OMG this is SO EASY! Don’t bother with “real” chocolate mousse, just make this instead.
Easy like Sunday Morning
vanilla bean paste
or vanilla extract
Heat cream in microwave until very hot (but not boiling).
Place chocolate in a mixing bowl. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
Stir cream and chocolate until completely emulsified. Add vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract. Chill 2 or more hours until completely cool and thickened.
Whip with the whisk attachment of your mixer until color lightens and mixture is thick but still a bit runny (very soft peaks).
Taste for sweetness and fold in powdered sugar if desired. Stop here, or continue to whip until desired consistency is reached. Be careful not to over beat the mixture!
Spoon or pipe mousse into jars or cups, add sprinkles if desired, and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.