I’d like to talk about embarrassing things in life.

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This has all come about because my husband just threw 7000 songs on to my computer and well, I can’t get over my ancient albums and how I’m now blasting Aaliyah’s One in Million every single chance I get. No really. Every single chance.

I mean, it’s one thing to be addicted to the TLC, Backstreet Boys and Kenny Loggins Pandora stations (semi eclectic taste?), but it’s an entirely different one to actually own all of the albums on now practically extinct CDs. Wait. What’s a CD? Will my future kids even know what one is? Probably not. My first one was Alanis Morrisette, by the way. What was yours?

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Other gems I’ve rediscovered include but are not limited to the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack and Gloria Estefan. In addition to this, I nearly died when we were in the car on Sunday and a Melissa Ethridge song came on the OLDIES STATION. And I knew all the words.

I should have been born in 1955. I know.

The good news is that if you were born around that time, we would SO get along. Call me.

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In other car related embarrassments, sometimes I talk to myself in the car. Yes. Like straight up turn off the music and talk. Discuss things with my own brain. Then I happen to drive by someone and I freak out, thinking that they KNOW that I’m talking to myself when in reality, they probably just think that I’m singing along to the radio. Which is kinda sorta embarrassing too, but whatever. But then when I’m mid-convo (with myself, mind you) I start to think ‘what if my phone just randomly called someone and they hear everything I’m saying?’ So then I have to obsessively check my phone, which I can’t, because it’s somewhere on the floor in order to stop myself from texting and driving. Are these (hashtag) first world problems? These are (hashtag) first world problems.

On the far-too-humiliating-things-to-admit-out-loud scale, I’m fairly thrilled that Magic Mike is now on HBO. Not for the obvious reasons but because… I kinda sorta maybe like the actual movie. As a whole.

Speaking of holes, I’m gonna go crawl into one and die now.

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My last embarrassing fact of the day: I will fight you to the death over my thoughts on milk chocolate being a million times better than dark chocolate. It just IS. I love it so much. Sure, I force myself to eat dark chocolate when I “try to be healthy” or when I need to “justify the antioxidants” or when I “want to be cool” but let’s be serious: it’s nothing compared to milk chocolate. Which isn’t even real chocolate, right? That’s what you’re going to tell me next. What does that make me? Immature? Unsophisticated? The owner of an unrefined palette?

I don’t really care. It’s just what I like.

Oh but don’t get me wrong – if I’m dying for chocolate and my only option is dark, I’m obviously going to grab it because I have the sweetest teeth ever. I will sacrifice my taste buds all in the name for dessert. As long as it’s GOOD chocolate. But otherwise: milk all the way. Forever and ever.

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My goal for the rest of 2013 is to stop being embarrassed about things. So I’m not embarrassed at all to tell you that I ate one of those obnoxiously large portions of chocolate mousse in one sitting. This chocolate mousse that I made with coconut milk instead of cream, then topped with coconut whipped cream.

It may have been one of the best nights of my life.

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Milk Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream

Yield: serves 4 appropriately, 2 obnoxiously

Total Time: 4 hours


8 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons water

2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

2 cans full-fat coconut milk, cold (refrigerated overnight)
1 tablespoon powdered sugar


Combine chocolate, water and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for 30 seconds again. Stir constantly until all chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

While the chocolate is cooling, take one can of coconut milk out of the fridge. Open the can and discard the liquid, then scoop the firm coconut meat into the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until completely whipped and thick. Set the bowl in the fridge.

Add egg yolks, sugar and remaining water to a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved, mixture is opaque and light yellow and has thickened and can coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in melted chocolate mixture. Place saucepan in a bowl of ice water and whisk constantly until chocolate is cooled.

Remove whipped cream from the fridge and fold it into the chocolate mixture. Once whipped cream is completely folded in, evenly pour mousse into either two or four glasses. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

A few minutes before serving, remove the other can of coconut milk from the fridge and whip the cream just as you did earlier. Once whipped, add in powdered sugar and beat just until the sugar is incorporated. Top mousse with the whipped cream and extra chocolate shavings if desired.

[adapted from taste of home]

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121 Responses to “Milk Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream.”

  1. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — May 31, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Coconut whipped cream! YUM!


  2. #
    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — May 31, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Staind. I wish it was Alanis Morrisette. Any kind of chocolate–awesome!


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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — May 31, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    What the what?! You can whip coconut milk like that?! My world just became bigger.

    Also, my first CD was TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool. I was 10 so it was obviously inappropriate.


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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — May 31, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    Um…ya…I grew up in the era of mixed tapes. Truth be told, I had records first and a really cool Mickey Mouse disco record player to play them on!
    I love all chocolate, I don’t discriminate, and I so adore this coconut whipped cream, I’m so doing that!


