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Think making a luxurious chocolate mousse is too complicated? Think again! This Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse is incredibly simple. You only need heavy cream and chocolate chips. Forget the traditional, time-consuming methods. This recipe gives you an easy way to enjoy a creamy, chocolate-rich dessert. It combines classic flavors with a modern, no-fuss approach.

Searching for more delightful single serving dessert recipes that combine heavy cream and chocolate chips? Check out our decadent Mini Boston Cream Pie and our creamy single serving Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

Why You’ll Love This Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe

  • Incredibly Simple: Just two ingredients and a few steps to dessert heaven.
  • Quick to Make: Ready in a fraction of the time compared to traditional recipes.
  • Rich and Creamy: Offers a luxurious texture that’s hard to resist.
  • Ideal for Any Event: Great for a quick snack or simply double the recipe to wow your guests.
  • Customize Your Craving: Feel like adding a sprinkle of sea salt? Drizzle with caramel? This blank canvas welcomes your flavor twists.

Ingredients

chocolate chips and a carton of heavy cream on a brown cutting board.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this easy chocolate mousse recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Heavy cream: It’s essential to use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream for this mousse. Its high fat content is key for easy whipping. Aim for medium peaks: when the whisk is lifted, the cream’s tip should curl slightly. Use leftover heavy cream in Butterscotch Pudding or rich Hot Chocolate.
  • Chocolate chips: Semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks are recommended, but feel free to use any favorite chocolate. Top choices include Ghirardelli, Nestle Toll House, and Baker’s Choice chocolates. Use leftover chocolate to make Oreo Balls, Chocolate Banana Bread, or a small batch of Blondies.

Recipe Variations

  • Spiced Cranberry Swirl: Fold in a dollop of cranberry jam and a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for a fruity twist.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse: Mix in a spoonful of peanut butter for a classic chocolate and peanut butter combo.
  • Mint Chocolate Mousse: Add a drop of peppermint extract for a cool and festive spin.
  • Salted Caramel Mousse: Drizzle with store-bought caramel sauce and sprinkle with a touch of flaky sea salt.
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How To Make Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make this single serve chocolate mousse recipe. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Prepare the Ganache: Start by making a simple ganache, which is a blend of chocolate and cream. This ganache forms the base of our chocolate mousse. Place the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, then stir. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt further. Stir until completely melted and set aside to cool.
two pictures showing how to make a ganache.
  1. Whip the Cream: In a medium-sized bowl, pour in the remaining cream. Use an electric hand mixer or a whisk to beat the cream until it forms medium peaks, which you’ll recognize when the peaks hold their shape, with tips slightly bending back.
Homemade whipped cream in a large bowl next to a floral cloth napkin.
  1. Fold Cream into Chocolate: If desired, reserve a tablespoon of whipped cream for topping and refrigerate. Gently fold half of the remaining whipped cream into the cooled chocolate using a spatula, then incorporate the rest. Folding means combining the ingredients in a way that retains their lightness.
mixing cream into melted chocolate in a white bowl.
  1. Chill the Mousse: Transfer the mixture into a small ramekin or dessert bowl. Cover and refrigerate. The mousse typically sets within an hour, but leaving it longer in the fridge results in a firmer texture.
Chocolate mousse in a dessert glass next to a jar of whipped cream and a red cloth napkin all on a metal tray.

Expert Tips

  • Melting and Cooling Chocolate: To prevent burning, melt the chocolate gradually and gently. After melting, allow it to cool slightly before combining with the cream, which helps avoid curdling.
  • Achieve Perfect Cream Peaks: It’s crucial to whip the cream until it reaches medium peaks. You’ll know you’ve hit this stage when the cream forms a peak that gently bends at the tip as you lift the whisk. An electric hand mixer is recommended for its speed and ease, but a large whisk is a good alternative for hand-whipping.
  • Folding Technique for Cream and Chocolate: When combining the whipped cream with the melted chocolate, use a gentle folding technique. This means carefully mixing the two without vigorous stirring, to maintain the light, airy texture of the mousse.
  • Chill Before Serving: Refrigerate the mousse for at least an hour for the best flavor and consistency.
  • Garnishing Options: Enhance your chocolate mousse by topping it with shaved chocolate, a dollop of whipped cream, or a sprinkle of nuts for added texture and flavor.

Serving Suggestions

  • Garnish with Fresh Berries: Top your mousse with fresh strawberries or raspberries for added freshness.
  • Sprinkle Nuts or Shavings: Add a crunch with a sprinkle of nuts or chocolate shavings.
  • Pair with a Dessert Wine: Complement its richness with a sweet dessert wine.
  • Serve with Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream on top never goes wrong.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make chocolate mousse ahead of time?

Absolutely! It’s perfect for preparing a day in advance.

