two ingredient chocolate mousse

by jenna on June 30, 2011

Good morning, muffins!

For those of you devoted Eat, Live, Run readers who don’t know us, we’re the Blue-Eyed Bakers from, er, The Blue-Eyed Bakers blog.  When Jenna asked us to guest post we jumped at the opportunity. So, here goes…

We are sisters. Katy (in Boston) and Abby (in New York City). We grew up in an British household with an adorable teapot of a mummy is the most divine baker. Our childhoods were food fairytales…imagine, if you will, clouds of flour, little girls in kiddie aprons licking bowls of brownie batter and cookie dough stealing chocolate chips earmarked for banana bread and chasing our baby brother with just squeezed lemons for tart lemon cakes and squares…

Baking is in our blood and blogging, well, that’s just what people do these days, right?

Sooooo, if we told you that we had a recipe for chocolate mousse that’s only ingredients were chocolate and water would you believe us?

You wouldn’t?!!


Well yes ok fine.  We wouldn’t have believed us either.

What about if the talented and so very British Heston Blumenthal told you that he had a recipe for chocolate mousse that’s only ingredients were chocolate and water would you believe him?

You would?!!  We’re shocked.  We feel shocked.

Ok yes fine we’re not shocked.  We believed Heston.  Seriously, the man’s restaurant is called The Fat Duck.  Which is the best name ever.  (Not to mention the three Michelin stars.)

Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Serves 4

Heston Blumenthal

Print Recipe

9.35 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), coarsely chopped
1 cup water
4 tbsp sugar, optional*

*Without the sugar, this mousse is VERY intensely chocolately.  We personally love it (divine with a dollop of whipped cream), but if you generally prefer a milder chocolate taste, add the sugar.

Place a mixing bowl on top of another slightly larger bowl filled with ice and cold water.  The bottom of the top bowl should touch the ice.  Set aside.

Put chocolate and water (and sugar if using) in a medium pan over medium heat.  Melt chocolate, stirring occasionally.

Once melted, pour the chocolate into the bowl sitting on top of the ice and begin whisking.  Whisk constantly until mousse begins to thicken, 2-3 minutes.  Be careful not to over whisk as the chocolate can become grainy.  (If this happens, just re-melt the chocolate over medium heat and pour back into the mixing bowl)

Divide into four ramekins cups and serve immediately.  Or, you can let mousse set up in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour if you prefer a slightly thicker, chilled mousse.

You can store any left over mousse covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over June 30, 2011 at 4:35 am

No way! Usually Heston’s recipes are so complicated, talk about extremely simple!

I feel morally obliged to try this – how could I not? :) I have some chocolate which is 70% cocoa but also with a hint of orange flavour, I think I’ll use that.


Molly @ RDexposed June 30, 2011 at 4:38 am

I could turn so many foods into sinful foods with this!!


Sarah June 30, 2011 at 4:40 am

Surely Heston would never lead us astray. I have some Lindt 80% Sea Salt dark chocolate that will be a perfect sacrifice for this.


Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels June 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Lindt’s Sea Salt dark chocolate is my newest obsession! And would be perfect for this recipe! :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) June 30, 2011 at 4:49 am

this is VERY dangerous and looks just ridiculous in the best way. yum!


Nicole @ Making Good Choices June 30, 2011 at 4:50 am

2 ingredients? yes please! this looks so do-able and delicious too!


M June 30, 2011 at 4:55 am

Gosh I though it was Jenna at first-
you guys have such a similar style blog writing-
the sense of humour and old fashiioned charm…nice!

maybe you are long lost relatives?! ;)


laura June 30, 2011 at 4:55 am

holy shizzzzzzz, this would be a chocolate death mousse. omg, yummers!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 30, 2011 at 4:58 am

Oh wow! I love how incredibly simple this is! Maybe too simple… it could be a little dangerous (hello stretchy pants!) Awesome recipe!! :)


Blog is the New Black June 30, 2011 at 4:59 am

WOW! Quick, simple, delicious… I’m sold!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 30, 2011 at 5:04 am

Mmm! Melted chocolate with optional sugar. In mousse form.

