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Feb 27, 2008 09:17 AM

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 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 :)