Ahh..February, how I love you!
When you arrive it means that nasty cold and overcast January is history for another year.
You are the short little month that bridges the gap between the arctic wind of winter and the warmer breezes of spring. At least we hope so….
You bring us the legendary Groundhog’s Day and the holiday that celebrates romance – Valentine’s Day.
And you remind me of chocolate.
Well, all right – so everything reminds of chocolate!;)
Since we’re talking about chocolate anyway – how about something rich, and creamy and smooth?!
Something so decadent that it would chase away the winter doldrums!
Something that said “Chocolate” with every bite.
Enter the legendary Chocolate Mousse.
Made with a rich dark chocolate, this one will make you smile no matter what the thermometer says !
Deep Dark Chocolate Mousse
From the Hershey’s Chocolate Cookbook
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup milk
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup cold whipping cream (1/2 pint)
Sweetened whipped cream or Cool Whip (optional)
Stir together the sugar and gelatin in small saucepan. Stir in the milk. Let stand 2 minutes to soften the gelatin. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just begins to boil.
Remove from heat and immediately add the chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Add the vanilla and cool to room temperature.
Beat whipping cream with electric mixture on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Add half of the chocolate mixture and gently fold until nearly combined.
Add the remaining chocolate mixture and fold until just blended.
Spoon into pretty bowl or individual serving dishes. Refrigerate. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream just before serving.