Mousse On the Loose

by Stefani on 24-June-2009

Between bouts of whining and fanning ourselves, the boys and I have been keeping cool by imagining that we could escape to a faraway, make-believe land where summer temperatures average in the 70s. 

Oh wait… that's not a fairy tale, there really IS such a magical place. Perhaps you've heard of it? A little place called Maine? (Is it just me, or has the hellish heat made me snarky? I mean snarkier than usual. Is snarkier a word? Whatever.)

Anyhow, while poring over a Maine guide, we discovered Lenny, the famous life-sized chocolate moose. And I thought MOUSSE! Cool, creamy, doesn't-require-me-to-turn-on-the-dreaded-oven, chocolate-y and did I mention COOL?

Chocolate Mousse

Mmmmmm. Mousse and margaritas. I may survive this heat after all. 

In the case that you too find yourself on a slow boat to hell, and are dreaming of a cool escape, try mousse! Here's the recipe we used (adapted from this one) : 

In a bowl, combine a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips and 1/3 cup water. Microwave for 30 seconds to melt. Stir. If it needs a little more time to melt, give it another 15 seconds or so. Now leave it on the counter to cool. 

Beat 2 cups of heavy whipping cream until peaks appear (I don't know if they're stiff peaks or soft peaks or twin peaks or what… just whip it until it looks like Cool Whip, okay? Or you know what? Just use Cool Whip). Add in 1/3 cup of powdered sugar (or skip that if you're using the Cool Whip). Put this in the fridge to stay nice and cold while the chocolate cools to room temperature.

Using a slow beater, mix the chocolate and whipped cream. Pour into cups (or just straight into  your mouth). Put the cups into the fridge until the mousse has set up. 

Now listen, no matter how heat weary you are, remember that you have to actually close the refrigerator door. You can't just stand there with it open or your mother will yell at you and your mousse won't ever set. Of course if you ARE the mother you can open the door far more times than necessary under the pretense that you're "just checking on the mousse." 

Try not to actually crawl into the fridge though. It's just not ladylike.

Now grab a spoon and take a bite. Close your eyes and dream of falling mercury. 

Mousse on the Loose

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Read more about our imaginary trip to Maine at the Ranch
BOATBABY June 24, 2009 at 8:01 am

oOoooooOOOoo now you’re speaking my language! I LOVE mousse! When we were sailing in Cuba we used to make rum chocolate mouse every day. mmmmmmmmmmm…. need to go buy ingredients now.

Sally W. June 24, 2009 at 8:23 am

I am sitting in Maine reading your blog and thinking I’d like a little of your Texas heat right now. It’s been rainy for weeks and only in the low 60’s. I guess all kinds of weather gets tiring when we get the same thing over and over.

genny June 24, 2009 at 8:31 am

very cute! I’m smiling ear to ear!

Cassandra June 24, 2009 at 8:33 am

sailing in Cuba? I’d love to hear more. I spent 3 weeks in Cuba and LOVED LOVED it!

Kerry June 24, 2009 at 8:43 am

Stefani… you rock! I just ran into the kitchen and whipped up a batch! We had chocolate chips in the pantry and an almost full container of an “all natural” (hmmm… still suspicious) whipped topping in the fridge. Now I have an awesome dessert for my husband tonight to hep celebrate our anniversary!

Amber June 24, 2009 at 10:56 am

That looks so good. I need to get myself some whipping cream so I can give it a go.

Jess June 24, 2009 at 11:18 am

I’m with Sally, looking out the window and more clouds and fog (we’re in Downeast Maine, about 30 minutes from Canada on the coast), and feeling sick from all the humidity, I would love to have some sun. Although, I must say looking at all the luscious greenery and the river meandering by, Maine is a pretty swell place to be.

Hannah June 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I am SO doing this ASAP. Especially after Melissa Wiley posted about the benefits of dark chocolate. 🙂

Brittany June 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Yum! Why do I not have any chocolate chips in the house?! I’m with ya on the imaginary vacation with cool summers. While we’re not nearly as hot as TX here in the TN mountains, we’ve been in the 90’s more than is necesary and we’ve been dreaming of our favorite place to go in the summer, Traverse City Michigan, which we’re leaving for in 4 (long, hot) days. It’s a slice of heaven on Earth. Hope you get some relief from the heat soon!

leaningapplemama June 24, 2009 at 12:59 pm

chocolate mousse is my all time favorite dessert…i now wish i had some…maybe we will have to make it!! and it didn’t rain here in maine today!! (yet).

Birgitte June 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Would you believe it is MUGGY in the desert today? Yup, NM is hot and muggy from all the rain we got last night. The desert is going to bloom soon, so I better get my camera out.

Jennifer June 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

MMMMM…. that looks so good!! You can come visit us in the Seattle area! We have wonderful weather this time of year. We may have some grey days, but the summers here are very pleasant. At any rate, I’m sending cool thoughts your way.

Theresa June 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Just dicovered your blog, very nice. Look forward to reading more. I am also a home school mom… 🙂

Relyn June 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm

You are cracking me up. Laughing and laughing. Today it got to 103 around here. YIKES! But, we’ve recently been so very blessed. We have some acquaintances who’ve invited us to use their pool whenever we like. And they mean it. They really mean it. (I think they like Sloane.) So, guess where we spent this afternoon?

Ms. Cleaver June 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm

As a current Maine resident- we’d love to get some weather in the 70s – it’s been rainy and in the 50-60s for the past three weeks!!

But I’d rather have this than 100+.

Stefani June 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Um yes please. I want to hear all the stories too!

Stefani June 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I would be more than happy to send 20, 30, heck 40 degrees your way!

I know you’re right though, whether it’s heat or rain, or cheesecake, too much of a good thing becomes, well… no longer a good thing.

Stefani June 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Well happy happy anniversary to you both!
Congrats!

Stefani June 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm

If only I could grow gills for the season. Seriously.

Amber Carrillo June 25, 2009 at 12:12 am

I made some for hubby and I for dessert – with bittersweet chips. Yummy!! Thanks for the recipe!

Hannah June 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Hmm…. which is worse… 108 degree summers or -8 degree winters… Isn’t there someplace that floats blissfully in between those two where we could move?

blessings,
Hannah in upstate NY

Carri Lambert June 27, 2009 at 5:21 am

I often dream of moving up north during the hot sticky, stinky summers in Alabama, but then I remember winter and how I wouldn’t be able to handle that kind of cold.

We will definitely be making this mousse today!

Ansley June 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

AHHH! I love it and thank you for sharing your recipe!

Ansley June 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm

and margaritas are definitely getting me through this summer also!!

marjorie July 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm

i think one can get snarkier – and also crankier from the heat. made jello the other day… maybe it’s time for some mousse!
Have you read ‘Moose on the Loose’ (Mickey Mouse and Goofy)? My boys love that book.

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