This elegant, decadent Triple Chocolate Terrine is a special occasion dessert with layers of 3 kinds of luscious whipped ganache! Plus it’s gluten-free!

With a layer of whipped semi-sweet, milk, and white chocolate ganache, there’s a type of Chocolate Mousse for all the chocolate lovers in your life, no matter their preference!

Triple chocolate terrine on a white platter with raspberries and mint

Triple Chocolate Terrine

I first made this gorgeous Triple Chocolate Terrine recipe nearly 2 decades ago. It’s from the beloved series of cookbooks by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. Found in their New Basics Cookbook (affiliate link), this a volume worth adding to your collection.

A layer of whipped semi-sweet ganache was topped with whipped milk chocolate ganache and finished off with whipped white chocolate ganache and then chilled in a loaf pan. It’s basically 3 layers of chocolate mousse, whipped, chilled, then sliced to serve. My family loves a chocolate mousse recipe, so I had no doubt layered chocolate mousse would be a hit before I even made it that first time, years ago.

Slice of triple chocolate mousse on a white plate with a red handle fork

Tips for Making this Triple Chocolate Mousse Recipe

You may wonder what a terrine is. Well, it’s basically a dish that’s deep, rectangular with straight sides. Most terrines are made of cooked meat, fish, or vegetable mixtures that are placed in this specialty dish to set or cool, then sliced to serve. This one just happens to be a dessert!

  • I used a loaf pan for my terrine. I lined it with non-stick foil to help slide it out of the dish after it was frozen. The non-stick element of the foil may have helped a little, but the sides weren’t perfectly smooth upon release.
  • To make this dessert terrine, 3 types of chocolate are each melted with some cream. After whisking until smooth, each bowl of ganache is chilled before being whipped into mousse.
  • The white chocolate mousse is smoothed out across the bottom of the pan, then the milk chocolate mousse, followed by the dark chocolate mousse. Using an offset spatula helps to level the layers.
  • The terrine is then chilled until serving time. I recommend freezing for an hour or so before removing the foil and cutting to allow for easier slicing.
  • To serve, invert the pan onto a serving tray, then remove the foil. Again, use an offset spatula to smooth the sides. 
  • Slice and serve with fresh berries or a dessert sauce. You have the option of serving slices over raspberry coulis or a homemade fudge sauce, such a tough decision.

I have a definite fondness for triple chocolate recipes like these Triple Chocolate Cookies and Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. Plus, here’s another Chocolate Terrine (and raspberry sauce) recipe I made for a dinner party a few years ago. 

Triple Chocolate Terrine slice on a small white plate garnished with raspberries and mint

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Terrine?

A terrine is typically a pate made of cooked meat or vegetables, then sliced to serve. It’s also the name of the dish, often shaped like a loaf pan, in which the terrine recipe is served.

This layered chocolate dessert is made in a terrine like-dish. Though not a terrine per se, this chocolate terrine does meet a couple of the parameters!

How to Store a Chocolate Terrine?

It should be kept covered in the refrigerator due to the perishable ingredients in the recipe.

Can You Freeze this Terrine?

Yes, if you cannot eat it all within 3-4 days, you can store leftovers in the freezer for about 2 months. Freeze it for a couple of hours until it’s firm, then wrap well. Unwrap before defrosting in the refrigerator to serve.

How Do You Slice a Terrine?

I recommend freezing the terrine for about an hour before cutting. This will help firm up the mousse and allow for cleaner slices. Use a hot, dry knife and clean it between slices as needed.

 Serving Tips:

  • I served very thin slices to my girlfriends over the holidays…and they oohed and ahhed. To make an elegant presentation, place slices on a puddle of chocolate or raspberry sauce.
  • The raspberry sauce  I made to garnish it was simple. I just simmered a bag of frozen raspberries with a scant half cup of sugar and the juice of half a lemon. I whisked in a slurry of cornstarch (a heaping teaspoon mixed in a tablespoon or so of water) to thicken it slightly. After it came to a boil, I strained the mixture to remove the seeds and cooled it to room temperature. It would also be delicious with a strawberry or cherry sauce or for an even more decadent treat, a puddle of hot fudge sauce!
  • I found it difficult to slice this chocolate terrine for photos, so popping the dessert in the freezer for about an hour helped solidify it for easier serving.
  • I would also suggest using just slightly less cream in the white chocolate layer, as it’s the least firm component and, again, it makes for difficult slicing and removal from the pan. I’m extra picky since I take photos, but to be honest, the original recipe works well, too.

I got an email requesting the recipe later in the day from our luncheon’s hostess. She wanted to make it for her Christmas dinner. I think you’ll want to add this Triple Chocolate Terrine to your menu as well.

This recipe was first shared in January 2014. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Triple Chocolate Terrine on a white platter with raspberries and mint

Triple Chocolate Terrine

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 16 servings

This elegant, decadent Triple Chocolate Terrine is the perfect special occasion dessert! 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy or whipping cream
  • 7 ounces good-quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces good-quality white, chopped
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups chocolate fudge sauce or raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries, to serve

Instructions

  1. Heat the cream almost to a simmer in a heavy medium-size saucepan. Remove the cream from the bowl, and divide it among three mixing bowls into these amounts: 1-1/4 cups, 1 cup, 3/4 cup (I'd use slightly less to allow for a firmer white chocolate layer).
  2. Stir the semi-sweet chocolate into the 1-3/4 cups cream, whisking until smooth. Stir the milk chocolate into the 1 c. cream, whisking until smooth. Stir the white chocolate into the 3/4 .cup cream, and add the seeds from the vanilla bean; stir until smooth. Cover the three bowls loosely and refrigerate until the mixtures are thick but still pourable, 3 hours.
  3. Line an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 in. loaf pan with aluminum foil (use non-stick if available), leaving some
  4. foil above the edge of the pain.
  5. Pour the white chocolate mixture into a mixer bowl, and beat until it forms soft peaks (mixture should be thick and firm). Scrape it into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and chill it in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  6. Repeat the beating process with the milk chocolate mixture and spread it over the white chocolate mixture in the loaf pan. Smooth the top, and freeze for 5 minutes.
  7. Repeat again with the semi-sweet chocolate. Spread it over the milk chocolate mixture, smooth the top, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, 3 hours.
  8. Lift up the foil to unmold the terrine. Remove the foil and cut the terrine into 1/2-in. thick slices. If the terrine needs to be a little firmer to cut, pop the whole thing into the freezer before slicing for up to an hour. Spoon a pool of chocolate or raspberry sauce onto each plate, and arrange a slice on top.

Notes

Adapted from the New Basics Cookbook

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

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