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Can You Freeze Chocolate Mousse?

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For an easy and quick dessert treat, you can’t beat a chocolate mousse. Serve it straight out of the fridge with some whipped cream and you have a decadent and delicious treat to enjoy.

But, what do you do if you can’t use up all your chocolate mousse in time? Can you freeze chocolate mousse successfully? We are here to delve into that question!

Chocolate mousse can be frozen for up to 2 months. For best results freeze them in individual portions. You may find that the mousses have some changes in texture but you can eat them frozen for a delicious dessert.

Does Chocolate Mousse Freeze Well? Sometimes

Can You Refreeze Chocolate Mousse? No

How To Freeze Chocolate Mousse

Luckily if you don’t mind the changes in the mousse, then chocolate mousse is really easy to freeze. It’s definitely worth a try if the mousse is only going to go to waste anyway.

If you have store-bought chocolate mousse that is unopened, then you should be able to pop it straight in the freezer as it is.

However, if you are freezing leftovers or a lovely homemade chocolate mousse then follow these instructions:

  1. Prepare Containers
    You will need to find several freezer-safe containers with lids – these need to be about the size you want to freeze each portion of chocolate mousse in. If you want large portions to share then, the containers can be a little larger.
  2. Portion Out
    Spoon the chocolate mousse into the containers. Level them off so that the chocolate mousse is flat. This is purely for aesthetics. It will look much nicer to eat if you do this now rather than to try and do it once the mousse has been frozen.
  3. Seal
    Put the lids onto the containers. If you do not have airtight lids, then wrap the containers tightly in several layers of clingfilm.
  4. Freeze
    Label the containers with the date and the contents and then pout them into the container. Keep the containers flat until the mousse has frozen.

How to Freeze Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate mousse cake pairs two of the best foods together – chocolate mousse and cake! The great news is that you can freeze it too. The same issues may arise as there is still gelatin in the mousse which may not freeze solid. However, if you do want to give this a go, here is the method.

  1. Make and Portion
    Make and assemble your chocolate mousse cake. Cut it into portions.
  2. Store
    Pop each portion into a freezer-safe container with a lid. If you don’t have enough containers, then you can wrap the chocolate mousse cake in several layers of cling film and then put the wrapped portions into a large freezer bag.
  3. Freeze
    Label the containers with the date and contents and pop them into the freezer and freeze.
Can You Freeze Chocolate Mousse Cake

3 Tips for Freezing Chocolate Mousse

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing chocolate mousse to have the best results:

Freeze In Portions
Ensure you freeze it in portions to avoid unwanted waste in future. Once thawed, you will not be able to refreeze it. 

Expect Textural Changes
Depending on the ingredients you’ve used, there is a chance that the texture of your chocolate mousse will change once it has thawed so expect it to become a little grainy. 

Eat It Frozen
No, really! You can eat it straight from the freezer as a semifreddo-style frozen mousse. This way there will be no major changes to the texture and you can continue to enjoy it. 

How Long Can You Freeze Chocolate Mousse?

One of the issues with freezing mousse with gelatin in is how long you can freeze it. Because the desert doesn’t ever fully freeze through, we would recommend that you only keep it stored in the freezer for up to two months before using it.

You Can Freeze Chocolate Mousse for Around 2 Months

How Do You Defrost Chocolate Mousse?

We wouldn’t actually recommend you defrost your chocolate mousse at all!

Once it has been frozen, the mousse does change, but if you keep it frozen and eat it as though you would ice cream, it makes for a delicious frozen dessert. Lovely, delicious and refreshing on a warm day.

If you really need to thaw out the chocolate mousse, unfortunately, there are no quick fixes and thawing methods. You should take the mousse out of the freezer and pop it into the fridge to defrost for several hours. Once it has thawed, you can serve as usual.

Can You Refreeze Chocolate Mousse?

No, you shouldn’t refreeze chocolate mousse. As already discussed freezing does change the mousse and it doesn’t even fully freeze. So, refreezing is likely to change the texture too much, affecting the taste of the mousse.

Does Chocolate Mousse Freeze Well?

Whether or not chocolate mousse freezes well depends on how you plan to use it.

It makes a perfect frozen dessert, and this is the best way to eat it once it has been frozen.

Aside from this, if you want to thaw out the chocolate mousse and eat as usual then you can, but there may be some changes in texture, and at its worse, the mouse can lose all of its firm consistency.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing chocolate mousse or mousse in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Strawberry Mousse?

Strawberry mousse can be frozen in much the same way. Again, it will all depend on the gelatin content and whether you’ve used just cream and egg whites to create your mousse.

The same rules that we have written on this page apply to strawberry mousse (and any sweet mousses for that matter).

Can You Freeze Chocolate Mousse Made With Eggs?

Eggs are notoriously difficult to freeze. It does get somewhat easier when it comes to freezing mousse made with eggs, but it still won’t freeze great.

Try to limit the time it is in the freezer to around 1 month to avoid ruining the texture. The other key element to focus on is ensuring it is stored airtight.

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