Chocolate mousse with crushed pretzels and cherry juice reduction!
I serve this mousse to people that I really want to like me.
In the past week, I have taken a double batch to my new neighbor’s house for dinner, and then again to a new friend when I heard her husband was having a bad day. The taste of this mousse makes people want to put you at the top of their list.
Normally, I’m a simple gal when it comes to desserts. Two small cups of chocolate mousse is plenty. For the two of us, I probably wouldn’t even bother making the whipped cream topping.
But when I’m trying to impress people, my love language is a dessert that earns all the bonus points: chocolate (milk chocolate in this case), salty (pretzels), and tart (cherry reduction). Extra credit for peanut butter!
It’s like peanut butter and jelly meets creamy mousse. I couldn’t love it more.
The chocolate mousse is simple to make, really. I’m going to let you use the microwave to melt the chocolate, but promise me this: turn your microwave power down to 50%, and keep an eagle eye on it! Stir, stir, stir after each pulse. You must take it out of the microwave before all of the chips melt, and patiently stir while the final chips melt.
The toppings to the mousse sound fancy and impressive, but are effortless. I crushed a handful of peanut butter stuffed pretzels. You know the ones from Trader Joe’s (I’ve also seen them at Costco):
Then, I reduced 1 cup of cherry juice until it was only 1/4 cup. That’s it.
The peanut butter pretzels and cherry reduction are entirely optional. I love the chocolate mousse plain, too.
So, if you have a friend with a lake house, slide this mousse their way. You’ll be soaking up the sun on the lake house deck this summer, I guarantee it.
Say you have a friend that always scores extra tickets to concerts and sports games? Slip this in their fridge with a note that says ‘enjoy.’ You’ll have a foam finger and over-priced beer in your hand in no time.
But, have you also seen my quickie 5-minute simple chocolate mousse recipe for Valentine’s Day?