have any other l.a. hounds discovered these delightful delicacies yet? i tried them at the brentwood farmers' market today, and they're destined to become my newest obsession/addiction.
they're chewy, fluffy pillows of mochi with smooth ganache fillings in a variety of flavors. the ones they had today were: pumpkin spice, key lime, passionfruit, and peanut butter chocolate.
pumpkin spice: "milk chocolate ganache infused with pumpkin and autumn spices, enrobed in cocoa mochi."
passion fruit: "passion fruit-white chocolate ganache enrobed in flavorful passion fruit mochi."
chocolate-peanut butter: "creamy chocolate-peanut butter ganache enrobed in cocoa mochi."
key lime: " key lime-white chocolate ganache enrobed in key lime mochi.
[i think they also might make a green tea variety with white chocolate, but it wasn't there today.]
my favorite flavor combination in the history of the universe is peanut butter and chocolate, so i was bummed that they didn't have any samples, but i did try the pumpkin and the key lime, and they were both heavenly. the texture of the mochi is perfectly fluffy, light and chewy, and the filling is smooth and creamy. they've somehow managed to achieve the ideal balance so that the specialty ingredient [pumpkin, lime, passionfruit, whatever] contributes just enough flavor to announce its presence and enhance the chocolate without overwhelming the palate.
they were a little bit soft and melty due to the glaring sun and near-90-degree heat, but decadent and delicious nonetheless.
they're available in packs of 3, 6, or 12...and while they don't come cheap [i think the prices break down to about $2 per piece], they really are fantastic, and imho, worth every penny for a special treat. i didn't stock up today because i'm headed out of town and they won't freeze well, but i'll be making a beeline for that table on my next trip to the farmers' market in 2 weeks!
oh, the vendor is a mother-daughter team...i primarily spoke to the daughter, and she was positively delightful. sweet, friendly, and incredibly gracious. i'd love to see her make a success of this thing, particularly since the product is so amazing. she told me they'll be at the brentwood market every sunday, so definitely check them out!