Just a few weeks ago, Whole Foods Market announced that they would be rolling out a new self-serve Mochi Ice Cream Bar featuring a variety of flavors. The news went viral!
Being a big mochi ice cream fan, I just had to try it for myself so naturally I tracked down the closest Whole Foods that launched one of these self-serve stations. Disclaimer: Your local Whole Foods locations may have 0 idea what you’re talking about.
Right next to the usual ice cream section is a giant sign that signals you over to grab a container and help yourself to these Japanese goodies!
If you don’t already know, Mochi is pounded sticky rice that is then molded into a rice cake confection. It can be filled with red bean, strawberries, or in this case: ice cream.
Here you’ll find a pair a tongs and 3 different container sizes with lids so that you can take your treats to go! This particular store was $2 per mochi or $20 for 12. There were 6 kinds available: Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Red Bean, Black Sesame, Matcha Green Tea, and Coffee. (Special note: the black sesame actually has black sesame seeds!) Your mileage may vary.
I’ve tried all sorts of mochi ice cream – Japanese made, American made, you name it. The ones found here at Whole Foods were delicious. They stayed perfectly cold (but not so frozen that you can’t bite into them) even with the strange warm weather (are we sure it’s still winter?) and the consistency of the mochi itself was perfect. The preservation of the temperature may be due to the fact that the takeout containers are kept in the freezer alongside the actual mochi!
Anyways, I’m so ready for warmer days, and I’ll be back. Again and again.