Monday, April 9, 2012

5-minute Dark Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Mousse

I was just snacking on some of the left-over dessert we had with our Easter dinner and I thought it was so rude of me not to share ;)

It's not exactly the healthiest of snacks but now you see why I couldn't resist dipping back into it. I brainstormed this recipe one afternoon not too long ago, and to be honest, I spent more time thinking about how to make it than it took me to actually make it.  The total prep time was in the ballpark of five minutes, so not only is this de-lic-ious but also a super quick dessert to serve up.

The recipe makes about 12 - 3 to 4 ounce servings (the picture is in a large coffee mug, probably 8 ounces, I recommend serving it in smaller portions) so it's great for parties - it keeps well in the refrigerator without the toppings too, so you can make it in advance.

Also, I need to inform you, I did not know how to make chocolate mousse and I didn't want to dig for a recipe. So, as with most of my recipes, this may not be the "traditional" way but it turned out great so Enjoy!

You will need:
4 cups heavy whipping cream
5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
3 tablespoons regular, granulated sugar
Pretzels (to taste)
Caramel topping (that is smooth enough to drizzle, to taste)

In a large mixing bowl, add your heavy whipping cream, sugar, and cocoa (I would add the cocoa a tablespoon or two at a time while you stir to prevent clumping). Stir ingredients until sugar is dissolved and the cocoa is mostly blended.

Then, you can whip it the easy way with an electric hand mixer :)

...or the hard way with a whisk. I prefer the hand mixer. Either way, it's going to take several minutes of vigorous whipping to get the mousse-like consistency.  With a little elbow grease and some time, your thick chocolate milk-like substance will thicken and be light and fluffy like this.

Once thickened to desired consistency, spoon into serving dishes.
The top dish is the little one I made for Alexis, but it turns out, that was actually plenty for an adult so like I said, I recommend the smaller portions.

Crush up enough pretzels to top each of your dishes.  In my opinion, the more the better - the salty & sweet flavors go amazingly together :) Sprinkle crushed pretzels on top, then drizzle with caramel (enough to mix in when ready to eat), and garnish with a whole pretzel if you like.


This little dish was the perfect portion size!



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