Add French Chic to Your Holiday Meals! 🎉 Join the French Holiday Challenge Today >>>

Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Piment d’Espelette

by | Feb 27, 2020 | Food & Nutrition

Chocolate Mousse in individual glasses

The French red chili pepper Piment d’Espelette is not the first thing you’d associate with a chocolate mousse recipe. But this spice from the Basque region of France is used in both savory and sweet dishes. Its delicate aromas will jazz up any classic recipe with chocolate.

Here’s an easy recipe for Chocolate Mousse with Piment d’Espelette. It will take only 5 minutes to make and 20 minutes in the freezer before serving.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Piment d’Espelette

Serves 4. Prep time: 10 min. Chilling time: 20 min.


200 grams / 7 ounces of Dark Chocolate

100 grams / 3.5 ounces of Unsalted butter

4 eggs

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp of Piment d’Espelette powder

1/4 tsp of salt


1. Chop up the dark chocolate into pieces. Melt the chocolate with the butter either in a Bain Marie (double boiler) or on medium in the microwave. Stir together until the mixture is smooth and unified.

2. Separate the egg yolks and egg whites. Add the egg yolks into the melted chocolate mixture, then add the Piment d’Espelette powder.

3. Add the salt to the egg whites and beat until stiff. Add in the sugar. Blend 1/3 of the egg whites delicately into the chocolate mixture. Add the remaining amount until all the egg whites are mixed in with the chocolate.

4. Divide the mixture into 4 cold-safe ramekins and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving.  You can also leave them to chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Piment d'Espelette Powder
Piment d’Espelette Powder


Piment d’Espelette will give your regular chocolate mousse recipe an edge without overwhelming it. It’s not as powerful as other chili peppers so it won’t drown out other flavors.

Here’s a savory recipe of roasted butternut squash and potatoes with Piment d’Espelette and a list of online shops that sell Piment d’Espelette powder.

Learn how to choose the best Piment d’Espelette powder here.

And now you: Do you add spices to classic chocolate recipes to jazz them up a bit? If so, which ones? Have you ever tried Piment d’Espelette?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

Are we following each other yet? Come on over and say “Hi” on Instagram and Facebook!

Photos courtesy of and

Recent Post

Walnut Oil: How To Up-Level Simple Meals The French Way

Bored with olive oil and the Mediterranean diet? Running out of quick, healthy recipe ideas? You may want to mix it up a bit with walnut oil.

5 Healthy French-Inspired Food Resolutions for 2024

It's that time of year when we all want to start 2024 off right by upgrading our habits. So here...

One Easy Fix for Delicious Cooking: Artisanal French Olive Oil. How to Select the Best

Two things that surprised me about French olive oil For a long time, I thought the French olive...

Easy French Barbecue Marinade Recipes

Marinades are a great resource to have on hand for barbecues. They're easy to prepare and will...

French Ice Cream 101: An introduction to French ice cream and sorbet

We all know that food is taken very seriously in France. But did you know there are even strict...