salted caramel chocolate mousse

by jenna on February 2, 2012

Hi!

Heeeeyyyyy everybody! It’s Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen. I’m so pumped to be hanging out and sharing this dessert with you lovely people today.

Regardless of how many times I consume salted caramel, I never tire of it. That sweet and salty combination just does it for me every single time.

Salted caramel ice cream? Win. Salted caramel cookies? Ugh, delicious. Salted caramel cake? Let’s fake a birthday so we have reason to make one! Salted caramel on a spoon? Gimme!

I understand that sometimes cooking up caramel is a little scary. Trust me, I’ve gotten a caramel burn before–it’s not cute.

So, some caramel pro-tips I’ve learned along the way:

Number one: Get all your ingredients together before you start cooking your sugar. The process goes fast.

Numero dos: Warm your heavy cream just a little, this will stop it from seizing once it hits the hot, cooked sugar.

And lastly: Wear long sleeves. Seems silly, but if you’re wearing a long sleeve shirt, and for some crazy reason the hot sugar pops out of the pan, it’ll hit your shirt.

If you keep those little tid-bits in mind, then you should be fan-freakintastic.

This dessert comes together in a breeze. There’s a little salted caramel making, some adding of egg yolks, a little stirring, some egg whites peaking and a good amount of folding.

When you serve this to people, they’ll ask you what that delicious gooeyness is. You see, at first glance there’s no suggestion that the salted caramel even exists. It’s hidden. Sneaky. But it’s there and OMG is it good. And while chocolate desserts, for me at least, end up being slightly too rich, this one in particular is so light and fluffy that I have no problem eating one serving. Or two?

The bitterness from the dark chocolate against the saltiness from, well, the salted caramel is a total home run. I suggest topping it off with a generous dollop of whipped cream. It’s the right thing to do.

Now, let’s eat some dessert!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse

serves six

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup, plus 1 ½ tablespoons heavy whipping cream

½ cup granulated sugar

2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3 large eggs, separated

Directions:

Heat heavy whipping cream in a saucepan or microwave just until warm. Set aside. Combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not stir. Cook to a dark caramel, swirling as it begins to brown to distribute the sugar.

Take off the heat, add your room temperature butter and deglaze pan using a whisk. Add the warmed cream and whisk vigorously. Add the chopped chocolate, waiting for a minute or two for it to melt. Add salt and mix until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

In a bowl, add a small amount of the warm chocolate mixture to the egg yolks and stir to bring the eggs to a warmer temperature. Next, add the chocolate/egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and mix until thoroughly combined.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form firm peaks and then fold gently in chocolate mixture, being sure to not collapse the egg whites. Divide between 6 (4-ounce) ramekins and chill for at least 6 hours. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from Trish Desseine

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 2, 2012 at 3:54 am

Considering we’re not doing anything to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year since it’s on a Tuesday, this sounds like the perfect dessert to make at home. Salt + chocolate always wins me over.

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mary (sisters running the kitchen) February 2, 2012 at 3:55 am

I’m right there with you…i just cannot get enough of salted caramel…in any form! thanks for a great recipe, I’ll definitely be bookmarking this!

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Marisa @ Loser for Life February 2, 2012 at 3:57 am

That just sounds like a pure winner! YUM!

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K @ The Chic Teach February 2, 2012 at 4:07 am

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I just died. This looks in. cred. i. ble.

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

Yum! I have some chocolate cups that are just dying to be filled with some mousse! This is the winner! :-) Thanks Jenna!

P.S. Do you think I could substitute some of the ingredients to use the pre-made Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel????

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Erika @ The Teenage Taste February 2, 2012 at 4:19 am

Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! I need to make this… :-D

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Molly@RDexposed February 2, 2012 at 4:31 am

Caramel is the way to my heart! This sounds fantastic!

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Tabitha (From Single to Married) February 2, 2012 at 4:32 am

I love that the caramel is hidden – makes it even tastier!

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Blog is the New Black February 2, 2012 at 4:38 am

AWESOME post!

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Bev Weidner February 2, 2012 at 4:48 am

Hi, Adrianna!

UH, this is totes gorg. Why can’t I stop saying that?

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 2, 2012 at 4:55 am

Swooooon! Thanks for the recipe Adriana! Caramel is one of my favourite flavours.. and you’ve got me craving salted caramel at 8am. :) Bookmarking this one for sure!

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Kristin @ FoodFash February 2, 2012 at 5:17 am

I have done ridiculous things for salted caramel, like… buying the entire stock of salted caramel chocolate bars at World Market when I heard it was being discontinued. This recipe is 110% on my must-bake-list!

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Julie @ Table for Two February 2, 2012 at 5:19 am

this looks and sounds SO good. I love salty sweet dishes!!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 2, 2012 at 5:23 am

love! I’ve never tried to make anything like this before :)

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 2, 2012 at 5:32 am

I love everything about this! Great recipe Adrianna!

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Cookin' Canuck February 2, 2012 at 5:35 am

This looks divinely sinful. Chocolate mousse has been one of my favorite desserts since I was a kid and the salted caramel just raised it to a whole new level.

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Karleen February 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

Wow! I can’t wait to make this!

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Renee@Mykitchenadventures February 2, 2012 at 6:09 am

omg…I just want someone to make this for me…and just forget about all the calories! wow….it looks sooooo good!

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Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables February 2, 2012 at 6:16 am

ugh I just had a bad experience with caramel making last weekend where it turned ROCK HARD on me after cooling. I need to get back in there and give it another try!

