This Retro Dessert Was Once Known As 'Chocolate Mayonnaise'

Chocolate mousse was initially called "mayonnaise de chocolat."

Although the dessert feels like the kind of effortlessly fancy thing to come from a storied French chef or restaurant,

It was actually created in the late 19th century by the famous French painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.

We skip the egg yolks, which she whips by hand until pale and thickened before cooking them on a bain marie. 

We also ditch the strong-brewed coffee for instant espresso powder and we don't use butter

This is a preference, not a calorie saver, as we fold in plenty of whipped cream. 

As with any chocolate mousse, we suggest using good chocolate, it’s the star of the show. 

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