Last winter, I met up with my best friend and her husband for a double date. After dinner (and about six servings of onion rings), she ordered dessert in the form of a drink called “Chocolate Dream”. The waitress brought an enormous mug of hot chocolate with Bailey’s Irish Cream, coffee liquor, amaretto, and lots of whipped cream. It was delicious, and I don’t think the boys got any of it. It was simply amazing.
When we visited them in Fargo that summer, I tried to recreate the drink in mousse form. I’ve made mousse so many times I don’t even need to look at the recipe any more, and I made a few modifications to incorporate the liquor. The result was a very soupy mess than refused to set and become mousse. We laughed, and drank it as-is, pretending it was a very thick milkshake. Whoops.
After lots of experimenting, I finally fixed the recipe just in time for her 25th birthday. We served this Irish cream chocolate mousse for dessert after a lovely evening of birthday festivities, and it was a huge hit! If you like Bailey’s Irish Cream, you will love this mousse. The Irish Cream isn’t overwhelming, and is balanced perfectly by the rich flavor of chocolate. This mousse is so creamy and smooth, it’s impossible to resist!
If you’re looking for a decadent, adults-only dessert, look no further. Fluffy and airy while decadently smooth and creamy, this Irish cream chocolate mousse is everything dessert is supposed to be. An added bonus- mousse is also gluten-free!
This recipe uses gelatin as a thickening agent (instead of eggs, which is what I usually use). Gelatin can be finicky, as it needs time to cool, but you don’t want it to set fully (or you’ll end up with tapioca-like pearls in your mousse). I let my gelatin cool for about a minute before adding it to the rest of the mixture. I’m working on an egg-version of this recipe- so if you aren’t on board with using gelatin (it’s not kosher or vegetarian, depending on the brand), stay tuned! For a family-friendly mousse recipe, check out my easy chocolate mousse recipe.
- 1 1/3 tsp unflavored gelatin
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp cold water
- 3 tbsp boiling water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/3 cup Irish Cream (Bailey's)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a small bowl, mix gelatin and cold water and let stand for 1 minute
- Add boiling water to gelatin mixture, and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Let stand to cool.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix cocoa and sugar.
- Add cream and beat on high with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually add vanilla, Irish Cream and gelatin, mixing until well blended
- Spoon (or if you're feeling fancy, pipe) mixture into ramekins or small bowls.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
Enjoy! Irish cream chocolate mousse would be a perfect treat for Saint Patrick’s Day, or any day you’re craving a special treat.
Adapted from Lemon Tree Dwelling