogurt cups I brought back from Paris.

  72. 72 - Mike on January 5th, 2012

    Hmm… I did use an electric mixer and mixed for 15-20 minutes at least, and it definitely didn’t either go grainy or thicken up. I also did weigh the chocolate with a kitchen scale to be sure the amounts were correct. I used Ghirardelli bittersweet.

    I’ll have to give it a go again and see if it works better the second time around.

    By the way, and I know you’ve heard it countless times before, but your blog is phenomenal. Your recipes are going to keep me busy for quite some time, both in the kitchen and at the gym!

  73. 73 - Cenk on January 6th, 2012

    Mike – Thanks a lot for your kind comment. By the way, if you haven’t already, take a look at how Heston does it before your second attempt.

  74. 74 - Betül (Ballad of Seasons) on January 17th, 2012

    Hey Cenk, did you see that post over Joanna’s blog: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/01/best-chocolate-mousse-of-your-life.html

    she’s talking about your recipe, she has reasons tho :)

  75. 75 - Cenk on January 18th, 2012

    Betül – Thanks for letting me know.

  76. 76 - Catherine on January 18th, 2012

    This sounds almost unbelievable – perfect! Definitely going to try !

  77. 77 - Don on January 21st, 2012

    Grat recipe, I have done it twice, once with 70% cocoa solids, and one with 50% and it was a success both times.
    It is NOTHING like chocolate mousse though… Indeed, the French Who came up with it calls it chantilly, and that is exactly what it tastes and feels like: chocolate chantilly cream.
    Mousse has a completely different texture.

  78. 78 - Life Begins at Thirty, Right? on January 23rd, 2012

    Thank you for the recipe! My husband tried it out last week (thanks to the post on Cup of Jo) and it was delicious. For some reason it really hardened up as we were eating it…it started out smooth and creamy, and eventually got quite hard. Still yummy, just not a cream or mousse texture.

    Think we overbeat it?

  79. 79 - Cenk on January 23rd, 2012

    Life Begins at Thirty, Right? – It does harden in the refrigerator, but if it hardened as you were eating it (I mean, right after you prepared it) than that might be the case. I do it with a hand whisk for this reason. Did you use a mixer?

  80. 80 - Life Begins at Thirty, Right? on January 23rd, 2012

    Thanks for the reply. We used a hand wisk and stopped wisking when it turned into a nice creamy mousse type consistency. As we were eating it (which was right away, of course!) it started to harden.

    It was still good – don’t get me wrong! But we’d like to perfect the technique :-)

  81. 81 - Cenk on January 23rd, 2012

    Life Begins at Thirty, Right? – Did you watch the video I linked to in the post? If not, take a look at how Heston does it. You’ll see that he stops whisking before the mixture hardens too much.

  82. 82 - Irmak on January 25th, 2012

    Inanılmaz gözüküyor, sizce suyun bir kısmını çıkarıp Bailey’s koysam olur mu, tarif tutar mı?

  83. 83 - Cenk on January 25th, 2012

    Irmak – Denemedim ama bence tutar.

  84. 84 - Tiffany on January 26th, 2012

    Cenk- I’m going to try this very soon. In order to minimize my chances of failure, what do you think of chilling the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes before whisking the chocolate?

  85. 85 - Cenk on January 27th, 2012

    Tiffany – I don’t think you really need to chill it to minimize your chances of failure, but it will help speed up the process. The key is to whisk just enough. I highly recommend watching the video I linked to in the post. Take a closer look at the consistency when Heston stops whisking.

  86. 86 - DemiDeli on January 27th, 2012

    Great idea and what I like most is that you don’t use raw eggs! Congratulations for the photos as well!

  87. 87 - soverysad on January 28th, 2012

    just whisked for eternity and mine is still choco soup. i’m pretty devastated!

  88. 88 - Rose of Magpies Recipes on January 28th, 2012

    how fantastic! Is this even possible! Running to try it now!

  89. 89 - chez g on January 29th, 2012

    made the chocolate mousse tonight with just chocolate and water; used the 3 to 1 ration and used high quality chocolate; it was as good as the last one I made using a traditional recipe; will always use this one; p.s. added some cayenne pepper and sea salt to the mix toward the end – very yummy; lots of room to play around.

  90. 90 - Dave on January 30th, 2012

    Can this be done with 85% chocolate?

