Along with a few pints of Mr. Green Tea Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla from Mr. Green Tea, they also wanted us to try out a new novelty item they have introduced to the public: Mochi Ice Cream. So first things first, what exactly is mochi ice cream?
This would serve as our first experience with mochi ice cream, so we asked a few questions to the VP to get some things set straight. Mr. Green Tea has been selling these to restaurants around the country for about 30 years, but only began to sell them to retail starting February of 2016. Another benefit of Mr. Mochi: since the dough on the outside is made out of rice and not wheat, every piece of Mr. Mochi is 100% Gluten Free; a big benefit to some consumers. Couple that with Mr. Green Tea's top notch premium ice cream and we were ready to try this new-to-us ice cream item.
We started our taste test with the Green Tea version, a flavor that earned top marks in our initial ice cream only taste test, and went from there. Each box of Mr. Mochi contains six individually wrapped mochi pieces. Depending on how long the mochi had been exposed to room temperature determined the exact consistency of the sweet rice dough exterior. After just a few minutes of thawing out, the outside became pliable and developed a chewy feel with a slightly sweetened taste. When combined with the premium green tea, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice creams, the result was something new, exciting, and very fun to eat when compared to a traditional pint of ice cream. Here's how we ranked each of the four flavors.
Green Tea Mochi Rank: 1st
Chocolate Mochi Rank: 2nd
Strawberry Mochi Rank: 3rd
Vanilla Mochi Rank: 4th