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Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte February 2, 2012 at 6:20 am

It looks so fluffy! I feel like I have died and gone to chocolate & salted caramel heaven (if there really is such a place, please let me go there)!

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock February 2, 2012 at 6:23 am

Mmm….there are no words.

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) February 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

This looks amazing, and is absolutely singing to be made on Valentine’s Day!!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 2, 2012 at 6:34 am

Great guest post! I too, love salted caramel! Last salted caramel dessert I made were macaroons! This mousse sounds lovely.

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Rachel February 2, 2012 at 6:41 am

This is one of those recipes where I read the title as such:

Salted? yes.. Caramel? Yes…. Chocolate? YES… Mouse?! YESS!!!!!

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Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous February 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

This sounds divine…and maybe easy to make? I’ve never tried my hand at homemade caramel but I think I’m about to! Thanks for sharing a yummy sounding recipe. I’ll check out your blog!

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Erin February 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

I have made this and it is insanely good!

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Cait's Plate February 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

I was JUST thinking how I’d love to make caramels for Valentine’s Day but was worried about the burns that might come along with that!

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Lori February 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

I’d love to try this, but I’m afraid. Do you have any advice for those of us up in altitude? Every time I try to make candy, it doesn’t go right because of the boiling point difference and the faster evaporation. I’ve ruined batches of caramel and fudge because of this.

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Jill @ Dollars-or-Cents February 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

Yum! I def have some love for the salted caramel. May have to try this recipe this weekend!

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Margarita February 2, 2012 at 7:02 am

Beautiful! I like that all ingredients are handy!

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nicole {sweet peony} February 2, 2012 at 7:32 am

oooh so pretty! i bet this is amazing! i love how fluffy it looks :)

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Mary @ Bake Break February 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

Glad to see Adrianna here – I love both of your blogs! This looks delicious, and I’m right there with ya on the salted caramel train: it is addicting. Thanks for the recipe!

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

Oh, man… the texture of the mousse in the close-up spoon photo looks AMAZING.

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) February 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

This looks absolutely amazing & delicious!

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles February 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

Um, I could pretty much eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. De-lish! All of my favorite things.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

Adriana it’s gorgeous and looks awesome. Fun that you two ladies teamed up for this guestie :)

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Jessica February 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thanks for the great recipe, it looks delicious!!

I saw you changed the way your posts look in Google Reader, this makes it so much harder to read and now unmanageable on my phone. I know you aren’t going to change back for one person but just wanted to provide some feedback.

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jenna February 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

I know and I’m sorry about that! I decided to change because I’ve had issues with people stealing some of my content straight from google reader so to prevent that, I had to truncate my posts. I’m sorry about the inconvenience!

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Jen February 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Yikes. Do you have a copyright to protect yourself?

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jenna February 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I do have a copyright but sometimes people will just take stuff and it gets past me…super annoying and google reader is the number one way content is stolen.

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Jessica February 5, 2012 at 8:24 am

That sucks, I’m so sorry people are stealing your content!! Definitely can’t blame you for trying to prevent that

Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

Caramel making is scary business–but it gets better with practice. Just like anything else :D This recipe sounds delicious, btw!!

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Hannah February 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

Oh my, this looks decadent! I’m making ASAP!

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Urban Wife February 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

Salted caramel is definitely never going to get old for me!

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Kristen @ The Chronicles of Dutch February 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

I know the recipe says it serves 6 but I’m pretty sure mine is going to serve just 1!

What a cool new dessert to test out! Thanks for sharing :)

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Deanna B. February 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

I did the unthinkable and oversalted caramel the other day. It was horrible. I cried. I threw away my precious pot of salt and sugar. I have yet to recover.

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Jill February 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

Yum! This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it. :)

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Laura @ She Eats Well February 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

I’d like to dive into that bowl, please. Nothing better than salted caramel. Seriously, amen.

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Will @ Cheap and Easy Food Blog February 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

That looks delicious! And I agree with you, salted caramel on just about anything makes for a good day.

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy February 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

That sounds simply delicious! This recipe would satisfy my chocolate craving!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

*Swoon* Oh, salted caramel chocolate, how I love thee!!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I am literally drooling after looking at these pictures! I sounds absolutely delicious!

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Aylin @ Glow Kitchen February 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

This looks amazing!

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Stephanie Rose February 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

wooo! this is my kind of dessert. whipped up quickly in case of cravings!

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Elizabeth @ chronic venture February 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

this looks delicious and beautiful Jenna!!

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Elizabeth @ chronic venture February 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

whoops, i mean Adrianna, for sharing this!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I’ll take 2 please. Just for me. :)

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Moni'sMeals February 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Yes please…..NOW! Looks great. :)

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Sabrina@ Radioactive Runner February 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

oh wow.. this looks and sounds AH-MAZING!!!

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Michelle February 5, 2012 at 6:08 am

I just made the 2 ingredient chocolate mousse, which was amazing. I’m up for the next challenge of salted caramel- delish!!

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amanda February 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

I made a Southern Living healthy chocolate pudding last week and this salted caramel chocolate mousse totally puts it to shame. God love us girls who don’t have a hand held mixer though, talk about an arm workout getting those egg whites beat up. Any suggestions to make it easier? I’m guessing it might have gone smoother if the bowl, whisk and egg whites were all super cold. Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to eat this later!

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen February 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Wow that looks so amazing!

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Jenni Frisk February 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

Made this last night for Valentines Day, it was fantastic! My kids said it was a little “too much chocolate” so I had them pass theirs over my way!

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Marinos May 9, 2012 at 5:10 am

Hi ! Great work! I love your colourful bowl,,,can you tell me where did you get it? :))

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