Easy Chocolate Mousse… decadent and rich!  You won’t believe it uses only 3 ingredients and goes from cupboard to table in less than a minute.

I love a good chocolate dessert and this Chocolate Mousse is decadent and rich and light all at the same time! This easy version takes a shortcut to make a completely effortless rich and fluffy chocolate mousse.

Chocolate Mousse with whipped cream

A classic chocolate mousse needs to cook and cool and set and whip. While there’s nothing quite like a true chocolate mousse from scratch, sometimes you just need a quick and totally effortless dessert.  That’s what this is.

Three ingredients. One minute. Done.

What is Chocolate Mousse?

A chocolate mousse from scratch is usually made from egg whites and/or heavy cream with a flavoring. It’s beaten until light and fluffy and flavored, often with chocolate (but it can be savory too).

Chocolate Mousse ingredients in a bowl

How to Make Chocolate Mousse

This easy chocolate mousse takes just one minute to make with the help of instant pudding mix.  The cocoa powder adds extra flavor and give this chocolate mousse a deeper chocolate flavor.

When making this quick chocolate mousse recipe, you’ll want to make sure you don’t over beat the whipped cream or it will thicken too much.  It thickens very quickly so you’ll keep an eye on it. I usually have pretty glasses or jars ready to go and pipe it into the glasses using a freezer bag.  Of course you can just spoon it into a bowl if you’d prefer!

To make this simple dessert look pretty, I top it with a bit of whipped cream or whipped topping and either a raspberry or strawberry.  If I happen to have a chocolate bar on hand, I sometimes use a cheese grater to grate the chocolate overtop as well.  It looks so nice!

Easy Chocolate Mousse

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How Long Can You Keep Chocolate Mousse in the Fridge?

If your jars are covered, this dessert should last about 3-4 days in the fridge.  I would add any whipped cream or whipped topping the day of serving.

How to Use Chocolate  Mousse as a Cake Filling

This easy recipe can also be used as a cake filling!  To create a cake filling, reduce the heavy cream to 2 cups and follow the rest of the recipe as directed.  It’s so easy and you can substitute the flavors of pudding based on the cake you’re making!

Your guests will be completely impressed by this dessert… shh… don’t tell them how easy it was!

Chocolate Mousse with whipped cream
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Easy Chocolate Mousse

A rich creamy chocolate dessert that takes just a couple of minutes to prepare!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix 4 serving size
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups heavy cream 30-35% mf
  • 1 cup whipped topping optional


  • Combine cocoa powder and instant pudding powder in a bowl.
  • Add whipping cream and mix with an electric mixer on medium high for 1 minute.
  • Pour into serving dishes immediately and serve or refrigerate.
  • Garnish with whipped topping, fresh berries, mint, or whipped cream.


Chocolate mousse will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container. 
Freeze for up to 2 months, let it thaw in the fridge before serving. 
4.86 from 57 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 668 | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 2200IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I loved this recipe! I used the mousse recipe to make my favorite dessert, a Dirt Cup. Wanted to use something different than pudding that was a little lighter (texture wise) and this mousse recipe was just right. Thank you for sharing it!5 stars

  2. Can I be assisted with this video before the day ends on how to make this chocolate mousse.. I’ll like to make it for my friends coming over tomorrow

  3. I look to spend with pennies often for recipes. I tried this mousse recipe with Godiva chocolate pudding and 2.5 cups of whipped cream with whipped cream & berries on top. I was disappointed. My husband ate a ramekin full but… it just had little flavor. I also added 2 TB of Cocoa and well… maybe if you’ve never had real mousse you would like it more. Maybe it was the Godiva pudding. Still love spend with pennies.3 stars

    1. Oh no, I am sorry to hear that Jane. I have never tried it with Godiva pudding so I can’t say for sure. If you do try it with regular instant pudding we would love to hear how it compares!

  4. Hello, i’ve been using this recipe for a couple of years and it has become my most requested holiday desert :) How many ounces should each serving be? I tend to end up with too much or too little depending on the size of the cups I purchase, and would like to make this easier if possible. Thanks!

    1. Each recipe will make approximately 5 cups of mousse, depending on how your whipping cream whips up. With 4 servings as listed, they’re approximately 1 1/4 cups. You can make them however big you’d like though Mandy. Hope that helps!

  5. Your recipe didn’t say what size instant choc pudding. I used 5.9oz box. I double the recipe. Two boxes of instant choc pudding to 5 cups of cream. It was SO BEYOND mixing, like no cream at all had been added. So thick I couldn’t start the beater blades on! And no I didn’t leave it setting. Please PLEASE TELL me where I went wrong. Im ASSuming instant pudding only comes in one size.
    Patty3 stars

    1. Hi Patty, Instant pudding does come in different sizes. As specified in our recipe, we used the 4 serving size (4ozs). So the ratio of milk to pudding mix would make it easier to stir. Hopefully, that helps.

  6. Could this be made with the same result using SUGAR-FREE Jello Chocolate pudding?
    As a diabetic, I’m trying so hard to be sugar free.

  7. I mixed the pudding & cocoa first but once I added the whipping cream for one minute, it turned out lumpy. It tastes fine – I then added a shredded chocolate bar to mask the lumps. Suggestions for next time?

    1. Hmm, that is strange Cheryl, we have never had that happen. It sounds like it may have needed a little longer to fully incorporate the pudding mix and cocoa powder, just be careful not to over whip it.

  8. Just made this, but only had 2 cups of cream (16 oz carton). The taste was delicious. I added a touch of cinnamon to help contrast with the chocolate. I think I overly whipped my mousse, but overall I really enjoyed this recipe.

  9. This is my first time trying this recipe (I hope it turns out well but if I need to quickly redo it later tonight I will) and I didn’t have the sufficient amount of cream on hand. I tried winging it and substituting the remainder of cream with 3.25% (milk fat) milk and butter, and so far the mousse turned out with some buttery chunks in it. I know substitutes shouldn’t be used if possible to avoid but I hope it works out. My bad but it looks wonderful when done right.

    1. Sorry this didn’t work out for you Brent, it’s one of our favorite easy desserts.

      We’ve had amazing success with this recipe (as have many readers), which brand of pudding mix did you use?

  10. Can you make this the night before and it will still taste good? I am making lunch for my boyfriends family and thought this might be something they would enjoy.

    1. I think they will love it Lucy! As long as you cover the jars, it should last 3-4 days in the fridge. I would leave the whipped topping off until you are ready to serve it though.

  11. I made this for a baby shower in 3 ounce square plastic cups from Amazon that came with tiny spoons. Piped it in and put a dab of whipped cream on top. It was fabulous. Glad I made extra because some people had seconds5 stars

    1. Hi Sarah, we have only made this recipe as listed but let us know how it goes if you try it!

    1. Each recipe will make approximately 5 cups of mousse, depending on how your whipping cream whips up. That’s approximately 4 times the recipe. Hope that helps!

  12. Its look so yummy, definitely I gonna try this what kind of jello should i use for small kids ?5 stars

      1. Update from yesterday, I went back to the store to get the right amount of ingredients again instead of substituting heavy cream for butter and milk and it turned out wonderful. I added a small twist with a melted-then-frozen chocolate base to the crust and a small chocolate circle on the top of the mousse. Great recipe you have here. Thanks Holly.5 stars

      2. So glad it worked out for you, thank you for the update!! The chocolate circle is a perfect topper for this recipe!

      1. I noticed you didnt snswer Corinne’s question. I actually have the same question. My other recipes using heavy whipping cream has me whip it first and then fold it in.

      2. The cream is not whipped first, it is poured into the bowl with the mix and cocoa and then whipped.