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9 Best Mochi Flavors Ranked by Popularity

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Explore the delicious world of mochi as we go on a savory journey and rate the top mochi flavors according to how popular they are. This post explores the varied flavor profile of this chewy Japanese confection, showcasing everything from the classic and time-tested to the avant-garde and bold. Savor a wide range of flavors to suit different tastes, such as the classic earthiness of matcha or the comforting sweetness of red bean, or explore more daring flavors like lychee or mango. Come discover the creativity that goes into making these delicious rice cakes and celebrate the variety of flavors and textures that have captured palates all over the world.


Red Bean

Red Bean
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Red bean mochi is one of the classic Japanese mochi flavors. For those of us based in the US, red bean may seem like an unusual flavor for a dessert. Most beans are typically used in savory dishes, but don’t write off red bean mochi just yet! Red bean mochi uses red mung bean paste, but it has a sweet, unique flavor. It can be hard to describe if you haven’t tasted it yourself, but it has a sweet, earthier flavor. While I love sweets, I don’t like my desserts overly sugary sweet, so red bean is a great flavor for me!


Double Chocolate

Double Chocolate
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Double chocolate is a mochi flavor with a creamy, milky, melty texture of quality ice cream created by adding fudge brownie chunks. For added good measure, the chocolatey delight gets wrapped in mind-blowing mochi mouthfuls. The mochi dough used to encase the ice cream is soft and delicious. When I really want to treat myself, Double Chocolate is the first mochi flavor that comes to mind. I was amazed by how the ice cream was perfectly crafted. It’s prepared distinctively to delight your taste buds with its delicious ice cream-pastry mash-up. This mochi flavor makes a delicious and entertaining treat or snack for when you’re relaxing. The ice cream pieces are also perfect for serving during gatherings with family or friends, at picnics, or when you’re hosting parties.


S’mores

S'mores
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Although s’mores are often associated with summer, you can’t enjoy them when there is too much sun. The S’mores mochi ice cream is a perfect substitute. This mochi flavor will blow you away. It consists of a luxurious premium ice cream encased in gorgeous, pillowy mochi dough, all enclosing an extra-special layer of mouthwatering flavor. This mochi flavor is among my favorite bonfire snacks. You can experiment with it in whatever way you want to create a treat that suits you.  My preferred way is to make mochi with a marshmallow flavor and an ice cream center made of chocolate and biscuits. Nevertheless, you can look for other styles to adjust your s’mores according to your taste.

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Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Cream Mochi
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Cookies and cream has been a favorite ice cream flavor of mine since I was a kid. And the mochi ice cream version of the classic flavor profile didn’t disappoint. Filled with small chunks of cookies, chocolate pieces, and creamy ice cream, this option is all you could want from a decadent dessert. I gravitate to this flavor on hot days, as it reminds me of the ice cream-filled days when I was younger. If you’re looking for a nostalgic taste or a dessert option that the whole family will love, then this flavor won’t disappoint.


Green Tea

Green Tea
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Another mochi flavor that I found worth including in my most popular mochi flavors list is Green Tea. Although green tea is renowned for its health benefits, it also makes an incredible dessert flavoring. This dessert comprises a masterfully made mochi dough encasing a smooth and creamy green tea interior. The mochi dough is smooth and pillowy with a pleasant balance of bitterness and sweetness, taking your tongue on an incredible textural adventure. The thing I love about this mochi flavor is that it’s refreshing and quite different from r ice cream flavors you would find at your favorite ice cream shop.  Additionally, you can easily prepare it at home, provided you have all the necessary ingredients. If you carefully follow all the instructions, you will definitely love the final product.


Dulce de Leche

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In my opinion, Dulce de Leche is the richest, most decadent mochi flavor. It features a creamed coffee-flavored ice cream encased in a slightly bitter chewy crust with a gush of creamy caramel at the center. If you’re looking for a perfect mochi flavor to eat in the morning, consider Dulce de Leche. Moreover, it’s undoubtedly among the best flavors you can serve as dessert.


Mango

Mango
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Enjoy the taste of tropical flavors by trying the Mango mochi ice cream. Its tangy and sweet taste combined with mochi’s mouthful dough will satisfy your appetite and leave you craving for more. Although not everybody wants a fruity dessert, you can’t go wrong with the tropical taste of Mango ice cream. This flavor is usually tangy, sweet, and ultra-creamy. I love having this treat when I’m laying by the pool. If you’re looking for a sweet and refreshing taste, this flavor is for you. 


Strawberry

Strawberry
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Strawberry is one of the most controversial and basic ice cream flavors. Although it belongs to the same class as chocolate and vanilla, it’s as popular. If you love strawberry ice cream, you will fall in love with the Strawberry mochi flavor. This option is a perfect fit if you want a mochi flavor that looks attractive when eating. It contains a perfect blend of milky melty strawberry ice cream covered with a pillowy pink mochi dough. Strawberry mochi is prepared in various ways. Some people use dried strawberry powder or real strawberries. You can also add small fruit pieces to the cream to make it more attractive. Although people love strawberry mochi flavor for its sweetness, I found it quite strong. So go for this option if you have a sweet tooth!

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Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean
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The last choice of our most popular mochi flavors is Vanilla Bean. Vanilla is one of the most widely-used ingredients to flavor sweet treats across the globe, and it’s no surprise why. This mochi flavor is made with actual vanilla beans, providing a rich taste. It contains traditional vanilla cream covered with a melt-in-your-mouth mochi dough. This mochi flavor is for you if you like to stick to the classics. Although it’s not very experimental, you can’t go wrong with the robust vanilla notes. I love to have this flavor with coffee as the flavors pair well together.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

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