One of my weaknesses? Ice Cream. Hot and humid summer days in Shanghai make me crave something cold and refreshing.
MooMoo ChaCha is the newest addition to Shanghai’s entrepreneurial sweets scene. We’ve seen cupcakes and cookies but how refreshing to see a different spin on a classic dessert – ice cream! What’s different about this ice cream? It’s ‘uniquely asian’ flavors are created by Evelyn Lee who incorporates her Malaysian background to create some of the most interesting flavors I’ve ever seen.
The flavors include: Lemongrass Candied Ginger, Salted Gula Melaka, Pandan Peanut Brittle, Mango Sticky Rice, Beet, Coconut & Black Sesame, Peanut Butter, Coconut & Candied Peppers, Basil, Mint & Candied Orange, Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch Walnuts, and Black Sticky Rice & Coconut.
When I heard about the soft launch I could not wait to try some! Their flavors come in pint and quart sizes. One pint is priced at RMB 100 ($15) and 1 quart is priced at RMB 180 ($28) with each additional pint or quart added at a discounted price. Only available through delivery. It took a lot out of me to not order every flavor. I ended up ordering just 1 pint to try initially since they are a little expensive.
I couldn’t resist the Mango Sticky Rice flavor – coco creamy ice cream with fresh mangos and chewy rice bits. It arrived via food delivery service SHbite.
Here’s the packaging:
I popped the top open….
Scooped it out….
Took a big bite. And….Delicious! I loved the creamy coconut milky-ness paired with the mango. The sticky rice bits were perfectly chewy and not frozen or hard as I was worried about. You can’t go wrong with this flavor combo. The only thing I would say is that the ice cream was icier than I had anticipated. It does have a serving suggestion on the side to allow it to thaw 20 minutes in the fridge before consuming. Maybe this would have done the trick but I couldn’t wait!
They also threw in a few samples of other flavors to try. This was a very nice surprise since I had my eye on a few other flavors. I didn’t see any labeling so I had to guess from the taste. I think they were (left to right) Lemongrass Candied Ginger, Pandan Peanut Brittle, Dark Chocolate & Butterscotch Walnuts. All very tasty as well!
I can’t wait to try all the other flavors! I can’t say what are the specific ingredients but these tasted less fattening from your regular ice cream and it’s fresh! It also feels good to support small businesses and people who come up with interesting new ideas like this. This is a great addition to the artisanal dessert scene in Shanghai! Ice Cream = happy 🙂