Chocolate Mousse

Photo: Jonny Valiant
Chocolate Mousse has all the taste of a decadent chocolate dessert but with less calories.Top off this mousse with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate curls.


Makes 3 servings (serving size: 1 mousse (about 1/3 cup))
Total time: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 310
Fat 21.1 g
Satfat 13.1 g
Monofat 6.5 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrate 32 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 14 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 158 mg
Calcium 71 mg


5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pasteurized egg white or 1 large egg white
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons whipped cream
Chocolate curls (optional)


1. Place chocolate, half-and-half, and salt in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl; cook over simmering water until chocolate is melted, stirring frequently (about 5 minutes). Set aside to cool to room temperature (15–20 minutes).

2. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the egg white in a medium bowl, just until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

3. Whisk sour cream and vanilla into chocolate mixture. In two batches, whisk the egg-white mixture into the chocolate mixture until just blended. Transfer mousse to 3 serving dishes (about 6- to 8-ounce capacity each, such as stemmed glasses, teacups, or small dessert bowls). Cover dishes lightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled and set, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. Before serving, top each mousse with whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired.

Lori Longbotham,


January 2012
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