National Chocolate Mousse Day
National Chocolate Mousse Day is a holiday observed on April 3rd every year and is dedicated to one of the most elegant desserts available. Chocolate mousse is a dessert made with whipped egg whites and/or whipped cream and flavored with chocolate. It can be sweet or savory, depending on its preparation, and has been around for at least 250+ years. Eating chocolate mousse is like tasting a piece of history.
The History Of Chocolate Mousse
Although we failed to uncover the history of National Chocolate Mousse Day, we succeeded in uncovering the history of this rich dessert. Chocolate mousse can be traced back to France in the late 1700s to the savory mousses of the time. This was when the French were experimenting with various desserts made with chocolate, liqueurs, coffee, and different types of foams, but most of these creations were savory, not sweet. True chocolate mousse emerged from these experiments near the end of the 19th century and quickly gained popularity in Europe.
Americans were introduced to chocolate mousse on a widespread basis thanks to the Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in 1892 in New York City. Gradually, Americans began to create their own versions of chocolate mousse, but the dessert didn’t gain significant traction until the 1930s. This was when chocolate pudding mixes were introduced to the public, allowing the average consumer to easily make chocolate mousses at home.
Some Tasty Facts About Chocolate Mousse
During our research, we came across some tasty facts about chocolate mousse that we’d like to share:
- Chocolate mousse can be frozen and turned into ice cream.
- Chocolate mousse can be piped to make hors d’oeuvres.
- Up until the 1950s, some Americans enjoyed fish mousse as a type of dip.
- The mousse was not named after and is not associated with the animal moose.
- Technically, chocolate mousse is an edible foam.
- There are white chocolate mousse recipes for those interested in making them.
- In French, chocolate mousse is called “Mousse au Chocolat.”
- Although they tend to be high in sugar, chocolate mousses also contain plenty of calcium.
Observing National Chocolate Mousse Day
National Chocolate Mousse Day can be celebrated by making your own chocolate mousse and sharing it with friends and family or by purchasing one of the many store-bought chocolate mousses available in grocery stores. While enjoying your mousse, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalChocolateMousseDay on your social media accounts to spread the word about this holiday.