Product Type: Haagen Dazs Dessert / Yoghurts
Newest Review: ... nose. The ice cream is hard to remove, but not as hard as other flavours from Haagen Dazs. This might be because it melts quicker than ot... more
Great Texture, Odd Taste
Member Name: the_oracle123
Date: 09/07/06, updated on 09/07/06 (197 review reads)
Advantages: Definitely a luxury ice cream; easy to find
Disadvantages: Peculiar vanilla flavour; quite expensive; fattening!
I'll admit it, I'm normally a Ben & Jerry's girl, but on finding a tub of Haagen-Dazs Vanilla in the freezer instead of my usual chocolate brownie, I thought I'd be daring and try something new.
First, a bit of background to enjoy with your ice cream. Haagen-Dazs is a company with a fair amount of history and weight behind it. It began in America in 1961 with just three flavours - vanilla being one of them - and has since grown to be a worldwide company and probably one of the most famous names in ice-cream.
But what is it like? Well, it's not bad. Appearance-wise, it comes in a traditional cardboard ice cream carton, which certainly adds to the whole luxury ice cream experience; much nicer than a plastic tub! The carton I had held 500mls (one pint), but you can also get vanilla in Minicups, which hold 100ml and are just enough for one.
On first opening the carton, everything looks good. Haagen-Dazs is fairly thick and doesn't have that horrible frothy, airy texture you sometimes get with cheaper ice cream. I was also pleased to note that there was no disgusting icy top layer... just solid, rich-looking ice cream. One of the selling points of Haagen-Dazs is the amount of cream in the product, which is good but it does mean that you have to leave it to soften for about a minute. (If you try scooping it straight from the freezer, you can only scrape off tiny shavings, which then melt disappointingly in the bowl. Definitely not a good thing.)
Soft scoop this ain't, so even when it's softened you'll probably lever chunks out of the tub instead of perfect scoops, but it's worth it for the density and creaminess. The texture is spot-on, but the colour is a bit of a let-down...there's a definite lack of vanilla seeds and it's more of a dun colour than a pale cream - preferable to the neon yellow of artificial vanilla ice cream, but somewhat disappointing when compared to, say, Green & Black's.
And the taste? Like the colour, this is where it falls down a bit. It's by no means artificial-tasting, but it doesn't have the creamy, soft flavour of vanilla that I'd expect. It's hard to describe the flavour exactly - I wouldn't call it harsh, but there's definitely an undertaste which isn't, but almost tastes like alcohol. It's certainly odd and takes a bit of getting used to...this is definitely ice-cream for the adults rather than the children!
What I will say, though, is that if you're looking for purity, Haagen-Dazs is commendable. The ingredients are listed as "Fresh Cream, Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolk, Natural Flavouring: Vanilla", which is pretty good. As you can probably tell, though, this is not an ice-cream for dieters - the nutritional values, ominously, are not listed on the carton (probably so people don't faint with horror - anything with fresh cream, sugar and egg is not going to be slimming!)
In terms of availability, Haagen-Dazs is pretty much everywhere. You can get it from most supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Somerfield, so finding it won't be like finding the Holy Grail! It's usually priced around £3.79 - not mind-blowingly expensive but definitely not cheap, especially if you're not keen on liqueur-ish vanilla!
Summary: Not bad at all, but the strange taste will probably make it a love-it-or-loathe-it thing!
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