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. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 31, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    My first CD was Ace of Base but Alanis was definitely one of my first 5. I distinctly remember reading the lyrics while blasting the songs on my disk man… oh yeah.

    I want to bathe in this chocolate mousse.


    • Alanna S — May 31st, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      My first CDs (I splurged and bought 2!!) were Ace of Base and Our Lady Peace.

      I think I still have my discman somewhere.


  2. #
    Quinn Cooper — May 31, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    This looks amazing! Perfect for when you hvae guests over because of the cup sizes.
    I feel as if I’m seeing coconut whipped cream everywhere now. I need to try it.
    Being Canadian Alanis was on repeat in our home for much of my childhood.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style


  3. #
    Rayna — May 31, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    This is why Fridays are the best days. Thanks for sharing!


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 31, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Firstly, there are no words to describe how amazing this recipe looks! And secondly, Alanis was my first CD too! I’ll never forget the day I went out with my dad to buy a bunch of CDs (mostly for him) and I got Jagged Little Pill. My mum was absolutely horrified when she heard it and got SO mad at him for letting me bring it home!


  5. #
    Kristi — May 31, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    I have too many comments for this post…
    1) I read the title and thought I had died and gone to heave
    2) I have both Alanis Morisette and the Waiting to Exhale album, and yes I mean both. They are upstairs in a box with all the other CD’s I have not listened to for EVER, but now that you brought up CD’s I feel like taking a trip down memory lane and going to look in that box.
    3) I talk to myself in the car and have the same thought process of people are going to see me and think I’m talking to myself, but then I figure that in this day and age people are probably thinking I’m on blue tooth or some other cell phone device which I do not have, but am think it is better than people really knowing that I talk to myself.
    4) I love milk chocolate more than dark chocolate and dare I say I like white chocolate, too. Oops.
    5) this is the longest comment I have ever posted in my life, but the whole time I was reading your post I was eating milk chocolate, talking to myself about your post and having Alanis Morisette’s song playing in my head.


  6. #
    inkiest — May 31, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    Yes. Just…. yes <3


  7. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 31, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    Hahaha! I love going through old songs too. My boy is on this weird top 30 Billboard hits from the 1940s to the 1990’s (he says everything after that isn’t worth it) and some of the songs are such gems!! Also, this mousse? Totally dig it.


  8. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 31, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I love how you start the weekends, always with a wonderful recipe and this one may have topped it! I love it!!!


  9. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — May 31, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    My whole album is fill with 90s pop hits. I was only 8 when I first heard these songs but I they have stuck with me ever since. TLC waterfall and Dr Jones by Aqua are blasted from my room. I still have original spice girls ablum….
    Though still ashamed when I get pulled over and it is playing in my car….


  10. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 31, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    The coconut milk cream. So good! Love the beater shot.

    Not being embarrassed about things – good for you!

    I have a recent newfound appreciation for milk chocolate. There are certain recipes, well one in particular for caramels, that dipped in dark choc they’re good. But dipped in milk choc, they’re divine. So good for you for rocking the milk choc!


  11. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — May 31, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    I’ve decided that you know you’re old when your favorite songs from teenage/college/early 20’s years are now jingles for lame products. As in, I think Bust a Move is now the jingle for PayDays. (I realize I am 74 years older that you, but I swear Bust a Move was COOL.) ;)

    Also, I don’t remember my first CD….but I do remember buying an album with my OWN money. J. Geils Band. That is embarrassing.

    OK…onto other things. This mousse looks incredible! Sometimes there is nothing better than milk chocolate.


  12. #
    Tieghan — May 31, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Nothing beats coconut cream and milk chocolate. The combo is so good! I can not stop using and I am pretty sure people are going to think consume the stuff daily, which I do. Which obviously means I need to make the mousse because one, my mom and I have a HUGE thing for mousse (possibly her favorite) and two, because it is milk chocolate and coconut! yes!


  13. #
    Elizabeth — May 31, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    I’m 27 and obnoxiously obsessed with the Oldies.. SOOO many good memories from when i was a kid and my dad played them out in the garage while working on his lawnmower or weedwacker or whatever the heck he did out there.. Either way I learned every 60’s, 70’s and 80’s song known to man because of him. And i aint complaining either :)

    This recipe is amaze! So making it over the weekend. I was starved last night hours after dinner and decided to whip up a box of INSTANT – yes i said it – pudding.. then decided it wasn’t good enough on its own.. so i proceeded to layer some graham crackers and whipped cream in there.. umm hello deliciousness?!!?!


