Irish Coffee Mousse

Irish Coffee Mousse is a creamy, boozy adult dessert that’s simple to make and even more delicious to eat. It starts with a boxed chocolate pudding, milk, coffee and, of course, whiskey. To make it light and airy, Cool Whip is added for the nicest, silkiest texture you can imagine. Perfect for an after dinner treat and great to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Mousse filled small jars lined up on green checkered towel.

I may not be Irish but I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the traditional Corned Beef and potatoes dinner. Maybe I can be an honorary Irishman for the day. 🙂 Of course, a delicious dinner needs to be followed with a delicious dessert, right? And this mousse, aka Irish Coffee Pudding Shots, has everything to recommend it – chocolate, coffee, creamy Cool Whip and, of course, whiskey. 

Overhead of pudding with whipped topping and shamrocks.

I decided to experiment with this chocolate mousse while I was making some cups of Irish Coffee. Since I added some homemade Irish Cream (totally optional) to the coffee, which by the way has chocolate syrup in it, I thought, why not make a chocolate pudding and add the same ingredients as the coffee. I topped some of the pudding shots with a mixture of Cool Whip and Irish Cream and others with straight whipped cream then sprinkled them with nutmeg. Aren’t they pretty!

Spoonful of coffee mousse.

Just look at that creamy spoonful of deliciousness! They came out airy, light, full of mocha flavor and with a decided kick of liquor. I served these small indulgences that same night at a dinner party and they were a huge hit. In fact, they all asked for the recipe. Woohoo!  I call that a win! Enjoy or should I say Cheers!



I love experimenting with changing recipes up and it’s always fun to see what new recipe might come out of an old one.

  • Try using a White Chocolate Pudding in place of the chocolate. It really surprises the guests with the chocolaty flavor. You could also add some green food coloring for the occasion.
  • Want to serve this to the entire family? Just leave out the coffee, whiskey and Irish cream and add an additional  1/2 cup of whole milk.
  • Don’t have any Irish whiskey? No problem, really any good whiskey will do. No Irish Cream? This can totally be left out.


All you need are a few simple ingredients and, of course, whiskey.

  • Chocolate Instant Pudding – whatever your favorite brand happens to be. I used the Kroger brand and this dessert got rave reviews.
  • Whole milk – I like my puddings rich so I opt for whole milk. You can also sub in 2% or almond milk if you want.
  • Coffee – a good premium coffee will actually boost the chocolate flavor and add a nice edge of coffee flavor to the dish.
  • Irish Whiskey – You can use your favorite whiskey, such as Jim Beam, Knob Creek or Jack Daniels or make it more Irish by staying with Jameson. 
  • Irish Cream Liqueur – adds a creamy  texture to the pudding while imparting  more chocolate and coffee flavor. This is an optional ingredient but one I recommend adding.
  • Cool Whip – is added to lighten the texture and make it more of a mousse than a pudding. It’s the perfect dessert as the weather warms.


6 steps to make chocolate mousse.

  1. Gather ingredients and have ready to go as this chocolate mousse goes together quickly. (photo 1)
  2. Place pudding in mixing bowl and add milk. (photo 2)
  3. Add coffee. (photo 3)
  4. Pour in whiskey. (photo 4)
  5. Add Irish Cream liqueur. Beat until well blended. (photo 5)
  6. Fold in Cool Whip. (photo 6)

Filling small dishes with mousse by using a resealable plastic bag.

  1. To fill dishes, place chocolate mousse into a Ziploc bag. Cut a snip in the corner and squeeze to fill small shot glass size or slightly larger dishes.

Row of Cool Whip-flavored topped mousse with nutmeg sprinkle.

  1. Top with either whipped cream or 1 cup Cool Whip mixed with 1 tablespoon Irish Cream liqueur. Refrigerate and serve cool.

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5 from 9 votes
Irish Coffee Mousse lined up on green checkered towel.
Irish Coffee Mousse
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Keywords: irish coffee chocolate mousse, irish coffee mousse, irish coffee pudding, irish coffee pudding shots
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 174 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 3.5 oz. Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup coffee
  • 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
  • 3 Tablespoons Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • Garnish: Whipped Cream or Cool Whip with liqueur
  1. Place pudding and next 4 ingredients into large mixing bowl.
  2. Beat until well blended.
  3. Fold in Cool Whip.
  4. Place chocolate mousse into a Ziploc bag. Cut a snip in the corner and fill small shot glass size or slightly larger dishes.
  5. Top with either whipped cream or 1 cup Cool Whip mixed with 1 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur.
Nutrition Facts
Irish Coffee Mousse
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 272mg11%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Irish Coffee Mousse


  • Reply
    03/15/2020 at 6:17 pm

    5 stars
    Love the idea of this Irish coffee mousse, it looks so creamy, light and delicious! Perfect little treat!

  • Reply
    03/15/2020 at 11:48 am

    What a fun, festive dessert! I love the different variations you can use to make this! Really makes it perfect for anyone! Great recipe!

  • Reply
    03/14/2020 at 5:52 pm

    5 stars
    The Irish Whiskey and Irish Cream Liqueur make this St. Patricks’ Day dessert a double treat!

  • Reply
    Jacqui DeBono
    03/14/2020 at 1:06 pm

    5 stars
    These are ideal for desserts for our St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Now that we will be staying home, we are lloking for extra special things to put on the menu!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/16/2020 at 3:11 pm

      I know the feeling! I’m pulling out all my quick and easy recipes to whip up while staying home.

  • Reply
    03/13/2020 at 4:02 pm

    5 stars
    You had me at boozy dessert! I love how simple this is while still being unbelievably delicious. Everyone will love this mousse tomorrow!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/14/2020 at 9:21 am

      You and me both! So glad y’all enjoyed it.

  • Reply
    03/12/2020 at 3:58 pm

    5 stars
    What an easy and delicious dessert! This is one that will be made quite often for sure.

  • Reply
    Analida Braeger
    03/11/2020 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    This was a fabulous treat all of us “adults” enjoyed! Thanks so much for a great recipe! Sláinte!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/12/2020 at 9:25 am

      Thanks so much! That makes me so happy to hear.

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    03/11/2020 at 7:16 am

    5 stars
    I never thought a boxed chocolate pudding could produce this mousse! Love the idea. It has whisky, pair it with chocolate and it’s a no-brainer!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/11/2020 at 4:37 pm

      Amazing isn’t it! It’s great to find a super delicious dessert that you can fix at a moments notice.

  • Reply
    03/10/2020 at 1:39 pm

    5 stars
    I do love a good chocolate mousse, and bringing that boozy kick into the mix is a wonderful touch. Great to have a nice quick dessert idea to serve guests too.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/11/2020 at 4:38 pm

      My thoughts exactly! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and liquor! lol

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    03/10/2020 at 12:17 pm

    5 stars
    These Irish coffee mousse cups are so darn cute and perfect for celebrating St. Patricks day.

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