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Chocolate Mousse For One

This incredibly rich Chocolate Mousse is a chocolate lovers' dream! This elegant single serving dessert is made with only a few simple ingredients and is so easy to make.

a clear dessert glass filled with chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream.

To me, chocolate mousse is the ultimate dessert. It's so rich and creamy. If chocolate mousse is made correctly, it has an intense chocolate flavor. This single serving mousse recipe is adapted from the chocolate mousse I make all the time for parties and events.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse one of my most requested desserts and this version is one that can be enjoyed by anyone cooking for one or two people.

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It's true, chocolate mousse is often reserved for special occasions - it's fancy after all, and most special occasions call for fancy.

Well, I'm all about bringing a little "fancy" into more of my everyday life and that's why today I'm sharing this easy recipe for a Chocolate Mousse For One.

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a spoonful of chocolate mousse being scooped out of a dessert glass.

What Is The Difference Between Chocolate Mousse and Pudding?

A mousse and a pudding are both very much alike but they also share a few differences. 

Pudding can be made many different ways but it is traditionally made with milk or cream, sugar, and thickened with cornstarch.

Mousse is lighter and fluffier. It gets its light, airy consistency from whipping egg whites and whipped cream into the mixture. A mousse is made much like pudding except for the fact that no cornstarch is used.


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • semi-sweet chocolate
  • butter
  • egg
  • cream of tartar
  • sugar
  • heavy cream (also called double cream)
  • vanilla extract

How To Make Chocolate Mousse

This is a classic chocolate mousse recipe and there are several steps involved. Don't worry, even though it takes a little time, homemade chocolate mousse is so worth it!

  1. Melt 3 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler over barely simmering water. Remove the bowl from the heat and let chocolate cool. After a few minutes, whisk in an egg yolk.
  2. Beat the egg white and add in cream of tartar and sugar.  Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Whisk together heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to make whipped cream.
  4. Fold all of the elements of the chocolate mousse together.
  5. Pour into a dessert dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
a partially eaten chocolate mousse on a white plate next to a blue and white striped dish towel.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this chocolate mousse recipe you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Tips For Making The Best Chocolate Mousse

  • Gently melt the chocolate. Melt the chocolate over barely simmering water.
  • Allow the chocolate to cool before whisking in the egg yolk.
  • Fold in the whipped egg whites. Do not stir.

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This chocolate recipe is the perfect dessert when you're craving something sweet.

You could also layer the chocolate mousse in a two pretty parfait glasses and serve with berries between the layers, this would easily make this chocolate mousse a dessert that would serve two or even three.

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This classic chocolate mousse recipe calls for using 1 raw egg in the recipe. For most people, this is not a problem. Adults older than 65 years, children younger than 5 years, and people with weakened immune systems should avoid using raw eggs.

Consider buying and using pasteurized eggs and egg products, which are widely available.

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Chocolate Mousse For One | One Dish Kitchen

Chocolate Mousse For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cool: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: chocolate
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 506kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 3 ounces semi sweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 large egg separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar divided
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream cold
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan containing 1-inch of simmering water.  Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and let cool.  Whisk the egg yolk into the chocolate and mix until smooth.  Set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg white until foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.  Slowly add in 2 tablespoons of the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • In another bowl, beat the heavy cream until it begins to thicken.  Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and the vanilla and continue beating until soft peaks form.
  • Now it's time to assemble the mousse.  Very gently fold in the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
  • Next, fold in the whipped cream.
  • Transfer the mousse to a dessert dish, cover and chill for several hours.
  • Top with extra whipped cream, if desired


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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12 thoughts on “Chocolate Mousse For One”

  1. I made several of your wonderful recipes. Caramel Sauce ?, Cheesecake which I topped with the Caramel Sauce (YUM) and I did do 1 nutritional recipe, Tuna Noodle Casserole. All scrumptiously. ?? Thank You for great recipes. Can’t wait to try more.

    1. I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipes, Kim. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    Chocolate mousse is my FAVORITE, but I never make it because I’m always tempted to eat the whole batch. Clearly, that won’t be a problem anymore… 😉

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