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Water Based Chocolate Mousse with Grand Marnier

Water based Chocolate Mousse with Grand Marnier

How to make a chocolate mousse without cream and eggs! All you need is chocolate and water!
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 265 gms – 9.35 oz. dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids, chopped
  • 120 ml – ½ cup water
  • 120 ml – ½ cup Grand Marnier
  • Up to 4 tbsp sugar optional – I did not use any, but I may use a bit next time


  1. Put the chocolate, water, liquor (and sugar, if you are using any) in a pot and melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Fill a bowl with ice and cold water and place a slightly larger mixing bowl on top of it (make sure that the bottom of the large bowl touches the ice).
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the mixing bowl sitting on top of the ice and water. Whisk with a wire whisk (or an electrical hand-held mixer) until the melted chocolate thickens into a mousse. Do not over-whip, or your mousse will turn grainy. If this happens, transfer the mousse back into the pan, reheat until half of it is melted, pour it back into the mixing bowl and whisk again briefly.
  4. Divide the mousse into four serving cups/glasses and serve.

Recipe Notes

The proportion of liquor to water is up to you. The important thing is that the total amount of liquid stays the same (240 ml – 1 cup). You can also use only water (and no liquor) for a child-friendly dessert and/or flavour it with vanilla, cinnamon or whatever you fancy!