  14. #
    Emily — May 31, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Hmmmmm, I feel old reading that was your first CD! I shall not give away mine ;) Though I, too, should’ve been born in an earlier decade, given my love of music from the 1970’s – any kind.
    Love the idea of making mousse with coconut cream, especially since I stocked up last month when the store had it on half price.
    Have a great day :)


  15. #
    cindy — May 31, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I had TLC, Mariah, and Paula Abdul cassettes that I LOVED and would play in my boombox whilst sitting on the window box outside of my bedroom window…oh, tween-hood! My first cd’s were The Fugee’s and Aqua Aquarium. Yep.

    I also have to know what that wooden surface is underneath that mousse…is it a cutting board? I love it!


    • Jessica — May 31st, 2013 @ 8:22 am

      yes! from bed bath & beyond. i think it was either $19.99 or $29.99, can’t remember!


  16. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — May 31, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    This is fantastic. Who doesn’t need a big heaping of this curled up in a corner watching trashy TV? Oh wait, was I talking out loud? Trashy TV? Who des that? Not me…. errrr. Anyway, bravo!


  17. #
    Amber — May 31, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I did not have such good luck with first attempt at coconut whipped cream- I think I really wanted it to taste just like regular whipped cream.

    I am trying not to talk to myself outloud while shopping, not so much because of embaressment, but because when I come across other people walking around Target talking to themselves, I realize how insane I look!


  18. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 31, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    There is no need to be embarassed about eating a big ole’ portion of this beautiful mousse! I’d do the same!


  19. #
    Jana H. — May 31, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Milk chocolate for life! I’m so there. And this recipe looks and sounds amazing. Definitely printing out and trying as soon as I get over this cold from hell. :D

    I’m so old school I still buy CD’s. The first one I ever got was a LeAnne Rimes back before she was gross. The last one(s) I bought were the Nashville soundtracks. LOVE.


    • Jessica — May 31st, 2013 @ 8:45 am

      ugh! i couldn’t agree more, leann was fabulous before she was gross. what a letdown.


  20. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 31, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Coconut whipped cream is my new favorite thing in life right now!


  21. #
    kelley @mountainmamacooks — May 31, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    This is gorgeous. The perfect summer night dessert. I’ve not yet had whipped coconut cream but me thinks I need to rectify that soon!


  22. #
    Kathy — May 31, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Oh, delicious! It’s been too long since I have had chocolate mousse! I just bought a bag of milk chocolate chips, so now I have a use for them!


  23. #
    Marta Vodrey — May 31, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    So while I do LOVE milk chocolate…I have to say dark chocolate is a pretty good rival…so so so tasty.

    Love that this is made with coconut milk – adding to the rolodex!

    My first CD was of all things Def Leopard!


  24. #
    Brittani — May 31, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    There are so many things in this post that I agree, so much so that I didn’t take a bite of my breakfast the whole time I was reading because I was THAT absorbed. 1. Sometimes I am my own best conversationalist as well, and I’ve definitely done the whole “check the phone” bit. It’s scary, I know. 2. Why oh WHY do some people insist dark chocolate is better than milk?! I mean, I know it’s got those anti-oxidants and stuff, but taste wise? Milk’s the winner every time.


  25. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — May 31, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Milk chocolate is definitely better than dark chocolate! This looks heavenly, and the coconut whipped cream is making my mouth water!


  26. #
    Whitney — May 31, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Alanis was my first CD too! I was so happy that my parents did not really know who she was, so the version I got was not censored. (Or maybe my dad knew, but didn’t care since we grew up listening to un-censored Aerosmith.) HOWEVER, I did not get a CD player for another year or so, therefore I did not really listen to the CD because it meant listening to it in the living room where my mom could hear the real lyrics and take away the CD. (She loved Alanis too, but she couldn’t admit it :) )

    Thank you for a mousse recipe with cooked eggs- my favorite recipe uses uncooked egg whites, and since I am pregnant that’s a no-no (although I haven’t been able to stop myself from licking the brownie batter spoon!)


  27. #
    Master Chefette — May 31, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Oh so amazing!!! It’s like a bounty in dessert form. Also completely agree re: milk chocolate!


  28. #
    Candice — May 31, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    First CDs (bought the same day) were New Kids (Step by Step, I think) and Depeche Mode “Violator” … and I still have deep, deep love for both. I have SiriusXM in my car and I am ALWAYS on one of 3 stations: 80s, 90s, or Lithium (the 90s alternative station). I’m stuck there and I’m not moving!


  29. #
    Liz — May 31, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Don’t be embarrassed, own it! I am SOOO looking forward to seeing ‘The Package’ tour in a few weeks – NKOTB, Boys II Men, and 98 Degrees! Come on! NKOTB were my first concert ever (opened for Tiffany) and I will see them every chance I get!


  30. #
    Ashley — May 31, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    My mom feels the same way about chocolate and she also hates coffee…maybe there is a correlation? :) This mousse looks superb! Happy weekend, lovely.


