Sophia Loren's Chocolate-Orange Mousse

Mary Compton Recipe

By Mary Compton marykate16

10 Min

I've always loved watching old movies w/stars like Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, & Natalie Wood. I've also loved reading Good Housekeeping since about age 12. Years ago, I remember Sophia Loren was on the cover of GH, and was featured w/an article about her personal life. In that issue, she shared the recipe I'm posting'll love it! I've kept the recipe in my "special stash" and make it several times a year! I'm sure there are many of you that already know of, and have made this's so simple to delicious to eat!


1 c
heavy whipping cream
1 pkg
[3.4-oz.] instant chocolate pudding
2 Tbsp
unsweetened cocoa
1 c
1 Tbsp
orange liqueur
[or frozen orange juice concentrate]

Directions Step-By-Step

In deep, medium-sized [cold] glass bowl, add cold heavy whipping cream. Using electric mixer, beat 'til soft peaks form. Set aside.
In large-sized [cold] glass bowl, add milk. Combine pudding mix & cocoa powder, then add to milk. Using electric mixer, beat for amount of time stated on package directions.
With a wide, rubber spatula, gently fold in whipped cream and liqueur to pudding mixture. Chill one hour in same glass bowl.
For presentation, spoon mousse into decorating bag [or whatever you may use for piping] and pipe into crystal glasses/dishes for desired-sized individual servings. [Shot glasses for a small-sized treat!] Top w/shaved chocolate curls, if you wish...and/or a small sprinkling of orange zest. After preparation is complete, cover each glass/dish w/plastic wrap 'til time to serve the mousse.
NOTES: The 5 ingredients [and amounts] listed for this were the same ones listed in Sophia's recipe. Over the years, especially when making this during warm weather, I learned that the bowls, metal beaters, whipping cream, and milk REALLY need to be cold when making the mousse. Also, we've made this w/other liqueur or extract flavorings, such as raspberry [garnishing w/a large raspberry]. The orange & raspberry flavors are our favorites! The garnishes can be whatever you like w/the flavor you make! Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Puddings, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Mary Compton marykate16
May 23, 2013
Hey, Judy...glad to know you've had Sophia's mousse, too, as it's so extra delicious! Thanks for sharing that you live in TX...I wasn't born/raised in TX, but it's home to me & my husband (who's also not a native Texan)'s where we raised our 3 children! Have a great Memorial Day weekend! Mary
Judy Olsen Jupie
May 21, 2013
THANK YOU for sharing Sophia Loren's Chocolate Mousse Recipe!! I found the same recipe in a magazine years ago, & everyone I served it to said it was the very best! I had misplaced it, so I was happy to see that you had shared it so that I can start making it again. :)
Thanks again,
Judy Olsen
Amarillo, TX
Mary Compton marykate16
Jul 2, 2012
OK...the missing KEY ingredient is now could I possibly forget the COCOA?!!! (7/2/12)
Mary Compton marykate16
Jul 2, 2012
I forgot to list 1 KEY ingredient, and have made the corrections necessary for this recipe (7/1/12), so hopefully very soon you will see the changes...(-; hasn't happened yet, so I will check this out again in the morning, to see if the editing came through!