“ Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
Smooth on your nose, tough on your hips - Advantages: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE, yummy & yummy & yummy, You must eat!!!!! - Disadvantages: such a small tub
Hmmmmmmm. - Advantages: Soft and toffee, Smooth and creamy - Disadvantages: Expensive
It's that time of year again! Happy, smiling faces, Joy to the World and great tidings of comfort and joy. No, not Christmas, but the time of year when my local Safeway store has it's once in a blue moon special offer on Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Normally, this is an occasion for a family outing organised with military precision. Myself, Mr nikkisly and my father all troop down to Safeways en masse and gather in a bountiful harvest of as many tubs as we are allowed. Father then goes home and puts our purchases in his freezer, while Mr nikkisly and I have a cup of something in Safeway's Coffee Shop. Then, we go round again, making sure to use a different checkout. We call in at Dads place, collect the first batch, then hurry home to clear enough space in our freezer. We usually buy the Vanilla and Belgian Chocolate flavours, but this time we met a checkout girl who was prepared to turn a blind eye to our gluttony - either that or she didn't realise that this was a limited special offer. After a quick mental calculation of how many tubs I could reasonably cram into the freezer, I extended my range to include some different flavours. I jammed them into the freezer somehow, but closing the door was a bit of a struggle so we were forced to create more room by opening a tub this evening. Eyes closed, hand in freezer, rummage around, replace the tub of cheese sauce, then second time lucky - Toffee Crème Dulce de Leche. Normally when we are intending to sample Haagen-Dazs, we remove the tub from the freezer while we are eating our main course and allow it to soften before serving it for dessert. Tonight we made a last minute decision to have a dollop with our fresh fruit salad (see, healthy eating!) and were surprised to find that this particular flavour was soft enough to eat as soon as it reached the table. The notes on the tub say that it should be allowed to "soften slightly to achieve the full flavour and rich creamy textur
e", although if we had done that, we would have been sipping liquid ice cream through straws. So, we had a couple of large spoonfuls with our fruit salad. We then decided that, to form a proper opinion, we should taste some naked. (Without fruit salad, I mean - we kept all our clothes on.) By that time, there wasn't really enough left in the carton to make it worthwhile putting it back in the freezer, so we each had a third helping. Licking out the empty tub, I happened to spot the ingredient list and instantly put on at least 5 lbs. in weight. Fresh cream. Skimmed Milk (whew, thank goodness for that!). Sugar, milk, caramel base (sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, salt, natural flavouring, vanilla) caramel (sweetened condensed milk, sugar and corn syrup again, this time with added coconut oil, gelling agent, pectin, salt, natural flavouring and vanilla) and egg yolk. Nowhere on the packaging does it say how many calories I had just consumed, but surely it can't be all that fattening if the second highest ingredient is skimmed milk? Can it? Best we skip a debate on the calorific value and cut to the interesting bits. The appearance of the ice cream on opening the tub is mouth watering. A pale, coffee coloured ice cream with veins - no, arteries - of sticky, gooey caramel running through it. The texture of the toffee-flavoured ice cream is as smooth as silk, while the caramel swirls are almost (but not quite) chewy. Having consumed a whole 500 ml tub between us - at a cost of about 5p per teaspoon - we then had an in depth discussion on the subject of the taste (the things we do for Dooyoo!) Both Mr nikkisly and I likened the overall taste to good quality clotted cream fudge, while I detected faint undertones of Ambrosia creamed rice pudding and even maple syrup. (Gosh - I sound just like one of those TV wine tasters - no bouquet of meadow flowers or hint of petrol about this ice cream though, I'm relieved to s
ay.) One thing we did both agree on was that this is a very sweet ice cream and one which would only truly appeal to those with the sweetest of sweet tooth's (teeth? - can you have sweet teeth?). Another thing we decided - after the event, of course - was that eating a whole tub in one sitting was probably not a good idea. Strangely enough, when served as an accompaniment to fruit, this ice cream had very little taste at all. It needs to be served on it's own to fully appreciate just how "passionate" Haagen-Dazs are "about creating the finest ice-cream". Haagen-Dazs (my spell checker keeps telling me I should be writing Haggis - Dazes, by the way!) give their usual guarantee on the tub that if you are not 100% delighted or have any comments you can telephone them. This is without doubt a quality ice cream but one that needs to be ingested in small quantities rather than guzzled. I'm off to check out the indigestion remedy category. I suggest you check out Safeways first thing in the morning.
If they eat food up in heaven then it certainly would be Haagan Daaz. And it wouldn't make you fat. After all, what other explanation could their be for such a divine food? Okay so I admit it - I am a secret HD junkie. Lets face it, for £3.69 you are not going to get much more pleasure than that. Knowing that there are none of those lovely brown and cream coloured pots in my freezer brings me out into a cold sweat. I have to have at least one tub in there for emergencies (my freezer should have a little sticker on it saying ' for emergency, break diet for Haagan Daaz!') By emergency, I mean anything from a bad day at the office to a good weekend followed by a miserable Sunday night. Nothing cheers you up like a tub of the olde creamy stuff. However not only for commiseration, Haagan Daaz is also ideal for celebrations. No dinner party is complete without the ultimate dessert. Best served out of the freezer for about twenty minutes (if you can bear to leave it that long) the consistency should then be like a knife through butter. For best results serve unaccompanied - after all - if it ain't broke, why fix it? My Haagan Daaz top five. 1. Toffee Creme - luxurious toffee ice-cream with a decadent thick toffee swirl - you can't get better than this. 2. Strawberry Cheesecake - Your childhood favourite with a twist. Fruity strawberry ice-cream with a strawberry sauce swirl and big chunks of biscuity cheesecake base - delicious. 3. Cookie Dough Dynamo - Creamy vanilla ice-cream with BIG chunks of frozen cookie dough - nothing like a good gritty cookie dough for sheer oral pleasure. 4. Chocolate Midnight cookies - For when only the richest chocolate ice-cream and gooey chocolate sauce will do. 5. Mango Tropicale - Last but not least, not strictly an Ice-cream but a sorbet. While most sorbets are too icy, this one is creamy. Gorgeous on a hot summer day and not even that many cal
ories (honest!) I could go on forever about what I think personally is the best thing the Belgians have ever done, but if you haven't already run to the freezer I will leave you with this last thought. My Ideal wedding proposal. An ice-cream lovers take on the engagement ring in the champagne trick, I could think of nothing better (or more romantic!) than finding a Tiffany ring at the bottom of a big bowl of Haagan Daaz. Sweet!
Häagen-Dazs has taken this traditional South American recipe and blended it with our rich, fresh cream ice cream. The result, Toffee Crème is a combination of smooth and rich caramel ice cream with deep swirls of toffee.