Festive and Fancy (But Easy) Peppermint Chocolate Mousse


This delicious peppermint mousse is festive, delicious and (my favorite), it's actually a really easy chocolate mousse recipe! It was actually inspired by the homemade peppermint bark recipe I'm working on! I just love the flavor combination of peppermint and chocolate, and this is such a delicious and elevated way to serve it.

I've changed the recipe slightly to add the peppermint flavor, but the root chocolate mousse recipe is one from my middle school French class days.


I can still remember that feeling. The pit of dread in my stomach. I had finished all my homework, studied for upcoming tests, and finally climbed into bed around 10 at night. Then as I lay there, cozying up and willing sleep, my eyes flew open as I suddenly remembered. Tomorrow in French class was our French party, and I had signed up to make chocolate mousse for 35 people. Oh, merde.

Suffice it to say, everyone in my family knows this recipe like the back of their hand after countless late nights of making it. And we all still like it, so that has to count for something!

This is a great dessert for holiday parties, and just substitute vanilla for the peppermint extract and you can serve it all year round. This recipe doubles (and triples and quadruples) easily, so whether you're serving 6 people or 35, it will be a success. 




Ingredients:

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons water
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
2 teaspoons peppermint extract (or vanilla)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


Directions:

Combine chocolate chips, water and salt in the top of a double boiler until melted. Meanwhile beat the egg whites until stiff. 

Beat the egg yolks into the chocolate mixture. Add the vanilla extract. Fold (don't mix) the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

Beat the whipped cream until fluffy, and stir into mixture.

Spoon into dessert cups and chill a minimum of 1 hour - we usually chill it for a few hours so it's really set.

Serve topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, or garnished with fresh peppermint.


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Kirsten Bell
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