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Your party guests will be totally wowed when you pull out these rich and creamy chocolate mousse desserts. Served in deliciously edible white chocolate cups, these mini desserts will be the hit of the party!
One of the things I love most about this time of year is getting together with neighbors for a summer block party! You can pull out some chairs, grab the blue tooth speakers and make something yummy to share. Of course, it’s not a real block party until the wine starts flowing and I’ve got that covered. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is the perfect wine and I always make sure I have it on hand for these occasions. Who am I kidding…I have it on hand for any occasion when I feel like a glass of wine, even if it’s just sitting by the pool with my hubby!Try this delicious chocolate mousse paired with wine for a great summer block party Click To Tweet
I love the large bottles of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi because they are so perfect for sharing! Since they’ve been around for over 30 years, it’s a brand everybody can trust. Plus, we all know that wine makes any occasion more fun, right? Since I’m a red wine girl, I swung by the store to pick up a couple bottles of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. I also wanted to pick up the ingredients for one of my all-time favorite recipes.
Back in my single days (about a hundred years ago), I was trying to impress a guy that I was dating. I had no idea how to cook but I worked at a fancy restaurant and so I asked the chef for some help. Not only did he give me his chicken parmesan recipe, he also gave me the recipe for this amazing chocolate mousse (you can switch it up to make white chocolate mousse too). While the guy I was dating is no longer in the picture, the recipe still is. In fact, for years, these were the only two things I knew how to make. Thank goodness I’ve expanded my repertoire since then but this recipe is so delicious that I still have to pull it out once in awhile.
I’m always looking for reasons to use my new favorite cooking tool, a silicone mold that makes edible cups. When I had the idea to fill white chocolate cups with my favorite chocolate mousse, my mouth started watering just thinking about it. I am a firm believer that there’s no such thing as too much chocolate! The first step to my recipe involves pouring a nice glass of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. It’s always more fun to cook with wine, don’t you think?
Okay, the wine is poured and it’s time to get started. First I needed a couple bags of white chocolate chips. Of course I had to taste a few for quality control. Don’t worry, they passed with flying colors.
While I’ve melted regular chocolate chips in the microwave, you can’t do that with white chocolate. For some reason, they don’t melt the same way and they seize up. If you have a double boiler, you’ll want to use that. Since I don’t have one (that’s one more thing to store), I just fill a saucepan with an inch or two of water and put another bowl on top for the chips. Use two bags of white chocolate chips and add two teaspoons of vegetable oil. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring frequently, until your chocolate melts completely.
Fill your mold with the white chocolate. Be sure to tap it on the counter until there are no more air bubbles. You’ll be able to tell just by looking at the sides. When you’re finished, put them in the refrigerator to cool.
Now take your sweet and semi-sweet chocolates and melt them over low to medium heat, again stirring frequently until completely melted. Set aside.
Beat the whipping cream until foamy. Add powdered sugar a little at a time and beat until soft peaks begin to form.
Your chocolate should be lukewarm by now. Fold 1/4 of the whipped cream into your chocolate, mix well, and keep adding whipped cream until you have a delicious chocolate mousse. Time for another taste test…and maybe a sip of wine to go with it!
Your cups should be cool enough to remove from the mold. Just pop it inside out, give them a little twist and they’ll slide right out.
Fill the cups with chocolate mousse. You can spoon it in but I like to use cake decorating bags to give it a fancy, swirly look.
Time for the final touch…use a lemon zester or a cheese grater to add white chocolate shavings to the top.
I hadn’t made this chocolate mousse recipe for awhile and it was just as yummy as I remembered!
I’m pretty sure that if I were stranded on a deserted (or desserted) island, I could live on chocolate and wine! Throw in some cheese and crackers and I’d be set for life! This chocolate mousse tasted so good paired with the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi red wines. If you want to find even more inspiration for your summer block party, just visit the Simple Entertaining Social Hub.
Chocolate Mousse Printable Recipe
- For the white chocolate cups
- (2) 12 oz bags of white chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- For the chocolate mousse
- 2 oz sweet baking chocolate
- 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
- ½ pint heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup sifted powdered sugar
- For the white chocolate cups:
- Place your white chocolate chips in a double boiler (if you don't have a double boiler, fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and place a bowl on top...add your chocolate chips to that bowl)
- Add 2 tsp vegetable oil to the chips
- Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until chips are melted
- Pour into mold and refrigerate for ½ hour
- For the mousse:
- Combine sweet and semi-sweet chocolate in a saucepan
- Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently
- Cool until lukewarm
- Beat cream at medium speed until foamy
- Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form
- Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate,
- Remove white chocolate cups from mold
- Using a spoon or a frosting bag (recommended), fill each white chocolate cup with mousse.
Are you a red wine drinker or do you prefer white wines? What delicious treat would you pair with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine?
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