Meet the Sullivans: Peppermint Chocolate Mousse Trifle

December 20, 2012

Peppermint Chocolate Mousse Trifle

Chocolate and peppermint have become my favorite Christmastime flavor combination this season. It might be that I suddenly like peppermint bark, which I never have before. This trifle is a little fancier than the ones I've made before (Brownie Oreo, Patriotic, Peanut Butter Cup). One of the layers is a white chocolate mousse, that I highly recommend doubling!

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2 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup crushed peppermint candy cane, separated
12 ounces bag of white chocolate chips
1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peppermint Loaf mix)
1 large box chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups whipping cream + 2 tablespoons sugar, whipped (for topping)

1. Make and bake the cake in a 9x 13 glass pan according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

2. To make the white chocolate mousse. First, prepare an ice bath-- take a large bowl, fill it halfway up with ice cubes and then fill it with cold water. Set aside. In a small saucepan, take 1 cup whipping cream and bring it a boil. In a food processor or blender, place 12 ounces of chopped white chocolate in and add the boiling cream to the white chocolate. Blend/process this until it's smooth and combined. Pour it in a bowl, and PLACE THIS BOWL in your ice bath (but you don't want any water seeping in, so proceed with caution!). Allow to cool- 20 minutes or so.

3. While the white chocolate mixture cools, whip another 1 1/2 cups of cream until soft peaks form. Slowly FOLD this into the white-chocolate cooled mixture. Also fold in 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint candy. Gently stir until it's all combined, cover with wrap and allow to refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

4. Just before you are ready to assemble everything, make your pudding according to package instructions- it should "gel" up within 5 minutes or so. Set aside.

5. For the topping, whip the 1 1/2 cups whipping cream and sugar together until peaks form.

Using a large glass bowl, layer as follows:

Chocolate cake chunks
Chocolate pudding
White chocolate mousse (that has been chilled in the fridge)
Chocolate cake chunks
Chocolate pudding
White chocolate mousse
Whipped cream (the very top)
Peppermint shavings (topping)

For the cake I used:
And for the garnish I used this: 

Happy Thursday, friends! 

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