Product Type: Haagen Dazs Dessert / Yoghurts
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Haagen Dazs Strawberry Cheese Cake Ice Cream
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Haagen Dazs Strawberry Cheese Cake Ice Cream
Date: 26/08/04, updated on 08/04/05 (711 review reads)
Advantages: High quality, Pleasant taste, Widely available
Disadvantages: High in fat and calories, Sparing with the strawberries, Expensive
I ended up buying my tub of adventurous ice cream when I was struck by an uncontrollable urge for strawberry ice cream in Morrisons. Yes, they had a dozen other choices that would have cost me less than £3-odd for a tiddly 500ml tub, but I have found in my vast ice cream consuming experience that (a) cheap soft-scoop strawberry ice cream tastes nothing like either strawberries or ice cream should, and (b) most of the other options were Morrisons own brand, which have I found to be distinctly lacking in quality. My usual choice in such a situation would have been to head straight fo
r the Ben and Jerry?s, but Morrisons (or at least my Morrisons) doesn?t stock it. By a process of elimination, I was left with Hšagen-Dazs Strawberry Cheesecake flavour, a whole new culinary adventure for me.
Sadly, upon popping the lid off (at home ? even I have enough self control to not eat it in the middle of Morrisons) I found that I had not bought strawberry ice cream at all; I had bought cheesecake ice cream with strawberry sauce and little biscuit pieces in it. The smug amongst you may now take time to tell me that I should have read the label before spending that sort of money on it. Please, go ahead, I won?t begrudge you. Well, except to point out that it was written in teensy little letters, and that I am sure I am not alone in assuming from the title that this was a predominantly strawberry-based concoction. But, being a brave and adventurous type in the dessert department, I ate it anyway and really rather enjoyed the experience.
The main body of the ice cream is the pale creamy colour of top-notch vanilla ice cream ? well, it essentially is top-notch vanilla ice cream, so this really shouldn?t be surprising. Blended into it, though, is a small amount of cream cheese preparation that produces a delicate but distinctive flavour of cheesecake, and has the smooth, dense texture that any seasoned Hšagen-Dazs eater would come to expect. You might well think that such a mixture may produce quite a cloying and overly rich taste, but on the whole it has avoided this, although it is certainly one of the richer ice creams that I have tried. The strawberry sauce, according to the label, makes up a mere 14% of this ice cream, so you are going to have to hunt quite hard to find it, but when you do, it is very pleasant and tastes of proper strawberries and not strawberry flavouring, which is always a good thing I feel.
The biscuity bits are more liberally scattered, though. They are described as being ?pecan nut cookie pieces?, but thankfully taste nothing like pecans at all ? they are just the crumbly bases that you get on cheesecakes and taste more like digestives than anything else.
So what is my overall verdict? Well, as a taste experience, this was perfectly enjoyable. The ice cream was good quality and it evoked the flavour of strawberry cheesecake well enough, even though it had far less strawberry in it than you might be led to believe by the packaging. It also ticked the boxes of having no additives or preservatives in it, and it is suitable for ovo-lacto vegetarians. However, it is expensive for such a portion and not terribly good for you, either ? all that fresh cream, cream cheese, butter and sugar combine to give it a whopping 266 calories and 16g fat per 100g (a fifth of the tub, not very much at all). There is also one other black mark against this ice cream, and that is that Ben and Jerry produce a far superior strawberry cheesecake flavour for the same price. Their ice cream has more strawberries, is lighter and less sickly, and I think it produces a more enjoyable all-round eating experience that Hšagen-Dazs on this occasion just can?t quite match. On the basis of this ice cream alone, I would give Hšagen-Dazs four stars, but in comparison to the competition, I just have to knock one off.
So there you have it. If you prefer the cheesecake side of things, go for this ice cream ? if you are more of a strawberry fan, go for Ben and Jerry. On the whole I would recommend Hšagen-Dazs strawberry cheesecake flavour for its good quality, wide availability and pleasant flavour, although I think this is far from the best ice cream out there.
For more information: www.haagen-dazs.co.uk
n-Dazs costs between about £3.20 and £3.80 for a 500ml tub, depending on where you buy it.
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