Hi everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm. The weather here in Chicago has been so frigid. Below zero, burr! I really didn’t care to go outside today (made that mistake yesterday). With the fireplace going, it’s so toasty inside and perfect for making a little dessert. How about a Chocolate Peppermint Mousse?
Great way to use the left over chocolate and candy canes from Christmas too.
It goes together rather quickly with few ingredients and is so yummy! Perfect for family dinners and makes a great dessert for company.
If you’d like to try this one, here’s the recipe:
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- pinch of fine salt
- 2/3 cup of whole milk
- 3 large egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
In the blender, combine the chocolate, sugar and pinch of salt..
In a small pan, bring the milk to a simmer. (watch carefully) Pour the milk into the blender and let sit for a minute, then blend on high until it’s smooth.
Next add the egg whites and peppermint extract and continue blending on high until really smooth.
Pour evenly into cups. ( I used 6- 5 oz. jars and doubled the recipe.) don’t have photo of this step.
Place in refrigerator for several hours to chill to pudding-like consistency. (to speed the process, place in freezer for about 20 minutes then move to refrigerator. You don’t want to freeze it.
Now you can make the whipped cream topping. Use 2 cartons of heavy whipping creme. Place in deep bowl and whip until it forms stiff peaks. Cover bowl and put in refrigerator until mousse has stiffened.
I had some FRANGO mints (these are famous to Chicago’s Marshall Field stores which is now Macy’s) on hand and tried another batch using them with the chocolate chips and the Ghiradelli Peppermint candy in place of the peppermint extract. (The extract can be strong, so if you like just a hint of flavoring, use 1/4 teaspoon and you’ll be fine or opt for using mint chocolates). Both options are wonderful. Just depends on your taste.
Once the chocolate has set, top with the whipped creme and decorate as you like.
I made cute flags (YUM!) to adorn the wooden sticks and topped with little sugar hearts. Feel free to download the flag here if you like.
You can crush the peppermint candies and sprinkle on top of the whipped creme or add peppermint flavored mini marshmallow. I opted to use a sugar heart.
Hope you’ll give it a try!
Have a sweet day!
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