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mousse (French 'foam' ) is a soft prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture. It can range from light and fluffy to creamy and thick, depending on preparation techniques. A mousse may be sweet or savory.
Sweet mousses are typically made with
whipped egg whites, whipped cream, or both, and flavored with one or more of  chocolate, coffee, caramel,  puréed fruits, or various herbs and spices, such as mint or vanilla. In the case of some chocolate mousses,  egg yolks are often stirred into melted chocolate to give the final product a richer mouthfeel. Mousses are also typically chilled before being served, which gives them a denser texture. Sweetened mousse is served as a dessert, or used as an airy cake filling. It is sometimes stabilized with gelatin. 
Savory mousses can be made from
meat, fish, shellfish, Foie gras, cheese, or vegetables. Hot mousses often get their light texture from the addition of beaten egg whites.
History [ edit ]
Various desserts consisting of whipped cream in pyramidal
shapes with coffee, liqueurs, chocolate, fruits, and so on either in the mixture or poured on top were called crème en mousse 'cream in a foam', crème mousseuse 'foamy cream', mousse 'foam', and so on,  as early as  1768.   Modern mousses are a continuation of this tradition.
Gallery [ edit ]
Lemon mousse with peach compote
See also [ edit ]
Look up in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. mousse
References [ edit ]
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^ Prosper Montagné,
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"Caramel & White Chocolate Mousse Recipe". VideoCulinary.com . Retrieved . 2016-01-04
"How to prepare Mousse".
Hyman, Gaston (1977). Hyman, Phillip; Hyman, Mary, eds. Lenôtre's Desserts and Pastries (1st ed.). Woodbury, New York: Barrons Educational Series Inc. p. 78. ISBN 978-0812051377.
"Paris Confidential: The Mystery Mousse Behind The Chocolate Bar". NPR.org . Retrieved . 2017-10-05
^ M. Emy (officier),
L'Art de bien faire les glaces d'office... avec un traité sur les mousses, Paris, 1768 p. 222
Grimod de La Reynière, Néo-Physiologie du gout par order alphabétique ou Dictionnaire générale de la cuisine française, 1839, p. 184
^ Jim Chevallier,
A History of the Food of Paris: From Roast Mammoth to Steak Frites, 2018, ISBN 1442272821, p. 195
^ "Tante Marie",
La Véritable cuisine de famille, comprenant 1.000 recettes et 500 menus, 18??, p. 296 "Crème fouettée (ou Fromage à la Chantilly)"
^ Mrs. Beeton,
The book of household management, 1888, p. 927