dark chocolate orange mousse with spoon

I’m calling summer’s bluff.

Because even though the calendar says there are just a few weeks left of it, I refuse to acknowledge these sandy beach days, these tan lines, these sun-squinting afternoons in the backyard, these warm nights with dinner on the deck are nearly ending. I don’t believe it. I won’t.

And yet —

Yet, I’m almost dreaming of cool winds whistling through crunchy leaves, chunky wool sweaters, a scarf wrapped around my neck, mugs of hot apple cider in hand while walking through pumpkin patches… ALMOST. Because let’s be real — I still need a few more sunny days to get rid of those weird tan lines.

Of course, no matter the season, I will always need dessert. That is something that will never change. And when I want to savor as much of the sunny outdoors before it begins to cool down, I also want my dessert to be short on prep and heavy on the deliciousness. That’s why I’m calling this blender dark chocolate orange mousse with sea salt my new best friend. And I’m not bluffing.

overhead view of dark chocolate orange mousse

Some facts about this mousse: It’s decadent, but simple. Indulgent, but easy. Sophisticated, but stress-free. You simply heat up a few ingredients on the stove, blend them to a dark chocolate-y, orange-y, sea salty perfection, pour the mixture into a few glasses, let them chill in the fridge for a few hours, and suddenly, DESSERT. But not just dessert — truly one of the best desserts I’ve had in a long time. I do not kid when I tell you that I dream about this mousse on the regular, so much so that I’ve got a growing list in my phone of more flavor combinations using this very recipe that I add to when I wake up in the middle of the night with a new idea. I can’t stop. I won’t stop. And once you give it a try, you’ll likely feel the same way.

So if you dare, head over to the KitchenAid blog today where I’m sharing the recipe for this magical mousse! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go prep another batch of it before heading outside — to work on those tan lines.