  91. 91 - Meg on January 30th, 2012

    I too was disappointed, perhaps it was because I used a metal bowl? but my liquid never thickened up, I kept replacing the ice to make sure it was cold enough and after 30 minutes of no luck with a hand whisk I used an electric one for another 20 with still no results :( Not sure what I did wrong

  92. 92 - liz on January 30th, 2012

    awesome!!! thanks. next time we’ll make it with some fresh whipped cream and berries :)

  93. 93 - Cenk on January 30th, 2012

    Meg – Did you weigh the ingredients? The water chocolate ratio is important.

    Dave – I didn’t try it with 85% chocolate, but I’m sure it can be done. It will be very bitter though.

  94. 94 - Meg on January 30th, 2012

    I did weigh them but I used semi-sweet chocolate instead bittersweet, perhaps that was my problem?

  95. 95 - Cenk on January 31st, 2012

    Meg – Might be… There had been a few readers who made it with semisweet without any problems though. At any rate, I’d suggest giving it another try with bittersweet chocolate.

  96. 96 - Sean on February 2nd, 2012

    I just melted a 9.7 ounces 70% scharffen berger w/ 4 tbs white sugar and 1 cup of water.
    I then whisked furiously. Tried 3 diff size whisks yet it was still watery after about 7-8 minutes. Tried electric mixer w/ 1 whisk attachment. Then 2 whisk attachments. Then full speed. After a few minutes it looked only slightly thicker. It stalled there, but I had hope.
    I went back to whisking by hand. I hadn’t scraped the side of the bowl yet as I was whisking in small circles. After scraping and 30 seconds of whisking it was noticeably thicker. Then progress stalled again until I scraped sides of bowl and then whisked. Shortly after it was just like in the video. Could that have been what stalled my progress (and maybe some others here?).

  97. 97 - Bridget on February 3rd, 2012

    This looks fabulous! I have some Scharfenberger 62% that I’ve been wanting to try something special with. I see in the comments that you recommend weighing the chocolate and water but I’m unsure — are they supposed to be equal amounts by weight? Thanks!

  98. 98 - Cenk on February 3rd, 2012

    Bridget – You’ll use a bit more chocolate than water. 1 cup of water weighs 240 grams.

  99. 99 - Cathy on February 4th, 2012

    Love the recipe,thank you. Just wondering if you have to eat it immediately. I found a recipe showing push-up pops using cake, and wondering if I could use this as a decadent filling.

  100. 100 - The Healthy Apple on February 5th, 2012

    What a beautiful post with amazing recipes. I love it! Thank you for sharing; so happy to have found your incredible blog.
    xo

  101. 101 - Cenk on February 5th, 2012

    Cathy – It’s best to eat it immediately as it solidifies while sitting in the fridge. You can most definitely use it as a filling. I’d suggest preparing it the same day you plan on serving the cake.

  102. 102 - Cenk on February 5th, 2012

    Sean – Maybe. I always scrape the sides as I whisk.

  103. 103 - leigh on February 6th, 2012

    I don’t see the recipe…how much water and chocolate?

    Thanks!!

  104. 104 - Bridget on February 9th, 2012

    Thanks for the clarification Cenk! Trying this tonight :)

  105. 105 - Cenk on February 10th, 2012

    leigh – Please take a look at the recipe above.

  106. 106 - Jamie on February 11th, 2012

    Amazing. Thank you for this beautifully simple recipe. Just wanted to add that it shouldn’t be an altitude problem. We line a mile high and it worked perfectly.

  107. 107 - Kate on February 22nd, 2012

    I just made myself some as a treat (since I’m sick I can eat what I want, right?). I’m. In. Heaven. Huge thanks for posting this!

    I used semisweet chocolate. I prefer bittersweet, but I just wanted to test the recipe – I was pretty skeptical at first. I chilled one bowl with water/ice (didn’t really care about the second and the whisk). It took me just about a minute or two to get that beautiful consistency. Oh, and my mixing/whisking bowl was aluminium.

  108. 108 - Cenk on February 22nd, 2012

    Kate – Glad you enjoyed the recipe. And thanks a lot for the detailed notes.

  109. 109 - Moussia on February 24th, 2012

    Can you please provide measurements for this recipe. It looks so sumptuous and I am dying to be trying the end result but i don’t really see a physical recipe posted. Thanks!

  110. 110 - Cenk on February 24th, 2012

    Moussia – The recipe is above, right before the comments.

