Mochi Ice Cream to Add A Touch of the East

One way to create a real buzz around your ice cream shop is to serve the locals an exotic ice cream treat that they may have never had before. Mochi ice cream is actually a kind of Japanese rice dumpling that is filled with ice cream.  Mochi is rice that is pounded to a clay like consistency and used as a wrap.  Usually they are filled with ice milk rather than real ice cream although all kinds of gourmet variances of traditional mochi are being created by dessert chefs in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

They are usually eaten with a toothpick and are usually about the size of a golf ball.  They come in all kinds of flavors including coconut, chocolate and vanilla but the most common flavor is Macha green tea. This is signifigant because Macha green tea is a well known health food and this means that you can sell this dessert “finger food” as a low calorie, cancer-fighting alternative to some of the other more sugary and fattening products that your ice cream shop might have to offer.

Ice cream parlors can buy Mochi ice cream products from the Mikawaya company which was the first manufacturer to set up shop to sell and distribute these sweet treats in 1981.

Photo By Charles Nguyen (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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