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FILE - In this June 24, 2015, file photo, a shopper leaves a Whole Foods Market store in New York's Union Square. Whole Foods reports financial results Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Whole Foods is introducing self-serve mochi ice cream bars


Mochi fans have a new reason to celebrate! The grocery chain Whole Foods has started introducing self-serve mochi ice cream bars at its stores. 

Whole Foods posted a photo on Instagram that shows a "mochi bunker" at the chain's Wheaton, Illinois location. Food & Wine reports that there is also a mochi bar at a Whole Foods location in Fremont, California. 

Based on social media posts, the mochi cost $20 per dozen. 

This move isn't particularly surprising because mochi was on Whole Foods' list of potential 2017 trends. Mochi was mentioned under the subhead "Japanese Food, Beyond Sushi." 

"The trend will also impact breakfast and dessert, as shoppers experiment with savory breakfast bowl combinations and a growing number of mochi flavors like green tea and matcha, black sesame, pickled plum, yuzu citrus and Azuki bean," Whole Foods' website notes. 

Unfamiliar with mochi? 

Mochi is a popular Japanese dessert. Mochi is basically ice cream wrapped in a marshmallow-like sticky rice, according to Food & Wine. 

Mochi flavors usually include your traditional chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, but also branch out to favorites such as green tea and sweet lychee. 

Have you tried mochi?

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