Chocolate mousse is a delicious and decadent dessert, worthy of a dinner party. However, it is relatively easy to make so you can even enjoy it as a midweek treat. However, what if you make too much or want to prepare it in advance to save time when you are busy? Is it possible to store it for a longer period? The answer is yes. You can freeze it.
However, you will notice a change in texture so it may not be the best thing to do if you are having a dinner party and you want a light and fluffy mousse. If you’re just having it as a family dessert, it will still be enjoyable, and in this article, we will tell you how to freeze chocolate mousse.
How To Freeze Chocolate Mousse?
If you want to freeze store-bought mousse, you can put it straight in the freezer in the original packaging. However, if you want to freeze homemade mousse, this is the way to do it.
1. Put the chocolate mousse in airtight containers.
If you have a lot of chocolate mousse, it is a good idea to divide it into portions so that you only defrost as much as you need for one sitting. If you want to freeze individual portions, you will need small containers so that people can eat their mousse straight out of the container. However, if there are a lot of you sharing the mousse, you will need a bigger container. Make sure that the mousse is leveled flat so that it looks nice when you come to defrost it.
The containers must be airtight otherwise freezer burn may occur. Freezer burn will ruin the taste and texture of your chocolate mousse. To be extra safe, you can wrap the containers in a layer of cling film.
2. Label the containers.
Put labels on the containers with the date you put them in the freezer so that you don’t keep them in the freezer longer than their best-by date.
How To Freeze Chocolate Mousse Cake
Chocolate mousse cake is another delicious dessert. It is a moist chocolate cake with layers of chocolate mousse and ganache, topped with chocolate whipped cream. The good news is that you can freeze it although the texture of the mousse will change a little because of the gelatin in the mousse. We suggest that you don’t freeze it with whipped cream. Cream doesn’t freeze well and tends to split.
If you do want to try freezing chocolate mousse cake, this is the way to do it.
1. Make the chocolate mousse cake.
2. Divide the cake into meal-size portions.
3. Double-wrap each portion with cling film.
This will help to stop freezer burn from occurring and ruining the taste and texture of your dessert.
4. Put the portions in an airtight container.
You can use a freezer bag instead but you have to be careful where you put it in the freezer so that the cake doesn’t get squashed. Remember to squeeze all the air out of the bag so that freezer burn doesn’t occur. Put a label on the container or bag with the date and contents.
Tips For Freezing Chocolate Mousse
1. Use airtight containers or squeeze out the air from freezer bags.
This will prevent freezer burn.
2. Portion out the mousse.
If you do this, you will only take out of the freezer as much mousse as you need. This stops you from having to throw away any of that delicious mousse.
3. Expect that the mousse may change a little in texture.
It can be a little grainy but it will still be tasty.
4. Eat from frozen.
The mousse won’t freeze completely so you can just take it out of the freezer and eat it as it is. It will be like a semifreddo. Eating it this way, you won’t even notice the change in texture.
For How Long Can You Freeze Chocolate Mousse?
We recommend that you don’t keep the chocolate mousse in the freezer for longer than two months. After this time, the taste and texture of the mousse will change dramatically, and you won’t be able to eat it.
How Do You Defrost Chocolate Mousse?
Chocolate mousse should be defrosted in the fridge. Take it out of the freezer the night before you want to eat it and leave it to defrost slowly and steadily. This helps it to retain taste and texture. However, you may still notice a change in texture. It could be quite grainy but it will still be very edible.
An option is to eat it as a frozen dessert like you would eat a semifreddo. Take the mousse out of the freezer and just eat it as it is. You won’t notice any change in texture, and it will be a refreshing dessert on a hot day. However, this is probably not the option you would choose for a dinner party. If you are holding a dinner party, it is better to make the chocolate mousse fresh.
Can You Refreeze Chocolate Mousse?
No, it is not advisable to refreeze chocolate mousse. Freezing chocolate mousse even once changes the texture so freezing again would alter the texture even more. It is best to portion out the chocolate mousse into separate containers so that you only defrost as much as you need. This saves you from wasting any by throwing it away.
Is It A Good Idea To Freeze Chocolate Mousse?
It probably isn’t the best item of food to freeze. It doesn’t completely freeze, plus it can become grainy. However, if you want to enjoy it as a frozen dessert, it will be fine, and you won’t notice any change in texture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, you now know all there is to know about freezing chocolate mousse but in case you are still curious, we have answered a few questions here.
You can keep chocolate mousse in the fridge for between four and five days. If you want to keep it any longer, put it in the freezer. However, the sooner you put it in the freezer, the better otherwise the texture will be ruined.
It’s not a good idea as alcohol doesn’t freeze well.
Yes, you can freeze raspberry mousse and you can use the same method as for chocolate mousse. However, you will find that there is a change in texture as with chocolate mousse.
Eggs don’t freeze that well. There is a tendency for the whites to become rubbery. They freeze a bit better when they are whisked into a mousse but they still don’t freeze particularly well. You may find that the mousse is a bit chewy when it is defrosted.