Today on the tray: Mousse

November 30 is National Mousse Day.

dessert mousseFrom

Mousse is a divine dessert made from egg whites and cream. Did you know that “mousse” is the French word for “foam”? It’s a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection!

Chocolate mousse was a specialty in French restaurants during the 1800s, but now it can be found in restaurants and households worldwide. Popular variations include different kinds of chocolate, nut, and fruit flavors.

Dessert mousse is delicious, to be sure. But let’s also give a shout-out to one of the best things to come out of the 1980s: styling mousse.

hair mousseFrom Yahoo Voices:

George Orwell saw 1984 as a time in which freedom was no longer held by the average citizen. L’Oreal, on the other hand, saw 1984 as the perfect moment in time to introduced Free Hold, the first successful hair mousse.

Another great thing from the 1980s: Dallas. It premiered in 1978, but it had the ’80s zeitgeist, and it ran throughout that decade. Below, Dallas star Victoria Principal, who played Pam Ewing, appears in a commercial for Jhirmack mousse.

Jhirmack mousse commercial with Victoria Principal (1985)

What makes my mousse different from your mousse?
It’s new Jhirmack mousse, and it lets me be wild! Sexy. Or sophisticated.

Was styling mousse just something that Pam Ewing dreamed, like the entire ninth season of Dallas? No, it’s real, and you can find it in stores today. So put some in your hair, get yourself a nice, fluffy chocolate mousse for dessert, and have a happy National Mousse Day!



  1. I still use mousse; my former bridesmaid suggested Toussle Me Softly (with his song) Mousse last month, and I have luxurious beachy waves. But I will never be as hot as Pam Ewing. Dang.

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