Ice cream that won’t melt down your hand as you eat it, that’s packed full of flavor and covered in a soft, chewy dough. No, it’s not a dream – this is Chubby Cheeks Mochis. Mochi is a traditional Japanese dessert made from glutinous rice flour dough which is usually filled with red bean paste. Chubby Cheeks is Germany’s first manufacturer of this tasty treat and began when husband and wife duo Juliana and Hans tried mochi in New York in 2017. Having returned to Germany, they still craved the heavenly ice cream balls and so decided to make their own, launching the project in November 2017. From their Kreuzberg window outlet you can choose from a huge range of 14 flavors including pistachio, coffee, coconut, salted caramel and classic chocolate and vanilla (psst…pistachio and salted caramel are Hans’ favorites). But that’s not all: the pair have also developed a vegan range with flavors including mango, mint and lemon, raspberry, passion fruit and chocolate. Whichever sort you pick, all mochis are gluten-free and made with natural flavors. These little bites of happiness are the perfect summer treat – stop by the Möckernstraße store window and get a mochi (or five) to enjoy under a tree in Gleisdreieck Park just opposite.
Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Sophie Döring
Chubby Cheeks Mochis, Möckernstr.100, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
A selection of flavors is also available at Oak & Ice:
Schönhauser Allee 52, 10437, Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Wilmersdorfer Arcaden, Wilmersdorfer Str.46, 10627, Berlin – Charlottenburg; map