Mochi madness

When WAG was recently invited to sample frozen desserts from Mochidoki, we said “Sure, why not?”

And when our delivery recently arrived, the staff readily stepped up to try the mochi ice cream … yes, we know, tough job and all that.

Well, these handheld treats definitely made an impression.

First, we’ll let the folks from Mochidoki explain what mochi ice cream, a Japanese-influenced creation, is all about:

“Mochi is made from mochigome, a short-grained glutinous rice common in the Far East. The rice grains are harvested, hulled and ground into a fine powder called mochiko. This powder is then combined with water and sugar and steamed, creating mochi dough. Mochidoki then wraps gourmet ice cream in the mochi dough, making the ice cream delight a bite-sized, handheld frozen dessert. Starting at just 110 calories each, Mochidoki is gluten-free, kosher and made with real natural exotic fruits and ingredients, without pesky preservatives.”

The Mochi veterans among us agreed the samples were exactly what mochi should be; and, for the most part, the novices were slightly thrown (at first) by the mochi dough but soldiered on. Everyone was in agreement that the ice-cream centers were pretty impressive.

And everyone also agreed that as we head into Thanksgiving, the start of the season of overindulgence, Mochidoki’s creations offer a wonderfully light alternative for holiday entertaining and gifts. One colleague noted, in addition, they embody an elegance and experience reminiscent of a Japanese tea ceremony.

Options, as we saw, are plenty.

The limited-edition, four-piece Holiday Gift Box collections come in either Cinnamon Egg Nog mochi, a rich creamy eggnog ice cream dusted in nutmeg spice (a definite hit), or Spiced Chocolate mochi, a sweet-and-spicy combination of classic chocolate ice cream blended with chipotle pepper (that tasters agreed added quite a kick).

A third “festive flavor” is Pumpkin Cheesecake, available only at the Broadway Bites pop-up in Manhattan.

The full lineup is divided into three collections. Among the Classics are Matcha Green Tea and Ginger Zing; Americana choices include Vanilla Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel; and the Exotic selections include Mandarin Orange Cream and Lychee Colada.

It’s easy to see how the company derived its slogan, “Imagination in every bite.”

The limited-edition four-piece sets are sold for $10, with 10-piece packs priced at $20 each.

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– Mary Shustack

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