The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and mousse fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Mousse fun facts.

Mousse Fun Facts: Mousses are almost always cold dishes, sweet mousses sometimes being served frozen. Savory mousses are frequently prepared from poultry, foie gras, fish, or shellfish, to be eaten as a first course or light entree. They may be stabilized by the addition of gelatin. Chocolate and mocha mousses are sometimes made with a custard base. For a fruit mousse, pureed fruit or juice replaces the milk in the custard.

  • The word “mousse” is the French word for “froth” or “foam”. A fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection.
  • Mousse is pronounced “moose.” It is in no way associated with the animal.
  • Savory mousse dishes were an 18th century French achievement. Dessert mousses (generally fruit mousses) began to appear much later, in the second half of the 19th century.
  • The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.
  • Chocolate mousse really came into the public eye in the U.S. in the 1930’s, about the time as chocolate pudding mixes were introduced.
  • Whipped cream can be substituted for egg whites in a mousse recipe.

Key Dates

  • April 3rd and May 2nd are National Chocolate Mousse Day.
  • November 30th is National Mousse Day.

Mousse Fun Facts We Missed

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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Mousse

Try out this recipe for chocolate mousse which was adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

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