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! How to make a giant mochi ice cream for a fun cool summer dessert. #mochi #mochiicecream #icecream #dessert #summerdessert #Japanesedessert

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!

Giant Matcha Mochi Ice Cream
Source: BuzzFeed Japan

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 bowl with plastic wrap for the giant mochi ice cream

Line a large glass bowl with plastic wrap. This will help prevent the mochi from sticking to the bowl. Set aside.

giant mochi ice cream mix

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 add potato starch to work surface

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

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.

Giant mochi ice cream dough in bowl

Giant mochi ice cream filling

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.

Wrap mochi around ice cream

Wrap giant mochi ice cream with plastic wrap

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.

How to make giant mochi ice cream

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.

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Giant Mochi Ice Cream Recipe

How to make giant mochi ice cream

Giant Mochi Ice Cream

Yield: 8-10 servings

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


    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!