The Ultimate Chocolate Mousse

This classic French dessert always delivers.

  • Serves


  • Cook

    35 minutes


By SAVEUR Editors

Updated on December 15, 2023

Few French desserts ignite the American culinary imagination quite like chocolate mousse. The dish is all about contrasts; it’s simple yet sophisticated, airy yet intensely flavorful. Our foolproof recipe sticks to traditional ingredients and the classic sequence of melting, whipping, folding, and chilling—no oven or fancy equipment required. Good-quality chocolate is a must for this recipe. 


  • 4 large egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1⅔ cups heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. fine salt
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish


Step 1

In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Rinse and dry the beaters.

Step 2

In another large bowl, use the hand mixer to beat the cream, vanilla, and salt until stiff peaks form. 

Step 3

Using a silicone spatula, fold the chocolate into the whites, mixing until only a few streaks remain. Add the whipped cream and fold until completely incorporated. 

Step 4

Divide among four serving cups, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Serve chilled, sprinkled with chocolate shavings. 

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