We love a classic chocolate mousse, but achieving a silky, light result can be tricky. This marshmallow version may sound surprising but is virtually foolproof and couldn’t be easier to make. The gelatin in marshmallows helps sets the mousse, while the sugar in them lends sweetness. Simply stir marshmallows melted with cream into softened chocolate, then fold whipped cream into the cooled mixture. The result is an airy mousse flecked with gorgeous splinters of dark chocolate. If you like, toast extra marshmallows and put some on top of each serving for additional oomph.
Combine the marshmallows, 1/2 cup of the cream, and salt in a large saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave the chocolate chips on high in a large microwave-safe bowl until mostly melted, 2 minutes. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the chocolate chips and stir until completely combined. Set aside until completely cool, about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, whip the remaining 1 1/2 cups cream in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed or a whisk until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate, covered, until the chocolate mixture is ready.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture in three batches. It’ll take a while to completely incorporate, so be patient. Serve immediately or divide into individual serving dishes or ramekins and refrigerate, covered, for up to 3 days.
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