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Espresso shot mochi ice cream balls unveiled at Selfridge's

The Independent logo The Independent 6 days ago Kashmira Gander

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Coffee-lovers tired of their morning latte can now try an espresso ice cream version of the chewy Japanese dessert mochi in the UK for the first time.

The balls contain about the same amount of coffee as an espresso, and are stained black using raw activated charcoal made of coconut shells.

Mochi have been made Japan for centuries. Traditionally, glutinous rice is filled with red bean paste. Now, gelato-filled versions are becoming popular in the UK with trend forecasting agency Mintel predicting 2017 will be the year of the mochi. 

Artisan mochi makers Little Moons have exclusively unveiled their espresso shot gelato mochi at Selfridge’s alongside yellow yuzu - packed with the punchy Japanese citrus fruit in homage to the department store’s signature colour. Floral Earl Grey tea flavour, meanwhile, is a tribute to Selfridge’s founder who was known as the Earl of Oxford Street.

Other flavours on offer include matcha, coconut, toasted sesame, raspberry, mango, vanilla, salted caramel, hazelnut, chestnut, dulce de leche, and banana. Mochi-pop stacks of three are also available, created to look like the mochi emoji.

The pop-up on Oxford Street will stay open until 10 September.

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