Cheese Mochi : Echigo Seika’s Super Fluffy Rice Snack
When it comes to Japanese snacks with a cheese flavor, in Japan there are some unique products that probably can’t be seen in other countries.
Representative examples of such cheese snacks include a combination of a traditional Japanese snack food and cheese like what I purchased this time, Echigo Seika’s “Funwari Cheese Mochi (ふんわり チーズもち)”.
Echigo Seika Funwari Cheese Mochi
Mochi rice cakes
As you might already know, “Mochi (もち)” is a traditional Japanese plain white rice cake made of glutinous rice “Mochi-Gome (もち米)”.
Although cooked Mochi rice cake is usually chewy and very sticky, despite being made from Mochi Gome rice, this Cheese Mochi snack isn’t sticky at all, but super fluffy.
Actually, for the texture, the name of the product includes the Japanese word “Funwari (ふんわり)” meaning “fluffy”.
The light yellow color of the snack comes from cheese powder mixed in with the snack. The cheese used in this snack is all from Hokkaido and contains 25% raclette cheese and 50% cheddar cheese.
As this video shows, the Cheese Mochi snack is crusty on the outside and super fluffy on the inside. Therefore, once you pop the rice puff in the mouth, it pleasantly melts.
In fact, the Echigo Seika Funwari Cheese Mochi is the fluffiest cheese snack I have ever eaten. What is better, in addition to being super fluffy, the Cheese Mochi rice puff has an addicting rich cheese flavor and is really yummy.
Where to Buy the Cheese Mochi Snack
So if you love cheese snacks, I highly recommend the Echigo Seika Funwari Cheese Mochi rice puff. It is available at many supermarkets in Japan.
Finally, according to the ingredient list, the Cheese Mochi snack is made with vegetable fat and oil, Mochi Gome glutinous rice, cheese seasoning powder, salt, dextrose, sugar, cheddar cheese powder, trehalose, amino acid, and carotenoid.