  111. 111 - Happy Phi on February 25th, 2012

    Hi, I like to know where you but your glass for The Best Chocolate Mousse. Thanks! Phi

  112. 112 - Cenk on February 25th, 2012

    Happy Phi – Those are actually glass yogurt containers. I had one every day during my Paris trip, washed them all and brought back with me to use as props.

  113. 113 - shelly@quickquickyumyum.com on February 27th, 2012

    I love your horribly sweet blog! Everything looks delicious!

  114. 114 - Alissa on February 29th, 2012

    Whipped up my first batch of ‘The best chocolate mousse in the world’ yesterday and it was pretty spectacular. I had to use Lindt 70% chocolate as unfortunately I can’t find the Valrhona’s Guanaja chocolate you recommended in Australia. If anyone in Australia has come across it please let me know as I would love to see the difference in taste. Absoutely love your Blog, can’t wait to try more receipes !!

  115. 115 - Monica on March 3rd, 2012

    Hi! I just tried this recipe today and the texture was just as you promised. It is indeed very intense and I was wondering if you can use a chocolate with a lower % of cocoa solids? The recipe is pretty specific about using 70% but I’ve read reviewer comments elsewhere where they say they’ve made it with a mixture of chocolates or even milk chocolate. Would that really work? Thank you!

  116. 116 - Cenk on March 5th, 2012

    Monica – I didn’t try the recipe with a different type of chocolate, but if there are others who have been successful it might worth a try.

  117. 117 - Ollie on March 11th, 2012

    Hi. I tried this last night with Lindt 70% chocolate. I halved the recipe and it didn’t make very much, but it is so rich you wouldn’t want to eat a lot anyway.

    I followed what to do exactly and I had some troubles. After I had melted the chocolate and water, I put it into the bowl above the ice and started whisking (by hand). It did thicken up a bit, but not to a mousse consistency. It was more like a chocolate sauce. I then used an electric beater and did that for about 5 minutes. It never went grainy, but it didn’t thicken either.

    I gave up after this, but I discovered a nice alternative. I mixed a spoonful of my ‘mousse’ with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt. It was delicious. As the chocolate was fairly bitter, the yogurt worked well with it.

    I put the remaining ‘mousse’ in the fridge to eat later. When I woke up this morning I found that it had thickened by itself and is the mousse consistency. I guess the cold environment helped the chocolate set. It is amazing. Very strong, but so smooth.

    Thanks for the recipe! I will try this again, but maybe with milk chocolate! :)

  118. 118 - Jenn on March 15th, 2012

    The mousse recipe totally does not work. Totally.

  119. 119 - Cenk on March 15th, 2012

    Jenn – It does work. I’ve made it a dozen times. Please also watch the video as Heston turns liquid into mousse. Are you weighing the ingredients? If yes, then make sure to have lots of ice and ice-cold water under the mixing bowl. If your arm gets tired, use a hand-held mixer.

  120. 120 - marci on March 17th, 2012

    absolutely love the way you write!! great blog!!
    will indeed try te recipe :)
    ciao form italy

  121. 121 - meatballs & milkshakes on March 19th, 2012

    Beautiful chocolate treats! I want them all!

  122. 122 - Nisha on March 23rd, 2012

    First time on your site. I think Pinterest led me here. Mousse without milk or whipped cream, this I’ve gotta try!
    Love all your pictures. You’re so, so creative … that gorgeous lace & the cute tuxedos!

  123. 123 - Fiona on April 5th, 2012

    Argh, I’ve been meaning to try this recipe for over a year, finally made it last night – and, chocolate soup! Really delicious chocolate soup, almost cream-texture chocolate soup, but even after 30 minutes’ whisking, soup it was. No idea what could have caused it as I followed the recipe to the letter. Except I used Lindt 70% because I couldn’t find Valrhona – but I didn’t think that would make a difference.
    I’ll just keep trying!

  124. 124 - Cenk on April 5th, 2012

    Fiona – That shouldn’t make a difference. Did you whisk it on top of lots of ice and cold water? You can also try freezing the mixing bowl prior to whisking – that will also shorten the time for it to thicken.

  125. 125 - Fine Chocolate Reviews on April 11th, 2012

    Wow, I have to try this recipe. It resembles water ganaches from Paul A Young in London, doesn’t it?

  126. 126 - Chelsea on May 5th, 2012

    Worked perfectly although I think my arm might fall off! So yummy thanks for sharing!

