Star Anise and Chocolate

Star-anise Spiced Chocolate Mousse

This month Sugar High Friday is hosted by the gorgeous Anita from Dessert First with a really interesting theme – “Time to Spice Up Your Life“. And since Melbourne weather is getting warmer, I decide to try on some chocolate mousse…

The combination of star anise and chocolate sounded unusual at first. I love star anise and it is an essential ingredient in many dishes that I cooked. But for dessert, with chocolate? I actually think it would work. The sweet fragrance of start anise will blend nicely with the creaminess of chocolate mousse.

I have never been a big fan of mousse, but I gotta say this mousse is excellent. The texture is so light and delicate, and the fragrance of star anise is not overwhelming at all. I have re-worked the original recipe from Donna Hay here by using milk chocolate instead of the dark variety. I think it would blend better with the spice. Also, to lift up the flavors, I decide to dust the mouse with the mixture of pure cocoa powder and finely ground star anise. It is beautiful, and I cannot praise this mousse more! Perhaps it is something you could try for your next dinner party!

I am sending this to Anita! Make sure to check out her blog on Halloween day for the round up.

Star-anise Spiced Chocolate Mousse

Star Anise Flavored Chocolate Mousse

Adapted from Donna Hay Magazine

Ingredients (serves 4)

2 fresh eggs, separated

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/8 tsp ground star anise

100g milk chocolate, chopped

¾ cup heavy cream, chilled

To dust: 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder + 1/8 tsp ground star anise – mix


Whisk egg whites until soft peak form. Add sugar + star anise. Whisk until stiff peaks form.

Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Add ¼ cup of cream + egg yolks. Whisk well to combine.

Place the remaining cream in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Add chocolate + egg white mixture. Fold through to combine. Spoon to serving bowls and chill for 2-3 hours.

Just before serving, dust the mousse with the cocoa + star anise mixture. Serve with strawberry (or other berries).

22 Responses to Star Anise and Chocolate

  1. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    As always your photos are little jewels!

  2. MeetaK says:

    unlike you – I love mousse. I love chocolate mousse and if it is spiced with a spice than it#s just the perfect deesert you can buy me with LOL! looks fab!

  3. Manggy says:

    I think switching to milk was a good idea for this one– it’s more anise-friendly a flavor :) It looks beautiful and so elegant, and I love the fact you can make it in advance and forget it!

  4. Lucy says:


  5. Arfi Binsted says:

    aaaaaahhh anything comes from Donna Hay will be a perfect dish!

  6. Johanna says:

    I always love chocolate with spices – not so keen on mousse but this one looks very tempting with those flavours!

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A refined dessert! Really pretty too! A wonderful mousse!

  8. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Anh, to be really honest with you, I’m not a big fan of mousse either. But this one here I would love to try!

  9. Darius T. Williams says:

    I bet this is great! I’m loving the flavor combo!

  10. veron says:

    Gorgeous pictures! I love star anise but I have never used it in dessert.

  11. Gattina says:

    isn’t this mousse perfect for the weather here… rainy and getting cold? But only you can turn this mousse so spectacular!

  12. Jerry says:

    Love chocolate mousse and this sounds so yummy!

  13. Callipygia says:

    No not weird at all! I’ve been thinking of chocolate/licorice/anise combos but never doing anything about it. Will definitely try this luscious dessert!

  14. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I adore the flavor of star anise and can only imagine how divine it must be with chocolate. This is such an elegant dessert. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Retno Prihadana says:

    Interesting combination Anh! It looks really yummy.

  16. Elaine says:

    This is marvelous! For a second there I thought you used green tea powder ontop of your mousse (i love green tea powder too but chocolate is so much better! ;)) I love using star anise in baking especially in cookies and biscotti. I must try your mousse recipe some day when I get time to experiment in the kitchen. :)

  17. Jude says:

    I love star anise but never had it on chocolate. Sounds delicious.

  18. Cynthia says:

    Your photographs are such great art.

  19. Sharmi says:

    lovely and awesome pic. I wish I could taste some:)

  20. BC says:

    Yum, this looks and sounds delicious!

  21. Aparna says:

    I love chocolate mousse and star anise is definitely a good combination with chocolate. It flavours and lends a wonderful warmth to the dessert.

  22. myfrenchkitchen says:

    This mousse sound delicious with the different addition of star anis…I’ll have to try it this season, I’m such a lover of chocolate!

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