Make Mom a Heavenly Chocolate Mousse for Mother’s Day

Mom deserves extra-special treatment this Mother’s Day. Chocolate is a great place to start. Our suggestion: Prepare a luscious chocolate mousse on Sunday that delivers fabulous taste without the guilt.

The chocolate mousse we have in mind uses two heart-healthy ingredients: dark chocolate and extra virgin olive oil. No butter or heavy cream, like some recipes use. (Click here to see the recipe.)

We’ve made this chocolate mousse — also called mousse au chocolat — several times. It’s a crowd pleaser among our “recipe testers,” age 10 on up. We’ve topped our mousse with orange zest, dark chocolate shavings, and flaky fleur de sel sea salt. Go ahead and dream up your own topping. Or enjoy the mousse without any garnish.

Our food writer friend Nancy Harmon Jenkins developed this mousse. She recently delivered a sell-out lecture on olive oil at Boston University. While there, Nancy teamed with the students in the BU gastronomy program to create “a bunch of dishes to show off the versatility of extra virgin olive oil,” including a Greek flatbread fried in oil and this chocolate mousse.

“Was the mousse the biggest hit? I thought so; but I wasn’t certain,” Nancy later wrote in her blog. “So I made it again for my Sunday lunch guests. And you know what? I shouldn’t have waited to take a picture, because in the blink of an eye the mousse was gone!”

Mom will probably agree with the verdict rendered by Nancy’s guests.

Bon appétit,

Your friends at California Olive Ranch