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Dulce De Leche Mousse

5 from 6 votes

This easy Dulce de Leche Mousse is made with just a handful of ingredients, and anyone can make this no-fuss recipe! Tasty, creamy, airy, and delicious, this mousse is easy enough for everyday desserts but delicious enough for special occasions.

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Dulce de leche, with its distinctive flavor, makes excellent mousse. The sweetness is tempered with the cream in this recipe, and with a fool-proof recipe, anyone can make this amazing Dulce de Leche Mousse recipe.

The best part is that there are just a handful of ingredients, and no eggs! Many mousses are thickened either with egg yolk or raw egg whites, but my recipe gets structure from a wee bit of gelatin powder. This way, you can skip the eggs and enjoy a light and airy mousse without cooking.

What you’ll love About This Recipe


  • It’s sweet and delicious!
  • Easy to make and sets up great!
  • Just need a few ingredients!

What is Dulce de Leche?

Dulce de leche, also known as milk jam or caramelized milk, comes from Latin America. This is a sweet and thick caramel-like sauce traditionally made by mixing milk and sugar and cooking it low and slow for hours.

Some enterprising individuals discovered that you could make it faster and easier with sweetened condensed milk, and taking it one step further; now dulce de leche is available wherever you buy sweetened condensed milk – usually in the baking aisle.

For this recipe, grab a can (or jar) of dulce de leche, or make it yourself if you have the time and patience. You’ll only need 1/2 cup of dulce de leche for this recipe.

Dulce de Leche vs Caramel Sauce

While similar in flavor, dulce de leche is made with milk, and traditional caramel is made with just sugar. The milk gives it added richness and creaminess, and it can get darker in color than caramel without deepening the flavor.

dulce de leche mousse in a dessert cup

what You Need

  • Dulce de leche – store-bought or homemade
  • Heavy whipping cream – keep it cold until ready to beat it
  • Gelatin powder – see my notes below
  • Boiling water
  • Semi-sweet chocolate – for shaving on top (optional)

What is Gelatin Powder?

Gelatin powder is a secret weapon in the kitchen. With the amazing ability to “set” desserts, it is gelatin that makes Jell-O, and in this case, mousse.

Gelatin powder (you can find it in the baking aisle) comes in little packets, but you can’t just dump it into the recipe. This powder must “bloom” first – and to do that, dissolve it in some boiling water. But, don’t dissolve it in the very hot water until just before you add it, or it’ll thicken up and won’t work in this recipe.

If your gelatin liquid does thicken up, you can microwave it for 10-15 seconds to loosen it up again.

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How To Make Dulce De Leche Mousse

For a complete list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of this page.

  1. Whip the whipping cream with a stand or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add the boiling water to the gelatin powder and stir to dissolve. Drizzle (a tiny bit at a time) the gelatin liquid into the whipped crea with the mixer on. Don’t over mix it – just mix until combined.
  3. Fold in the dulce de leche until just combined. Don’t over-mix, or you could deflate your whipping cream.
  4. Pipe (or spoon) it into pretty glasses, top with chocolate shavings, and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight before serving.

How to Make Chocolate Shavings

Grab a bar of semi-sweet baking chocolate and use a microplane grater to make very fine shavings. Be careful, those microplane graters are sharp!

Do this over top of parchment or waxed paper to collect the shavings.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • These days, whipping cream isn’t quite so temperamental, so your bowl, beaters, and cream don’t have to be ice cold. It does help, however, to keep the cream in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  • Make sure your gelatin is fully dissolved in the boiling water before adding it to the cream, or you’ll have hard bits in the mousse, and it won’t set up correctly.
  • Keep the beaters running while adding the gelatin to make sure it is thoroughly dispersed.
  • This Dulce de Leche Mousse recipe must be thoroughly chilled before serving to make sure that it is set. Allow at least 2-3 hours in the fridge.

Variations

Instead of topping your Dulce de Leche Mousse with chocolate, try some of these other fun options:

  • Add a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Top your mousse with crushed Oreo cookies.
  • Toasted flaked coconut is pretty and pairs perfectly as a garnish.
  • Serve the mousse on top of a brownie instead of in a glass.

Storage

Keep your mousse tightly covered and in the fridge for up to a day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this Dulce de Leche Mousse recipe easy?

Yes! If you use pre-made dulce de leche, the recipe couldn’t be any easier! There’s no cooking, just some mixing, and it’ll set up perfectly in the fridge in a few hours.

Can I freeze Dulce de Leche Mousse?

Yes! Please do freeze it and eat it as a frozen treat. It’ll be kind of like caramel ice cream – very decadent! Don’t try to thaw it and then eat it – if you freeze it, eat it frozen.

Is Dulce de Leche Mousse keto?

If you start with keto dulce de leche, then yes, this could be a keto recipe. You’d have to use dark chocolate shavings on top or garnish it with toasted coconut.

Step By Step Process

dulce de leche mousse in a dessert cup
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Dulce de Leche Mousse

Light, airy, delicious, and made from just a few ingredients, this Dulce de Leche Mousse is an easy and heavenly dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Latin
Keyword dulce de leche, dulce de leche mousse, easy dessert, mousse, whipped cream
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 222kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream very cold
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate shavings

Instructions

  • Whip the whipping cream with your stand or hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and stir until clear.
  • With the stand mixer or hand mixer running, drizzle in – very slowly – the gelatin liquid into the whipped cream. Mix until combined – don't over mix.
  • Use a spatula to fold the dulce de leche into the whipped cream-gelatin mixture. Don't over mix.
  • Spoon or pipe the mousse into cute jars, top with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings, and refrigerate.

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • These days, whipping cream isn’t quite so temperamental, so your bowl, beaters, and cream don’t have to be ice cold. It does help, however, to keep the cream in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  • Make sure your gelatin is fully dissolved in the boiling water before adding it to the cream or you’ll have hard bits in the mousse and it won’t set up properly.
  • Keep the beaters running while you add the gelatin to make sure it is fully dispersed.
  • This Dulce de Leche Mousse recipe must be fully chilled before serving, to make sure that it is set. Allow at least 2-3 hours in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.3cup | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 876IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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