Instant Chocolate mousse

by Barry Lewis

Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
5 mins


180g mini marshmallows

50g salted butter, softened

260g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

60ml just boiled water

300ml double cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

Alright then a chocolate mousse eh, lovely stuff but with all mousse recipes they take a little time to set, well that is until this instant chocolate mousse was brought to my attention from the legend that is Nigella Lawson. That’s right in this MVK tries recipe we took on the lovely Nigella’s instant chocolate mousse – did it work, well watch the video and find out, but yes it did! It was bloomin delicious.

Nigella’s recipe is on her website here …. but i’ve decided to type this up in my own words and the ingredients below are exactly what I put in and it worked out a charm for me!First up get yourself a large saucepan and add in the butter, I used salted, I always do really. Add in the marshmallows, water (just boiled from the kettle so be careful) and the chocolate. Whack the chocolate on the side of your worktop to break it up roughly if you wish. Put this on a medium low flame and warm the marshmallow mixture, keep stirring so that it doesn’t burn, once all stirred, melted and combined you should have a thickened chocolate lake mix going on. Leave to cool.

Whip the cream in a separate bowl until thickened, drop in the vanilla extract and whip through until just blended, then merge with the chocolate mix that has cooled, pour the chocolate mix into the bowl is the best way. Using a spatula scrape all the chocolate mix from the pan and then start to fold it into the cream, this will take several minutes to really blend in.

Once done you are ready to pour into your serving device of choice. You’ll find that if you leave it on the side to cool to room temperature it’ll pretty much set anyway, but instead plonk it in the fridge for 5 / 10 mins to chill a bit, if you leave it longer of course it’ll be even cooler and lovely. But it is awesome almost immediately, with no waiting for things to set!

Amazing recipe!