Summer is 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 nine recipes that will have you seriously reconsidering your relationship with pies, cakes, ice cream, and cookies. Scroll down and check them out.
1. Basic Chocolate Mousse
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.
2. Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
The only way to effectively counter lemon’s citrusy bite is to add cream cheese and sugar. Why? We don’t ask questions…it’s science. Get the recipe.
3. Triple-Layer Pomegranate Mousse
If you’re searching for texture in all forms (well, three), this pretty-in-pink indulgence has got you covered. Get the recipe.
4. S’Mores Mousse
Who knew your favorite summertime treat tasted even better on a spoon? Now if only we could only figure out how to start a campfire. Get the recipe.
5. Mint Oreo Mousse
Nothing is more refreshing than the taste of mint and no store-bought cookie is more delicious than an Oreo. Put them together and you’ve a dessert that’s refreshingly delicious. Get the recipe.
6. Salted Caramel 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 recipe.
7. Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse
Raspberry and white chocolate go together like my hand and a Corona. In fact, they’re pretty much a match made in summer heaven. Get the recipe.
8. Marshmallow Strawberry Mousse
It’s no surprise that strawberry is summer’s most celebrated berry. To throw it a real party, make this berry heavy and berry, berry good treat. Get the recipe.
9. Coconut Mousse
Nothing screams vacation like the smells and tastes of coconut. Put that coconut in creamy, whipped dessert form to send you, mentally at least, to the Caribbean. Get the recipe.