Summer is that brief moment in time when our body goals magically align with our dessert preferences: light as a feather. And no other dessert is lighter and fluffier than a deliciously whipped mousse. Whether it’s traditional chocolate or a refreshing summer berry, mousses come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. It’s the perfect companion to ripe fruit or the perfect warm weather treat to eat straight from the bowl glass.
We’ve rounded up 11 wonderful mousse recipes that are easy to make with no oven required and will definitely have you reconsidering your relationship with pies, cakes, ice cream, and cookies. Scroll down and check them out.
Don’t let the “basic” in this recipe’s title turn you off from the idea that simple, velvety chocolate mousse is one of the best parts of summer. Use it as a pool dip for strawberries or just inhale it straight from the bowl. We approve either way. Get our Basic Chocolate Mousse recipe.
Cordless 7-Speed Hand Mixer, $99.99 from KitchenAid
A cordless hand mixer is perfect for whipping up any flavor of mousse.
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Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the most satisfying. This white chocolate mousse is dressed up with an easy fresh blackberry sauce for stunning flavor and color contrast. Get our White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry Compote recipe.
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Nothing is more refreshing than the taste of mint and cheesecake is almost universally beloved. Mousse them together and you’ve got a dessert that’s decadent and refreshingly delicious. Get the Mint Chip Cheesecake Mousse recipe.
Weck Mini Mold Jars, 12 for $44.95 from Williams Sonoma
Perfect for storing and serving multiple individual servings of mousse.
The only salty thing that rivals the beach is salted caramel: an appropriate flavor for any season. Plus, it beats that disgusting caramel apple dip they still sell in your grocery store’s produce aisle. Get the Salted Caramel Mousse recipe.
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This mousse can be made vegan if you please (without eggs or gelatin); either way, it’s worth it for that beautiful shade of purple alone. Luckily, it’s also silky, fluffy, and bursting with berry flavor. Get the Blackberry Mousse recipe.
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