It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to Mitsuwa Marketplace in Chicago. To my surprise, a lot of new things were added, including a new mochi ice cream shop.
I’ve had mochi ice cream before. You can read my review for MY/MO Mochi Ice Cream if you enjoy mochi ice cream as much as I do.
This brand is called Mochi Cream! However, this mochi ice cream is a little different. Aside from the bit of ice cream added, this mochi came stuffed with flavored pastes too; just like regular mochi.
You can learn more about Mochi Cream on their websites:
They have an extensive menu that I’m looking forward to try in the near future.
Most of the mochi’s range between $1.80USD to $2.50USD but they have several bundles that are worth taking advantage of. I decided to go with the:
- Buy 8 get 1 caramel macchiato for free
Unfortunately I didn’t notice that I would get a free caramel macchiato with the box of 8 and so I had originally ordered a caramel macchiato and forgot, so I ended up with 2 caramel macchiato mochi, instead of another flavor to try.
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This was not one of my favorites to try. I’m not a huge fan of honey.
Dough: The dough didn’t seem to have any flavor in particular. Because of the yellowish tint, I thought perhaps it would taste a bit like honey.
Paste: The pink part of the mochi is the paste which was cranberry flavor.
Cream: The white part is the ice cream.
Honey: In random spots throughout the mochi, there were bits of honey mixed in. It was a pleasant surprise to taste sudden hints of honey instead of having a complete layer of honey spread through the mochi. While I don’t enjoy the taste of honey, I did enjoy this effect.
This was also not one of my favorite but it wasn’t too bad. I do like the flavor of peach; it tasted more like peaches and cream.
Dough: The dough had a small hint of peach flavor.
Paste: The yellow part of the mochi was the paste, It had a strong peachy flavor.
Cream: I was expecting a Greek yogurt flavor in the ice cream but I couldn’t taste anything from it. It tasted like regular cream.
I’m not a huge fan of black sesame sweets but I do love black sesame ice cream, which is why I got this mochi cream. I was expecting there to be sesame ice cream inside.
Dough: The dough tasted like black sesame. You can see from the photo above that there were whole black sesames mixed into the dough.
Paste: The paste had a very strong flavor of sesame. As you can see in the photo, there were bits of black sesame ground into the paste.
Cream: The white part is the ice cream.
This mochi barely left an after taste in your mouth, which I found surprising because of how strong the taste of sesame usually is.
Red Sweet Potato
I want to say this was one of my top favorites but it’s not. It was yummy nonetheless. As a fan of taro/ube flavored sweets, I was expecting this to be the best mochi cream in the box.
Dough: The dough tasted like regular mochi dough.
Paste: The paste didn’t have a strong flavor of the red sweet potato. I was a bit disappointed. If you’ve ever had roasted sweet potatoes (with no seasonings) before, that’s what this reminded me of.
Cream: The cream didn’t add anything to it , except perhaps making the mochi a little creamy. I was hoping that it would add some sweetness to the mochi but I didn’t taste anything.
O.M.G. This is probably my top number 2. This is an absolute fave. It was incredibly delicious.
Dough: This dough didn’t have any taste in particular. It tasted like regular mochi dough.
Apple: In the center of the mochi, there was a small piece of cinnamon apple in the center. It was sweet and yummy just like in an apple pie.
Cream: As you can see, the mochi I filled with ice cream; no paste this time. What makes the ice cream great is that it tasted like it had cinnamon and bits of graham cracker bits mixed in.
Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
While this mochi was yummy, it didn’t make it into my top 2.
Dough: The dough didn’t have any flavor to me, at least none that I could tell.
Paste: Most sakura (cherry blossoms) flavored sweets are a hit or miss. This mochi had a very strong floral taste. I’m not sure how to describe it but I’d say it’s an in between flavor of roses and strawberries.
Cream: The ice cream didn’t have any particular flavor.
Here is my number 1 mochi fave out of this box! Absolutely amazing! It reminded me of the Japanese custard pudding by Glico called Pucchin Purin (プッチンプリン); it tastes just like flan but creamier and thicker.
Dough: As far as I could tell, the mochi dough was regular mochi to me; it didn’t have any distinctive taste.
Custard: As you can see, this mochi didn’t have any cream. It was completely filled with pudding. The pudding was very smooth even though it was frozen. It was thick, sweet and very creamy.
Caramel: If you look closely, you can see a faint line where the caramel syrup was injected in the center.
While I wasn’t a huge fan of the messy outer powdered layer, this was actually a really good mochi.
Dough: I couldn’t tell if the mochi dough had any flavor added to it because it was covered in what I assumed was chocolate powder, so it tasted like chocolate to me.
Paste: The paste tasted between a mix of chocolate and coffee to me.
Cream: The ice cream tasted like coffee.
Would I buy these again? I love the mix between the traditional Japanese mochi and the Japanese American ice cream mochi.
I absolutely loved these. As someone who loves mochi, daifuku and wagashi, this is a slight twist that adds an exciting new texture and taste. If you’re looking to try new flavors, this is definitely the place. My favorites were the custard and the apple pie!