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Citrus Mousse Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Citrus Mousse

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"This is fast and elegant--everyone always thinks it must be a complicated recipe but it's shamefully simple. I don't know why, but I always confess after serving it that it only took a few minutes to make. Either pour it into one bowl or individual serving dishes, and garnish with fresh fruit, such as strawberries or mandarin slices. Try it with pineapple or lime juice in place of the grapefruit, if you like!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. In a large bowl, beat together whipped topping and condensed milk. Gradually beat in lemon and grapefruit juices, until evenly blended.
  2. Pour the mousse into one bowl or divide it into individual serving dishes. Garnish with fruit, if desired.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • This recipe makes enough for 8 to 12 servings. You may add more lemon juice if you prefer a tart taste.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 23, 2003

This was pretty good, after a few adjustments. From the beginning, I knew I didn't want to make the whole recipe, so I bought only one tub of cool whip. Also, I didn't want to buy grapefruit juice (who could drink a whole container of grapefruit juice, yuck) so I used a combination of lemon, lime and orange juices. I ended up using almost one the whole can of condensed milk and waaaay more than 1/2 the juice the original recipe called for. My advice - plan on using 1 container of cool whip, one container of condensed milk, and add juice to taste. I like it a little tart, this is probably why I ended up using so much lime juice. Tastes pretty good! Sort of like key lime pie without the crust. I'm going to serve it to my boyfriend for Valentine's Day with some slices of orange.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 07, 2006

Ehhh.... This was just OK for us. I only used the one carton of cool whip as suggested & I did add a bit more of the juice (I used a sweet ruby red grapefruit juice). I also cut back on the sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free) but it was still too sweet. My grandson enjoyed his but hubby & I were ambivalent about our's. Thansk anyway Kate!


24 Ratings

Nov 01, 2003

I thought this was great!! I used two cans of condensed milk and a cup of key lime juice and called it key lime mousse. I took it to a luncheon and got rave reviews and requests for the recipe.

Feb 06, 2008

this was amazing! i didn't have grapefruit juice, so i used pineapple juice instead. very yummy! a nice little tart treat!

Aug 12, 2005

I loved this sweet (almost too sweet!) yet tangy mousse. I added finely diced pineapple to give it some texture and bring down the sweetness a bit. After I started adding the diced pineapple, I started getting requests for the recipe.

Nov 01, 2003

I loved this, I added more greapfrute juice then it says, and I used fresh squeezed fruit juices. I love the texture and flavor, it made me feel like I was eating heaven,

Aug 31, 2009

I loved this recipe, i made this mousse twice however i changed it a bit both times. The first time i added 1/4 cup extra lemon juice going by another member's review (i replaced the grapefruit with lemon juice) and added about 2 1/2 teaspoons of gelatine as i found it very runny. I suppose this might have been because i used fresh whipped cream (you dont get frozen whipped topping over here. The second time i made it i made a pineapple mousse instead which turned out great! I used a tin of pineapples and used a cup of the juice inside the tin. Then i added 5 teaspoons of gelatine with just enough water to make sure that the gelatine dissolves completely. It was lovely! Also, both times i added some orange essence as i found that the mousse smelled very 'cheesy'. It still had a slight hint of a cheesy smell but that gave a 'cheescakey' flavour which everyone actually liked quite a bit.

Feb 26, 2005

This is what I expected, we have a similar recipe that we've been making for years but it uses whipping cream instead of the cool whip. I've been wondering if there was a way to make it less I tried this recipe using fat free sweetened condensed milk and fat free cool whip. I used just lemon juice, I used 2 cans sweetened condensed milk as did most other reviewers. It didnt set up as firm as when I use the whipping cream, but the taste was there. We serve ours with fresh fruit.


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  • Calories
  • 420 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 53.1 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 65 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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