Chocolate Orange Mousse

October 25th, 2009

One of my favorite desserts over the years has been this chocolate orange mousse. I still have the original parfait glasses in which I served the individual servings years ago. I think the glasses look good even after a few moves and being jostled about in bubble wrap. There is a bit of Grand Marnier in the mix along with orange juice and orange rind. My husband recently celebrated a birthday and since we are celebrating all of our birthdays (mine, my husband’s, and my son’s) later in the month, a cake seemed excessive. He loves chocolate so this was the perfect alternative. Because the eggs used in the mousse are not cooked (like in homemade mayonaise), be sure to use fresh, organic, or cage free eggs in the preparation.


2 whole eggs
3 whole egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
6 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate
2 ounces cold water
Zest of 1 Orange
Juice of 1 Orange
1 packet of unflavored Gelatin
1 cup whipping cream, lightly whipped

Whipped Cream for Topping

Beat together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until the mixture is very thick. Add the Grand Marnier.

Melt the chocolate with the water over very low heat. Grate the orange zest and add to the chocolate.

Squeeze the orange juice into a small saucepan and sprinkle the top with the unflavored gelatin. Heat gently on the stove until the gelatin is dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture to the eggs and sugar.

Fold the slightly cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar. Then fold the whipped cream into it until it is incorporated.

Pour into six individual pots or glasses and chill for at least 4 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and orange zest.

13 responses to “Chocolate Orange Mousse”

  1. Penny… Chocolate mousse with the taste of orange has to be good. This makes one want to pick up the spoon and take a bit. Thanks…

  2. Farmgirl Cyn says:

    Mmmm…I do something similar, and it is one of our favorites. I think I DO prefer it over chocolate cake!

  3. Mary says:

    …to die for! These sound absolutely perfec. Chocolate and orange is a killer combination.

  4. Lynda says:

    Love the chocolate and orange combination…so delicious! Thanks!

  5. Beautiful! I want some. Pretty enough to serve with champagne!

  6. Beautiful photo and I love your parfait glasses. Grand Marnier makes anything taste better.

  7. Katy ~ says:

    Ordinarily I don’t care for chocolate, but when it has orange, that’s a whole ‘nother story. This sounds sensational.

  8. Bella says:

    Oh, this sounds great. I love chocolate and orange together.

  9. Velva says:

    This one divine creamy chocolate delight! This is a great alternative to a traditional cake.

  10. Rosabela says:

    I love the fact that you are still able to serve this timeless dessert in the original glassware!! And happy birthday to all of you!

  11. Grace says:

    i feel like chocolate and orange make a really pleasant and delicious combination, but it doesn’t really come along that often, does it?! a mousse is such an elegant and sophisticated dessert, and yours looks lovely, penny.

  12. Robin Sue says:

    Penny one of my favorite dessert combinations is chocolate and orange. When I do make mousse and pot de creme I always turn to my Grand Marnier! Great recipe!

  13. Rita says:

    Just saw your recipe on Cathy’s site; Pinning this one one. Thank you Penny.

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