Mochi lovers who visit Japanese grocery stores for a fix of the ice cream-filled confections usually have their choices limited to a few flavors: matcha, red bean, and little more.
Mochidoki, an artisanal mochi ice cream brand that ships nationwide, changes all that. Pastry chef Michael Laiskonis, Mochidoki’s culinary consultant, creates custom flavors that significantly expand what’s on the market currently. For Mother’s Day, think Raspberry White Chocolate mochi with creamy natural raspberry ice cream that have bits of white chocolate for crunch, or a signature Vanilla Chocolate Chip mochi in the shape of hearts, decorated with pink chocolates ($40 plus shipping for the 12-piece set).
Other collections include the nostalgia-inducing Americana, with addictive flavors such as the Salted Caramel and Vanilla Chocolate Chip ($10 for four pieces). The classic flavors are there, too, such as matcha and black sesame, but far better balanced than run-of-the-mill brands. Other flavors include Lychee Colada, Mandarin Orange Cream, and Mochaccino Chip.
Mochidoki is gluten-free, and uses all natural ingredients with no artificial sweeteners.
For more information, see mochidoki.com