The pros: Trader Joe's Mango Mini Mochi is a classic dessert of east meets west. Mochi evokes strong feelings of love or dislike.
The cons: This is a texture pairing that not everyone is going to love and adore.
The verdict: Welcome to a classic pairing of east meets west. Mochi is traditionally Japanese in nature, however Mochi ice cream is very much a hybrid of the two cultures. Frances Hashimoto, the former president of Mikawaya seems to get the credit for the blending of these two items into one dessert.
My students where I work get a chance to take Mandarin. It's a language that almost none of them have any familiarity with. One of the things we do is go on our annual trip to Chinatown.
While we are in Chinatown the kids and I go to an Asian grocery store. While I'm supervising the kids, I pick up a few things they perhaps have never tried before. One of the things I buy are a few different types of mochi. Then I open a bunch of containers of it. I offer the kids some.
Much like having the kids experience bubble tea for the first time, their expressions are priceless. There is a look of total confusion, some disgust, some joy. It's so different from all the goodies they can get at the local bodega.
Needless to say, their expressions are a bit of a highlight for me. There are very few kids who have ever been in between with liking this.
With this mochi you get a really solid mango sorbet in the middle. These are about the size of Trader Joe's Vanilla Ice Cream Bon Bons and have about the same calorie count. The mochi exterior for me had way too much cornstarch on it. But tasted like most other store bought mochi that I've had.
For $3.49 these will likely satisfy most mochi fans at this price. The flavor is solid. If you've never had mochi, it might strike your palate as an odd pairing of textures. The exterior is squishy, but the interior is the more familiar sorbet texture.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Mango Mini Mochi:
The nutritional information:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? No, I know there are people who love Mochi and I respect that. For me Trader Joe's Mango Mini Mochi is a texture pairing I don't love.
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