I am pretty much sold and on board :)

Thanks for the beyond short ingredient list recipe. Right up my alley!


Cait's Plate June 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

Oh my. I love how THICK and rich that looks!! It’s hard to believe only two tiny ingredients can make something that decadent!


Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 30, 2011 at 5:14 am

This is so perfect for a dinner party! It looks and tastes elegant and fancy, but it takes no time at all! I’m sold :)


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes June 30, 2011 at 5:15 am

This is amazing!! I love any excuse to use my ramkins :)


amy walters, aDESIGNdock June 30, 2011 at 5:19 am

I’m such a chocolate fiend. This is killing me it’s so good! Great recipe ;)


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) June 30, 2011 at 5:20 am

Besides the fact that these photos are incredible, I’m salivating over how easy and delicious this seems. Even *I* can do it!


Kristen @ Not-So Domesticated June 30, 2011 at 5:21 am

Wow, the pictures for this recipe look AMAZING!! I’m almost intimidated by how easy it looks… that usually means that I’ll mess it up. :P


Baking 'n' Books June 30, 2011 at 5:21 am

Short ingredient lists are what speak to me. No more than 6 or 7, so 2 sounds perfect. Although I love dark, I love Milk Chocolate even more and would be tempted to swap that in.


Baking 'n' Books June 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

Oh – and Jenna – did you change the outline color of ELR to green in your header? So pretty!


Lesley Lifting Life June 30, 2011 at 5:24 am

Yum! I’m definitely sold.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 30, 2011 at 5:25 am

I do a Lazy Man’s 3 ingredient chocolate mousse:

Dutch cocoa, water, and sugar mixed with a spoon. Ready in seconds.

The key is quality cocoa powder.


Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 30, 2011 at 5:32 am

This looks divine! Love that it’s only two ingredients! Great pictures!


Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen June 30, 2011 at 5:33 am

Wow – this is incredible! Definitely trying this one.


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 30, 2011 at 5:36 am

This is amazing!


Sarah June 30, 2011 at 5:50 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe, it is so simple and looks so yum! Can’t wait to try it out


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 30, 2011 at 5:56 am

I feel like I absolutely have to try this. I mean, who doesn’t have chocolate and water on hand?


megan @ whatmegansmaking June 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

this sounds amazing. I had no idea this was possible…cant’ wait to try it!


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray June 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

I think the arrival of this recipe in my life officially makes it the Best Thursday Ever. :D


kaila @ healthy helper! June 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

This looks foodgasmic.


Lindsey @ Gluten-Free Lindsey June 30, 2011 at 6:02 am



Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 30, 2011 at 6:04 am

I love you girls and love this recipe!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove June 30, 2011 at 6:23 am

Yes, please! I’m going to run to the grocery store so I can make this happen. This makes me beyond happy!!


Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 30, 2011 at 6:25 am

Wow, that looks divine! Thanks for sharing!


Krystina (Organically Me) June 30, 2011 at 6:26 am

Holy Jesus that is INTENSE. I want it now.


The Blue-Eyed Bakers June 30, 2011 at 6:28 am

Y’all HAVE to try this recipe! It’s amazing and sooooo easy. Almost too easy…as in you can make it anytime…and eat it anytime…dangerous…but so worth it! Thanks for posting Jenna!!


Hadley@HadleyHolistics June 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

This looks spectacular! I wonder if it would work with a bit of maple syrup in it as sweetener — seems like it would add an extra layer to the flavor. Yum!


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles June 30, 2011 at 6:41 am

Who would have thought it would be so simple?


Megan @ Life As Megan Knows It June 30, 2011 at 6:43 am

ooo that looks amazing! I am dying for chocolate now :-)


Gavin S. June 30, 2011 at 6:48 am

Oh my gosh. I’m so glad that Jenna (one of my very favs) invited to two to guest blog today! I don’t like chocolate (horrible, I know!), so I sort of skimmed your post here. I read enough, though, to make me go over to your blog and I can already tell it’s going to be a must-read for me every day now, too. The watermelon/coconut/lime sundae?! Oh my gosh, I’m totes in love!


