Remember that cool ice pop freezer we found a while ago in Epcot’s Japan pavilion? (Get it – cool … freezer – oh, never mind.)
The happy freezer has more than just ice pops in it these days. Meet the Mochi.
Mochi is actually a Japanese version of a marshmallow, sweet and somewhat bland, but with a smooth texture and easy chew.
The product sold here is mochi ice cream — a golf-ball-sized scoop of ice cream covered fondant-style with a mochi marshmallow shell and dusted with a very light coating of powdered sugar.
The mochi coating makes this a completely mess-free way to eat ice cream with your hands. I was able to eat a mochi ball in three bites without getting even a spot of ice cream on my hands.
During this visit, the freezer held mango, green tea, and strawberry flavors, but I’ve seen other options during past visits to the pavilion.
The mochi treat has a subtle fruit flavor that’s perfect for taking the edge off a spicy meal from Mexico.
Currently a box of six two-ounce mochi ice cream balls sells for $7.99. This is definitely something that’s great for a family to share. If you just want a little nibble, split the box between six people; if you want a more substantial snack, split it between two or three.
After trying the mochi ice cream at Epcot, I started to notice that it is sometimes available out in the real world. My local Whole Foods has carried it from time to time. If you’re eager to try this at home (and perhaps pay a bit less) check out the mochi website and follow the store locator link.
I have to say that I’ve become a little addicted to these little balls of ice cream love. There’s more than one box in my home freezer right now. At only 90 calories per serving, they really are a great way to control your ice cream portion if you’re prone to over-indulge. (Um, I confess.)
At Walt Disney World, it serves as a nice way to have a little something cool and sweet, but not fill you up so much that you’re walking around stuffed in the Florida heat.
Have you tried the mochi ice cream balls at Epcot or elsewhere? What did you think? Just the right size, or not quite enough? Let us know in the comments below.