Genius Recipes

A New Easy-Breezy Genius Chocolate Mousse (Psst, Greek Yogurt is Involved)

February  7, 2018

Not only is this mousse quicker and more casual to make than the floofier traditional French version, but serious lovers of dark chocolate may find themselves liking it even more.

The recipe comes from Maria Speck, cookbook author and ancient grain guru, who riffed this version from one she spotted in a Greek magazine called ylikes istories (Sweet Stories). In an especially delightful move, Speck tops each cup with tiny spoonfuls of orange marmalade, which won’t at all remind you of one of those foil-wrapped chocolate oranges.

You won’t need to whip cream or egg whites, but simply stir together hot milk and chocolate to make a ganache, then fold in Greek yogurt to lighten it. The tart yogurt and total absence of cream and eggs let the fruity side of good dark chocolate really break free, for a bright, tangy mousse that won’t make you want to crawl into bed after a few spoonfuls.

Instead, the bittersweet jelly plays off the more intensely chocolatey notes and Grand Marnier (and looks pretty and gem-like on top, too). Of course, if you’re not in the mood for orange, you can strip this down to the basic mousse and stir in other spices or booze, or garnish with fresh berries or crumbled brittle or halvah, as you like.

Photos by Ren Fuller

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I'm an ex-economist, lifelong-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007, before returning to the land of Dutch Crunch bread and tri-tip barbecues in 2020. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."


FrugalCat February 20, 2018
It was fantastic made with Chambord instead of Grand Marnier. Keeping with the raspberry theme, I topped it with raspberry jam. I will also try it with Frangelico and chopped hazelnuts, Nocello and chopped walnuts..... you get the idea.
Lucy T. February 13, 2018
Have made this and her white chocolate version and was surprised to find that we preferred the white choc one. Somehow wc seems to work better with Greek yogurt. It’s on the V day menu, with some pomegranate seeds or raspberry sauce on top.
Use the creamiest Greek yog you can find whichever one you make!
Erica G. February 7, 2018
Made this on a whim tonight with a mixture of 45% milk, 78% dark, and 85% dark, coconut milk in place of whole milk, and whole greek yogurt as the recipe calls for. Tastes just as great as when I originally tested it! Such an easy and versatile recipe.

Totally having it for breakfast with some banana...
Dugdale M. February 8, 2018
Ohhhhh breakfast... I had something else planned for this morning, but now that mousse is singing to me, LOL! Thanks for letting people know it worked with coconut milk - I'm going to give that a try next time.
Karen L. February 7, 2018
thanks I will let you know how it comes out!
Karen L. February 7, 2018
Can milk chocolate be substituted in this recipe?
Kristen M. February 7, 2018
I haven't tried it myself, but it should work just fine. Let us know how you like it, if you do try it!
Victoria C. February 7, 2018
This recipe is a must-try for me as I love Maria Speck AND Genius Recipes. I know that Julia's Mousse is considered the quintessential one, but, as much as I love Julia, I have always found her mousse to be cloying both in taste and texture. I much prefer the simple mousse that, I believe, Carl Sontheimer developed when the Cuisinart was first introduced, using good quality chocolate lightened with heavy cream. This one sounds like it might even be better than that. (Those of you too young to remember cannot imagine the excitement that the release of the first Cuisinart created among those of us who loved to cook at that time.) Rather than using Grand Marnier when I want an orange-flavored liqueur, I use Mathilde Orange XO. It has a slightly lighter and maybe even caramel-y taste, and I sometimes enjoy a small glass of it after dinner with a piece of very dark chocolate. While you're at it, if you're looking for a lighter version of a classic dessert, I recommend Ina Garten's Make-Ahead Zabaglione with or without the Amaretti. It's really delicious, especially served with berries.
Kristen M. February 7, 2018
Hi Victoria—thanks so much for your comment and tip on the zabaglione. You're exactly right that this mousse is the opposite of cloying.