Valentine's chocolate mousse with pistachios


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes2 to 4 servings
*PLUS Cooking time: 2 minutes, Refrigeration Time: 60 minutes


  • 113-g bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate

  • 250-mL container 35% cream, about 1 cup

  • 2 tbsp orange or coffee liqueur, optional

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tbsp chopped shelled pistachios, optional


  • Finely chop chocolate. Place in a small saucepan with 1/4 cup (50 mL) cream. Set over low heat. Stir continuously, just until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth, from 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape into a medium-size bowl. Or place chocolate and 1/4 cup (50 mL) cream in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium just until chocolate is nearly melted, 1 to 1-1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir until completely melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in liqueur and vanilla.

  • In a medium-size bowl, using an electric mixer, beat remaining 3/4 cup (175 mL) cream until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Stir 1/4 cup (50 mL) whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining cream just until no white streaks remain. Spoon into parfait dishes or dessert bowls. Refrigerate, uncovered, at least 1 hour or cover and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle pistachios over mousse just before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 355, Protein 4.2g, Carbohydrates 10g, Fat 37.8g, Sodium 27mg.

We created this easy-to-whip-together mousse to end dinner with a smile.