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    chelsy — May 31, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Coconut whipped cream seriously makes everything better. Am I right? This looks like heaven. Also, never been a fan of dark chocolate over milk chocolate. I mean, seriously? Hello, bluebell milk chocolate ice cream basically started my addiction, then came Reese’s PB Cups and the rest is history. First albums…spice girls, backstreet boys, n’sync, brandi, selena, mariah carey, celine dion, and odd balls like jude cole, sade, and elton john. I just love them all! Of the country variety…I was a leann womack, allison kraus, martina mcbride, and trisha yearwood super fan. Happy Friday! :)


  6. #
    Julie — May 31, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I’m SO on that milk chocolate bandwagon w/ you, girl! ;)


  7. #
    Rebecca — May 31, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    This post had me laughing SO HARD! Like I sounded like a maniac and should have probably felt as embarrassed as you did talking to yourself in the car.


  8. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 31, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    OMG…my mouth is watering! Sounds amazing!


  9. #
    Molly @ Baklette — May 31, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Milk chocolate always wins in my book! And I can’t even take it either, looks so good!


  10. #
    ATasteOfMadness — May 31, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    Oh my. I have never tried mousse before, but I am drooling over these pictures!


  11. #
    Kasey — May 31, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    Shout out for Alanis. Jagged Little Pill. Was my first album purchase too!


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    dervla @ The Curator — June 1, 2013 @ 12:34 am

    My first cd was No Doubt – can’t remember what album, but i’ll never forget my dad letting me buy it. also, i totally agree about milk chocolate, and people look at me like i’m crazy but i’m sorry it’s just the best. I buy the Trader Joe’s blue milk chocolate bars with hazelnuts by the dozen and scarf them at my desk (not while listening to Aalyiah – although i wish)


  13. #
    Holley@Versatile-Vegan — June 1, 2013 @ 1:01 am

    Toni Braxon. Oh, the shame…


  14. #
    Jade Sheldon — June 1, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    I need this. Right NOW. Adore chocolate… adore coconut…

    I am one of those people who love dark chocolate. I also love espresso. And to eat raw cacao beans….


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    Archana — June 1, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I want some. NOw. Seriously drooling over the pics like a mutt. Can I ,make it with regular milk. will the proportions be same?


    • Jessica — June 1st, 2013 @ 10:10 am

      if you don’t use the coconut milk i think you have to use heavy cream – not sure if actual milk will work!


  16. #
    Angela - My Personal Accent — June 1, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Chocolate anything has my attention but with coconut it sounds amazing. I have to try this for our next family dinner.


  17. #
    Larry — June 1, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    I really wish that when I licked my screen I could taste your food.
    I mean, IF I licked my screen… yeah, IF…


  18. #
    Charlotte — June 1, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    2 things:
    1. I am ALWAYS paranoid that my phone has accidentally called someone and that the person can hear what I’m saying. I’m usually afraid that the person will hear me talking shit about that, not that they’ll hear me singing ha.

    2. I also LOVE Magic Mike. Such a good story, in my opinion. There’s a lot going on.


  19. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — June 1, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    This looks delicious. I so need to whip up a creamy mousse real soon!


  20. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — June 2, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Your writing cracks me up every time and this mousse looks perfectly delicious!


  21. #
    Emily @ Relishments — June 2, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    I love the serving sizes on this recipe. We definitely tend toward “obnoxiously” in my house!


  22. #
    Linda — June 2, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    I was just reading this with my husband reading over my shoulder(he secretly loves you too)… I said “OMG, she does what I do” (talk to herself in the car), and my husband laughed and said ‘you do what?’. I then had to admit I have full on conversations with myself when I am alone in the car, sometimes rehearsing what to say to my boss, sometimes carrying out conversations with what I think a parent in my class will say to me and my response back, etc. I told him I even practise conversations between the two of us (me and my husband, not YOU and me), when he has ticked me off and I need to tell him! The secret is out, and I am glad I am not alone! BTW, making the mousse tomorrow, and will buy 20 of your cookbooks when they come out!


  23. #
    Michelle — June 2, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    Jessica – Your spoon looks cool – do you know the brand?


  24. #
    Anita — June 2, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    Alanis was my 1st cd too! And to continue with the sharing of embarrassing stories I just got married a week ago and we checked into our suite the night of our wedding and someone had left Alanis in the CD player. So we sang loudly to you ought a know while drinking champagne until 3am…not the most romantic song choice but a classic nonetheless!


  25. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — June 3, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    First one? Goo Goo Dolls (Dizzy Up The Girl). Yup. And seriously, I love the pandora stations, but I too have dug up my old CDs! BSB on repeat. And chocolate and coconut? Totally the best.
    Yeah, I wonder about my kids and CDs too. Stamps too. But I could go into a world of “will they think I’m so dumb if I told them I think that ___ is still cool/in style?” bc the answer is yes… we’re in for a world of hurt when we actually have kids!


  26. #
    Crystal C. — June 3, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    Mmm. This looks so yummy. Also, Alanis Morissette was my first CD too! I have a semi-embarassing collection of CDs/songs on my hard drive as well, but usually I just say “oh, they’re for my workout mixes, I need peppy music” even though sometimes I listen to Britney Spears and Nsync in my car, when I’m nowhere near the gym…


  27. #
    DB — June 4, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    I LOVE making mousse! Never thought to make it with Coconut whip cream instead of heavy whipping cream. I’m going to try this way next time! Mind if I share this link with dessert fans in my community? https://www.kumbuya.com/restaurant-reviews-recipes/


  28. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — June 5, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    This mousse looks so perfect :) I love it!