  127. 127 - lenna on May 22nd, 2012

    an alternative (and less prone to fill the kitchen with chocolate drips) way is to place melted chocolate in a syphone and charge it with NO2 gas charge, you will obtain same result, faster and cleaner; for some variations you can melt chocolate in tea, or add some drops of vanilla or mint extract to water; another variation is to add a little of (good) olive oil (or rosmary/peperoncino/anything else infused oil)

  128. 128 - Syl Primeau on June 15th, 2012

    Looks great. I’m about to try this recipe now but I noticed that Heston’s video uses a different ratio of chocolate to water.

    He states that his recipe uses “270 ml water to 350 grams chocolate” and yours uses 240 ml water to 265 grams of chocolate. His calculates out to 1:1.3 while yours is around 1:1.1 (water to choc).

    Could it be that this is the problem some people are having with it not turning out?

    I’m going to try 1:1.3 first and see how that turns out and will report back.

  129. 129 - Cenk on June 15th, 2012

    Syl – I am not sure if the text below that video was written by Heston Blumenthal. I’m using the ratio in this article.

  130. 130 - Syl Primeau on June 16th, 2012

    Thanks for the link. I’ll give it a read later. It was co-written by Heston, so I guess that’s the ratio to go with. I’ll try that next time.

    I did try the 1:1.3 ratio and it seemed to work, though I’m not sure how I feel about it. First, I’m having trouble with the term “mousse” for this. IMO, it turned out like pudding, but less airy than the Jello brand I used to whip up. More like a thick and heavy creamy chocolate. Too thick to be a sauce. Taken for what it is, whatever the name, it’s good, but frankly for me, it’s just like eating melted chocolate (without the heat). The choco taste is just too strong for me.

    So I whipped up some whipped cream and mixed it about 1:1 and dropped another dollop of whipped cream on top. The cream mellowing out the chocolate taste suited my taste buds more and at the same time gave it a much more “mousse” texture.

    Maybe I did it wrong? But I ended up with pretty much the same consistency that appears in the video… Or maybe I did it right and I just don’t have a very sophisticated palate. LOL

    Maybe a 1:1.1 ratio will work a bit better to take the edge off the chocolate taste?

    Either way, sure beats the hell out of having to do the egg thing, so this recipe, with or without a couple of tweaks, is a keeper. Thanks!

  131. 131 - Cenk on June 16th, 2012

    Syl – No, that ratio will not take the edge off at all :) This chocolate “mousse” is definitely not for everyone. It is VERY chocolaty. Folding whipped cream and adding some sugar at the beginning would take the edge off. You’re on the right track.

  132. 132 - Hannah-lyz on June 18th, 2012

    Oh my goodness… I saw this after finding a bar of chocolate I didn’t know I had, so I just Had to give it a shot.. I wasn’t expecting miracles.. but oh my goodness, it’s the most amazing mousse I’ve ever tried. As a vegan, chocolate mousse can be a tricky thing to make, so finding this makes things So much easier! Word of warning – Don’t try to use the over-beaten super thick chocolate mousse as truffles, by freezing them and then dipping them in chocolate.. the mousse gets runnier when frozen! It worked (my father had a nice selection for fathers day!) ..but they’re tricky to work with!
    Anyway, thanks for the recipe! x

  133. 133 - Cenk on June 19th, 2012

    Hannah-lyz – Glad you liked it. And what a fantastic idea to turn these into truffles. Too bad it doesn’t work well.

  134. 134 - sabrina on July 18th, 2012

    Omg! This is website might just be the death of me #chocoholic

  135. 135 - Chocolate Cake Blog on August 5th, 2012

    Yum. The L’Orange cake looks fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers

  136. 136 - Teri on August 15th, 2012

    I’ve wanted to make this recipe for chocolate mousse for several months now… today was the day… I made it for my daughters birthday. Since she is gluten-soy-dairy-msg free this recipe fit the bill. I used Lindt 85% with 4 tablespoons of organic cane sugar and the one cup of water.

    This recipe delivers! It is creamy, rich, chocolatey, smooth …. simply put…AMAZING!!! I followed the recipe exactly and had no problems at all.

    5 stars, no wait, 6 stars for this outstanding dessert.

  137. 137 - Cenk on August 19th, 2012

    Teri – Glad you enjoyed!

  138. 138 - Ms JDH on September 28th, 2012

    Spotted this on Pinterest, a million thanks to the poster and to you for the recipe.

    I really did not believe it would work, but it did!

