At Christmas I am always looking for desserts that look and taste special as well as being delicious. When Hotel Chocolat sent me their Christmas chocolate H box selection to try I thought these would make ideal decorations for a mousse dessert, as well as being lovely to eat straight from the box with a coffee. The box contains 14 festive chocolates, including the Christmas Eton Mess, Mulled Wine Truffles, Caramel Supernova, Christmas Gianduja, and Caramel Christmas Tree. As well as looking pretty they taste gorgeous. I managed to hide the box and set about making a white chocolate and strawberry mousse with the plan to decorate it with the chocolates.
I chose white chocolate and strawberry mousse as I thought that the white chocolate would make a great contrast with the Hotel Chocolat decorations. I added strawberries in order to convince myself that I was making a healthy dessert. The strawberry goes brilliantly with the white chocolate and there are plenty in the shops due to the unseasonably warm weather.
Browsing though the Hotel Chocolat Christmas H box I thought that the star shaped chocolates would work best on the top of the mousse. They did look rather pretty balanced there as well as tasting lovely.
The mousse was lovely and tasted delicious, the only problem is that it needs to go into the fridge to set for a little while. My son was desperate to try the mousse (and the chocolates) so I had to stand watch until it was ready. Luckily the recipe makes loads so I was able to let him lick out the bowl while he was waiting. The mousse is well worth the wait and would be a perfect end to a festive meal. It is also quite easy to make, the only hard part is doing all the whisking. Egg whites always seem to take forever to whisk up for some reason. If you don’t fancy white chocolate then the Hotel Chocolat chocolates would also work really well with vanilla mousse.
I was sent the Hotel Chocolat selection in order to create a recipe.