This fun parfait-style s’mores dessert combines homemade fluffy chocolate mousse, graham crackers, and homemade marshmallow topping.
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (480ml) heavy cream, divided
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- two 4 ounce semi-sweet chocolate bars (226g), finely chopped*
- 1 cup (100g) graham cracker crumbs (about 8 graham crackers)
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Make the mousse: Whisk the egg yolks, granulated sugar, and salt together in a heat-proof bowl. (I use a small glass bowl or liquid measuring cup.) Set aside.
- Bring 3/4 cup (180ml) heavy cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. (The remaining heavy cream is used in step 6.) Once simmering, lower the stove’s heat to low.
- Temper the egg yolks: Whisking the egg yolk mixture constantly, pour in 1/4 cup of the warm heavy cream. Whisk together until combined. Now, whisking constantly, pour the egg yolk/cream mixture back into the saucepan. Whisking constantly, cook the mixture until smooth and thickened, about 3 minutes or until it registers 160°F on a candy/oil thermometer. (I usually don’t measure the temperature, but you can if desired.)
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Set aside.
- Melt chopped chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Stir melted chocolate into the egg yolk mixture. Set aside.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the remaining 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) heavy cream on medium-high speed until medium peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Medium peaks are between soft/loose peaks and stiff peaks. Pour in the chocolate/egg yolk mixture and using a spoon or rubber spatula, gently fold together. Avoid over-mixing which can deflate the mousse. Makes 4 cups chocolate mousse.
- Spoon a heaping Tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of a 6-ounce (or larger) glass, custard cup, ramekin, parfait glass, bowl, etc. Spoon 1/3 cup chocolate mousse on top. Spoon another heaping Tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs on top, then another 1/3 cup of chocolate mousse. Repeat with 5 remaining parfaits. Each parfait has 2/3 cup of mousse and 2-3 Tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs.
- Chill for at least 3 hours and up to 1 day. If chilling longer than 3 hours, cover each with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Make the marshmallow: Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl. Set bowl over a saucepan filled with two inches of simmering water. Do not let it touch the water. (You can use a double boiler if you have one.) Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture has thinned out, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract, then using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat on high speed for 5 minutes until stiff glossy peaks form.
- Spoon marshmallow cream on top of each chilled mousse cup. If desired, use a large piping tip instead. I used Ateco round piping tip 808. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator, uncovered for 1-2 hours. If desired, toast the marshmallow topping with a kitchen torch just before serving.
- Cover and store leftover mousse cups in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
- Make Ahead Instructions: You can assemble the mousse cups with the graham cracker crumbs up to 1 day in advance. (Step 8.) The graham cracker crumbs may become soggy after that. You can add the marshmallow topping up to 1-2 hours before serving. For best taste and texture, I recommend toasting the marshmallow cream immediately before serving.
- Use any 6 ounce or 8 ounce glasses, parfait glasses, custard cups, ramekin, bowls, etc. Recipe serves about 6 generous portions. Feel free to divide between smaller cups for a higher yield. Recipe can be doubled.
- Chocolate: For the best looking and tasting mousse, use two 4 ounce “baking chocolate” bars found in the baking aisle. I prefer Bakers or Ghirardelli brands. You need 2 four ounce bars for this recipe, 8 ounces (226g) total. You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate. Do not use chocolate chips, as they contain stabilizers preventing them from melting into the proper consistency.
Keywords: smores, chocolate, mousse, custard