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White Chocolate Mousse (Mousse au Chocolat Blanc)

A fluffy light white chocolate mousse with whipped cream and an egg white. Rose and orange blossom are added for that extra French touch. Healthy with no added sugar, this is great on its own or as part of a bigger dessert. Serve with macaron shells for something special.

white chocolate mousse in a bowl with rose petals and love heart macaron

What is White Chocolate Mousse Made Of?

This mousse is extremely simple with 3 main ingredients.

It’s just made with good quality white chocolate, whipping cream and only one egg white to thicken it. The added touch of a little rose and orange blossom water simply takes it to another sphere.

There is no sugar in this recipe – the sugar in the white chocolate is enough. For the cream, half fat cream doesn’t work, so no less than 30% fat to be able to whip it up easily. At about 200 calories, it’s a white chocolate mousse that’s light too.

footprints in snow

What to Serve White Chocolate Mousse with?

These footprints in the snow makes me think of this light mousse.  It’s brilliant in winter time, topped with just a simple wedge of orange to echo the orange blossom inside – and with a rose macaron.

If making this around Valentine’s Day, see how to pipe out macaron hearts. It’s easy peasy. Just imagine you’re making a ‘V’ shape in 2 lines. Do it quite quickly: push down a bit more mixture at first at the top of each line and taper off coming down.  As the mixture spreads out slightly on the baking sheet you’ll see it come together.

glass dish with white chocolate mousse surrounded by roses and a macaron

This mousse is delicious served on its own for a light dessert.  However, it’s also great served as a bigger layered dessert.

Try it with these rhubarb and strawberry crumbles topped with this white chocolate mousse. It is a delicious combination with the touch of rose that shines through with the rhubarb and strawberries.

What’s more, this mousse is fabulous served with a few fresh strawberries or a little rhubarb compote.

strawberry rhubarb oat crumble with white chocolate mousse in glass dish

Healthy White Chocolate Mousse with No Added Sugar

With the snow initially as inspiration, I remembered a Merveilleux pâtisserie from Un Dimanche à Paris in Saint Germain des Prés. It was basically the classic meringue coated with cream, but infused with rose and orange flower water, and rolled in white chocolate. I remember thinking I wanted to taste the orange blossom just a bit more. What’s more, I honestly find meringue desserts just too sweet.

So with all this in mind, I’ve come up with a light, fragrant, snowy mousse for you that’s not too sweet. There is no added sugar in this recipe, making it healthy. Moreover, it’s a quick and easy gluten free dessert.

What is it about rose that makes it so Valentine friendly?  I adore this addition of the orange blossom. Heating the white chocolate in the pan with a little of the cream makes melting it so much easier – especially if you’re unsure of the quality of your chocolate. The meringue crunch comes from the macaron heart and the dosage of orange blossom and rose counteracts the sweetness of the chocolate and is just enough to send your Valentine into a billowy, romantic cloud. Accompany this with glass of chilled Muscat.

White chocolate mousse

Best Chocolate Mousse Marathon

I was so thrilled to see my recipe tried, tested and approved by Gourmantine’s Blog in her marathon to find the best chocolate mousse. Here is her lovely review of my white chocolate mousse recipe:

“Well, I think anyone thinking this way should be sent a pot of this white chocolate treat by wonderful Jill Colonna, and I am most certain they will have an epiphany.

When I first saw this recipe posted on her fabulous blog “Mad about Macarons” (and I tell you, her macarons are truly to die for..), I couldn’t wait to make it, and chocolate mousse marathon seemed more than appropriate for it.

To be honest, the dark chocolate loving judge panel put the final fight for the best of the best title between recipes essentially out of dark chocolate, but this wonder was considered a champion in it’s own category and does deserve a special mention…

Just for the record, it tastes better than it looks…this one is definitely going to the top of my all time favorites.”

white chocolate mousse with a pink macaron heart

white chocolate mousse in a bowl with rose petals and love heart macaron

White Chocolate Mousse

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : French
Keyword : white chocolate mousse, french mousse, rose desserts
Servings : 8
Calories : 211kcal

Description

The lightest white chocolate mousse recipe with a touch of rose and orange blossom water to make even those who don't like white chocolate love this mousse!

