Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream - Trader Joe's: Marlton, NJ

Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream - Trader Joe's: Marlton, NJ
Welp, it's December, and I'm still doing pumpkin posts. Sorry guy's, looks like it's going to bleed into the Holiday season. (Which I'm actually okay with, I'm kind of a scrooge anyway.) Today's post is another Trader Joe's item, I swear, they love pumpkin products more than I do!

I might be picking on Trader Joe's design team a little bit, but when I look at this pattern and layout, it makes me think of seasonal tissue boxes. Other than that, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, this is a pretty nice design. It's a lot fresher and more interesting than the box for the Ginger Mouthfuls, and it doesn't have that weird vintage-y feel that a lot of Trader Joe's products have. The product photo is a bit too bright, it's almost burnt out, but I'm just getting nitpicky. I'd say this is successful packaging, plus it functions well.

Inside, the frozen mochi are lined up in a white plastic tray that is encased in a layer of plastic wrap.

Thankfully, the outer mochi layer thaws relatively fast, I was worried it'd be frozen solid and I wouldn't be able to bite through it right away, but I was able to do it without any problem. (Then again photo lights can help with that.)

The mochi is a pumpkiny orange color, and when I bit into it, it was super soft and chewy. (Like mochi should be.) I couldn't really tell if the mochi itself was pumpkin flavored, it tasted like normal mochi to me, but the filling was the same delicious pumpkin pie ice cream as the little Ginger Mouthfuls I reviewed the other day. Since the mochi is a lot more mild than the spiced cookies, the ice cream is the main source of the pumpkin flavoring this time around, and it's really enjoyable but a lot less intense when compared to my last Trader Joe's pumpkin item.

This frozen treat is sweet, has a decent amount of pumpkin pie flavoring (from the ice cream), and the mochi adds a boucy texture that I really enjoyed. If you like mochi, I wouldn't say this is the most authentic way to ever eat it, but this was really delicious, plus, it's really unique. Who else makes a pumpkin pie ice cream mochi? (Seriously, does anyone else do that? This is the first time I've seen it.)
On a Pumpkin Scale of 1-5 (5 being the most pumpkin-y) I’d give this a 3. This has the same pumpkin ice cream as the Ginger Mouthfuls I reviewed the other day, but this time it gets to shine since the mochi is so mild. It's not very intense, but you can taste aunthetic pumpkin pie flavoring in the ice cream, and I really love the soft chewiness of mochi.
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