Maybe it’s a bit weird to be discussing ice cream in November, but I am obsessed with these at any time of year.
Mochi ice cream is a Japanese treat that I have been familiar with for many years. It is a small portion of ice cream covered by mochi, which is a dough made from glutinous rice. Though mochi itself is not sweet, it is part of many desserts, such as daifuku, which is mochi stuffed with a sweet filling, like red bean paste or strawberries.
But I’ve always had to look for these desserts at Asian import stores. When I discovered that I was able to buy mochi ice cream from my local grocery store with the rest of my weekly supplies, my mind was blown!
The My/Mo brand of mochi ice cream has a bunch of different flavors available, available all over the country in stores like Target or Kroger. It is not particularly cheap; at full price, they are about $1 per piece. But they are amazing.
Japanese desserts are never quite as super-sweet as American ones, and the flavors are unique. I have tried the mango, green tea, double chocolate, strawberry, and chocolate sundae flavors and they were all good. I did not enjoy the green tea flavor as much, because I do not like green tea. But I felt obliged to try it because it is such a traditional Japanese flavor.
I am particularly obsessed with the strawberry flavor. These are currently my favorite dessert! They are also conveniently sized to be 110 calories per piece. I love having them in the freezer so I can eat one in the evening for just a little something sweet. Itadakimasu!