Chocolate Orange Mousse

Chocolate Orange Mousse

You don’t need me to tell you this, but chocolate and orange make a damn fine couple – formed between them is an enticing middle ground equidistant from sweet, citrus and bitter. Together they possess something instantly mouth-watering – perhaps it’s the pervasive aroma of orange, combined with the knowledge of incoming cocoa. Whatever the reason, chocolate orange mousse is a fabulous dessert that oozes luxury and decadence from every air pocket, yet it contains a mere five ingredients – one of which is water.

Everyone has a go-to dessert, a signature dish that never fails to impress. For me, it has to be chocolate mousse – it’s almost impossibly light, extremely flavoursome and devilishly naughty. Of course, producing the same dish ad infinitum would get rather boring, but mousse has a rather fine ace up its proverbial (and perfectly tailored) sleeve – simple variation. It’s so easy to completely alter the flavour profile of this popular dessert that it never has to get old. Take my mocha mousse, for example – by replacing the water with coffee you instantly add a new dimension to the recipe, one that complements and improves as it goes. The same goes for the orange syrup in this recipe – delicious to the last spoonful.

Chocolate Orange Mousse

However, experimentation needn’t finish there – why not give these little pots of wonder an end-of-season twist and substitute the orange for blood orange (like I did). This would be great for those of you who would rather a slightly more bitter dessert, as opposed to the incredible sweetness of a perfectly ripe orange.

For those of you who are a little tentative about using raw eggs, don’t worry – you’ll not come to any harm. As long as you don’t rub your egg whites with egg shell (the area most likely to contain salmonella) and ensure they are in date, nothing particularly bad will befall you… except perhaps a slight belly. Oh and don’t try to add double cream, please.

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Makes 4-6


• 200g dark chocolate (60-70%)

• 2 oranges

• 4 eggs

• 80ml hot water

• 2 tbsp caster sugar


1. Separate your eggs into two bowls. Zest your oranges and add it to the hot water, along with one tbsp of sugar. Place the chocolate in a large mixing bowl.

Chocolate Orange Mousse

2. After 10 minutes sieve the water/orange mixture into the chocolate and add the juice of half an orange and reincorporate half the zest. Place the mixing bowl over a pan with a little simmering water until the chocolate is just melted, whisk in the egg yolks one at a time and set aside.

3. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, add another tbsp of sugar and beat again until they form firmer peaks. Tip and fold this into the chocolate mixture, spoon into cups and place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set. Enjoy within a day or so.

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Cost: This chocolate mousse recipe may be decadent, but because it doesn’t contain any of that dreaded double cream (it destroys a good mousse), it remains pleasantly cheap. Indeed, even if you use a fairly decent brand of chocolate these pots of wonder should set you back a mere £2.60 – lovely.

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122 comments on “Chocolate Orange Mousse

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    March 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Delicious. Love the photos, too.

  2. clairemurdough
    March 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    So so lovely — I look forward to giving it a go. Citrus and chocolate is absurdly delicious!

  3. Moira
    March 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Diary-free mousse! Love it! You didn’t specify what kind of chocolate… Do you recommend using bittersweet (60%+ cocoa)? I noticed you add very little sugar, so perhaps you’re using a less bitter chocolate. Thanks!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      It’s best dairy free… dairy makes it heavy. I changed it! 60-70%

  4. alinakelo
    March 31, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Ooh the photos are lovely. Again. The way you wrote about this made me want to eat this chocolate and orange combo. It’s actually one combination that I do not really like. Got to try it again.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks so much! You must try it again, you must!

  5. TIm
    March 31, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Diving in now! In my imagination!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      I’d imagine it would be quite nice to swim about in.

  6. personalpilot
    March 31, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Finally! A dessert that doesn’t need an oven! I’m in Costa Rica and ovens are not a usual find in kitchens here. Looking forward to trying this delicious-looking goody out!!!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Indeed! I didn’t know that. Glad I could help!

  7. lovinghomemade
    March 31, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Love chocolate and orange together, sounds absolutely delicious and will be trying your mousse recipes, thanks

  8. cookinginsens
    March 31, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    That looks very rich and well photographed.

  9. pattyabr
    March 31, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    looks light and refreshing

  10. Korena in the Kitchen
    April 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Well if I wasn’t craving chocolate mousse before, I sure am now!

  11. anshu18
    April 1, 2013 at 5:58 am

    i seriously can smell the orange, it looks so refreshing

  12. Economies of Kale
    April 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Yum, this sounds amazing, and frugal, a great combination 🙂 I like the idea of serving it in cups too, since I don’t really own any bowls.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Indeed it is! IT works best in cups because it can set properly.

  13. chef mimi
    April 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    God. That mousse looks perfectly moussy!!!

  14. Carolyn Chan
    April 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Holy moly they look good ! So light and airy !!

  15. Karista
    April 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Definitely two of my favorite flavors together. This does look naughty indeed 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      April 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Hehe – thanks, Karista. It tastes naughty too.

  16. Somer
    April 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Chocolate and orange may be my favorite of the chocolate combos. That mousse looks fluffily divine. Very nicely done!

  17. Conntek Integrated Solutions Inc.
    April 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Oh yum! looks awesome.

  18. katya
    April 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    wow, chocolate and orange, a great combination, I just love it……delicious post!

  19. happilyhopeing
    April 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE, that this does not include diary, I am making this! Yum!

  20. Sam
    April 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

    How on earth ! I’ve never seen mousse so fluffy ! This looks so beautiful

  21. Opalla
    April 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for liking my review of Daisho and nice to meet you on blog sphere. I like your Blog because I like writing, food, doing interesting things, and England. Do drop by again!