Gavin S. June 30, 2011 at 6:49 am

Oh my gosh. I’m so glad that Jenna (one of my very favs) invited the two of you to guest blog today! I don’t like chocolate (horrible, I know!) so I sort of skimmed your post here. I read enough, though, to make me go over to your blog and I can already tell it’s going to be a must-read for me every day now, too. The watermelon/coconut/lime sundae?! Oh my gosh, I’m totes in love!


Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots June 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

Oh my… this looks amazing!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

I could totally eat that right now at 7 am. haha.


Emily June 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

What! This is pure amazing-ness. I have to try it!


Corrie Anne June 30, 2011 at 7:11 am

WOW. THAT is chocolate!!!!!


Heidi @The Sweet Life June 30, 2011 at 7:15 am

This is on my list to make this weekend. It looks AMAZING and pretty simple.


Caroline @ The G-Spot June 30, 2011 at 7:28 am

Great recipe, girls! And gluten-free too. Gosh, you had me at 2 – 3 ingredients and then to see I don’t have to make g-f alterations … HEAVEN! This could be dangerous. ;)


Natalia June 30, 2011 at 7:32 am

Well, my heart is sure singing this morning!


Liz @ Something To Chew On June 30, 2011 at 7:38 am

No way! That looks amazing. Will be making immediately!!


Danielle June 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

AMAZING. I am most definitely making this soon, minus the sugar because I like a rich chocolate mousse :). Thank you Blue-eyed Bakers for sharing and Jenna for hosting them and their delectable recipes!


Maria June 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

That looks heavenly!


Erika @ The Teenage Taste June 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

Mmmmm…this mousse looks fabulous! I’m bookmarking the recipe right now! I can’t believe it only has 2 ingredients…awesome! :-)


Moni'sMeals June 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

OH MY! Not fair it is too early in the am to see such a teaser. I want this now!

It is brilliant and yes I will be making it. I of course have what I need in order to do so :)


Julie June 30, 2011 at 8:07 am

This looks heavenly. And it is definitely more healthy than my current chocolate mousse recipe. I’ll have to give it a try!


Kristina June 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

That is amazing. So… like oatmeal or hot chocolate, is it by any chance even better if you substitute milk in place of water?


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite June 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’ve actually never made a mousse before, but I think even I can handle this one! Looks so rich and wonderful!


Heidi @ Food Doodles June 30, 2011 at 8:33 am

Wow that looks incredible! So simple but it can be such a fancy dessert!


Luyi June 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

The grammar on this post is atrocious – “a recipe for chocolate mousse that’s only ingredients were chocolate and water” should be revised as “a recipe for chocolate mousse that consists of only chocolate and water.”


Luyi June 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

However, the description and photos are rather alluring.


Clare @ Fitting It All In June 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

This is too easy. Can’t wait to make it!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

I can’t believe how easy this is or that it’s just made with water! It looks so rich and decadent!


Elise June 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

yes, please! amazingly simple and delicious (i’m assuming) — and its vegan/gf! amazing.


kate June 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

this is so simple I cant wait to try it!!


Andrea @ Vegvacious June 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

I love how thick and creamy that looks and I currently have an obsession with all things in a mason jar :-) You’ve outdone yourself once again girls!!


Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

I foreseeing this being a dangerous addition in my kitchen. . . dangerous but yummy. looking forward to making it :D


Amy June 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

LOVE THIS! so easy! def gonna try it!


jenna k June 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

whoa. i’ll be making this soon for sure!


Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels June 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Chocolate in a jar? I’m in!


Katrina June 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Love how this is only two ingredients! So tasty looking!


Lindy June 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm

This looks absolutely amazing. I haven’t had chocolate mousse in a very long time. As a person who can’t have dairy, my smile grew HUGE when I saw the two ingredients were not chocolate and dairy, and but chocolate and water.

Can’t wait to make this sometime. YUMMMMMY.


