I have just had the strangest treat ever, courtesy of a little place called Trader Joes. It's funny because I've known about Trader Joe's for...well, forever now, yet I never actually went into one until today. We had found a nice assortment of all natural snacks at Whole Foods, some good, some not so good, but Whole Foods is just so far away. Trader Joe's on the other hand is a place I can hit at lunchtime, and if the assortment of snacks I bought is as tasty (and junk free) as it looks, then I will definitely be heading back soon enough.
Ok, so I'm making my way through the aisles to see if there is anything worthy of my attention. I really just want snacks, but I'm finding everything but snacks, which seemed silly considering the fact that the store really wasn't that big. The snacks you see, are hiding above the freezer section in this particular Trader Joes. Mmmmm, freezer section ...I wonder if they have .....OOOOOOO, nice! those ice cream cookie sandwiches look fantastic. Cool, all natural super premium ice cream too! Soy ice cream? yeah, I'm ok without that...but wait, what's that hiding behind the Soy Ice Cream? Mochi? What in the Sam Hill is Mochi Ice Cream??
You know what's coming next right? Oh yeah, we're snacking on the way back to work!
DUBBLE BUBBLE bubble gum. I know it's suppose to be Strawberry but my memories are trying to trick me into thinking it's bubble gum.
I was done in 4 bites.
The coating to ice cream ratio felt like it was 1:1, but as you can see from the picture, it's not quite that high. If you are a regular reader, you know I usually like my ice cream flavor to outweigh my coating flavor. If I was in charge, I would definitely make a thinner coating. Speaking of coating, let's get some more info: The coating, or mochi, is actually a Japanese rice cake made of a sticky rice paste. Sure I could have read the box to find that out beforehand, but what fun would that be?
Yeah, this is one strange little treat for those of us who don't go out to eat enough. I don't want to say it's bad, it does have some positives: the ice cream inside is respectable. It has a nice strawberry odor and you can even see a few little bits of real strawberry pieces. There's also no funky chemical tastes or anything else trying to ruin this little treat, but man, this texture is really hard to get over. At $3.49 for a six pack, I guess my opinion is that you should try them so that you can say that you have tried them, but in no way am I implying that you are going to like these, let alone love them. In fact, I'm curious to see what my wife and daughter have to say when we have these for dessert after dinner.
Hey, you know what? I went to close the link to dubble bubble and I saw the bubble gum cigars. Weren't those like super soft and chewy back in the day? I think I remember being grossed out by their odd texture ...or maybe my memory is faulty...
SORRY - SECOND SCOOP CANCELLED - I don't know if it was the egg whites they put in the mochi or just unfortunate timing, but these treats did not settle well. I hate to share like this, but at the same time, I'll feel guilty if I don't throw up a potential egg allergy alert here.
While I picked up the mochi ice cream made by Mikawaya, Maeda-en also makes it ( subtitled as gourmet bonbons ). Both companies offer chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mango, red bean and green tea flavors. On top of that, Mikawaya offers coffee flavor, while Maeda-en offers Lychee flavor.
Snackerrific reviewed the Ginger Flavor last October
Gigi reviewed the Mango flavor just yesterday! (how weird!)
Japanese Ice Cream has some directions for making your own