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.

Out of all the brands I've tried, my favorite is this one:

These ice cream mochis are slightly bigger than some of the other brands, and have a good consistency of chewiness in the mochi skin.

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.

2. Combine glutinous rice flour and water in a glass bowl. Mix well to paste, then add sugar and vanilla, mix until dissolved.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. It will be half cooked. Remove and stir well while it’s hot.
4. Cover and return to microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well.
5. Place plastic wrap over a cutting board. Dust generously with corn flour (this is a must).
6. Wait for dough to cool. Place onto board and divide into 10 pieces.
7. Flatten dough with your palm. Wrap each piece of dough around an ice cream ball and refreeze in an airtight container.
   

12 Responses to “OFIE- Mochi ice cream”

  1. hle — April 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    The mango mochi sounds awesome! Thanks for the brand recommendation… I’ll have to look for those. My BF has recently discovered mochi (at a bubble tea cafe) and loves them, so it’d be a nice treat to surprise him with some at home.

  2. Saint — April 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation, I will keep my eye out for this type of mochi ice cream!

  3. Kirbie — April 20, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hi hle- You’re welcome. I hope your BF enjoys your surprise!

  4. Kirbie — April 20, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hi Saint- You’re welcome. Hope you can find them!

  5. V. geld — May 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Delicious! I eat it almost every week!

  6. Kirbie — May 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    V. geld- glad to hear you are a fan of this snack!

  7. Heather — July 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Ooooh, now I’m craving some mochi!! I’ve seen some in the freezer at the Pacific Mercantile in Denver, but never tried it. I’m always to distracted by the fresh manju they have flown in from Sacramento. :-) Next time I’ll grab some of the ice cream too!

  8. Kirbie — July 10, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Ooh, fresh manju is always good too!

  9. Katie — July 11, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I’ve been able to find fantastic mochi ice cream in all sorts of flavors at my local Whole Foods, maybe try there?

  10. Kirbie — July 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Katie- I actually just saw some at my Whole Foods the other week. I was surprised they carry it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  12. shirley — April 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

    So impressive!

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