Japanese Mochi Truffle Chocolate

Mochi - literally means “Rice Cake” made of mochigome a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki.While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. Mochi is called môa-chî (麻糬) in Taiwan.


Mochi is a multicomponent food consisting of polysaccharides, lipids, protein and water. Mochi has a heterogeneous structure of amylopectin gel, starch grains and air bubbles.This rice is characterized by its lack of amylose in starch and is derived from short or medium japonica rices. The protein concentration of the rice is a bit higher than normal short-grain rice and the two also differ in amylose content. In mochi rice, the amylose content is negligible which results in the soft gel consistency of mochi.

Traditionally, mochi was made from whole rice, in a labor-intensive process. The traditional mochi-pounding ceremony in Japan is Mochitsuki:

  1. Polished glutinous rice is soaked overnight and cooked.
  2. The cooked rice is pounded with wooden mallets (kine) in a traditional mortar (usu). Two people will alternate the work, one pounding and the other turning and wetting the mochi. They must keep a steady rhythm or they may accidentally injure one another with the heavy kine.
  3. The sticky mass is then formed into various shapes (usually a sphere or cube).

Mochi can also be prepared from a flour of sweet rice (mochiko). The flour is mixed with water to a sticky opaque white mass that is cooked on the stovetop or in the microwaveuntil it becomes elastic and slightly transparent.

But as the curiosity of people continue to expand and new recipes are being discovered and accepted in our modern world, Japanese – Americans were not satisfied by just Mochi itself. Giving Mochi a new and exciting flavor that will bring some twist to a hundred year old Japanese tradition…what else could it be? Of course none other than Chocolates!!!!

Chocolate Truffle Mochi was influenced by Japanese-Americans.

Japanese Americans may have assimilated well into western culture, but they did not abandon their culinary heritage. Instead, they have created new dishes blending traditional Japanese ingredients with those of other cultures. Mochi is a fine example of this.

Now how to make JAPANESE MOCHI TRUFFLE CHOCOLATE you may ask?

You will be needing these:

2 cups mochiko flour
4 Tbsps butter
1 cup cocoa powder, divided use
1 3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided use
3 cups dark chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk

First, make the chocolate truffles: In the top of a double boiler, heat the sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat. Pour in the chocolate chips. When the chips are melted and blended into the milk, remove from heat. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract and stir. Allow mixture to cool slightly. Using a small scoop, form little balls (about ½ inch) and place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze until ready to use.

Then, make the mochi: In a small pot, blend together the butter, sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Whisk in the milk, stirring constantly. Bring this mixture to a boil. Then, remove from heat and add in mochiko flour, stirring to avoid lumps. Return to heat and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract and blend in. Allow to cool for about ten minutes.

Coat a clean work surface with cocoa powder. Pour on the cooled mochi (should still be pliable and just slightly warm. If it is too hot, it will melt the truffles!) Remove truffles from freezer. Pinch off a bit of mochi and roll into a ball, flatten with palms and then place a truffle in the center. Wrap the cocoa mochi around the truffle and seal carefully by pinching the mochi together. Roll lightly in cocoa powder and place this seam side down on in a paper cupcake or candy liner. Continue until all truffles are wrapped in mochi. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely cooled. Then, remove from the refrigerator and store covered.

You can make them any size you like or add additional flavors to the truffle mixture such as coffee, orange liqueur or even wasabi powder. Surprise your mochi-loving friends with this rich and decadent chocolate treat with an Asian flair.



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