Friday, August 21, 2015

Maeda-en Mochi Ice Cream Bonbons

A couple of weeks ago, my husband discovered Maeda-en Mochi Ice Cream Bonbons while shopping at one of our local Asian markets on Colonial Drive.  

I love mochi and I love ice cream, so I was really excited to try the mochi ice cream bonbons, which are labeled gluten free.  Mochi, a Japanese-style dough made of pounded rice, is wrapped around the ice cream to form the bonbons.  

My daughters, chocolate lovers that they are, had to try the chocolate first.  I love that the mochi ice cream bonbons are not overly sweet, and they are only 90 calories each, 

While I enjoyed the chocolate on the first night we tried them, I was really looking forward to trying the red bean mochi ice cream bonbons.

My first experience with red bean was in a fish shaped pastry at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot when I was a kid, and I have eaten it many times since in a variety of different desserts.  I love the chewiness of the mochi combined with the creamy red bean ice cream.  It's hard for me to just eat one, because they are so good, but I am trying to teach my daughters portion control, which prevents me from going back for seconds.  

We all liked the vanilla, but when we went back to Phuoc Loc Tho to buy more mochi ice cream bonbons, we decided that we liked the other flavors better, and didn't buy any more vanilla.

My daughter Katie loved the strawberry, but this was my least favorite flavor, which didn't surprise me, because I am not a fan of strawberry ice cream.  

Phuoc Loc Tho also carries green tea mochi ice cream bonbons, but we have not tried them.  Maeda-en also makes black sesame ice cream and mango sherbert bonbons.

On their website, Maeda-en says their products can be found in Japanese and Asian markets across the United States, which is where they are manufactured.  You can view their store locator here.  As far as allergen warnings go, the red bean mochi ice cream bonbons contain milk and eggs.  As I write this, I don't have any other boxes in the house to check the ingredients, but from what I remember, all the flavors I bought have the same allergen warnings.

Maeda-en mochi ice cream bonbons can be found at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot.  They are in a small freezer in one of the food carts across from Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo.  They sell green tea, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry mochi ice cream bonbons, as well as mango mochi sherbert bonbons.  My whole family loved the mango mochi sherbet bonbons, which might be our new favorite.

What are your favorite flavors of Maeda-en mochi ice cream bonbons?  


  1. I've had those although probably not that brand. They're incredible!


    1. Shirley - The combination of the mochi and ice cream is amazing! :-)

  2. I have only bought the mango flavour recently as my family loves mango smoothies and ice cream. It's really good!