    For UK folks I used tesco everyday chocolate, not brilliant quality but all I had in today, and only 2 tbs of sugar as the chocolate is quite sweet. I used a balloon whisk and would remember to chill the bowl properly next time…but even so it was not terribly hard work.

    I filled 8 espresso cup with a good bit left over. Next time I will use decent chocolate and maybe some Frangelico, oooh imagine the cups with a hazelnut dipped edge, OR in martini glasses?? Very retro!

  139. 139 - Madison on October 10th, 2012

    I have tried, and I have failed. But the chocolate soup it yields is delicious. But I will not give up, it looks way to good.

  140. 140 - yael on November 6th, 2012

    amazing! i read the post, and it took me a few micro-seconds to decide on making it. it was just wonderful, and for a-chocoholic like me – it just broke the biggest rule i was ever taught about chocolate. thank you for this amazingly easiest and quickest way to make chocolate mousse!

  141. 141 - amanda on November 7th, 2012

    I was wondering if anyone knew where to find the spoons in the photo with the chocolate mousse?

  142. 142 - Cenk on November 7th, 2012

    amanda – Those two spoons are from a Lufthansa flight many many years ago.

  143. 143 - Flannn on November 18th, 2012

    I have just made this and of what I tasted of it I think it’s turned out great :) I did make it at 4pm and have scooped into 3 glass cups, they’re in the fridge on the door. Thinking of maybe running a fork under hot water for a few minutes and giving a quick whisk.

    For those having trouble with it thickening, I used a metal bowl sitting on the iced water and you could almost see it thicken over 20 seconds of whisking. It might be too firm this way, but I needed to stick mine in the fridge

  144. 144 - Georg on December 2nd, 2012

    I got to know this website only a few days ago and when I had a look at this chocolate mousse recipe it gave ma a kind of deja-vu. It reminded me of a recipe for “Pariser Creme” from the cook book “Donauland Kochbuch” of Alfred Kofranek (Vienna 1961), where equal weights of cream and chocolate are heated to boil and then whipped to cool and stiffen to give a spreading for filling and covering cakes.
    My next thought was, if it works with water, why not use wine, so tonight I had a try with some 130 g of 70% Lindt chocolate left over from glazing my Christmas Lebkuchen and the same weight of a Syrah red wine from the south of France which we had for dinner. I added a tablespoon of honey, heated it to the boil to drive off some of the alcohol and whipped it with a hand mixer until cold. It didn’t thicken on the first try, so I added about 20 g more chocolate, reheated it and started whipping again. On the second try, it behaved just as with the recipe for “”Pariser Creme”. The mass stayed a thick liquid until cold, got a bit lighter in colour after a while (some 5 to 15 minutes) and then thickened quickly within a minute or two. The mousse I got was overwhelming in taste, but a bit to bitter. A red wine with less tannin and more sugar or honey will certainly improve the taste. Still it was a fun experiment and I’m sure there is more you can try with the recipe (such as taking mocca or espresso instead of water).
    From my experience with “Pariser Creme”, putting the mixer at top speed during the thickening phase and putting in as much air as you can is important for getting a smooth texture. There is really no need to cool with ice water, as the air introduced with the mixer cools the liquid quite well.
    From my knowledge as a chemist, I think the recipe is actually an exercise in crystallizing cocoa butter and the time until the mousse thickens may vary a lot as cocoa butter has a strong tendency to subcool. If the mixture does not thicken, what may help is to scratch on the inner side of the bowl, add some shavings of chocolate (what chemists call seeding the crystallisation) or put in more chocolate, reheat it and have a second try.

  145. 145 - Cenk on December 6th, 2012

    Georg – Wine is a fantastic idea. I’ll definitely try it. Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your experience in such detail.

  146. 146 - meital on January 24th, 2013

    This recipe looks perfect and it is perfect, I’ve tried it…:)

    I have a question. I have a blog about all the fantastic things you can do in 5 minutes and I would really love to publish this recipe over there, but only with your permission if course.

    I will of course give you credit and link back to your website. Is that o.k?

  147. 147 - Cenk on January 28th, 2013

    meital – Thanks for your interest, but I don’t prefer my recipes to be published elsewhere. You may use a photo with a link to the original post if you like.

  148. 148 - Aanchal on February 2nd, 2013

    Will it go bad if I put it in the fridge because i dont want to eat it now ??

  149. 149 - Cenk on February 2nd, 2013

    Aanchal – It won’t go bad, but become much thicker.

  150. 150 - Aanchal on February 13th, 2013

    So, if I leave it outside nothing will happen right ?

