Chocolate Cups with your choice of strawberry mousse, cherry mousse or raspberry mousse. Or use m&m’s for a fun Valentine’s Day surprise!
The blizzard of 2016 has just begun and I could not be more excited! Schools are closed, I was victorious in convincing my parents that my house is a safer place for them during the storm and the kitchen is filled with smells of pot roast, soup and my mom’s fresh bread. These gorgeous chocolate cups with strawberry mousse were made well in advance so now all we have to do is watch this historical snowfall and fill our bellies!
Let’s talk about the chocolate cups first. These little vessels of chocolatey goodness can hold anything your imagination can dream up. They are the simplest Valentine’s Day dessert you will ever make yet you’ll be hard pressed to find one prettier. Mousse of almost any flavor, holiday candies or even a silky chilled pudding would be delicious! The best part is how EASY these beauties are; you’ll need a silicone mold and some good chocolate or candy melts – that’s it! Fill them with just one type of chocolate or swirl a few colors together. I made these chocolate cups for Valentine’s Day but you could make them for almost any holiday.
The maker of these silicone molds calls them “shot glasses” and they would be super fun to make, too. I’ve never made anything but these Chocolate Cups with Strawberry Mousse, but the manufacturer says you can also “make your own edible shot glass from ice, candy melt candy, gelatin, cookie dough, crisped rice cereal treats and more”. Cookie dough sounds especially fun!
To make the swirls, use a squeeze bottle to drizzle a small amount of one or two colors on the sides of the molds. Fill with your main color then use a toothpick to swirl the chocolate against the sides (work quickly so the drizzled chocolate doesn’t harden before you pour in the rest of the chocolate). Then just pop them in the fridge for an hour or two until they harden. The chocolate cups release very easily with no need to spray your molds!
I filled my chocolate cups with strawberry mousse, raspberry mousse and cherry mousse. It’s always tough for me to decide which flavor I like the most so I just make them all! Just add jam to whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form. I also top each chocolate cup with a cherry, strawberry or raspberry to let everyone know what the flavor is. The cherries I use are “Bada Bing” as they’re a bit more sophisticated than regular maraschinos and I love their deep, rich color. I normally use them in cocktails but they’re also perfect for dessert topping. You can also use icing roses as I did in some of the photos. Aren’t the cherries gorgeous??
These mousse-filled chocolate cups are the perfect ending to a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner and will certainly impress your loved one. And if you have a casual Valentine’s Day party where you’d like something a bit more casual? Mini m&m’s with more whimsical colors are the perfect choice!
Some of these have more visible layers instead of just being swirly all over (see the photo below). For these, you’ll want to use a squeeze bottle to put the first two colors into your molds (and remember that whichever color you put in first will be the TOP of your chocolate cups) then swirl with a toothpick just like the others. Have all of your chocolate melted and ready to go so you get really good swirls.
The m&m-filled chocolate cups may not be as upscale as the others but they are definitely a lot of fun. I dipped my hardened chocolate cups in a small amount of white chocolate or candy melts then covered it in sprinkles. I even tied some ribbon around a few and added some sparkly heart toothpick toppers!
These chocolate cups with strawberry mousse are small and perfect served to two as a dessert and it’s more romantic that way ;) I’ll serve one to each guest if I don’t know them well or we’ll share if we’re all pals and comfortable digging in. They also make great homemade gifts or party treats! Scroll down to see everything you’ll need to make these simple & sophisticated Chocolate Cups with Strawberry Mousse!
- 1 1/2 - 2 packages candy melts (or 36-48 ounces chocolate, or a mix of both); different colors, if desired
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup strawberry, seedless raspberry or cherry jam
- Strawberries, raspberries or cherries, for topping
- Small mint leaves, optional
- M&M's for filling, optional
- Silicone Molds
- Squeeze Bottles
- Toothpicks (or butter knife)
- Paper Towels (use these to pick up molds so they stay glossy with no fingerprints)
- Melt chocolate or candy melts; fill molds. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm. Push molds inside-out to release molds; wrap folded paper towel around molds and pull to release. Place finger in cavity to pick up and move molds around.
- To make swirls, use squeeze bottles to drizzle small amounts of melted chocolate/candy melts on outside of molds. Fill with desired main chocolate color then immediately use a toothpick or small butter knife to form swirls against the outside of the molds.
- Combine chilled whipping cream and jam in the large bowl of a standing mixer. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Fill each chocolate mold with mousse and top as desired.
- Melt a small amount of white chocolate or candy melts then dip just the tops. Cover immediately with sprinkles (don't forget to use paper towels to pick ups your molds so they stay glossy!) Fill each chocolate mold with mini M&M's (can use regular but the mini's look best). Tie with ribbon, if desired.