I really like chocolate, and so does the rest of my family. So when I was presented with the opportunity to make something using COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, I knew it would include chocolate. After some thought and discussion, the kids and I invented this mousse-inspired (although not quite mousse consistency) deliciously rich dessert.
The recipe we created is simple:
1 8oz. tub of COOL WHIP
5oz. chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet, because I like their flavor and smooth consistency)
6oz. sweetened condensed milk
4 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa (to give that rich, chocolate-y flavor that I adore. Dutch-processed cocoa doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste of ordinary cocoa)
1 tablespoon milk
Setting the COOL WHIP aside, I melted the chocolate chips and then stirred in the other ingredients. We heated the chocolate mixture a little more to get everything thoroughly combined into an easy-pour consistency. Then I spread the COOL WHIP across the bottom of a 9×13 pan, poured the chocolate mixture on top, and swirled it around. I didn’t stir it in completely, because I wanted to keep the light and airy texture of the COOL WHIP intact. I also think the marbled effect you get from light stirring is very pretty!
We stuck it in the fridge to chill, and then served it up for a dessert which was thoroughly enjoyed by all:
Johnny was especially enthusiastic, declaring, “This is SOOOO good!”
The cocoa content in this was so high that nobody ate more than a tablespoon or two of dessert – one of the reasons I adore rich desserts! I also think it would look fantastic served in tiny tea cups!
This particular invented dessert was fun because it was quick and easy to throw together, but tasted and looked quite fancy! My kids loved helping me make it, not to mention eating it!
I do want to try a version using only regular milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. I used the condensed milk because I thought it would give a richer taste, and I think that was true – but it was also a slightly heavier consistency than what I consider ideal. I would also like to try adding a dash of vanilla, or maybe even almond extract.
Do you have a favorite mousse-type dessert recipe? We’re searching for one!
Do you like to make up recipes, for desserts or dinners? Where do you find your inspiration?
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