I am so excited for the 4th of July this year. Living in Seattle, you never know if it is going to be cold and rainy or warm and sunny. This year we are SUPER lucky, the weather is going to be perfect with a high of 75 degrees. I know the usual 4th of July dessert is a flag cake or something similar to that. But I wanted to share something more creative and unique. This chocolate mousse is really yummy and pretty healthy for being a dessert! I would recommend making this in the morning because it takes three to four hours to set. Another bonus is that you don’t have to bake anything just gather ingredients, mix, and put in fridge to set. Enjoy 🙂
For Chocolate Mousse
1/2 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons gelatin powder
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 eggs, separated
1/3 cup superfine granulated sugar/ bakers sugar
1 pinch cream of tartar
Whip cream/ cool whip/ ice cream
Sparklers (optional, I couldn’t find any at my local grocery stores)
Combine water and the gelatin in a jug. Whisk with a fork until the gelatin has been dissolved.
Stir the cocoa into the gelatin mix. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
In a large mixer bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft-peaks form. Slowly add the sugar and beat until thick and glossy (beat between slow additions of sugar). With the mixer on high speed add the egg yolks (add one at a time).
Slowly pour the gelatin mix into the egg mixture. Beat constantly until well combined.
Pour mixture into 6 serving cups (I used ramekins) and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
Top with Whip cream, Cool Whip, or a scoop of ice cream and garnish with fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries and dust with some extra cocoa or use some chocolate shavings if desired.
* A little something extra : Stick a sparkler in the middle and light when serving. It looks beautiful and your guest will not only be amazed with the presentation but the flavor will leave them wanting more!
This is by far one of my new favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Have a great Fourth of July!