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Aldi Is Selling Mochi Ice-Cream Balls After TikTokers Raved About Little Moons

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Aldi Is Selling Mochi Ice-Cream Balls After TikTokers Raved About Little Moons

Aldi has jumped on the mochi ice-cream trend, after everybody on TikTok became obsessed with the Little Moons ones earlier this year.

They come in three delicious and summery flavours: tropical, mango and coconut and a box of six will cost you £2.99, making them a third cheaper than Tesco or Ocado's versions. The Japanese-inspired dessert will be in store from 17th May - the same day we should be hearing more about travelling abroad.

What's more, Aldi's dessert balls are more than 20 per cent cheaper than Tesco and Ocado's versions of the sweet treat.

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Aldi is now selling mochi ice-cream balls for £3.50 ' Credit: Aldi
Aldi is now selling mochi ice-cream balls for £3.50 ' Credit: Aldi

What is mochi ice-cream?

In case you didn't know, Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake made with 'mochigome,' which is a short-grain glutinous rice. It's made by pounding the rice into paste and then moulding it into the desired shape. Traditionally, they're made during a Japanese ceremony called Mochitsuki.

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But in the western world, one frozen adaptation of the popular Japanese dessert has taken social media by storm. Invented by Japanese-American business woman, Frances Hashioto, mochi ice-cream balls are basically bite-sized scoops of ice-cream coated in a thin layer of the sweet, chewy rice flour.

Hashimoto sadly died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 69, but her legacy lives on in her fusion of Japanese-American desserts - and TikTokers, in particular, just can't get enough of them.

There's now more than 15,000 mochi-themed videos available on TikTok, from recipes to reviews. So it's safe to declare mochi balls as the ice cream trend of the summer - whether you're staying in the UK or jetting off abroad.

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Demand for the moon-shaped dessert bites has sky-rocketed since the start of 2021, with some mochi brands reporting sales increasing by 2,000 per cent since January.

Even Michelle Obama is a fan. In her newly launched cooking show for kids, Waffles and Mochi, the former First Lady has chosen to have some adorable puppet versions of the popular dessert as her co-hosts.

Featured Image Credit: Aldi/ClarionComms

Topics: Aldi, ice cream, TikTok

Laura Sanders
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