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healthy dark chocolate mousse cups low added sugar

Mini Dark Chocolate Mousse Cups {Gluten-Free}

My family loves dark chocolate and ever since we reduced the amount of added sugar we eat, this dark chocolate mousse is one of my favorite desserts.

Smallish quantities are quite satisfying and the mousse is not overly sweet. It is the perfect end to a special dinner at home or can easily be dressed up and miniaturized for a party-worthy dessert.

Recipe minimally adapted from Bouchon’s classic Mousse au Chocolat Noir and makes enough for 8 servings (~ 6 grams added sugar per serving), or about 24 mini mousse cups (~ 2 grams added sugar per serving, including cup).

healthy dark chocolate mousse cups low added sugar

Mini Dark Chocolate Mousse Cups

Yield: 24 mousse cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Velvety and smooth this rich chocolate mousse is sure to delight!


  • 125 grams 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream*
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1  tablespoon boiling water
  • 24 dark chocolate cordial cups (I purchase mine online)
  • Raspberries, optional to garnish*


  1. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler over hot but not simmering water or carefully in microwave, stir in boiling water and set mixture aside to cool slightly
  2. Whip cold heavy cream until soft peaks form and refrigerate
  3. Whip egg whites and sugar in another bowl until soft peaks form
  4. Once the melted chocolate has cooled to approximately 100°F, stir in egg yolks
  5. Gently stir approximately half of the whipped cream into the chocolate and egg mixture
  6. Fold in half of the whipped egg whites until just incorporated
  7. Fold in the remaining whipped cream until just incorporated
  8. Fold in the remaining egg whites until just incorporated
  9. If serving as a traditional bowl of mousse, spoon or pipe the finished mousse into individual serving dishes and cover tightly with plastic wrap. If serving in small chocolate cups, cover entire bowl of finished chocolate mouse with plastic wrap
  10. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving.
  11. Allow mousse to come to room temperature (~ 30 minutes before) serving (for individual servings) or piping into dark chocolate cups
  12. Top with berries and serve
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84


  • I try to use cream that does not contain any stabilizers (ie gums) or preservatives. The ingredients should simply read heavy cream.
  • I choose to purchase organic raspberries.  Read more on pesticides and produce.

Nutrition information (per mousse cup):

  • 84 calories
  • 2 g added sugar
  • 0.5 g fiber
  • 2 g protein
  • 18 mg sodium
  • 8 g fat

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healthy dark chocolate mousse cups low added sugar


  1. Julie Gerano

    Do you take orders for just the chocolate cups?

  2. Love these! So pretty and just the right size for a little bite of something sweet after dinner!

    • Thank you Mona! These are definitely one of my favorite desserts to serve at parties… delicious and so easy to enjoy!

  3. These are so pretty and look super delicious! I’ll try to make some for the holidays!

  4. I’m watching my added sugar too, so I totally appreciate these portion controlled goodies! Cute cups- I’ll have to look for those.

  5. Such a lovely idea, and they look great. Delicious little mouthfuls of chocolate heaven. Perfect for the Christmas season.

  6. So pretty and so tasty! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I can see how just a little bit of this would be totally satisfying! And it’s so pretty, too!

  8. These are adorable and will definitely hit that sweet tooth without being overbearing! I could see serving these at a holiday dinner party!

    • Thanks so much Sandra! They are definitely a favorite around here… I can’t imagine celebrating the New Year without them.

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