    • Jessica — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:29 am

      maybe it’s the bitterness! omg, that’s so true.


  31. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — May 31, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    I think I would eat all that mousse in one sitting too :) Every now and then, my bf puts an “oldie” on one of his shared spotify playlists. Like… Lisa Loeb Stay. And I love it.


    • Jessica — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:29 am

      um, that’s like my favorite song of all time.


      • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — May 31st, 2013 @ 11:08 am

        Uhhh She’s going *to be* here in SD. Obviously I haven’t had my coffee yet.

  32. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 31, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    My first CD was the Spice Girls–NO SHAME HERE. Hehe. Also this is total food porn and you have me drooling in my office, I hope you’re happy.


  33. #
    Alice — May 31, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    My first CD was the Spice album by Spice Girls! Also, this mousse looks amazing – I’ve never baked using coconut milk before but I think it’s definitely time to start :)


  34. #
    Jess — May 31, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Heaven! That’s what this looks like!


  35. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — May 31, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I totally talk to myself in the car too – no shame in that!

    I need to get on this coconut milk train – this looks delish!


  36. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — May 31, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    I want to jump from a trampoline into a pit of this mousse.


  37. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — May 31, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    Want to dive face first into this mousse right about now.


  38. #
    Laurie E. — May 31, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    The mousse looks amazing! I do, however, prefer dark chocolate over any other, but will not discriminate if there is no choice :)
    I don’t remember my first CD, but back in the day, I was all about the 80’s hair bands and pure rock n’ roll. AC/DC, Def Leppard, Van Halen, you get the picture.
    Have a great weekend Jessica- thanks again for making my days brighter.


  39. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — May 31, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Totally agree about Magic Mike. Such an entertaining (although somewhat depressing) movie! Mostly Channing Tatum is just an incredible dancer.


  40. #
    Nancy — May 31, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Ooo this looks amazing!!

    I almost cried when you said to discard the liquid of the coconut milk. There are so many things you could do with that – Add to oatmeal! Smoothies! In place of water in virtually any recipe! Okay I am going to stop with the exclamations. But pretty please, save the liquid next time :)


    • Jessica — May 31st, 2013 @ 11:41 am

      oh no no – i didn’t mean like discard to throw away! i always use it. i just meant to discard for this recipe. i agree with you that it’s wonderful. :)


  41. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — May 31, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I feel the same way about chocolate!! I think I don’t prefer the bitterness of the dark. But all in all, I’ll eat any of it at the end of the day :)

    My first CD was N’Sync…..not embarrassed to say it!! haha


  42. #
    tracy — May 31, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Dark chocolate kicks milk chocolate’s butt. :) But this looks reaaaallly good.


  43. #
    Sarah — May 31, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Ace of Base, Boyz II Men (Cooley High Harmony), Mariah Carey (Music Box), and Salt N Pepa… can’t remember which one actually came first.

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to make this!


  44. #
    Cassidy — May 31, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    OMG this looks amazing! Best way to start my first weekend as a single lady….So basically i’m gonna make this, watch the notebook and cry….but chocolate makes everything better so thank you for posting this today.

    My first cd was Britney Spears baby one more time, i was so excited because i had the cassette tape (whoa what a flashback there) and my (then) baby brother had drooled all over it and pulled all the ribbon :( so i was super excited to get that cd.


  45. #
    Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe — May 31, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Milk chocolate por vida!


  46. #
    Katriel — May 31, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    my first CD was one of the backstreet boys for the fans cds that had some of their top hits.


  47. #
    Jackie — May 31, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    I’m going to spend the rest of today figuring out whether to go obnoxious or appropriate on the serving size of this :) For a while I stopped buying milk chocolate and just ate dark chocolate and I learned to enjoy it. I was doing a fair amount of boasting over the fact that my taste buds had matured. Recently, for a recipe, I bought milk chocolate chips and promptly inhaled them- old habits die hard, and apparently my tastebuds had only evolved to believe that any chocolate is better than no chocolate.

    First CD’s were No Doubt Tragic Kingdom and Spice Girls (self titled album). Are there self titled albums anymore? I guess I wouldn’t know because I only buy songs individually.


  48. #
    sasha york — May 31, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Does the coconut cream have to be refrigerated overnight to be whippable?


    • Jessica — May 31st, 2013 @ 2:29 pm



  49. #
    sasha york — May 31, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Important question! So, if you had the choice between dark chocolate and really crappy milk-chocolate, what’d be then??


    • Jessica — May 31st, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      ooooh that’s a tough one – probably the dark. :)


      • sasha york — May 31st, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

        riiight? nothing crappier than crappy chocolate!

  50. #
    Eileen — May 31, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    I also must declare my love for milk chocolate! Especially if it’s in a mousse like this. Hooray!



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