The latest such products to catch my eye are the vegan mochi offerings from My/Mo. While I've seen My/Mo in most every grocery store I've been in, their dairy-full version of this bit-sized treat are usually what's stocked. After seeing others rave about these desserts, I was so excited to finally find the dairy-free version to try.
Now what exactly is mochi? It's a sweet rice cake from Japan that makes for a portable, yet substantial meal. My/Mo puts a decidedly sweet twist on the substance, by wrapping cashew-based ice cream with an outer coating of sweet rice dough.
The awesome thing about My/Mo is that all of their mochi products, whether vegan or not, are gluten-free. While this hasn't always been the case, they reformulated in 2018 to ensure everything they make is now free from gluten (including the cookies and cream one!).
The vegan mochi take it a step further with being free from dairy and animal byproducts, but they are also soy-free too. Do note however, that they contain cashew, and are processed in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, and egg.
Salted CaramelStarting my review with my favorite of the trio I tried, top marks went to the salted caramel. I absolutely adored the rich creamy caramel-y frozen cashew creme. It hit all the marks of sweet with a hint of salty I was looking for. It was so decadent,
The thick mochi-casing added a fun textural contrast to the treat, and I was pleased that the one-bite snack I was expecting was more susbtantial, each mochi was rather plump and took more than one bite to finish off.
VanillaRanking in a close second was My/Mo's vanilla mochi. Here, the creaminess of the frozen cashew creme really shone, as the subtle nuttiness and potent vanilla flavor made a perfect pairing. It was just so creamy and delicious, and I really liked pairing it with the salted caramel as a foil to the slightly burnt sugar and salty flavor.
ChocolateThough ranking third among the My/Mo vegan mochi I found, I still really enjoyed the textural contrast of the chocolate ice cream and mochi wrapper. Where it failed to edge out the vanilla and salted caramel was the intensity of the chocolate. I had hoped for a more decadent, rich chocolate flavor, but in both cream and wrapper, the chocolate was more mild.
I absolutely adore My/Mo's mochi, both for their delicious taste and novel take on frozen desserts, but also for an ingredient list that's gluten, dairy, and soy free, though you'd never think twice that this product was free from these allergens- and vegan too! The 90-100 calorie balls also make for easy portioning, as hard as it is to stop after one or two mochi balls for dessert.
My/Mo currently has five vegan mochi offerings. Since my local store only stocked three of the varieties, I can't wait to find the two I missed: Neapolitan and strawberry!
To find My/Mo's mochi- both vegan and non-vegan- use the handy product locator page on their website.
Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased the product independently and this review is a reflection of my personal opinion.