This homemade Strawberry Mousse recipe has the dreamiest, creamiest texture. It feels like you’re scooping up little pink clouds! It’s thick, full of fresh strawberry flavor, and has a lovely white chocolate touch to take it over the top. Plus, this mousse doesn’t get weepy as it sits so you can make it up to two days in advance. 

A spoon full of strawberry mousse.

Super Fresh Strawberry Mousse

The best part of summer is all the magical desserts I can make with in-season produce. I’ve been on a real strawberry (and peach) kick lately, and this simple dessert is no exception—plus it’s easy and cute enough to bring to all kinds of dinner parties and special occasions.

It has a sweet strawberry syrup on the bottom that thickens into a jam-like consistency. The airy strawberry mousse is mixed with white chocolate to give it a rich flavor that rivals chocolate-covered strawberries. 

When you dip your spoon all the way down to the bottom, you get concentrated strawberry jam mixed with the lighter than air mousse. It doesn’t get any better than this!

The best part of this recipe is that it’s made with gelatin alongside heavy whipping cream, so it gets thick and doesn’t get watery or break down. This means you can make it up to two days before serving (and even sneak a bite or two before the big day). I like serving it with strawberry slices, and maybe even a dollop of whipped cream! 

Three servings of strawberry white choocolate mousse.

Since it’s strawberry season, you know I had to use fresh strawberries for this easy recipe, but you can make it any time of year with frozen ones. Just make sure to thaw and drain them beforehand. It would be a lovely dessert to surprise your friends or loved ones with on Valentine’s Day! 

If you’re looking for more sweet ways to brighten up your day, try this strawberry shortcake recipe. Then, with my storage guide, learn how to keep those sweet strawberries fresh. 

Why You Just Have to Make This Strawberry Mousse Recipe

  • Sweet Strawberry Flavor – This delicious dessert is made with fresh strawberries picked right at the peak of their growing season.
  • Creamy Texture – The gelatin and whipping cream combine to make a super-smooth mousse.
  • Simple Ingredients – Only 6 ingredients are needed and can be easily found in any grocery store!
Four servings of white chocolate strawberry mousse.

Pudding Vs. Mousse

It’s a creamy dessert standoff! While they’re both creamy and luxurious, they have distinct differences. Pudding is typically dense, made with milk, sugar, and eggs, and can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature. (Is anyone craving chocolate pudding?)

Mousse, on the other hand, has a light and fluffy texture thanks to whipping the ingredients and is usually served chilled or frozen. Mousse is just the lightened-up version of pudding without eggs! 

If you want a little cake with your mousse, try this moist vanilla cake with a strawberry mousse frosting, it only needs 2 cups of strawberries so it’s a great alternative if you’re short on berries.

Ingredients You’ll Need

The ingredients for strawberry mousse.
Everything you need.

Strawberries – You’ll need at least two pounds of strawberries to get all that wonderful sweet flavor.

Gelatin – One package of unflavored gelatin, this will keep it thick and smooth.

Lemon – You’ll need the juice of one lemon! 

White Chocolate – Go with your favorite white chocolate bar. 

Pantry Staples – Sugar and heavy cream.

How To Make a Mousse

Step One: Blend Strawberries

Blend the strawberries until they become a liquid. Strain the puree through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove seeds and lumps. This recipe calls for about 2 ¼ cups of liquid. Press down on the strainer to get as much juice as possible!

Strawberries pureed in a food processor.
Blend strawberries.
A spatula pressing down the strawberry mixture.
Then strain.

Step Two: Make Strawberry Syrup

Take ¼ of the strawberry juice and place it in a small bowl. Sprinkle it with gelatin and let it dissolve while making the mouse. Reserve the rest of the juice for later.

Gelatin and strawberry puree in a bowl.

Step Three: Simmer Berries

Add 1 ¼ cups of strawberry juice, sugar, and lemon juice to a small saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat once you see bubbles around the edges. Cook for about 15 minutes until it has slightly thickened. Remove from the heat, add 2 tablespoons to 4 glasses, and set aside.

Strawberry syrup in a saucepan.
Heat and whisk.
Strawberry jam on the bottom of the serving cups.
Add to glass.

Step Four: Whisk, Whisk, Whisk

Add white chocolate to the strawberry mixture and whisk until melted. Then, whisk the gelatin mixture until well combined and add it to the saucepan, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the remaining ¾ cups of strawberry juice and cool for 10 minutes. 

white chocolate chopped on a cutting board.
Chop chocolate.
White chocolate added to a saucepan of strawberry syrup.
Melt into remaining juice.

Step Five: Whip Cream

Whip cream with a mixer until soft peaks, not stiff peaks, form. Gently whisk in ⅓ of the whipped cream then fold in the remaining whipped cream until it is smooth and there are no lumps of whipped cream. 

Strawberry puree with a spoon full of whipped cream.
Add whipped cream.
Whipped cream added to the white chocolate mixture.
Whisk.
Whipped cream mixed with the strawberry mixture.
Mix until well combined.

Step Six: Refrigerate

Spoon the white chocolate mixture into the glasses over the strawberry puree. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. 

Mousse poured over strawberry jam in a glass serving dish.
Pour into glass.
Three servings of strawberry white choocolate mousse.
Chill, garnish, and serve.

Each bite of this is heavenly. It just melts in your mouth and doesn’t feel heavy at all. It can travel well without melting if you’re bringing dessert and you can easily double the recipe or make smaller portions.

How To Store Mousse

In The Fridge: Cover with plastic wrap and store for up to four days. 

In The Freezer: Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or use a freezer bag, and they’ll last up to three months.

When you have extra strawberries

Creamy Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
Airy Strawberry Mousse Cake
Homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry Filled Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting 

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A glass of strawberry mousse with whipped cream on top.

Creamy Strawberry Mousse With White Chocolate

This homemade Strawberry Mousse recipe has the dreamiest, creamiest texture. It feels like you're scooping up little pink clouds! It's thick, full of fresh strawberry flavor, and has a lovely white chocolate touch to take it over the top. Plus, this mousse doesn't get weepy as it sits so you can make it up to two days in advance.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 521kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped fresh strawberries about 2 pounds
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 lemon
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Place strawberries in a food processor and process until they become a liquid. Strain the strawberries through a mesh strainer to remove seeds and lumps. This recipe calls for about 2 ¼ cups of liquid. Press down on the strainer to get as much juice as possible!
  • Take ¼ of the strawberry juice and place it in a small bowl. Sprinkle it with gelatin and let it dissolve while making the mouse. Reserve the rest of the juice for later.
  • Add 1 ¼ cups of strawberry juice, sugar, and lemon juice to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat once you see bubbles around the edges. Cook for about 15 minutes until it has slightly thickened. Remove from the heat, add about 2 tablespoons to 4 glasses, and set aside.
  • Add white chocolate to the strawberry mixture in the saucepan and whisk until melted. Next, whisk the gelatin mixture until well combined and add it to the saucepan, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the remaining ¾ cups of strawberry juice and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Whip cream with a mixer until soft peaks, not stiff peaks, form. Gently whisk in ⅓ of the whipped cream then fold in the remaining whipped cream until it is smooth and there are no lumps of whipped cream.
  • Spoon the white chocolate mixture into the glasses over the strawberry puree. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Notes

  • You can use frozen strawberries, just let them thaw and drain first. 
  • You can leave out the white chocolate and just make a strawberry mousse. 
  • Try not to overbeat the whipped cream, you want it to be soft and not stiff so that it blends smoothly with the strawberry mixture. 

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 909IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg
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