Ever tried mochi ice cream? It’s a delicious bite sized mounds of ice cream surrounded by mochi. It’s a tedious task to make mochi ice cream, so for this month’s Pinterest Challenge, I’m sharing a tutorial on how to make one giant mochi ice cream dessert!
I have two mochi recipes on the blog because my family loves eating it. Mochi is a fun chewy Japanese dessert made from sweet rice flour and is often filled with sweet red beans or other sweet filling.
In recent years, mochi filled with ice cream has become super popular. It a delicious treat, but can be quite expensive to buy and is time consuming to make. So instead of making a ton of tiny mochi ice cream or paying $3.oo per one ice cream mochi, it makes sense to make one giant one at home!
Here is my inspiration from Pinterest. It’s from BuzzFeed Japan and is made with Matcha mochi and ice cream. I made mine with chocolate mochi and pre-made Cookies-n-Cream ice cream, which is easier for most in the United States to buy in their regular grocery store.
How to Make Giant Ice Cream Mochi
Line a large glass bowl with plastic wrap. This will help prevent the mochi from sticking to the bowl. Set aside.
Add the mochi ingredients to a microwavable bowl and microwave for about 3 minutes until the mochi is thick and sticky. It’s ready when it gathers into a ball when mixing.
Generously cover your work area with corn starch or potato starch and pour out the mochi mix onto the surface. Folks, this stuff is stickyyyyy!!! Cover the top of the mochi with more starch.
Roll out the mochi dough into a large enough round sheet to cover the inside of the glass bowl. When the sheet is large enough, roll it onto the rolling pin and transfer to the inside of the bowl.
Place the mochi sheet into the bowl and dust off any excess starch. Try to smooth out the mochi at the bottom of the bowl, as this will eventually become the top of the mochi. Then fill the bowl a little more than half-way up with ice cream.
Tip: I let the ice cream defrost until it was soft enough to scoop out and smash into the mochi bowl.
Fold over the mochi to cover the ice cream. I made the mistake of pushing down on the mochi and the ice cream seeped out. DO NOT push down on the ice cream! Cover with the plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 6 hours.
When the giant mochi ice cream is ready, place a plate on the bowl and flip over. Unwrap the giant mochi ice cream and dust with powdered sugar. Slice and enjoy!
Would I make this again? Yes, but I would possibly create mochi layers between the ice cream as I felt the mochi ratio to ice cream was a bit off. Otherwise, this is a fun dessert to serve and eat.
View the other Pinterest Challenge Posts:
- January 2018 – One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce
- February 2018 – Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day Wreath
- March 2018 – Bourbon Chicken with Vegetables
- April 2018 – Mini Hoop Seashell Wall Hanging
- May 2018 – Giant Mochi Ice Cream
- June 2018 – Matcha Mousse
- July 2018 – Savory Vegetable Pancakes
- August 2018 – Jumbo Jello Gummy Bears
- September 2018 – Halloween Candy Popcorn
- October 2018 – Halloween Plastic Tablecloth Wreath
- November 2018 – Apple Pie Hotteok
- December 2018 – Christmas BINGO Gift Exchange Game
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Giant Mochi Ice Cream Recipe
Giant Mochi Ice Cream
Forget about tiny bit-sized mochi ice cream, learn how to make a giant mochi ice cream!
- 200g Sweet rice flour
- 100g Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Cocoa powder
- 200ml Water
- 1 bag Corn Starch or Potato Starch
- 1 carton Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream
- Remove the ice cream from the freezer and leave out to soften. Line a large bowl with plastic wrap all the way to the top, leaving some excess to fold over the giant mochi ball when filled. Set aside.
- In a microwavable bowl, mix all the ingredients, except for the ice cream together. Microwave for about 3 minutes. While the mochi is in the microwave, prep your work surface with a generous amount of corn starch or potato starch.
- Place the cooked mochi on top of the corn starch and add more starch on top of the mochi. Roll the mochi into a circle large enough to cover the inside of the plastic lined bowl all the way to the top. Place the rolled mochi into the bowl. Smooth out and dust off any excess starch using a basting brush.
- Fill the mochi lined bowl with ice cream a little more than half way up and smooth out. Pull the mochi to cover the ice cream and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, slice and serve!
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Just wondering how far advance can I make this mochi icecream?
1-2 days before in an airtight container. It lasted 2 days at our house. Best is to keep it tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and let defrost about 10 minutes to let the mochi soften a bit before cutting and eating.
This Mochi Ice Cream Dessert is calling my name!! I featured it at this week’s Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Thanks so much for linking up!
I’ve never heard of mochi and now I’m intrigued. When I saw this on Instagram I asked my daughter in law who is from Japan if she was familiar with it mochi ice cream. . She is and says it’s delicious. Pinning to remind myself to try your recipe!
This is the first time I’ve heard of mochi but I have all of the ingredients needed! Time to pin and give it a try!
While I am not familiar with Mochi, I can see this dessert looks like a rare treat. It sounds like it may be a good combination of sweet and salty and I love that combo.
It’s a fun treat, but it’s definitely sweet and not salty.
This is a really interesting idea, my kids like Mochi so I will have to give this a try. Thanks!
This sounds like a lot of fun. I imagine with the right molds or bowls you could make smaller ones, too.
OMG Erlene you are a genius! We love mochi (I did a Earth day green and blue mochi recently, in fact) but this is so cool! I have never done mochi with ice cream though. This is a great summer dessert or birthday dessert! Totally pinning this to try later.
I realized somehow I hadn’t followed you on FB and Pinterest, so I did that 😉 Cheers!
Thanks. I wish I could take credit, but Rie from Tasty Japan was my inspiration 🙂 I just made it a little friendlier for those that can’t get Matcha or want to make ice cream from scratch.
I have to try this! Not only have I never had Mochi, I had never even heard of Mochi! What have I been missing? This looks SO good! I can not wait to try this out. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I have never heard of mochi ice cream but it sure looks good.
I have never heard of mochi but it sounds interesting and that looks delicious. Pinned.
I’ve never heard of Mochi before, but this looks yummy! It would be fun to make this & try it. Your post makes me wish I had some ice cream to eat.
Great tutorial! I have heard of this but never tasted it. Now I must!! Looks divine.
Looks delicious. I’ve not heard of Mochi before but I’m sure now I’ll start seeing it everywhere!
I love the idea of a big desert where you can cut up slices to share.
This is a very impressive looking dessert, Erlene! And I’m sure it’s quite tasty with Cookies and Cream ice cream as an ingredient! I can almost taste it looking at the pictures! Thanks for sharing!
I had never heard of this until now but I definitely have to give it a try! Oh my goodness, does it look good. I love the flavors you chose, too. Thanks for the awesome recipe and thank you for hosting the Pinterest Challenge each month!