Depending on how you prepare it, mousse can either be rich and thick, or superlight and airy. Besides the typical chocolate mousse, you can also try flavoring this creamy dessert with fruit, coffee, herbs or even more creative ingredients. The next time you want to serve something unexpected, make chef Enrique Olvera's sweet-corn mousse. He pairs it with cornhusk meringues to complete the summery corn theme. Whether you're looking for a classic or unusual mousse, turn to Food & Wine's guide for dozens of delicious, decadent ideas.

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Ricotta Mousse
Chef Joe Flamm used this three-ingredient ricotta mousse to help cinch his season 15 Top Chef win. Flamm used the rich, vanilla-scented mousse to dress up a simple brown sugar cake, but it’s also an easy and delicious way to elevate your favorite brownie recipe, or to serve with in-season berries or fresh fruit.
Ultimate Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse
This airy, lightly boozy Irish cream mousse is perfect for a party: It makes a generous 12 cups. If you don’t want to make so much, this recipe is easily halved. We like our mousse garnished with coarsely grated bittersweet chocolate, but a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder, a dollop of whipped cream or curls of semisweet chocolate would be delicious, too. Slideshow: More Mousse Recipes 
Vegan Coconut-Chocolate Mousse
Made with fewer than five ingredients and taking just minutes to make, this healthy mousse is a game-changer. Sure, it's dairy-free, paleo-friendly and vegan, but this mousse's greatest asset is taste and texture. Easily adaptable using whatever ingredients you have on hand — substitute the maple syrup with an equal amount of raw honey, add a pinch of cinnamon instead of the cardamom, or top with any nut, fruit or chocolate — this is a great pantry recipe to have in your back pocket. Slideshow: More Mousse Recipes 
Ludo Lefebvre's Chocolate Mousse
Ludo Lefebvre's light and airy chocolate mousse comes together with just six ingredients. Serve with strawberries for an extra sweet touch.For a step-by-step demonstration on how to make this recipe, see this video.
Our Best Mousse Recipes
From a chocolate coupe with cocoa nib mousse to creamy pumpkin pie with white chocolate mousse, these decadent recipes are perfect for any occasion.
Matcha White Chocolate Mousse
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Light, toasty Matcha powder balances out the sweetness of white chocolate in this luscious four-ingredient mousse by blogger Molly Yeh. Slideshow:  More Easy Dessert Recipes 

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Harvest Mousse with Spiced Almond Tuiles
This fluffy mousse could just as easily be made with fresh or canned pumpkin. Serve the leftover candied squash as a topping for vanilla ice cream. Chef Holiday Recipes Made Easy More Recipes With Squash
Blackberry Fool with Calvados
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A classic British dessert of pureed fruit folded into whipped cream, a fool is one of the first things Peter Ting learned to make after moving to England in 1976. To give this one a little extra sophistication, he macerates (soaks) half the blackberries overnight in Calvados, then tops the fruit with dollops of whipped cream he's mixed with blackberry puree. The leftover macerating liquid would make a delicious drink mixed with sparkling water or ChampagneMore Fruit Desserts