Updated: February 25, 2019
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Get Lucky with Daifuku Mochi!

What is this small delicacy that is named after "great luck"? Find out!

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Daifuku mochi

Daifukumochi (大福餅) literally means "great luck". This Japanese confection consists of a small round mochi stuffed with sweet filling, most commonly Anko, sweetened red bean paste made from azuki beans.
Daifuku Mochi is one of the most traditional and popular Japanese sweets. It was first made almost 700 years ago, but not as a sweet dessert. Then, sugar was rare in Japan, so the taste was quite different. Daifuku became more like today’s when sugar was more readily available to people 200 years ago.
You can eat it any time of year, although it’s especially popular during the Christmas and New Year holidays, due to its fame for bringing good luck.

Daifuku Varieties

Ichigo Daifuku
The most traditional filling for the daifuku mochi is azuki beans paste. But of course, over the years, it has acquired many different variations.
The strawberry filled mochi is most popular during spring. Not only it is a scrumptious confection, it also looks gorgeous!
Macha Daifuku
Since mochi itself doesn't have a striking taste, it can virtually be combined with anything!
Some are filled with white bean paste (shiroan 白餡), colored and flavored with kinako, yomogi (Japanese mugwort), matcha green tea powder, or a touch of red food coloring.
You can even get daifuku ice cream with all sorts of fillings at supermarkets or kombinis!
Daifuku ice cream
Daifuku mochi makes for a lovely present or a delicious breaktime snack!
If I were you, I'd try all of them!

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