In my opinion, it would be a dessert that could be enjoyed by both those who have difficulty eating, and by those who have no troubles eating. When you have trouble chewing or swallowing, mealtime can be an isolating experience. The anxiety of wondering if you can eat what everyone around you is eating is a real thing. One of my favorite things about “easy-to-chew” desserts are that soft desserts are socially acceptable. Serving a pudding for dessert is not the same as serving blended meat for dinner. Soft foods are not only acceptable for dessert, they are usually expected. The softer and smoother the texture, the more luxurious it feels.
There is no more luxurious dessert out there than a Chocolate Mousse. Its sweet taste and silky texture evokes images of fancy parties full of sophisticates and ambitious politicians (of which I am neither). In actuality, Chocolate Mousse is simple to make and even simpler to eat. If you have trouble eating and want to have people over for dessert, this is the recipe you are looking for. On a side note, Simple Chocolate Mousse is a great stepping stone to making fancier and more complicated desserts.
Simple Chocolate Mousse is the highest form of pureed food. It has a single, perfectly smooth texture and is soft enough that it requires no chewing. Pureed foods are great for people who are severely limited in their ability to chew and swallow.
Studies have suggested that higher chocolate intake is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease or strokes.
A word of caution when you are mixing in the gelatin towards the end of the recipe. Make sure that the gelatin is still a liquid when you mix it in with the mousse. If it has cooled too much your mousse will be full of little jelly chunks. It will still taste great, but it won’t have the same show stopping power that a silky smooth mousse brings to the party.