Haagen-Dazs Reserve: Fleur de Sel Caramel – Review

Haagen-Dazs Reserve: Fleur de Sel Caramel ice cream

The thing about Haagen-Dazs is that they do not screw around. Their regular flavors are evil enough, but when you start getting into their Reserve line, that’s when it gets evil and creative. Take for instance this flavor–their latest Reserve variation.

Now: fleur de sel. You might think to yourself: is that the Beethoven piece I learned to play on piano when I was eight or is that French girl from the Harry Potter series? It’s neither. It means “flower of salt” and fleur de sel caramels, which are slighty salty and very sweet caramels, are coated in chocolate and slapped into this concoction. The rest of the stuff is caramel ice cream with caramel ribbons and a bit of French sea salt. So scads of caramel, a bit of chocolate and just a touch of extra salt.

And it tastes just like it sounds. The caramel trifecta is rich as hell, the chocolate is a nice way to ground the sweetness and the salt is just enough to give it a little mild zing. I can’t eat more than a few spoonfuls of this thing, because it’s a like a sugary sweet rocket cocktail. In other words, it is damn good. Almost ludicrously so, like caramel ice cream where the dials go to eleven. Highly recommended.

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20 Comments

  1. Blank-Mage May 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Or get two ginormous store brand ice cream buckets for the same price.

  2. Widge May 23, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Actually, this is probably safer. For me, anyway. Either a few spoonfuls of this or an entire brand bucket. I’m probably losing weight as a result. The Haagen-Dazs diet! Brilliant!

  3. linnea July 4, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Oh goodness…this stuff is so amazing. It’s $4.79 per pint at my local grocery, but I simply had to try it. I had some of the Acai Sorbet last week, and this week I caved and bought a pint of the Fleur de Sel. I’m a fan of their Dulce de Leche anyway, but the FDS is just caramel superlative. Unbelievably good.

  4. Widge July 4, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Linnea: It is very, very good. And yet so very, very bad. :)

  5. Kim August 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    OMG! I studied abroad in La Rochelle, France, where all the best salt fields are, they had Caramel Fleur de Sel ice cream at this shop called Earnest’s, I DREAM of this stuff, I’l elated Haagen-Dazs took a stab at making it, i’m grabbing my keys and I’m off to the grocery store!

  6. teeny August 28, 2008 at 1:01 am

    This is ice cream is entirely OUT OF CONTROL it’s the best ice cream i ever had i’m not kidding and if they really do stop making it i think i will really just die or something…i’m going to have to fight someone for the recipe. It’s that good.

  7. Kim January 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    This is hands down,the best ice-cream ever made,lol,i love it;)

  8. CJ January 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Haagen-Dazs simply “stole” from Fran: http://www.franschocolates.com/home.php
    All they did was put her idea into ice cream.

  9. Widge January 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Well, apparently a lot of people have been “stealing” from her…according to the NY Times, the French as well.

  10. linnea January 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Sorry, but I doubt that Fran invented Fleur de Sel caramel.

  11. Widge January 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Linnea: Well, that was my point…if the NY Times is correct that it’s a traditional thing from Brittany, then they stole it from her using a time machine…unless their traditions only go back about 20 years…

  12. linnea January 18, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Sorry, I should have been clearer that I was replying to CJ. I agree with you.

  13. Widge January 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    :) We are in violent agreement!

  14. Dubba March 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    currently my top HD flavor, simply fantastic!

  15. Maggie September 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    absolutely the very best ice cream EVER.. who
    needs two buckets of junk

  16. Reynard February 26, 2010 at 12:17 am

    “Man, that stuff’s so rich it has to be brought in by limousine!”

  17. Kathleen Beyer-Paulsen April 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Do they make this any more? ( Haagen Dazs fleur de sel caramel)? can’t find it anywhere;just wrote to them.

  18. Kathleen Beyer-Paulsen April 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Who are you, Linnea? That’s the name of my daughter who never ate anything but peanut butter, apples, yogurt, and carrots til she was a teenager. Surely she hasn’t discovered fleur de sel!

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