Sweet Chai Latte by Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream – Review

Sweet Chai Latte by Haagen Dazs

There is a vicious rumor going around that all I drink is coffee. Vicious and untrue, I assure you. There are three drinks that I would climb over you and your grandmother to get my hands on, and only one of them is coffee. Granted, the second might be considered a distant cousin of coffee, but…anyway. They are, in order of how likely I am to go through you to get at them: Thai coffee, chai (especially iced) and mango lasse.

In short, the first is incredibly strong coffee mixed with spices, a nice helping of cream and a formidable amount of sugar and drinking it is like having your adrenal gland squeezed by God. The third is basically a yogurt and mango smoothie and is freaking delicious. But the second? The chai? Ah, yes, that is something special.

Basically, chai is black tea that involves a number of other spices. The spices vary depending on where it’s coming from and whatnot, but I’m most familiar with either Oregon Chai (and I couldn’t find a list of their ingredients) and Tazo Chai (which is what Starbucks uses to make their chai lattes). The Tazo comes with black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and star anise. And I’m sorry, but just saying “Spices” in an ingredients list is lame.

Anyway, all of that to say: I was pleased to see that Haagen-Dazs, purveyor of pints of frozen creamy crack, were tackling the chai latte with their Limited Edition Sweet Chai Latte.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:40:10+00:00 June 15th, 2011|Reviews|2 Comments

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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By | 2017-09-24T23:18:36+00:00 May 23rd, 2008|Food Reviews|20 Comments

Haagen-Dazs Reserve Pomegranate Chip Ice Cream – 27 Second Review

Haagen-Dazs Reserve Pomegranate Chip Ice Cream

Review: It’s like something out of a bad teen movie from the 80s: you taste the pomegranate portion of the treat and it’s like it’s a sweet girl you’d like to get to know better. Then just as you chatting her up gets good–the chocolate shows up, and it turns out it’s her boyfriend. Suddenly that rich pomegranate taste is overwhelmed by chocolate, leaving the taste buds to go home alone and brokenhearted. Next time, Haagen-Dazs, let’s see the pomegranate portion come to the dance solo, huh?

Time: 23 seconds.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:31:19+00:00 May 28th, 2007|27 Seconds, Reviews|5 Comments

Haagen-Dazs, the Wonder Drug: Two Flavors For Free on May 15th

Headsup, folks. Just received this word:

Ice cream aficionados can get their ice cream fix for free on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, thanks to Haagen-Dazs ice cream’s first New Flavor Day free cone event. Samples of new flavors of the world’s finest, most indulgent ice cream — Haagen-Dazs Cinnamon Dulce de Leche and Haagen-Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding — will be served at any participating Haagen-Dazs shop from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Now I don’t know how much a “sample” is considered to be. Later in the press release they refer to “free cones,” so YMMV. However, I will tell you from personal experience that Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream is pret-ty damn good. So if you’ve got a location nearby, take advantage.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:31:27+00:00 May 11th, 2007|Archives|0 Comments