Comparing photos of the Almost-Famous Chocolate Mousse Cake with those of the original Chocolate Stampede, you’ll notice many similarities. Both desserts are served in angular wedges that show off a cakey bottom and center surrounded by rich mousse, topped with chocolate shell, drizzled with chocolate syrup, and accompanied by vanilla ice cream.
A deeper dive into the Food Network’s recipe, though, shows a key difference in the quantity of chocolate. While the original Chocolate Stampede is described as “six types of chocolate in peaks and layers that are served with vanilla bean ice cream” on LongHorn’s website, we only count five chocolate elements in the Almost-Famous Chocolate Mousse Cake: cake, light chocolate mousse, dark chocolate mousse, shell, and sauce.
The Food Network certainly created a worthy DIY dupe for the Chocolate Stampede, but the real LongHorn Steakhouse recipe remains a mystery. What’s the one remaining type of chocolate? It could be chocolate shavings, the final touch on the towering Chocolate Stampede as shown in the photo on the restaurant’s website. To determine the secret ingredient for certain, we may need to make a few more trips to LongHorn Steakhouse — purely for research, of course.