French Chocolate Mousse with Passion Fruit and Nougatine


French chocolate mousse with passion fruit, topped with a nougatine for an easy make-ahead dinner party dessert. Made extra light with egg whites, no egg yolks and without cream. The extra nutty caramel topping can keep for more chocolate, caramel or vanilla desserts.

glass pots of chocolate mousse topped with nutty caramel, passion fruits, macarons and scrabble letters for amour

Fluffy French Chocolate Mousse with Passionfruit

It happened that cold winter evening. Excitement set in as this French Chocolate Passion Mousse was a simple experiment that worked.

It’s based on this classic French dark chocolate mousse without cream. However – I didn’t have enough egg whites and so experimented by adding – PASSION FRUIT juice. Then I experimented further and omitted egg yolks: so it just uses egg whites and passion fruit juice. So, it’s extra light, fluffy and airy.

It lightened it up even further, the taste was sensational and so I was rather excited about it. Those of you that heard me on Instagram stories will agree that I sounded really excited.

Saying I’m Excited in French like ‘Emily in Paris’

Don’t tell the French you’re excited. It’s not new as a cliché that was brought up in ‘Emily in Paris’.
Mention that you’re ‘excité’ in French and oh-là-là – your friends will tell you to take a cold shower.  Being excited just doesn’t have the same meaning here.

These days, however, the French are becoming more international and more accepting of the word.

glass pots of chocolate mousse with caramel nougat, half a passionfruit

What to say in French for Being Excited

So the answer to my predicament? The French don’t have a real equivalent of saying that they’re excited about something.  They are more likely to shrug their shoulders and say, ‘C’est cool‘, or ‘C’est chouette“. They don’t become as bubbly and enthusiastic as we do – in fact, it’s seen as slightly childlike.

I don’t care these days. I’ll forever be a bubbly-sounding kid, ‘excited’ in the kitchen watching macaron shells rise in the oven… So, when there’s a jam jar filled with leftover egg whites from the ever-growing collection of egg yolk recipes on the recipe index, I still become excited.

Either I could make a batch of homemade macarons – or I could make this light and fluffy French dark chocolate mousse – now with this passion fruit in it!

chocolate mousse with passion fruit, topped with caramel nougat macarons in background

Soft Caramel Nougat Recipe

For nutty caramel lovers, I added a rather addictive Almond-Pistachio Nougatine. All because it’s February. Amour, love, chocolate, caramel and passion is in the air!

It’s based on this easy nougatine recipe, inspired by the famous Parisian rice pudding topping of chef Stéphane Jégo of l’Ami Jean restaurant in the 7th. I encourage you to try it – and if you can’t finish it all, ask for the famous Riz au Lait Doggy Bag!

This version is so quick and easy to make.  Unlike the original that uses 4 different kinds of nuts, I’ve cut it to my 2 favourites: almonds and pistachios (or use walnuts), use just organic cane sugar and good, French President butter.

This nougatine is excellent on its own but try it topped on these winter desserts:


French Chocolate Mousse with Passion Fruit & Nougatine

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French chocolate passion mousse

chocolate mousse with passion fruit, topped with caramel nougat macarons in background
5 from 6 votes

French Chocolate Mousse with Passion Fruit and Nougatine

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chilling Time1 hr 30 mins
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : French
Keyword : gluten free desserts, chocolate mousse without cream, French chocolate mousse, chocolate passion fruit, no-cream chocolate mousse
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 205kcal


Light French chocolate mousse with passion fruit, topped with a nougatine of almonds and pistachio in caramel for an easy make-ahead dinner party dessert


Chocolate Passion Fruit Mousse

  • 170 g (6oz) dark chocolate (I use 72% cacao - use only good quality)
  • 15 g (0.5oz/ 1 tbsp) unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Van Houten)
  • 210 g (7.5oz) egg whites (from 6 fresh organic eggs)
  • 30 g (1oz/ 2 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 2 passion fruits juice sieved off, seeds removed

