“ Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
Summertime, and the living is easy.. and on very special evenings 30 years ago, mom would pack us all in the car and drive us to Doran's for an ice cream cone. Now, you gotta understand about Doran's. It was a tiny little roadside breakfast place, family owned, that made the best apple pies in the world and topped them off with their own home-made ice cream. And when I say home-made, that's exactly what I mean. They took absolute pride in using the freshest ingredients, the richest cream and combining them into the tastiest flavors imaginable. It was there that I first broke my lifelong vanilla and strawberry habit and discovered a taste for .. rum raisin ice cream. Rich and creamy, icy with the hot bite of smooth rum, every bite was a spoonful of heaven. Sadly, I went away to college, and when I came back, Doran's was no more. As rum raisin is not the type of flavor usually found on the grocery shelves, I resigned myself to having it rarely, if ever. Then Haagen Dazs entered the market. Their vanilla was heavenly, their chocolate sinfully rich.. but their rum raisin.. mmmm... for a mere tenth of my weekly pay -- yes, it was that expensive, and I was that poorly paid -- I could buy a pint of heaven to savor, one spoonful at a time. There's a secret to eating Haagen Dazs Rum Raisin ice cream, however. While it's wonderful straight out of the freezer, to really savor it, you have to leave it sit at room temperature till it softens around the edges of the tub. THEN you scoop up the soft, rich cream off the top and lick it off the spoon. When you've scraped all the melty part off the top, you can carefully slide the spoon down the side of the tub and scrape the sides.. it's nearly impossible to scoop up a spoonful that isn't thick with plump, rum-soaked raisins. The thick, rich, sweetness of the cream is cut by the sharp bite of rum in every sumptuous spoonful. Haagen Dazs Rum Raisin ice cream is made, as a
re all Haagen Dazs ice creams, with all natural flavorings and ingredients. The ingredient listing for Rum Raisin ice cream is so simple that you'd swear you could whip up a batch at home -- cream, skim milk, sugar, raisins, egg yolk and rum. Don't try this at home, though. The folks at Haagen Dazs have some sort of magic touch with it. I've never had a rum raisin that tastes anywhere near it. Like most sinful indulgences, Haagen Dazs rum raisin ice cream carries a hefty nutritional price tag. A mere half cup packs a whopping 270 calories, and of that 150 calories are from fat. That's 17g fat in a skimpy little scoop. It also contains 110 mg of cholosterol and 75 mg of sodium, all of which can knock your diet for a loop for the entire week. At 19, I didn't much pay attention to such things, but these days I tend to confine my indulgence to once every couple of months. I tend to buy Haagen Dazs in one pint tubs at the grocer's, but the Haagen Dazs site boasts that there are over 650 cafes and dipping shops in over 55 countries, and just for the heck of it, I checked... sure enough, you can visit a Haagen Dazs shoppe in no less than 47 locations throughout the UK, with ten separate locations in London alone. This, however does ME no good at all, as I am, alas, across the ocean in Massachusetts, which boasts not a single shoppe or cafe. So, if you do happen to drop into one, please have a cup of rum raisin ice cream for me.. tell the shopkeep Ladybahnsidhe sent you.
Plump select raisins soaked in rum produce an unforgettable ice cream flavour that is classic yet adventuresome. The soaking liquid goes right into the ice cream to intensify the marvelously rich, somewhat exotic flavour.