Ingredients

  • 300 ml (10fl oz) whipping cream (at least 30% fat)
  • 125 g (4½oz) white chocolate + 20g grated for decoration
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1/2 tbsp orange flower water
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  • Place a mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes (I just put it outside - brrr!)
  • Meanwhile, break 120g of the white chocolate into a saucepan and heat very  gently together with 50ml of the cream, rose and orange flower waters. As soon as it's melted (after about 5 minutes), set aside to cool slightly.
  • Using an electric beater, whisk the rest of the cream with the egg white to medium-firm peaks. Gradually pour in the melted chocolate mixture and continue whisking until completely mixed together.
  • Pour into individual serving glasses and sprinkle on the grated white chocolate. Set aside in the fridge until needed.

Notes

Halve the quantities if you're serving just for a romantic couple but this does keep easily chilled until the next day in the fridge. Excellent served as part of these rhubarb and strawberry oat crumbles.

Love mousse? See my 2 other recipes:

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55 responses to “White Chocolate Mousse (Mousse au Chocolat Blanc)”

  1. I DO like a good quality white chocolate (don’t like the sickeningly sweet ones) so I’m sure I’d love this! Trying to decide which of your Valentine treats to make is so diffficult! I want to make them all!

    • Totally like you on white chocolate, Christina. I know you’ll like this!

  2. A Sexy Valentine Dessert Recipe with Parisian Macarons | Mad about Macarons! Make Macarons like the French - le blog in Paris says:

    […] Serve with white chocolate, rose and orange blossom mousse. […]

  3. I’ve made this chocolate mousse for the choc mousse marathon we’ve had this weekend and it was nothing short of incredible! Rose and orange blossom water go with white chocolate perfectly and make a very special treat!!!

    • Thanks so much, Gourmantine. So glad you liked it. When I first imagined it in my head and then put it into this dessert I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so am so pleased to share it. It’s my kind of dessert: light, airy and not too sweet. That way you can have more 😉

  4. Chocolate mousse marathon: White chocolate mousse with rose and orange blossom | Gourmantine's Blog says:

    […] Recipe by Jill Colonna from “Mad about Macarons“. […]

  5. Oh my Jill, you are my no.1 macaron queen guru. Well I have been drooling over your beautiful macarons a long long time. And this recipe is simply delectable. The colour is pretty as well. Light and soft. PERFECT!! Have a good week. Cheers, Jo

  6. Absolutely stunning Jill. And yes, I remember that Merveilleux. Mmmmmmmmm!

  7. Jill,
    This is such an elegant, romantic dessert for two. The White Chocolate mousse, looks so light, fluffy, and decadent. The dessert would go well with the bubbles:) Happy valentine’s Day!

  8. OMG!
    mouth-wateringly lush & divine.
    waiting for the next cookbook.
    It will be a smash

    • Funny – this is one of the recipes in the next book, although it’s presented rather differently. It’s taking me forever on it, though!

  9. Believe it or not Valentine Macarons were going to be my second go at making them altogether. I was hoping to pop these out today or tomorrow. Now that I have the perfect guide I’ll be sure to get them right.

    Your hearts look absolutely perfect and lovely. I can’t wait to try these. Thank you for sharing them.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your honey a couple days early!

  10. Jill, this is the MOST Beautiful dessert! Such a lovely, romantic Valentine’s treat. 🙂

    Thank you!

    –Shelley

    • Thanks so much, Shelley. I’m rather proud of it myself 😉 – it’s delicious and so quick and easy to make at home.

  11. Oh these are the prettiest things! How could anyone not smile if you made them this for Valentine’s Day.

  12. I’m not always a fan of white chocolate – but with this rose water and orange blossom water – I can imagine a lightness of being. And it is so gosh-darn pretty, Jill – just so Valentine’s Day lovely. (Yes, I’m afraid of macarons – I am more comfortable with meatballs – what can I say?)

  13. Jill, how beautiful. Husband take note – no flowers, no champagne – I want this stunning mousse for Valentines Day! Have a great weekend and wrap up agaist the Siberian weather! Hx

  14. Wow those macaron hearts look so beautiful! And the white chocolate Mousse looks gorgeous as well! The combination of those two is perfect, especially for Valentine’s day! I’ll be making macarons from your book very soon, I can’t wait to give macarons a try again after my first failed attempt, haha 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Look forward to hearing about your macaron successes, Amalia. You’ll be doing the feet dance, I can just see it.

