Sweet Toothin - Mochi – Japan

The same language might not be spoken everywhere, but one language that people in every corner of the world understands is dessert! Whether you’re visiting the Middle East or the nooks and crannies of Europe, dessert will always be the ultimate comfort food that’s sure to pick your mood right up! They say that no meal is complete without something sweet, but that isn’t entirely true. In Japan and China, for instance, people often enjoy their confections as snacks rather than as the last course of a meal. Several other cultures indulge in something sweet after the meal, as they believe that desserts help with digestion.

Regardless of when they’re eaten, every culture in the world has its own special treats that illustrate their unique palette, and this is reflected in desserts that are common in those countries. Luckily, all kinds of desserts from around the world can be found pretty much everywhere, and are now enjoyed all over. But you’d be surprised to learn where some of your favourites were first invented. Read on!      - Rubaina

Mochi has recently grown famous all over the world, and this delicious sweet was first created by the Japanese using mochigome, which is kind of a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. Continuous pounding of the rice, which was taken from ancient Chinese cooking techniques, creates a sticky paste which can be moulded into the desired shape. Although it is eaten year-round, it is considered a traditional food of the Japanese New Year, when it is most commonly found for sale. And even though it takes extensive labour to make even one batch of this tasty treat, it is made in abundance during the Mochitsuki ceremony, which sees a large crowd participate in the pounding. This ceremony results in an abundance of mochi which can be enjoyed year-round. There are various flavours, shapes, and types of mochi, many of which have been introduced recently thanks to the worldwide exposure it has received in the past few years. One can find different variations of the traditional mochi, such as the popular mochi icecream in the United States.