Mochi is one of my favorite desserts ever. The combination of ice cream with mochi is even better! The first type of mochi ice cream I sampled did not have a chewy shell. I found this to be very disappointing. How can it be called mochi if the outside shell is soft and not chewy? Since then, I have found several brands that have the chewy mochi outside. Most of them are Japanese brands. You can find them in Asian grocery stores, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
Mochi ice creams come in a variety of flavors including green tea, red bean (azuki), vanilla, mango, strawberry, and chocolate. I like green tea the best, though I also enjoy the red bean and vanilla.
Pictured here is a mango ice cream mochi and a green tea ice cream mochi. The outside is dusted with a type of flour so that the mochi skin won't stick to your fingers as it is very sticky. The outside is soft and chewy and a little bit sweet. The inside is filled with ice cream. Each of these are about 2-3 bites. They need to be eaten quickly as they melt very fast.
I recently found a recipe for ice cream mochi. The recipe can be found here. It was submitted by Melissa Maroff , on ehow.com. I haven't yet tried it, but I might try it sometime soon. The recipe is as follows:
1. Soften the ice cream, scoop into 10 round balls, and refreeze until hard.