Creamy Fruit Mousse
Super easy!This Fruit Mousse sets up like gelatin but is much, much softer and creamier. Top with a little whipped cream and you'll be smiling from ear to ear between bites, enjoy!
- 1 small (3-ounce) box fruit flavored gelatin, regular or sugar free
- 1 cup boiling water
- 8 ounces cream cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 8 ounce container Cool Whip, divided
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 small orange
Adapted from ourbestbites.com
Start by dissolving Jell-o in one cup of boiling water. Just give it a quick stir, it only takes a few seconds.
Pour the mixture into a blender and add 4 ounces of cream cheese. You can use low-fat cream cheese, but I usually stay away from fat free for recipes. The hot Jell-o will melt that cream cheese super fast and it will soon be a lovely pastel color.
When that’s blended, add a half cup of very cold water and pulse to combine. Next up is half of an 8-ounce container of light, creamy Cool Whip.
Place it right in the blender and blend until the mixture is smooth- just a few seconds!
We’re already about done- what was that, like 2 1/2 minutes?? You can now pour the mixture into one large serving bowl, or into individual containers. You know I always pick individual serving dishes! At this point, just pop it in the fridge to chill.
The mousse sets up like gelatin, but softer and creamier. Combined with the fluffy topping, it’s a little cup of heaven (that only took you about 5 minutes of prep time!)
But let me show you how to make it even better. My mom would top it with something extra special when we had it on the holiday table and it’s still my favorite way to eat it. Take the remaining half of the block of cream cheese and beat it with a little powdered sugar, a splash of vanilla,
After that’s beaten until it’s smooth and creamy, fold in the remaining Cool Whip. When you ‘fold’ something, it’s a process that helps keep the light and airy texture of something like egg whites, whipped cream, or in this case Cool Whip. Take a spoonful and stir it in, just to lighten the mixture and then add the remainder. At this point, don’t stir. You want to use your spatula and cut down the middle of the mixture, scraping along the bottom of the bowl moving outward and then ‘fold’ it over the top of the mixture. Continue doing this until it’s all folded in and combined.
At this point, feel free to add in extra orange juice for consistency. The mousse is nice and light, so you want your topping to be light and spreadable. Different brands of cream cheese have different consistencies, so you can adjust the orange juice accordingly.
And speaking of rainbows- if you want to get really creative, let layers solidify in the fridge and then add another flavor on top. This looks great in individual serving dishes and also larger ones where you can scoop out servings.
1 cup boiling water
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Place in blender and add 4 ounces (half of the package) cream cheese. Process until smooth. Add cold water and pulse blender to stir. Add half of the container of Cool Whip (about a heaping cup) to the blender and process just until combined and mixture is free of lumps.
Pour mixture into one serving bowl, or several smaller individual sized dishes. Refrigerate until firm, 3-4 hours. Either top with remaining Cool Whip or continue on with topping recipe.
To make topping, beat remaining 4 ounces cream cheese with powdered sugar, vanilla, about 1 teaspoon orange zest (more if desired) and one teaspoon of the orange juice. Blend until creamy and smooth, and fold in remaining 4 ounces Cool Whip. Add more orange juice if needed for consistency. Dollop, pipe, or spread topping over chilled mousse just before serving. If you refrigerate the mousse with the topping on, it will harden, so it’s best to whip it up just before serving. Makes about 6, 1/2 cup servings.