  29. #
    Liz — June 5, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Just thought you’d like to know you have a new follower thanks to this recipe. I found you on Pinterest because of your breakfast quinoa. But your first cd being Alanis, and thinking you should have been born in the 50s… yep, totally me ;)


  30. #
    Peter — June 10, 2013 @ 2:26 am

    Omg you did it again Jessica. You are incredible at what you make and share with us here in your “lil home website” Thnks for this recipe :)


  31. #
    Anna — June 27, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    Looks delicious! Always wanted, but never tried to, make whipped coconut cream. I want to try this, but from a Swedish perspective, I’m not sure about the amount of coconut cream in the cans.. How much does one of your cans contain more or less? :)


  32. #
    Maxine — June 29, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Sounds wonderful!!! Can creme of coconut be used for the whip cream ?? Thank you!!


  33. #
    Michelle M — July 25, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    I made this, and it was amazing! I substituted a cup of heavy whipping cream in the mousse instead of the coconut meat, and turned out great. I made some when I visited my parents, and my dad asked me to make a second batch before I left!


  34. #
    Tina — August 13, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    Was eager to make this, but ended up not having time. The cans of coconut milk have been in the fridge for a couple of weeks now- will that make a difference?


  35. #
    Marina — August 19, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I don’t have access to canned coconut milk so I’m going to make my own from coconut flour. But now I don’t know which part of the mixture is needed. Should I keep the coconut flour after I strain it through a cloth? Or will the coconut milk (only the liquid part) be what is needed in this recipe?


    • Jessica — August 19th, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      hmmm i don’t know anything about making your own coconut milk from coconut flour… the thing is to make the whipped cream, you need the cream/meat of the coconut milk. the can separates into the coconut water and the cream – you use the cream. so the liquid part definitely wouldn’t work… but i’m not sure if the flour part would? have you made coconut milk like this before? i’m curious because i’ve never heard of it so i can’t say for sure that it wouldn’t work, you know?


      • Marina — August 19th, 2013 @ 11:10 am

        i’ve never made it before, that’s why i’m confused.
        http://allsortsofpretty.com/super-easy-diy-coconut-milk-coconut-flour/ scroll to DIY coconut milk. that’s how i plan to make it. you think i should try to whip cream from the shreds that remain or maybe from the whole thing after i soak flour in water and mix it in a blender?
        i’ll get back to you if it worked, in any case (:

        • Jessica — August 19th, 2013 @ 11:11 am

          ah, okay! i would definitely try to whip the shreds that remain – but put them in the fridge first like you would with the can of coconut milk and let them get cold. not sure if it will work but i’m really curious, so let me know please. :)

      • Marina — August 20th, 2013 @ 7:20 am

        It actually worked!
        I put 60 grams coconut flour and a cup of water in a saucepan and stirred constantly until it boiled and then 4 minutes more. I let it cool for about 5 minutes and then transferred it to a blender and blended it for about 2 mins on highest speed. I put it in a kitchen cloth and over a sieve and then just squeezed all the liquid out. I let it cool and then put the liquid into a plastic container and in the fridge over night (about 12 hours). In the morning the coconut water separated from the cream, so i just scooped it out and mixed it on high speed and got whipped cream! (:
        I got a really small amount of cream but it was just an experiment to see if it would work.

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    HORRID BEAST — October 25, 2013 @ 6:11 pm



  37. #
    nicnac — January 15, 2014 @ 5:55 am

    this looks delicious. love the idea of coconut cream.
    I tried making this but with dark chocolate. the mixture wasn’t very smooth and was stiff before I even got it into the fridge!! what did I do wrong?????


  38. #
    tiffany — March 2, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    Hilarious commentary. Dessert looks & sounds yummy. :-)


  39. #
    MMG — April 8, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Hi! Will the coconut whipped cream melt if it is not refrigerated? I want to use it as a topping for a different recipe, but will not be able to keep the whole dessert cooled. I appreciate your feedback!


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    Ca Crow — May 8, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    Hi Jessica–you don’t like dark chocolate?–you must be a Communist!!! LOL., just kidding. Love the recipes and your posts which actually make me feel as if I am having a conversation with my best friend.(if your name were Kay). As someone with a dairy allergy, I appreciate all of the recipes using coconut milk. Keep up the good work.


  41. #
    Elise — January 30, 2015 @ 4:10 pm

    What sized cans of coconut milk did you use?


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    Anna-Leigh — April 8, 2015 @ 4:06 am

    Well, I recently purchased Coconut Cream at Trader’s thinking it was the same as Coconut Milk….it is not. So i had these cans of delicious cream looking at me in the face and I looked for something to do with them and found this recipe! So I made the mousse with the coconut cream instead of milk and it was really good. Very rich and creamy, but very good. Wan’t to try again with regular coconut milk, since the whipping cream wasn’t as fluffy as you have pictured, not sure why. But all around an amazing recipe and really easy. I love how few ingredients there are! Love your blog and your book, and you! Cheers.



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