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National Chocolate Mousse Day: A sure LI bet to satisfy

At Mara's Homemade in Syosset, chocolate mousse stars

At Mara's Homemade in Syosset, chocolate mousse stars in the form of pie. (Jan. 26, 2013) Credit: Barbara Alper

A day devoted to chocolate mousse? But, of course.

Yes, this is National Chocolate Mousse Day.

I've enjoyed chocolate mousse with recipes from my father, from Julia Child, from Bobby Flay. And I've also eaten mousses that contain vanilla extract, chile pepper, yogurt and other interferences.

The Long Island search for a perfect chocolate mousse, however, can be a  bittersweet experience.

The last restaurant to offer a spectacular dark chocolate mousse was the departed La Pace of Glen Cove in the 1990s. There have been some good ones along the way. None like that.

But there is a delectable one out there in slightly different form. It's the great chocolate mousse pie at Mara's Homemade in Syosset. Super mousse, Oreo crust, freshly whipped cream on top.

You'll enjoy it by the slice -- and probably take a whole one home.

Mara's Homemade, 236 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset; 516-682-9200.

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