If you happen to’re a fan of mochi ice cream and also you’re visiting Japan, chances are high you will quickly discover Lotte’s long-selling ice cream brand 雪見だいふく Yukimi-daifuku, the preferred version of it in Japan. Although the product generally known as “mochi ice cream” (sometimes shortened to “mochi” although mochi simply means rice cake) was invented within the U.S. by Frances Hashimoto and commenced production in 1993, its inspiration, Yukimi Daifuku, was first introduced to Japanese consumers in 1981.
With its perfect combination of a chewy gyuhi (mochi) outside layer that retains its soft texture within the freezer and the sweet and mild milk vanilla-flavored ice cream inside, the classic version is a comforting go-to any time of the yr. It’s no wonder it has been a preferred product amongst each children and adults for over 40 years.
As a few of our readers may recall, we now have had quite a few opportunities to introduce Yukimi Daifuku’s seasonal flavors, including some more odd ones like pancake and maple syrup, and lemon no-bake cheesecake. Lotte has even experimented by changing the round shape, introducing a heart-shaped strawberry-flavored version for Valentine’s Day, for instance. Nonetheless, if there’s one constant with Yukimi Daifuku, it is the proven fact that there’s ice cream contained in the mochi.
But now, even that appears to be changing.
Twitter user 雲丹肉ちゃん Uni Niku-chan (@oniku117) discovered a limited-edition Yukimi Daifuku which that they had never seen before, and it wasn’t within the freezer section!
As soon as they posted it, they were met by a flurry of comments saying “I would like to eat it!” and “That appears so amazing. I would like to try it!”
At first glance, it looks just like the classic version of Yukimi Daifuku…
Photo: Reproduced with permission from 雲丹肉ちゃん Uni Niku-chan (@oniku117)
..but as a substitute of ice cream inside, it’s whipped cream.
Photo: Reproduced with permission from 雲丹肉ちゃん Uni Niku-chan (@oniku117).
Fresh Yukimi Daifuku
They’re calling this 生雪見だいふく nama yukimi daifuku, or “Fresh Yukimi Daifuku.”
Uni Niku-chan describes the taste as “so good I used to be confused.”
Many Japanese residents who saw the post (and maybe even some outside of Japan) were hoping they might rush to a Japanese convenience store and buy some, but based on Uni Niku-chan, it’s currently only available within the Kinki region.
We also checked with Lotte’s customer support department, they usually told us that as of September 2022, this product is just being sold on a trial basis and it has not yet been decided whether or not it should be sold nationwide.
The post received many “likes” and comments, comparable to:
“I’d like to try it! Please sell it nationwide!”
“‘I’m looking forward to trying it tomorrow,’ I assumed. However it’s only available within the Kinki area.”
“I’m sure it’s delicious. As a fan of Yukimi Daifuku, I’d love to do that!”
Many individuals online appear to be craving for mochi whipped cream in the shape of “Fresh Yukimi Daifuku.” Perhaps we’ll be seeing it in stores nationwide sometime within the not-too-distant future.
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