The other day, I popped into Whole Foods to grab a few things. When I hit the cash register, I was momentarily distracted by this:
What on earth IS that, I wondered? Turns out it’s Mochi – a Japanese ice cream! As you can see, the treat is a colorful sphere made up of sweetened rice dough called mochi with a center of premium ice cream—it comes in a variety of flavors, ranging from classic vanilla bean to ripe strawberry to unique green tea. I mean, how fun! I had no idea this stuff even existed!Warm Up With This Cool Treat! #mochiicecream Click To Tweet
Now, it may seem strange to suggest warming up with mochi ice cream, but there is no reason that you should have to eat it cold. If you like getting a little creative with your food, you can enjoy your cool dessert with a temperature twist. Here are three great ideas for mochi ice cream desserts for those times when you want to do more than eat the treat straight out of the box.
In An Affogato
This is a traditional Italian way of enjoying your scoop of creamy gelato or in this case, your ball of mochi ice cream. All you have to do is place your ice cream in a glass and then pour freshly-made espresso over it—the term affogato means to drown, so your ice cream should be covered in hot espresso. If you are not a fan of coffee you could always exchange the espresso with another steamy beverage—try using sweet hot cocoa or steeped black tea like Earl Grey or Masala Chai as replacements.
In A Sundae
You can warm up with mochi ice cream by placing your favorite flavors into a bowl or mug, covering it in fun toppings and then drizzling it with a piping hot sauce. For a classic sundae, you can whip up a homemade hot fudge sauce or salted caramel sauce to cascade over your ice cream—for those who are indecisive about what recipe to choose, you can always enjoy both at once. Another option for your tasty sundae is to make a warm compote out of fruit like peaches, blackberries, raspberries or cherries.
A La Mode
The term a la mode technically means fashionable in French, but the rest of the world associates the term with dessert—a la mode means that a dessert is topped with vanilla ice cream. Instead of placing a plain scoop of vanilla ice cream on your favorite baked goods, you can use a ball of vanilla bean mochi ice cream. It will pair perfectly with warm desserts like freshly baked chocolate brownies or slices of flakey apple pie. You can experiment by topping your cookies, brownies and pies with different mochi ice cream flavors like mint chocolate chip, strawberry, mango or double chocolate.
For a different mochi ice cream experience, you can drown it in hot espresso, coat it in sauce or serve it on top of a dessert that came straight out of the oven. Whatever technique you choose to try, it’s always nice to know that it’s not impossible to warm up with a cool dessert.
Have you ever seen Mochi ice cream? Have you TRIED it?!
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