How do I store leftover mousse?

Keep it refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I make dairy-free chocolate mousse?

Yes, use full-fat canned coconut milk instead of cream and dairy-free chocolate.

Can I make more than one serving?

Absolutely! Simply double or triple the ingredients for multiple servings.

Do I need an electric mixer?

A hand mixer makes whipping the cream faster, but you can achieve fluffy peaks with a good old-fashioned whisk and some elbow grease.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse For One

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Whip up melt-in-your-mouth chocolate mousse in minutes with just 2 ingredients! Rich, decadent, and easy, this single serving recipe is magic!

Ingredients 
 

  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cup heavy cream
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Instructions 

  • Start by making a simple ganache, which is a blend of chocolate and cream. This ganache forms the base of our chocolate mousse.
    Place the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, then stir. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt further. Stir until completely melted and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, pour in the remaining cream. Use an electric hand mixer or a whisk to beat the cream until it forms medium peaks, which you'll recognize when the peaks hold their shape, with tips slightly bending back.
  • If desired, reserve a tablespoon of whipped cream for topping and refrigerate.
    Gently fold half of the remaining whipped cream into the cooled chocolate using a spatula, then incorporate the rest. Folding means combining the ingredients in a way that retains their lightness.
  • Transfer the mixture into a small ramekin or dessert bowl. Cover and refrigerate. The mousse typically sets within an hour, but leaving it longer in the fridge results in a firmer texture.
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

  • Melting and Cooling Chocolate: To prevent burning, melt the chocolate gradually and gently. After melting, allow it to cool slightly before combining with the cream, which helps avoid curdling.
  • Achieve Perfect Cream Peaks: It’s crucial to whip the cream until it reaches medium peaks. You’ll know you’ve hit this stage when the cream forms a peak that gently bends at the tip as you lift the whisk. An electric hand mixer is recommended for its speed and ease, but a large whisk is a good alternative for hand-whipping.
  • Folding Technique for Cream and Chocolate: When combining the whipped cream with the melted chocolate, use a gentle folding technique. This means carefully mixing the two without vigorous stirring, to maintain the light, airy texture of the mousse.
  • Chill Before Serving: Refrigerate the mousse for at least an hour for the best flavor and consistency.
  • Garnishing Options: Enhance your chocolate mousse by topping it with shaved chocolate, a dollop of whipped cream, or a sprinkle of nuts for added texture and flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 485kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 28g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 315mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 1166IU, Calcium: 79mg, Iron: 3mg

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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7 Comments

  1. susan legan says:

    lovely chocolate mouse. super easy and tasty

  2. RoseMary Leddy says:

    All the recipes I’ve tried are delicious. However I wish I didn’t have to scroll thru miles of trivia before finally getting to the list of ingredients and directions. Also have to do a lot of
    back-and-forth scrolling between the ingredients and the directions, gets tiresome and makes it too easy to miss something. Takes forever to make a grocery list.

    1. EJ Zisk says:

      We put a big “Jump To Recipe” button at the top of all the recipe pages so you can go to the Recipe Box that provides you all the ingredients and process instructions in one simple card that is printable. There is no “trivia” on the recipe page, just detailed facts on how to make it and information based on feedback we have received from our readers.

  3. Patricia says:

    Joanie, I often keep a package of pudding mix in the cupboard for a dessert. I’ve just tried your chocolate mousse and will never go back to the package mix again. The mousse was tasty and smooth and chocolaty and so much better homemade.
    I don’t like to spend my money on prepared meals, not knowing what is really in them. I am a widow and am always looking for homemade recipes for one or two. I have your cookbook, Cooking For One, but still like to go online for something new. Thank you for thinking of we who have to learn to cut recipes down from family size to one or two. .Blessings and keep up the good work.

  4. Joann says:

    This is the best & easiest chocolate mousse my family & I have ever eaten. So easy to double & even triple. I will be making this again & again per my families request. I am so glad that I have found your site. The one dish recipes not only help in the waist line but cuts down the time I spend on a fabulous dish without skipping out on taste! Thank you!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Joanie thank you for all the great recipes, I don’t have a microwave beginner cook would it be possible to heat this with boiling water ingredients in a bowl? Also do you have a recipe for baked rice pudding.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Lisa, yes! You can melt the chocolate chips by using a small to medium-sized pot and a heatproof metal or glass bowl. Do this by filling the pot with an inch or two of water and bring the water to a simmer. Place the chocolate and 2 tablespoons of the cream in the bowl and place the bowl on top of the pot. You want the pot to fit snugly without touching the water. Stir the chocolate and cream until the chocolate has melted – that’s it.

      We have a few rice pudding recipes on our website. Here is our baked rice pudding recipe: https://onedishkitchen.com/rice-pudding-for-one/