Lauren@hungryspinner June 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Ok i am trying this.. but if i cant even manage to make a 2 ingredient recipe and not fail– then i officially will stop trying to cook! :P


Betsy June 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

WOW! I’ll have to try this this weekend! I was shocked to find water paired with chocolate as a drop of water can seize melted chocolate. The ratio must have something to do with it. I can’t wait to try it! :0)


Mellie June 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Yum!! It’s so simple, but it looks divine!


tiffany July 1, 2011 at 1:50 am



Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 1, 2011 at 5:34 am

I’m totally stumped. I thought water cause chocolate to seize–at least in my experience it has. I will have to try this right away.


Sanjeeta kk July 1, 2011 at 7:51 am

Well…now I need to have extra chocolates for my unwanted guests..dessert in a jiiffy for them :)


janea (2brokelagirls @ blogspot) July 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

i only had 1/3 of the chocolate required for this recipe, so i cut down the water by a third too. it was still really super watery, and even after a long time whisking it still didn’t thicken up. so i put it in the fridge. if it’s not better after 30 minutes, i don’t know what to do :(


Rachel July 3, 2011 at 6:58 am

My mouth is watering…I can’t wait to try this!


lucy July 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

yum! made this tonight and it is amazing (and healthier than my old mousse recipe)
i will add that i did have to whisk for about 10 minutes until i saw any thickening, instead of the 2-3 minutes the recipe called for.


Erin July 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

This was a huge hit at our house! And couldn’t have been easier! I shared the recipe and linked to your blog today:

Thanks so much!


VMJ August 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I just made this… Just as others stated, it took 10 minutes to even see any thickening (quite the workout!). I haven’t tried it yet, but I must say it looks divine in my French White Ramekins!


spontaneous euphoria October 17, 2011 at 9:58 am



It's Carmen October 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I am making this literally as soon as possible! It’s so simple; I’ll always have those ingredients!


rena November 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

This is so simple, I want to make it. I love your site. I will definitely have to read ALL the posts when I get a chance.


HeatherRae March 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

This looks like it would make wonderful chocolate cake frosting. Is it that thick?


Red September 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

so what happen if i use semi-sweet cause i hate the taste of dark choclate and anything above 40% is to dark for me haha


Sara October 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

So what happens if you live in London and you have a tiny freezer that doesn’t make much ice? We’ve tried everything to get the bowl cold enough and we’re failing…frozen peas, frozen fruit, frozen corn…help!


Renee November 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Just tried it. Didn’t work. :(


Leah April 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Have you ever tried it with milk instead of water?


Superfantastic April 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I tried this yesterday and when, after ten minutes of whisking, it still looked like chocolate syrup, I thought it was a failure. I couldn’t waste chocolate though, so I mixed some oats and peanut butter in an 8×8 and then poured the chocolate on top of it. Not only was that a fantastic dessert, but by the time we ate it a few hours later, the chocolate had indeed set up just like mousse. Now I know I can stick this in the fridge not looking like mousse, and it will transform. Like magic! Thanks for the recipe!


RavieNomNoms May 23, 2013 at 7:30 am



Patty May 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

Has anyone made this yet? The only comments I see are of people who want to make it but no comments from those who have?


TC the she July 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I tried this with cocoa powder, but I added twice as much in terms of ounces as I would have if it had been a bar. (In other words, over 2 cups cocoa powder to the 1 cup of water.) I kept the sugar ratio the same. It was excellent. Thanks for the recipe.


Gail August 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

Fair recipe ! It’s stays as liquid as water…! Try it instead of just looking…


Gail August 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

Fake, not fair.


Lois August 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

What is 9.35? Do you mean 9-35oz chocolate bars or 9.35 total ounces?


Anna January 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Have tried this in smaller batches and it worked fine whisking it by hand…however, couldn’t get it to work in the original size batch by hand whisking…needless to say some trial and error later, setting the Kitchen Aid outside (it’s winter and is only 1 degree F right now) to do the work did the trick with the full size batch…but be warned, it takes longer than 2-3 minutes! Just watched for progress out the sliding glass door and took it inside when it looked done. :) Creamy + yummy!


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