  15. Such an elegant and lovely dessert! The mousse sounds just wonderful and i love the macaroon heart garnish!

  16. Just dreamy..the colors the flavors, everything. Such a pretty dessert. I love it. Your heart shaped macs are gorgeous.

  17. Wow! Those macaron hearts are perfect! You are brilliant… and the mousse sounds so yummy, Jill! I remember doing the ‘my macarons have feet dance’ months ago when I first made macarons! You’ve reminded me, and now I can’t wait to try making them again 🙂 Fabulous post!

    • Thanks Marsha. Time to dance again, then. Nothing brillliant – this is so easy!

  18. Oh! I still yet to try to bake macarons…still too chicken 🙂
    Like the heart shape and perfectly paired with the white chocolate mousse…so elegant for Valentine’s Day.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week Jill!

  19. I am one of those fearful bakers, which is why I love your site. Those hearts are swoon-worthy–I don’t have any problems with the marscapone cream, but fear the hearts would not look this good.

    • And so what if a heart or 2 are not quite right? There are no macaron police out there. The point is, it can be done, we can have fun with them and above all the taste is divine. So, if it’s not quite right it doesn’t matter. Fear not, Cucina!

  20. LOL! “perfectly competent cooks” are scared to try macarons…. are you talking about me? Not that I’m saying I’m a “perfectly competent” cook but I know you are talking about me! Teehee. I love eating macarons though… And seeing how delicate they are I’m very intimidated! I absolutely love your heart shaped pink macarons! I didn’t know how you make the heart shape. That’s interesting. Your white chocolate mousse sounds perfect with these macarons. Happy Valentine’s Day Jill!

    • See? That upsets me to hear you’re intimidated by these little things. Go for it, Nami! If I can do it… Sure they’re delicate and I broke one but I wasn’t sure about posting a photo with a broken heart. Perhaps next week when hubby is away …

  21. Oh I love the macaron in heart shape…so festive and lovely.

  22. I really don’t like white chocolate either but this does look so perfect and romantic! And the hearts are so beautiful! I am going to try this next time I make macs! Perfect!

    • Jamie, you don’t taste the white chocolate much but the orange blossom and rose shine through which I love! Hope you like it.

  23. Hey, that was me this summer! And now I need to make your beautiful hearts so I can proclaim another victory! Thanks for sharing the technique, my friend 🙂

    • That was me also a few years ago. We can all see it in ourselves, can’t we Liz? Once we’ve got over the initial confidence hurdle we can achieve it no problem!

  24. This looks so amazing! Love the mousse, white chocolate doesn’t get enough love 🙂 And mm, look at the shavings! Perfect dessert.

    • Even I like it and I’m not a huge fan of white choc. Didn’t put that much in it, but just enough for the velvety texture. I’m hooked!

  25. I know that excited feeling about ‘feet’ because I did that happy dance when I finally got perfect ‘feet’ too! Btw, I love that first pic of the footprints in snow, I first thought that was white sand. Hah! That white chocolate mousse sounds so divine with the touch of rose and orange flower! Beautiful!

  26. Jill this is adorable. I would have never thought to use them like that. Love the mousse. I really need to get your book, attempt making macarons and leave you a facebook message. Let’s hope for beginners luck.

  27. Well this does surprise me! Making a macaron into a heart shape I imagine is not an easy task-however since you are so skilled at making macarons this was a breeze. Also, putting one of these hearts with a creamy white chocolate mousse is perfect. You really have some amazing photos of your creations here. I love the third picture!

    • Thanks so much, Tina. But you’ll find it a breeze too! Thanks for the compliments on the photos. 3rd one is in the book. The others? One has just been declined by Kitchen Artistry, boohoo. Off to eat worms for dinner.

  28. Amazing dessert! Delicate chocolate mousse, served perfectly and arranged! 🙂

  29. Wow! This is gorgeous Jill! I remember seeing the first step of the macaron heart on FB and wondering where it will go from there, the finished result is simply stunning! Any Valentine would be lucky to receive such a lovely surprise. Thanks for sharing Jill, hope you have a beautiful day =]

    • Wow, that was quick! Thank you for your sweet words. Now you see how easy it is. Today it’s still freezing! -8°C brrrr

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