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May 18, 2012 06:21 AM

New Dessert Spots in New Haven: cookies, cupcakes, frozen yoghurt and frozen MOOCHI

There seem to be a plethora of sugar-loading options in Elm City that have opened up in the last year or so. There are two self-serve frozen yoghurt joints (I'm partial to the one under the British Art Gallery.) and a cupcake etc... sort of bakery with sit down tables next to Clark's Dairy and a cookie bakery on Chapel next door to where Superbooks used to be (back in the days of Ye Olde Heidelberg) and, most intriguing of all, a moochi ice cream spot on Crown Street tucked in between various of the, to my mind, less charming nightspots.

Has anyone tried any of these yet? Or should I do a scientific sampling and report back?

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  1. The Moochi places sells little balls of moochi filled with ice cream. Or maybe they are little balls of ice cream in a moochi skin. They're nice, but that is all there is to the place. You can get the similar confections at the grocery store next to Miso. You can get the exact same brand of moochi balls at Whole Foods.

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    1. re: Pipenta

      So Pipenta, I had to google Mochi to find out what the heck Mochi was. I was one of those who never heard of such a concoction, but after reading the attached and seeing pictures, I'm definitely going to have to check this stuff out:

      1. re: cheereeo

        We had some when we were in New Haven in February. Can't say I found them terribly appealing; maybe it's an acquired taste (or perhaps they are better in the summer!)

        1. re: DGresh

          I don't think I would have jumped at the chance to have moochi ice cream, except that these new frozen yogurt spots offer little moochi balls as one of the toppings and they are pretty fab. Not so much about flavor, just subtle and sweet, but wonderfully chewy.

          The Moochi ice cream place offers flattened orbs of ice cream, slightly bigger than an egg, with an exoskin of moochi. I had the spiced mango. It was very tasty. But then I discovered you could pretty much get the same thing by the box in the freezer case at the grocery store next door to Miso in 9th square.

    2. The cupcake place is Katalina's on Whitney Avenue. I have had her cupcakes, and they are delicious. Not overly huge. I have heard that her biscotti is incredible too. And chai. She also does cool birthday parties in the back. A very nice and present owner.
      Here's her facebook page:

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      1. re: cheereeo

        I've been making my own biscotti lately. Easy and fun and quite the bargain. But I don't dare may a batch of cupcakes at home. I would eat them all. I'll hit Katalina's so I can have just one... well, maybe TWO.