Around the World in Icy Treats

Mochi Ice Cream

Mochi ice cream was invented by a Japanese-American entrepreneur named Frances Hashimoto, who wanted to merge the two most popular treat from the countries of her heritage. Mochi is a cake made of sticky rice that is pounded until its very glutinous and smooth. Usually its eaten as one solid cake, but for mochi ice cream, it’s rolled out into a sheet and wrapped around a small ball of ice cream. These treats have been popular since their introduction to the United States in 1993. Popular flavors include green tea, strawberry, and vanilla.

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