Almond-Pistachio Nougatine

  • 140 g (5oz/ 1 cup) slivered almonds
  • 100 g (3.5oz/ 1 cup) unsalted pistachios (or a mix with walnuts)
  • 50 g (1.75oz/ ¼ cup) butter unsalted
  • 140 g (5oz/¾ cup) organic light brown cane sugar


Dark Chocolate Mousse

  • Melt the chocolate and cocoa powder together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water ('bain-marie'), taking care not to overcook the chocolate (don't have the water at a rolling boil; simmer gently). As soon as the chocolate is easy to stir, switch off the heat and stir until smooth, keeping the bowl over the pan to keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, sieve out the seeds from the passion fruits. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites (using a stand mixer or electric beaters) with the sugar until soft peaks form. Gradually add the passion fruit juice to the whites and continue to whip until firm.
  • Fold the chocolate into the whites using a spatula.
  • Divide the mousse into 6 serving dishes and chill for at least an hour.

Almond-Pistachio Nougatine

  • Place the nuts in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet and lightly toast them under a hot grill for a couple of minutes. Keep your eye on them and don’t move away from the grill, as this happens quickly and you do NOT want them to burn (any burning will make the nuts bitter).  Toasting them lightly brings out their natural flavour. When toasted, set them aside to cool.
  • In a heavy-based saucepan, melt the butter on a medium heat. As soon as it’s melted, add the sugar. Using a wooden spoon, initially stir the sugar and butter together, then wait about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to form a  liquid and a caramel forms.  As soon as this happens, stir until smooth and it’s light brown (not dark brown, otherwise bitter), add all the nuts.
  • Stir in the nuts until they’re all well covered and sticky in the caramel. Turn out immediately on to a patisserie mat (Silpat) or directly on to a clean, marble surface.
  • Leave to cool on the counter for about 10 minutes or until the caramel hardens. Store in an airtight tin or jam jar and eat within a month.


This recipe is gluten free.  Top with the nougatine or serve with extra passion fruit. The mousse can be made in advance, chilled overnight and is excellent served next day. See my short video of how to make a plain French chocolate mousse recipe.
Also delicious served with chocolate or exotic fruit macarons (see macaron recipes in both my books, Mad About Macarons and Teatime in Paris)
Measures: Please note that all my recipes are best made using digital kitchen scales in precise metric grams. Both ounces (and cups) are given as a guide. 

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10 responses to “French Chocolate Mousse with Passion Fruit and Nougatine”

  1. 5 stars
    Sublissimo! Tried both the mousse and the nougatine. Love that the nougatine is not brittle and lasts for a while too (although difficult to keep such delicious caramel around tempting us like that).
    Why one post? This is worth at least 2 posts!

    • So happy you tried them both and like the recipes. Yes, I was thinking of posting them separately but it takes so much time! Hopefully you can find them separately and easily, though.

  2. 5 stars
    I was thinking chocolate mousse mmmm! But that nougatine just tips it over the edge. Gorgeous!

    • Thanks, Jacqueline. Truth be told, any extra nougatine is kept in a cookie jar and there are definitely squirrels in the house, even when I try and hide it for myself!

  3. 5 stars
    Fantastic. I’ve had a good giggle over this. I get excited in the kitchen all the time. And I know I’d be excited if I sat down to a glass of this gorgeous mousse and nougatine. Passionfruit and chocolate is a surprisingly good combination.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Choclette. First time I tried passion fruit and chocolate was in a macaron by Pierre Hermé in Paris when I first arrived 28 years ago! Thanks. We all need a good giggle now and again x

  4. 5 stars
    Sounds absolutely delish. I’m excited for it. And that’s true for all the translations!

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for the early morning laugh, Jill! Who knew one isn’t to say they’re excited about such exciting stuff?! 🙂 I would definitely have a hard time in France, keeping my excitement to myself! Love that the passion fruit worked and the nougatine is a wonderful addition (to anything, I might add!) Yum! Thanks for another exciting recipe!

    • I’ve made a fool of myself many a time over the years, just being excited about stuff here. Thanks for popping in and saying hello here as always – you’ve made my day.

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