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Is mochi high in calories?

I love getting mochi (aka rice cakes) as a topping on my Pinkberry yogurt. Sure, the yogurt itself is low in calories but what happens when I add the mochi? Should I be having the fruit toppings instead?

I've searched the internet for nutrition information on plain mochi but all I come up with are ones stuffed with fillings. Anyone know?


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  1. Yes, it's relatively high in calories.

    According to the website below, 1.5 oz has 110 calories. I don't know what kind of mochi Pinkberry uses, but I'm surmising it's comparable to the following product.


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    1. re: Miss Needle

      I know that im like a 100 years late on my answer but oh well... :D i got mochi chunks from a seller on Etsy and ask them about the calories they said that a 2oz portion equals 210 calories http://www.etsy.com/listing/52612029/... this one in specific is the one i got but i think they are all the same ... i guess you will have to ask( when it comes to nutritional facts) ... hope this helps :D

      1. re: RivB

        i too am quite late on this thread... and as a sidenote, these are called "bingsu dduk 빙수떡" in Korean and you can usually find them in the frozen section of Korean grocery stores

        1. re: asiansupper

          humm i don't think we are talking about the same thing ''bingsu'' to me is shaved ice with flavored syrup and fruits or whatever as a topping . Who knows maybe im wrong :D

          1. re: RivB

            dduk are Korean rice cakes, so "bingsu duck" are rice cakes for bingsu (or froyo).

    2. Depending on the fruit you're adding, I'm not so sure that the mochi is higher in calories.

      1. Mochi as a topping? What an odd combo. It sound intriguing, though I always eat my mochi hot. Oh, but I guess there's mochi ice cream. It's hard to say without knowing what kind of mochi (thin strips? balls like in boba tea?) is used, but it's made from glutinous rice flour, so it has caloric content comparable to rice, if that helps.

        Is there a picture somewhere of this mochi as topping thing? I can't picture it, but I'll look for it when I go to a frozen yogurt store next time.

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        1. re: anzu

          See below. The white chunks are mochi (the red are rasberries and green is kiwi).

          Topping froyo with mochi is sort of like eating those mochi ice cream balls, e.g. the mochi balls with ice cream in the middle.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Wow. Thanks for enlightening me. :)

        2. Mochi is calorically dense. If you need carbs in your diet, it's a good, low-fat source.

          1. Thanks everyone for your help! I'm sure a little bit of mochi won't hurt :)

            1. I remember being shocked to find out that a 2.5" diameter daifuku has something like 350 calories. I thought it was relatively healthy sweet, being mostly rice and beans (and plenty of sugar), but I was wrong. Unlike bread, the carbs are really densely packed in mochi.

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              1. re: Humbucker

                I think it's the sugar that does it. Without it, carbs can only have a few calories per gram. But the sugar brings it up to dessert-level denseness.

                1. re: fr0stin3

                  All "carbs" whether they are sugar or rice flour, have 4 calories per gram. If there was a bit of fiber or water in the carb, it would be less calorically dense. However I'm looking at the box of mochiko rice flour that I've got and its showing 110 cals for 30 grams of flour (3 Tbs) so it's pretty much the same as sugar by weight.

                  Fruit is going to have much more water by volume, so yes, you would be doing better with fruit.

              2. I was wondering the same thing and have the answer. The last time I was at Pinkberry, I asked someone that works there to show me the package of Mochi. The package was in Korean, but it did have nutritional info in English. I wrote down all the serving size and nutritional info to work out the exact calorie calculation of a serving of mochi at home. I then ordered my yogurt with three toppings, one of mochi and took all the mochi out of my yogurt so I could weigh it on my food scale. It weighed about 1.2 ounces (which is about 30 grams and the serving size indicated on the package of mochi). So, in the end, one serving is about 107 calories with 0 grams of fat. If you are on Weight Watchers, it adds up to 2 points. I hope this helps. I'm glad I have the facts and know what I'm eating. It is a bit high in calories, but definitely makes Pinkberry that much more yummy to me.

                1. There are ~14 mochi "balls" per 1 oz (weighed it myself). According to Yogurtland's nutritional information, 1 oz. of mochi has 110 calories.

                  So essentially 14 mochi balls is 110 calories. I know this is an old post, but hope it helps anyone who's still interested!