  22. CateyLou
    April 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Chocolate and orange do make a great couple! This mousse looks so light and fluffy!

  23. spree
    April 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    One of my all-time favorite culinary combos Nick! Be.eaut.iful!

  24. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    April 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Chocolate and orange = one of my most favorite combinations. Must try this decadent mousse!

  25. sheeatsyummyfood
    April 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    This looks really really good, think I’ll try it with the coffee you suggest as an alternative. Believe it or not, I’m one of the few people on the planet who’s not keen on chocolate and orange. I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t gasp when I say that!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Please do – see my mocha mousse recipe. GASP!

  26. grainnep
    April 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Oh my look at those lovely little bubbles, looks amazing

  27. Marisa
    April 3, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Not sure which I enjoy more–your writing or your lovely photos. No, wait–it’s imagining how good this mousse tastes with bloody orange 🙂 Well done.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Haha – thanks so much. I’m so happy you appreciate my writing!

  28. daisy |
    April 3, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Chocolate and orange – what a great pair! I love it.


    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks, Daisy – it was stupendously delicious 🙂

  29. sameernahar
    April 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Yes that’s a pair that will never grow old! Looks really delicious.

  30. denise and sandy
    April 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    i could taste it from here. yummy.

  31. Abricot Amandine
    April 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    A dairy-free chocolate mousse? Yum! I’ll definitely need to try this recipe.

  32. Laurie
    April 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Sounds and looks delicious!

  33. Joanna
    April 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Dairy free sounds perfect for Brian and he loves chocolate orange so this sounds the business. Lovely photos!

  34. Minced
    April 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Yum! Pictures look good enough to eat!

  35. mittsandmeasures
    April 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Yum!! Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. I’m so glad I found you. I am definitely going to give this chocolate orange mousse a try! I’ll be following you…

  36. Amy @ Healthy and Fit for Real
    April 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Love chocolate mousse!

  37. cakeboule
    April 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I do love a good chocolate orange. Good tip about the eggs I never knew that.

  38. onejdesigns
    April 6, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    This looks amazing. I would like to share this with our Culinary Kids program.

  39. lly1205
    April 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

    This is one of my all time favourite combinations, plus I don’t like dairy… Looks delicious!


    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Mine too – loads of people have been commenting on how its non-dairy 😀

  40. Kate Olsson
    April 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Oh my lordy lord. LOOK HOW light and airy that mousse is! Simply wonderful!

  41. Sara
    April 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    To die for, love chocolate mousse!

  42. Brooke
    April 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Yum! I would love to get into the kitchen right now and make this BUT… raw eggs and pregnant don’t mix 🙁

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      That’s a shame – I don’t know what to suggest!

  43. Global Chow
    April 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I love chocolate and your chocolate orange mousse is to die for..looks very delicious

  44. narf77
    April 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Have you ever tried making Heston’s 70% cocoa plus water chocolate mousse? Always been interested in trying it 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Nope, sorry :D. I have no reason to make any other but mine – it works well, tastes good and is fool proof!

      • narf77
        April 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        I agree…yours is gorgeousness personified BUT in the name of culinary scientific experimentation…aren’t you a little curious about how water and chocolate could actually meld (rather than curdle) and turn into unctuous moussey heaven? I haven’t tried it yet but it’s vegan so I might 🙂

        • Admin
          April 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

          You do realise that my original chocolate mousse recipe is simply water, egg, chocolate and a little sugar?

          • narf77
            April 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

            The egg is the bit I was trying to remove. I guess its sort of ganache minus the dairy (or coconut cream that most vegans would sub). I think it is the shock that chocolate gets when it is subjected to being combined with water without something containing fat (in the case of your recipe, the egg…) acting as an emulsifier. I was just curious about the whole process :). Call me a curious little black duck 😉

          • frugalfeeding
            April 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

            Ah I see – if there’s no egg, then I doubt it’s a proper mousse. I’m looking for thousands of little bubbles of air which is given by the whisked egg white – nothing else can give that… unless he really is magical…

  45. Veronica Sheppard
    April 9, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Looks so good! Orange and chocolate is such a good combo

  46. Adina Solomon
    April 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I love the presentation.

  47. Sabeen
    April 10, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Why is it that whenever I swing by your site, I walk away wanting to cook your recipes right away !!! Love the photography 🙂
    I’ve taken the big leap and gone self hosted, have you seen the new site? Would love some feedback plus I guess it’s safe to say I miss my clan !

    • frugalfeeding
      April 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Haha – thank you. I hope you do try something :D. I just checked it out – it looks great. The loading time is quite large though which will be damaging your google ranking. Try optimising your images (making their file size a little smaller – Photoshop works well). Also, if you miss the WordPress lot you can install the jetpack plug in and ask .com to transfer your followers over!

      • Sabeen
        April 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

        I think I shall. Tossing up between the hot chocolate and savoury pancakes for this weekend or both maybe? Thanks so much for having a look at the site and your insights. I will look into the image load issue, another friend pointed that out too and my site is very image heavy so I do understand. I have installed jetpack and transferred followers over but noone seems to be stopping by anymore 🙁 Odd hey? Thanks again for all the advice.

        • frugalfeeding
          April 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

          Both, why not? :D. I hope everything smoothes out – perhaps get back in contact with, there might be a problem.

  48. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Oh yum, your mousse sounds so delicious! It looks gorgeous too!

  49. huntfortheverybest
    April 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    mmm…so lovely!

  50. FarAway Peach Garden (世外桃源)
    April 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    After one week and 3 days, this post popped up in my reader… Better late than never. Beautiful job!!