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Coffee Mousse: Coffee and chocolate blend perfectly and it’s just 5 ingredients! Perfect for making ahead, and enjoying after dinner.
Update: This recipe was originally published in October of 2016. It was republished with updated photos in December of 2020.
Growing up in New Zealand, when in a restaurant for dinner – it’s rare to not be offered coffee or drinks after dinner and/or dessert. I actually love to finish off a good meal with a strong black espresso, and miss being offered that in the US!
I love chocolate. I love coffee, so today I’m combining both – it’s the best of both worlds! This Chocolate Espresso Mousse is just the right amount of sweetness. The chocolate, of course, is sweet – but is balanced by the coffee flavor. It’s delicate, yet bold enough that you know it’s there, and, well, it’s kind of perfect, actually.
I love having this coffee mousse hanging out in the fridge for a wonderful finish to a dinner. Because it’s made ahead, there’s nothing to do, but grab a spoon, maybe a garnish, and you’re done!
Although it’s great for big groups, I often make this just for the husband and me. After the kids are in bed, we sit on the couch and chill – and share a sweet treat. It’s a great way to wind down from the day. There isn’t enough caffeine in it to keep us up, but the delicious flavor can still be enjoyed.
Why this recipe works:
- Make ahead. It’s perfect for when you have people over for a dinner party! The more you can do ahead, the more time you can spend with guests.
- Just 5 ingredients. Nothing crazy. We don’t even need gelatine powder!
- Adaptable. This recipe will make about 6 servings – but it’s easy to double, triple or quadruple for a bigger party.
Making this Coffee Mousse recipe ahead
You don’t have to plan TOO far ahead for this – just an hour or so, or even make it the day before.
It looks kind of like a pudding and becomes mousse-like and delish AFTER refrigerating.
See the difference a little time in the fridge makes?
Kylee’s Notes & FAQs
How to store
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
You can use any kind of instant coffee, I prefer an espresso powder like this one from King Arthur Flour (affiliate link)
What to do with extra egg whites
Make these Simple Meringue Cookies from That Skinny Chick can Bake
Recipe Ingredients and Possible Substitutes
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
How to make this recipe
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Melt the chocolate (either a small bowl over boiling water or in small increments in the microwave).
Make the base
In a small saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, espresso powder, 4 tablespoons of the sugar, and ¾ cup of the cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula for 2 minutes, until the coffee dissolves and is blended completely. The color will be a caramel brown. Remove from the heat.
Add the melted chocolate to the coffee mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until completely chilled.
Whip the cream
Beat the remaining cream and sugar until stiff peaks for.
Combine, chill and serve
Remove the chocolate mixture from the fridge, and whisk a little until smooth and mix-able, then gently fold the whipped cream in.
Divide mousse into serving cups, or bowls, and chill until needed (at least an hour).
Decorate with whatever you like (whipped cream, chocolate-covered coffee beans, chocolate shavings… or not at all!
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Chocolate Coffee Mousse (5 Ingredients!)
- Melt the chocolate (either a bowl over boiling water, or in small increments in the microwave).
- In a saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, espresso powder, 4 tablespoons of the sugar, and ¾ cup of the cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula for 2 minutes, until the coffee dissolves and is blended completely. The color will be a caramel brown.
- Add the mixture, to the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until completely chilled.
- Beat the remaining cream and sugar until stiff.
- Remove the chocolate mixture from the fridge, and whisk a little until smooth and mix-able, then fold the whipped cream in.
- Divide mousse into serving cups, or bowls, and chill until needed (at least an hour).
- Decorate with whatever you like (whipped cream, chocolate covered coffee beans, chocolate shavings… or not at all!
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