dark chocolate orange mousse with sea salt
This recipe originally appeared on the KitchenAid blog. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe!
I’m calling summer’s bluff.
Because even though the calendar says there are just a few weeks left of it, I refuse to acknowledge these sandy beach days, these tan lines, these sun-squinting afternoons in the backyard, these warm nights with dinner on the deck are nearly ending. I don’t believe it. I won’t.
And yet —
Yet, I’m almost dreaming of cool winds whistling through crunchy leaves, chunky wool sweaters, a scarf wrapped around my neck, mugs of hot apple cider in hand while walking through pumpkin patches… ALMOST. Because let’s be real — I still need a few more sunny days to get rid of those weird tan lines.
Of course, no matter the season, I will always need dessert. That is something that will never change. And when I want to savor as much of the sunny outdoors before it begins to cool down, I also want my dessert to be short on prep and heavy on the deliciousness. That’s why I’m calling this blender dark chocolate orange mousse with sea salt my new best friend. And I’m not bluffing.
Some facts about this mousse: It’s decadent, but simple. Indulgent, but easy. Sophisticated, but stress-free. You simply heat up a few ingredients on the stove, blend them to a dark chocolate-y, orange-y, sea salty perfection, pour the mixture into a few glasses, let them chill in the fridge for a few hours, and suddenly, DESSERT. But not just dessert — truly one of the best desserts I’ve had in a long time. I do not kid when I tell you that I dream about this mousse on the regular, so much so that I’ve got a growing list in my phone of more flavor combinations using this very recipe that I add to when I wake up in the middle of the night with a new idea. I can’t stop. I won’t stop. And once you give it a try, you’ll likely feel the same way.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go prep another batch of it before heading outside — to work on those tan lines.Print
Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse with Sea Salt
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Cook
- Cuisine: French
Decadent blender-made dark chocolate orange mousse with a touch of sea salt makes for the ultimate treat.
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon pure orange extract
- 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
- Fresh orange zest, for topping (optional)
- To a blender, add chocolate chips, sugar and sea salt. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk just to a simmer. Pour milk into blender; let stand 1 minute.
- Blend mixture on medium-high speed 1 minute until well combined and smooth. Add egg whites and orange extract; blend on medium-high speed 1 minute more.
- Divide mixture among 4 small serving cups or glasses. Chill in refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
- In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form. Dollop whipped cream on top of fully chilled mousse, then sprinkle with orange zest, if desired.
- The chocolate mixture should be smooth, well combined and just slightly thick after you add the egg whites and orange extract. If it isn’t, not to worry: it’ll thicken up a lot once chilled.
- Not a fan of orange + chocolate? Swap the orange extract for vanilla extract for a classic chocolate mousse flavor.
Keywords: blender chocolate mousse, easy chocolate mousse
I know some many people who are ready for fall but we are just getting warmed up in Chicago so I want summer for a little while longer. However I will be dreaming of this fantastic dessert all year round.
Sheer decadence is what this is. And, actually, I think it’s the perfect transition dessert…doesn’t require turning on the oven, so perfect for summer…but somehow chocolate makes me think of fall.
I’m exactly where you are. I am scared to death that summer is quickly fleeting, but I can’t help but to get excited about sweaters, jeans and all-around coziness. This dessert…perfect for all seasons, because chocolate should never be seasonal. 🙂
Le sigh. Summer. I always want it to last forever, too, but am always excited to break out the cinnamon and nutmeg and warmly spice eee’erythang! I’ve been craving allll the chocolate lately and am loving this orange-choco combo! Heading over to the recipe now!
What a terrific idea! Never would have thought of making mousse in a blender like this. The orange + chocolate flavor sounds perfect 🙂
Oh my.. I do love chocolate mousse.. this dark chocolate orange combination sounds heavenly! Heading over to check out the recipe. 🙂
“no matter the season, I will always need dessert.” – me too!! And this one looks just perfect. I love the combination of flavors!
Blender mousse? I’m sold. Orange and chocolate is so sophisticated, and your photos are beautiful!
Looks delicious! Welcome back!
YES! I am all about easy yet fancy. Also, I am all about salted chocolate anything.
I’ve also been guilty of daydreaming about blustery days and pumpkin patches while simultaneously enjoying sunny park days and patio dinners.
I’m glad you’ve combined dark chocolate with orange – love it! Also love raspberry with dark chocolate AND pumpkin with chocolate! Mmmm!
Soooo with you girl!! It just needs to be summer forever. Luckily, it’s always chocolate season!!! MAKING THIS!
I want summer back down here! We have enjoyed a mild, short winter here in Australia but I am definitely waiting for our gorgeous golden hot summer to return! In the meantime I am going to console myself with some delicious dark chocolate orange mousse 🙂
Perfect summer dessert! You have to have time to soak up as much of that summer sun as possible!