Spicy Dark Chocolate Mousse Recipe · i am a food blog (2024)

This is part 5of Tabasco’s 10 ingredient challenge – 5 different recipes made from any of these 10 ingredients: Tabasco, tuna, brioche, eggs, mint/basil/cilantro, dark chocolate, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, cider vinegar and maple syrup.

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I’m finishing off the week on a sweet (and spicy) note with this super easy chocolate mousse inspired by Hervé This. This is a French molecular chemist who came up with an innovative way of making chocolate mousse with just two ingredients: chocolate and water.Most people would agree that chocolate and water don’t mix and normally, they don’t. But when you add a bit of heavy whisking into the mixture, the molecules rearrange themselves and you end up with a super smooth mousse that actually sets into something luxuriously delicious.

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If you’re looking for something quick, easy and super chocolatey, this is the mousse for you. If you’re not into spice, you can feel free to leave it out, but I think it added a little extra something. This mousse comes together super quick and it’s very forgiving. If the mixture seizes up on you or becomes to grainy, you can always go ahead and re-melt it on your double boiler. I felt like it was best right after whipping, but it will keep in the fridge as well – it just thickens up a bit. It’s super smooth and melty in your mouth. What more could you want?!

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Spicy Dark Chocolate Mousse Recipe inspired byHervé This via Food 52
serves 4-6 depending on serving size

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 8 ounces chocolate (I used 70% bittersweet), roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • a bowl of ice cubes with a bit of cold water
  • mint, to garnish

Combine the chocolate and water in a glass bowl and set over a simmering pot. Or, you could use a double boiler. Stir until the chocolate and water are smooth.

When smooth, move the bowl to your prepared bowl of ice water. Add the tabasco and whisk, either by hand or using an electric mixer. When the mixture thickens (it will start to look a little like chocolate cake batter and you will see whisk lines in the chocolate) immediately spoon into 4-6 small bowls. Refrigerate or enjoy immediately with fresh mint.

Note: If you mixture seizes up or gets grainy, simply reheat until smooth and whisk again.

Check out this Heston Blumenthal video for a clearer picture behind the science of this recipe.

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  1. June 27, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Fun!! Love the spice thrown in there!!


  2. June 27, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Loooove the look of this Stephanie – super sophisticated!


  3. June 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Omg, I love the mousse recipe you based this off of. HOWEVER, the last time I made it, my arm was sore lol lol. Shoulda used a stand mixer for whisking I guess.

  4. Sal says:

    June 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Not a huge fan of this recipe to be honest. It’s just not as good as ‘traditional’ chocolate mousse made with whipped egg whites. Without any cream, vanilla extract or egg whites this recipe is just too dense and way too bitter.

    Maybe something went wrong, I dunno. But I thought it was just not very satisfying.


  5. June 27, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Can’t beat 2 ingredient chocolate mousse! Bet the hint of spice is fabulous! Got to start working on my whisking!


  6. June 27, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Whoa, crazy! Easiest recipe ever, can’t wait to make it. And also, lurrrrve the photos!


  7. Alyssa says:

    June 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    This is amazing! I love sweet and spicy :) I’ll definitely try this.


  8. June 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    1) ‘whoa’ and several exclamation marks
    2) praise mr. This

  9. June 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    What an intriguing recipe! I’m excited to try this out.


  10. Lauren says:

    June 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This looks great! I am all about chocolate and spice! I can’t wait to make this, it’s perfect for the “oh-my-god-I-need-chocolate-now-or-else” fix. I might even top this with some thinly sliced cherries? Thanks!


  11. Emiliy says:

    July 1, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Wow, this recipe is incredible… its easy and sounds delicious. LOve the photos so much!


  12. Shawn says:

    July 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This looks like a simple enough recipe, can’t wait to try this out!


  13. July 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Spicy chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations. This sounds good and simple, which is what I like, especially in the summer. I don’t know that I will be able to handle 70% bittersweet chocolate, so I may have to mix up the chocolate a bit.


  14. July 3, 2014 at 7:40 am

    This is absolutely genius! :-)


  15. sharlene says:

    July 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    your pictures are so pretty and eye catching! mind sharing how you edit them? thanks :)


    1. steph says:

      July 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      i shoot in raw and take them into lightroom to tweak minor things. i’m thinking of doing a tutorial soon :)


  16. July 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Cannot get over this recipe, so chocolatey and healthy! MMMM my two favorite things :)

    Chloe – A Latte Lipstick


  17. July 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Yummy! Chilli and Chocolate, whats not to love?


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