Fresh strawberries and chocolate mousse make an appealing treat.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bowl, mix crumbs and butter to blend thoroughly. Press evenly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Arrange strawberry halves around the pan side-by-side, pointed ends up, with cut sides against the side of pan; set aside.

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  • Place chocolate chips in blender container. Pour water and corn syrup into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Immediately pour over chocolate chips and blend until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl and cool to room temperature.

  • While chocolate cools, whip 1 1/2 cups of the cream to form stiff peaks. Use a rubber spatula or large whisk to fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate to lighten it. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until mixture is thoroughly blended. Transfer the mousse into the prepared pan and smooth the top. The points of the strawberries might extend about the chocolate mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.

  • Up to 2 hours before serving, in a medium mixing bowl, beat remaining 1/2 cup of cream to form soft peaks. Add sugar. Beat to form stiff peaks. Remove the side of the springform pan and place the cake on a serving plate. Pipe or dollop whipped cream onto top of cake. Arrange remaining halved strawberries on whipped cream. To serve, cut into wedges with thin knife, wiping blade between cuts.

Nutrition Facts

403.8 calories; 3.2 g protein; 34 g carbohydrates; 75.7 mg cholesterol; 99.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
I feel guilty writing a review because I cheated on the recipe so much that what I came out with was a completely different recipe. But the inspiration and the results I got were such a success! I made a graham cracker crust with 1 1/2 cups (or 1 individual package of whole crackers) graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter mixed and pressed flat into a 9 inch springform. Did the strawberries as directed being careful to cut the bottoms at a slight angle to they pressed flat againt the pan sides. Then (forgive me Eleanor) I am so lazy that I just used two boxes of packaged mousse mix instead of making my own. It pulled away from the sides of the pan perfectly and was georgeous! Got tons of oohs and aahs. It was light and cool and perfect. Later I did it with fresh raspberries which I think might be even better. Thank you so much for such a wonderful and impressive dessert idea! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2008
I made this recipe for guests. All five guests did not like this recipe. The reasons were that the recipe was too rich dry and was not creamy like a mousse should be. I wanted to make an impression with my dessert but instead the majority of the dessert remained on their plate. I want to be honest because I pick and choose my recipes by the ratings. I noticed this recipe has many good ratings. I followed the recipe exactly as written. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
I feel guilty writing a review because I cheated on the recipe so much that what I came out with was a completely different recipe. But the inspiration and the results I got were such a success! I made a graham cracker crust with 1 1/2 cups (or 1 individual package of whole crackers) graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter mixed and pressed flat into a 9 inch springform. Did the strawberries as directed being careful to cut the bottoms at a slight angle to they pressed flat againt the pan sides. Then (forgive me Eleanor) I am so lazy that I just used two boxes of packaged mousse mix instead of making my own. It pulled away from the sides of the pan perfectly and was georgeous! Got tons of oohs and aahs. It was light and cool and perfect. Later I did it with fresh raspberries which I think might be even better. Thank you so much for such a wonderful and impressive dessert idea! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2007
Best dessert I have ever made!!! Very easy and absolutely beautiful. Only changes I made were to use 1 1/2 cups oreo cookie crumbs and 4 1/2 tbles butter for the crust so it would not break up when being cut. I put parchment paper on bottom of pan and that made it easy to slide onto serving plate. YOu must try..will NOT be disappointed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2008
I ended up baking a brownie mix in a 9X13 pan, layering strawberries on top of the brownies. I melted the chocolate chips on the stove with the corn syrup and water and used 2 cartons of cool whip. It was divine. I am not sure I will ever try it with cookie crumbs as this got soooo many compliments and I liked the brownie "crust". Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2007
I served this to some friends and it was a HUGE hit..they thought I bought it from a bakery!! I used a mixture of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate and expensive dark chocolate and I think that gave it a more "gourmet" flavor. I used graham cracker crumbs + a few tablespoons of baking cocoa for my crust and I added a layer of sliced strawberries between the crust and the mousse. I'm excited to make this again using different combinations of flavored chocolate and fruit!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2004
Really yummy,but really rich. Make sure chocolate is completely cooled before adding to cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2006
This is a very impressive looking dessert that is *very* easy to do. I am never able to find chocolate cookie crumbs in the baking aisle. I use Oreo cookies, remove the filling and put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to smash them (great job for a kid) or put them in the food processor. The chocolate crust is well worth the effort. I didn't make any changes in the ingredients but to save a step I added the chocolate chips to the warm corn syrup mixture and stirred until smooth instead of running it through the blender. It came out perfectly. I made it for my father-in-law's birthday and everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2005
this is one great recipe. not only is it super easy to make (i was able to make it at the same time i was taking care of my 3 month old!) it also turned out wonderfully delicious! very rich and dark, however you want it. i made an actual cake as the base and used the mousse on top, with the strawberries. i also used a square shaped springform pan and it looked uniquely beautiful! thanks for submitting this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2006
This was beautiful easy & delicious! I followed the recipe exactly & it came out almost perfectly. I used chocolate graham teddy bears (crushed of course) for the crust. I think next time I will bake the crust for a few minutes before filling to get it more set & not so crumbly. Be sure & leave the "cake" in the fridge until serving time so that it remains good & set. I garnished w/ fresh blueberries & sliced strawberries. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2009
This turned out really nice! I made this for my husbands birthday! I made a dunkin hines brownie crust on the bottom of the pans (I used one cake box to fill the bottom of 1x 8x8 square pan and one very large round spring-form pan) in order to keep the crust thin nd not to take away from the mousse but not have it too thick. I used frozen strawberries - as it is not the season for fresh strawberries (and i made this recipe on a whim so didnt have them in the house...) I thought the mouse tasted a bit grainy. I prefer "Polly Welby's Excellent Chocolate Mousse" from this site which is quite similar to this mousse recipe but less ingredients/less steps. I will make this again - but with the mousse recipe I prefer. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2008
I made this recipe for guests. All five guests did not like this recipe. The reasons were that the recipe was too rich dry and was not creamy like a mousse should be. I wanted to make an impression with my dessert but instead the majority of the dessert remained on their plate. I want to be honest because I pick and choose my recipes by the ratings. I noticed this recipe has many good ratings. I followed the recipe exactly as written. Read More
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