This Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse is creamy and chocolatey and the addition of the espresso powder that enhances the chocolate flavor even more.  

Dark chocolate espresso mousse in glasses on a tray with spoons

If you’re looking for an easy, yet impressive dessert that looks and tastes like it could be served in a fine dining restaurant, then you’ve come to the right place.

I don’t make desserts to often, I actually do not have a sweet tooth, but when I do feel like enjoying a dessert, I don’t like one that is too sweet. I like fruit desserts and especially chocolate desserts. That’s why I really did enjoy eating this Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse.

3 glass serving bowls of dark chocolate espresso mousse

Total time from start to finish is about 22 minutes and what is great about this mousse is, whether you’re entertaining or just feeding the family, the mousse can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Drizzling white chocolate in a glass bowl

The presentation starts with white chocolate drizzled on the inside of the glass, a simple but very striking and elegant look. I used good quality dark  chocolate that melts beautifully. I just add it to a ziptop bag, snip the end and you have an instant piping bag.

Side view showing the white chocolate drizzle

The dark chocolate is melted  with the secret ingredient, instant espresso powder. Heavy cream is whipped with vanilla extract and gently folded into the melted chocolate. So there you have it, a decadent yet easy and impressive dessert.

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse

3 bowls of dark chocolate espresso mousse on a silver tray

This dark chocolate espresso mousse is creamy and chocolatey and the addition of the espresso powder just enhances the chocolate flavor even more. 

Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 2 minutes


  • 6 ounces (150 grams) dark chocolate, 70%
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream, cold
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) white chocolate


  1. To a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate. Microwave on high in 20 second increments, stirring each time until melted. Stir in the espresso powder.
  2. Add the whipped cream to a stand mixer or mixing bowl using a hand whisk, beat until starts to thicken. Add the vanilla and melted chocolate, continue to beat until stiff. Set aside.
  3. Add the white chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 20 second increments, stirring each time until melted.
  4. Pour into a small ziptop bag and seal.
  5. Cut a tiny corner of the bag and drizzle onto the inside of glasses. Refrigerate for 2 minutes.
  6. Spoon in the mousse and refrigerate for 6 hours until set.
  7. Top with white and dark chocolate chips.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 115Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 10mgSodium 16mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 2g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.