Lotte Yukimi Daifuku: Mochi-Covered Vanilla Ice Cream
Made with “Mochi (餅)” rice cake, “Daifuku (大福)“, or Daifuku Mochi is one of the most loved traditional Japanese sweets.
It is a small, round confection consisting of “Anko (餡子)” or sweet red bean paste wrapped in a thin layer of soft glutinous rice cake.
In modern times, Daifuku comes in many varieties and is filled with various ingredients in addition to Anko, which include strawberry, pudding, and coffee-flavored bean jam.
For the hot summer months, Daifuku is filled with ice cream and what I introduce here “Yukimi Daifuku (雪見だいふく)” from Lotte is the best-selling product in Japan.
Yukimi Daifuku (雪見だいふく)
Lotte Yukimi Daifuku (Price: 140 yen, or about 1.3 USD) is a Mochi-covered vanilla ice cream introduced by Lotte in 1981, and now it has become a standard sweet for the hot summer season.
The product contains 2 small pieces of round Mochi-covered vanilla ice cream and a plastic cocktail fork comes with it.
When you transfer the Mochi ice cream from the container onto a plate, you can find it has a typical Daifuku shape, even though it is cold, unlike ordinary Daifuku Mochi.
Strictly speaking, the outer Mochi skin is called “Gyuhi (求肥)”, which is one of the essential ingredients for wagashi or traditional Japanese confections.
Gyuhi is a soft Mochi-like paste made by heating and kneading a mixture of glutinous rice flour, sugar, and starch syrup. As an example, the wagashi that represents Wakayama, “Kibidango (きびだんご)” is actually Gyuhi in itself.
Yukimi Daifuku, where the Gyuhi covering is soft and chewy with a subtle sweetness, which makes a perfect combination with the smooth and sweet vanilla ice cream inside.
If you like Japanese sweets, the mochi ice cream Lotte Yukimi Daifuku is undoubtedly one of the must-try items for you.