Waffles + Mochi





Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

Waffles–half yeti, half waffle–and his best, bite-sized ice cream friend, Mochi, have always lived in the land of frozen food, and they’re ready to leave it. It’s not that the land of frozen food is terrible. It’s just that it’s not the best place to fulfill Waffles and Mochi’s dream of becoming chefs. After all, you can only make so many things out of ice.

One day, Waffles and Mochi decide to pursue their dream. So, they make their way to the outside world where they happen upon their first ever grocery store. There, they find fresh food! And it just so happens that fresh food tastes way better than frozen food.

Now Waffles and Mochi are curious. They want to work in a grocery store! They want to know all there is about these new foods they’ve never tried. So they’re told to go to the rooftop and talk to the store owner, Mrs. Obama.

Even though Waffles and Mochi have never had jobs, and they don’t know much about food (despite, technically, being food themselves), Mrs. Obama decides to give them a chance. But before they can find their place in the grocery store, they must first learn all there is to know about food and where it comes from.

Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents

Netflix is serving up a dose of good food and global exploration with its latest original, Waffles + Mochi.

A series aimed at preschoolers, Waffles + Mochi features 30-minute episodes with two cute puppets that are encouraged to explore the world and all of its fresh, delectable delights by Michelle Obama.

During each episode, Waffles and Mochi explore a staple food, such as salt or potatoes, by hopping in a magical, sentient shopping cart, (MagiCart), who shows them where our everyday items come from.

They explore places like Japan, California and Peru, and they meet hard-working families and friends along the way (most of whom are celebrities or celebrity chefs). Oh, and they’re also introduced to cultural lessons, sign language and other languages as they travel. And while Mrs. Obama is a big part of the show, the content here is strictly apolitical.

But that’s not all. Waffles and Mochi learn important lessons, like the importance of having courage, helping friends and understanding that it’s okay to make mistakes. And, of course, they see that the healthy, whole foods we eat can give others a glimpse into our own culture and customs, and that true community is best formed around the dinner table.

Episode Reviews

March 16, 2021: “Tomato”  

Waffles and Mochi happen upon a grocery store where they ask for a job—their first job ever. They learn the ways that you can use a tomato.

They meet famous chef José Andrés and learn to make gazpacho. Waffles and Mochi learn how to work together and to be tenacious and brave. Waffles says “geez.”

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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