This is fast and elegant--everyone always thinks it must be a complicated recipe but it's shamefully simple. I don't know why, but I always confess after serving it that it only took a few minutes to make. Either pour it into one bowl or individual serving dishes, and garnish with fresh fruit, such as strawberries or mandarin slices. Try it with pineapple or lime juice in place of the grapefruit, if you like!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, beat together whipped topping and condensed milk. Gradually beat in lemon and grapefruit juices, until evenly blended.

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  • Pour the mousse into one bowl or divide it into individual serving dishes. Garnish with fruit, if desired.

Cook's Notes:

This recipe makes enough for 8 to 12 servings. You may add more lemon juice if you prefer a tart taste.

Nutrition Facts

420 calories; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 53.1g; fat 18.3g; cholesterol 16.7mg; sodium 65.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
This was pretty good after a few adjustments. From the beginning I knew I didn't want to make the whole recipe so I bought only one tub of cool whip. Also I didn't want to buy grapefruit juice (who could drink a whole container of grapefruit juice yuck) so I used a combination of lemon lime and orange juices. I ended up using almost one the whole can of condensed milk and waaaay more than 1/2 the juice the original recipe called for. My advice - plan on using 1 container of cool whip one container of condensed milk and add juice to taste. I like it a little tart this is probably why I ended up using so much lime juice. Tastes pretty good! Sort of like key lime pie without the crust. I'm going to serve it to my boyfriend for Valentine's Day with some slices of orange. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2006
Ehhh.... This was just OK for us. I only used the one carton of cool whip as suggested & I did add a bit more of the juice (I used a sweet ruby red grapefruit juice). I also cut back on the sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free) but it was still too sweet. My grandson enjoyed his but hubby & I were ambivalent about our's. Thansk anyway Kate! Read More
(9)
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
This was pretty good after a few adjustments. From the beginning I knew I didn't want to make the whole recipe so I bought only one tub of cool whip. Also I didn't want to buy grapefruit juice (who could drink a whole container of grapefruit juice yuck) so I used a combination of lemon lime and orange juices. I ended up using almost one the whole can of condensed milk and waaaay more than 1/2 the juice the original recipe called for. My advice - plan on using 1 container of cool whip one container of condensed milk and add juice to taste. I like it a little tart this is probably why I ended up using so much lime juice. Tastes pretty good! Sort of like key lime pie without the crust. I'm going to serve it to my boyfriend for Valentine's Day with some slices of orange. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2003
I thought this was great!! I used two cans of condensed milk and a cup of key lime juice and called it key lime mousse. I took it to a luncheon and got rave reviews and requests for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2008
this was amazing! i didn't have grapefruit juice so i used pineapple juice instead. very yummy! a nice little tart treat! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2005
I loved this sweet (almost too sweet!) yet tangy mousse. I added finely diced pineapple to give it some texture and bring down the sweetness a bit. After I started adding the diced pineapple I started getting requests for the recipe. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2006
Ehhh.... This was just OK for us. I only used the one carton of cool whip as suggested & I did add a bit more of the juice (I used a sweet ruby red grapefruit juice). I also cut back on the sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free) but it was still too sweet. My grandson enjoyed his but hubby & I were ambivalent about our's. Thansk anyway Kate! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2003
I loved this I added more greapfrute juice then it says and I used fresh squeezed fruit juices. I love the texture and flavor it made me feel like I was eating heaven Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/26/2005
This is what I expected we have a similar recipe that we've been making for years but it uses whipping cream instead of the cool whip. I've been wondering if there was a way to make it less fattening...so I tried this recipe using fat free sweetened condensed milk and fat free cool whip. I used just lemon juice I used 2 cans sweetened condensed milk as did most other reviewers. It didnt set up as firm as when I use the whipping cream but the taste was there. We serve ours with fresh fruit. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2009
I loved this recipe i made this mousse twice however i changed it a bit both times. The first time i added 1/4 cup extra lemon juice going by another member's review (i replaced the grapefruit with lemon juice) and added about 2 1/2 teaspoons of gelatine as i found it very runny. I suppose this might have been because i used fresh whipped cream (you dont get frozen whipped topping over here. The second time i made it i made a pineapple mousse instead which turned out great! I used a tin of pineapples and used a cup of the juice inside the tin. Then i added 5 teaspoons of gelatine with just enough water to make sure that the gelatine dissolves completely. It was lovely! Also both times i added some orange essence as i found that the mousse smelled very 'cheesy'. It still had a slight hint of a cheesy smell but that gave a 'cheescakey' flavour which everyone actually liked quite a bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2005
I'm giving this a five because I after I modified it it was great and all my guests loved it. I suggest 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 cup orange juice. It kind of tastes like those orange push-up pops. I've served it with fruit and all by itself and people love it both ways. Serve after a hearty Italian meal for a nice palate cleanser. Read More
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