  151. 151 - Cenk on February 13th, 2013

    Aanchal – This mousse is really at its best right after you prepare it.

  152. 152 - Jill on February 13th, 2013

    The mousse looks heavenly, just what I want to eat right now! Will be getting some good quality chocolate to make it tomorrow!

  153. 153 - aakriti on March 4th, 2013

    omg!!! ever heard a mousse made up of only water and chocolate! must try making it at home…..

  154. 154 - Nina on March 14th, 2013

    Hello,

    Recipe says to use immediately, what will happen if we let it sit in room temperature for 24 h? Would the texture change? I am hoping to use it for cupcake filler.

    Perhaps someone already asked above, sorry for repeating if so :)

    Thanks!

  155. 155 - Nina on March 15th, 2013

    the recipe worked for me :)

    i used 222 g unsweetened chocolate with adjusted sugar and water (measured in the measuring cup)

    now lets just see how it will become if i left it in room temperature (as my previous q’s)

    thanks!

  156. 156 - Cenk on March 18th, 2013

    Nina – It is best eaten while still cold. Letting it sit at room temperature might change the texture. Since it takes 2 minutes to prepare, there really is no point in making it ahead. Hope it works for your cupcakes.

  157. 157 - Fern S. on April 2nd, 2013

    Must…figure out…how much my chocolate weighs…mmm…

  158. 158 - marie on April 16th, 2013

    IT’S TAUGHT! NOT THOUGHT!

  159. 159 - Cenk on April 16th, 2013

    marie – Thank you!

  160. 160 - C. Guedez Artist on May 17th, 2013

    The chocolate mousse is really delicious, I love to add it to my crepes :)

  161. 161 - Kelly on May 31st, 2013

    I never realized chocolate mousse could be so easy! I guess this wouldn’t work for milk chocolate or white Chocolate? It would be nice to have all three layered in a glass. Death by triple chocolate!!

  162. 162 - Wicked Goodies on May 31st, 2013

    Wow I was not expecting you to say water! Awesome recipe and awesome photos. I am hungry for a chocolate peanut butter banana sandwich now, thanks.

  163. 163 - dodo06 on June 29th, 2013

    Oh my gosh! I couldn’t believe it so I tryed 10 minutes ago and It is so amazing!! I had only medium quality chocolate for baking and it was already really nice! thanks so much for that!

  164. 164 - Emily on August 15th, 2013

    I had a very good 70% chocolate and it didnt work at all :( I whisked for a good 10 min and nothing happened

  165. 165 - Sherry in Union, KY on September 7th, 2013

    I was thrilled to find Valrhona chocolate locally and I’ve been saving it specifically for this mousse. Every neuron in my being was firing after eating this. If you do not absolutely love chocolate, you will not appreciate this. If you do, it’s worth splurging and buying Valrhona. It is an absolutely amazing chocolate with undertones that reminded me of raspberries in one bite and orange in another. Wow! Thanks so much for this glorious treat!

  166. 166 - Led on October 20th, 2013

    I actually don’t like chocolate mousse but it was delicious. Nice one !

  167. 167 - Tara on November 26th, 2013

    This looks amazing! My question is, can it be done with white chocolate as well?

  168. 168 - Cenk on December 7th, 2013

    Tara – I’m not sure. You’d have to try.

  169. 169 - H. Yen on February 24th, 2014

    You said “serve immediately” so what happen if i refridge it overnight? Uwill the texture go wrong? – thanks!

  170. 170 - Jugneet Kaur on March 3rd, 2014

    I tried the mousse…..the recipe was lil disappointing…..as it took much time to thicken up nd it took more than an hour to set…….where cud I be wrong……Help!!!

  171. 171 - Cenk on March 7th, 2014

    H. Yen – Yes, it will thicken much further.

  172. 172 - Gusarp on May 27th, 2014

    Hey!

    I am a pro chef and fell in love with chocolate 20 years ago.

    For an even faster and no elbow grease required.

    I use above recipe but used my MOSA Cream Whipper.

    1. I melted 70% Criollo Cocuy Colombian chocolate and water to 50 degrees Celsius.
    2. Poured in to my halve a pint bottle.
    3. Used 1 8g N2O charge and shake it 10 times.
    4. Immerse the whipper in ice cold water for 5 minutes.
    5. 10 more extra shakes.
    6. Voila! perfect texture it just melt and disappear in the mouth.

    Hope it helps anyone having trouble with the blender method.

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