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.

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.

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

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 Champagne.    More Fruit Desserts  

Blackberry Mousse and Honey-Tuile Napoleons

Sue McCown's crunchy tuiles are wonderfully light and delicate. Layer them with the blackberry mousse just before serving, or they can become soggy.    More Fruit Desserts