We are not going to lie, at National Today, anything chocolate makes us go weak in the knees, and this is why National Chocolate Mousse Day on April 3 has got us all jittery with excitement. Imagine that smooth and silky chocolate taste settling in your mouth, slowly diminishing into sweet decadence. You can have it cold or hot, it tastes great either way. This French dessert used to be served at high-end French restaurants but, after globalization hit, the dish has become a favorite all over the world. You don’t need to have expert French language skills to understand the foamy delectability. Did you know that mousse was not always dessert? Mousse, which literally means ‘foam’ in French, was invented as a savory dish in French cuisine. Yep, you will find the best of both worlds here.
History of National Chocolate Mousse Day
Like us, we hope you too have your spoons ready for National Chocolate Mousse Day. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the chocolatey deliciousness for anything.
Chocolate mousse, as the name suggests, originated in France. It is not clear when exactly the dish was invented, but a few clues in history do allow us to put together some semblance of an idea. Chocolate first came to France back in 1615. While chocolate was being incorporated in other desserts, it wasn’t until the 1800s when chocolate mousse was finally invented. Mousse, at this point, had already become a part of the savory French cuisine.
After the French, chocolate mousse found popularity with Americans. There are varying accounts of when chocolate mousse was introduced to the masses in the U.S. One instance states that chocolate mousse’s recipe was advertised in the “Brooklyn Daily Eagle” for a cooking class by Miss Parloa in 1887. But other two accounts say that the recipe was revealed by A) an exposition in 1892 and B) the “Boston Daily Globe” in the Housekeepers Column in 1892.
These differing accounts do leave us dizzy with confusion but it does not matter in the end because we are here for the chocolate mousse. Today, the dessert is enjoyed in a variety of ways, be it with berries, seasonal fruits, etc. People all over the world have come to love it for its deliciousness concocted from a simple combination of eggs, chocolate, and froth.
National Chocolate Mousse Day timeline
Chocolate enters France for the first time and becomes an instant hit.
After years of savory mousse being a thing, dessert mousse is given a chance, and (our dearest) chocolate mousse comes into existence.
For the first time in the U.S., a chocolate mousse class advertisement, to be taught by Miss Parloa, is published.
The electric mixer is invented, making beating the eggs to a foam much easier and, as a result, gives way to modern chocolate mousse.
National Chocolate Mousse Day FAQs
What can I use instead of eggs to make a vegan chocolate mousse?
You can opt for coconut milk or cream instead of eggs. If you do not want that coconut taste, you can also go for avocado.
For how long can I store chocolate mousse?
Store it for about four to five days in the refrigerator. But make sure to always keep it in the fridge when it is not being eaten.
So I’ve made my chocolate mousse and it’s setting in the fridge, but when exactly can I eat it?
It should take about 12 hours to set. So, you should prepare it at night, leaving it in the fridge. Honestly, there shouldn’t be any waiting time to eat this dessert, if you ask us. But the wait is, ultimately, worth it.
National Chocolate Mousse Day Activities
Eat a chocolate mousse … or multiple
Oh, man! This one’s a difficult one for us at National Today — whether to eat one serving of chocolate mousse or several. Maybe the latter. In any case, the best way to celebrate the occasion is by indulging in the treat.
Make a chocolate mousse
The recipe is very simple with very simple ingredients. It’s the process’s pace you have to watch out for. But once you get the hang of it, it’ll be easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Try different toppings
The great thing about chocolate mousse is how versatile it is! It goes well with most toppings, be it fruits, sprinkles, or chocolate shavings … they’re all just so good!
5 Facts About Chocolate That Will Blow Your Mind
Chocolate for the gods
Mayans named chocolate ‘food for the gods,’ and it was served as a drink alongside human sacrificial blood.
A long time for chocolate bar prep
It takes anywhere between approximately two to four days for a single chocolate bar to be made.
Lots of beans for one pound of chocolate
400 chocolate beans are needed to make just one pound of chocolate.
Chocolates are kinda vegetables
Chocolate beans grow in pod-like structures, quite similar to cotton, so chocolate is kind of a vegetable — albeit by a stretch.
Growing a chocolate tree is hard
It can take up to a whole year for a chocolate tree to grow and, even then, it can only produce 10 small bars.
Why We Love National Chocolate Mousse Day
It’s a celebration of cultural history and inspiration
The French absolutely loved their chocolate! So, it was only natural that they added it into an originally savory dish. It’s interesting to see how creative the human mind can be when we put our love and dedication into something.
It’s a celebration of connectivity
Even though humans are divided by many things today, there are still several things that unite us as one by connecting us on levels that we never imagined. Chocolate mousse, amongst other global food items, is loved in many countries across the world, even by those who have never visited France in their life.
It’s a celebration of flavors and inventions
There’s a ton of experiments you can do with chocolate mousse. Now, bear in mind, we are not necessarily telling you to mix the savory into the sweet, but maybe give it a try and see where it goes. Obviously, you should only try things/flavors that go well together. At the end of the day, the true celebration is in the versatility of the dish.
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