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.
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Hi Katie- I actually just saw some at my Whole Foods the other week. I was surprised they carry it. Thanks for the suggestion.
I’ve been able to find fantastic mochi ice cream in all sorts of flavors at my local Whole Foods, maybe try there?
Ooh, fresh manju is always good too!
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!
V. geld- glad to hear you are a fan of this snack!
Delicious! I eat it almost every week!
Hi Saint- You’re welcome. Hope you can find them!
Hi hle- You’re welcome. I hope your BF enjoys your surprise!
Thanks for the recommendation, I will keep my eye out for this type of mochi ice cream!
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.