The delicious ice cream trend from Japan

It’s hot, you’re sweating and you want nothing more than a delicious, refreshing ice cream. But you want something other than the usual chocolate-vanilla stuff? Then we have something interesting for you: Mochi ice cream, a classic Japanese dessert. And it can taste more than just delicious: it’s colourful, soft, refreshing, lactose-free, low-calorie and often even vegan! But what is behind this exotic-sounding ice cream anyway?

What’s a mochi?

What in this country is New Year’s Eve for many Berliners or raclette is for the Japanese mochis, which are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day. This is a small dessert rice cake with a very special structure.

On the outside there is a sticky dough, and inside you bite on a sweet paste of adzuki beans and sugar. Adzuki beans are Asian legumes that are rich in protein and fibre. Now there are exactly these dessert cakes as a delicious cooling off. Mochi ice cream is now also available in Asia shops and some supermarket chains in this country.

What is mochi ice cream made of?

As already mentioned, the Mochi ice cream consists of different proportions. The outside is made of gluten flour, also called shiratamako, which remains pleasantly soft and does not become hard even when frozen. Inside the dough, instead of the typical adzuki bean paste, there is ice cream of different flavours such as strawberry, mango, pistachio and even green tea.

For those who like it a bit more special, varieties like black sesame could be perfect. The special thing about Mochi ice cream is that it is traditionally produced on the basis of coconut milk. It is gluten- and lactose-free, and depending on the variety also vegan!

How do you eat mochi ice cream?

Unlike regular popsicles or ice cream, mochi ice cream is snacked in one piece due to its small size. If you like it a little creamier, you can take the ice cream out of the freezer 10 minutes before eating it, let it melt and then enjoy it soft.

What are the nutritional values of mochi ice cream?

The nutritional values vary from recipe to recipe and depend on whether you make the mochis yourself or buy them ready to eat. Advantage: Thanks to the rice flour, this colourful refreshment will definitely fill you up quickly and you won’t have the need for endless amounts compared to regular ice cream.

By the way: The mochi ice cream from the supermarket has been modified from the recipe – the basis is no longer coconut milk, it is rather normal ice cream in a dough coat. Also delicious, but not the typical traditional mochi ice cream (and usually not lactose and gluten free).

How do you make mochi ice cream yourself?

At this point the motto “do it yourself” is a double benefit. To be sure what’s in your portion of mochi ice cream, just do it yourself. You’ll also create a surprise moment at the next garden party and shine with a new eye-catcher. Normal vanilla and chocolate ice cream can now be packed!

Here is the basic recipe for mochi ice cream:

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 150 grams of sticky rice flour (Shiramatako)
  • 180 millilitres of water
  • 55 grams of sugar
  • Cornstarch

You can order the glutinous flour via or buy it in Asian shops.


  1. Mix the sticky rice flour with the sugar in a small bowl and gradually add some water. Stir the dough until there are no more lumps.
  2. Now you can heat the dough in the microwave at about 700 watts for 2 minutes. Stir the dough a little and heat it again for 1 minute. Repeat the process until the dough has become a sticky, shiny mass.

    Let it cool down for a short moment.

  3. Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking paper and sprinkle it with starch (to prevent the dough from sticking to the paper).
  4. Now you can roll out the dough thinly on the baking paper and put it in the freezer for two hours. You can let off steam with the ice cream filling. Cut your favourite fruits into small pieces, experiment with sesame or matcha or make a fruit sorbet.

Here you will find further inspiration and preparation possibilities:

Where can you buy mochi ice cream?

Mochi ice cream is available in many major Asian food stores, as I said. Depending on the range of products you can find exotic varieties such as Matcha and black sesame. But also single supermarket chains like Kaufland, Metro or Rewe carry different mochi ice cream products. Be aware of the hidden ingredients and be warned against hefty prices. As a rule, 180 grams, which corresponds to about 6 pieces, cost around 5 euros.

The traditional Japanese dessert not only looks beautiful due to the many bright colours, it also tastes refreshingly different. Try it out! Or you can try the recipe and make it yourself.