Today is a day dedicated to one of the richest, most chocolatey desserts ever created. Celebrated on April 3rd every year, Chocolate Mousse Day is a day to enjoy this sweet dessert in a variety of forms. This dish originated in France in the 18th century. In French, mousse means foam, which is an accurate description of this dessert. The first written record of this dish appeared in an article in 1897 in a magazine called the “Boston Globe”. The recipe in this article was slightly different from the mousse we know today and is more of a chocolate pudding. Two more elements needed to be introduced in order to produce the treat we are all familiar with today. The first element is egg whites. This separation allowed the dish to become more airy. The second element was the electric mixer. It was difficult to maintain the same hand whipping speed for a long period of time and often left mousses falling flat. The creation of the hand mixer allowed mousse to be mixed at a constant speed making it light and airy and saving the arms of millions of chefs. Since the creation of this dessert it has been enjoyed by many people including the famous chef Julia Child. She is known for creating what many people consider the best chocolate mousse recipe. In her creation it included ingredients such as coffee, bittersweet chocolate, eggs, rum, and vanilla extract. Today is a day to experiment with this recipe and maybe create one that you think is better than Julia Child’s.
More About the Chocolate Mousse
There are a variety of forms that chocolate mousse can take. It can be airy, creamy, light, or thick. One of the fun things about chocolate mousse is the variety of presentation techniques it allows. You can serve it simply in a dish or even be fancy and serve it in a martini glass. There is a wide assortment of toppings you can place on top of your mousse as well. Most people prefer to put berries on top such as blueberries while others go for a chocolate overload and put chocolate shavings or candies on top. Today is a day to share your creation with others and maybe even learn which toppings they think is best for this delectable treat.
There are many who believe the best version of this dish is a simple one. The main idea of French cuisine is to create a dish using only the most simple of flavors and turning it into something delicious. One popular chocolate mousse recipe contains only 5 ingredients. This few ingredient recipe seems remarkably simple but the main difficulty lies in the timing of the dish. Multiple elements need to be in progress at the same time for the final combination. After the combining of ingredients the mousse needs to sit in the fridge for 6 hours making this not an ideal dish for the impatient. Below is a simple recipe for chocolate mousse. After mastering this recipe one can begin to experiment and add what they think will improve this recipe and make it the best chocolate mousse they’ve ever had.