“ Type: Sorbets & Ice Cream „
Whilst doing the weekly shopping, I was presented with the buy one get one free offer on all Haagen Dazs 500 ml ice-cream tubs. At the normal price of £4.29 for one, I have never been tempted, but I thought I would indulge myself as it worked out at £2.15, which I thought was reasonable for a very good brand of ice cream. Later the same day I decided to get the tub out for a sweet treat whilst watching a film, and I can honestly say that it is the best ice-cream I have ever had, and I am sure if I really wanted, I could have just gone through the whole tub! The ice-cream itself is made of vanilla, and it is very sweet and creamy and I am sure could be very nice on its own. What makes this tub even better is the added extras, namely the "Crunchy clusters of pralines and indulgently smooth swirls of toffee" as mentioned in the desription above. The toffee swirls tasted more caramel like, but were very sweet and complemented the vanilla ice cream well, and was nice enough to ensure than I never had a spoonful without ensuring I had some of the toffee/caramel swirl in it. The crunchy praline clusters are also a delight to find, consisting of a praline with a very generous outer shell of something deliciously sweet and sugary. If they provided those on their own, I would definitely go out and buy them, but they provide a great contrast with the smooth and creamy textures of the ice cream and swirls. Understandably, this contains a lot of fat and calories in a small amount with 15.1g of fat and 242 kcal per 100ml, which would probably be one of the only things that would stop me eating the whole tub in one go! Also, at the RRP of £4.29, it is expensive, and not someting I would realistically get at that price too often. Overall, I would say it is one of the best ice-cream tubs you can get in the supermarket, and wonderful as an indulgent treat! In fact, writing this has made me want to treat myself...
One of these two or three times a week and you will pile on the weight so fast you won't know what hit you. They are totally delicouse and very addictive, which is the problem, you have one and find yourself wanting another the next day. I'm now having work my flabby ass down the gym several times a week to try and lose the weight these helped me put on, the only way for me is cold turkey. I know if I have anotehr I'll be totally hooked again.
Just when it gets hot enough, I run to the supermarket to get some ice cream. I quite like caramel ice cream so when I saw Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream on offer, I didn't hesitate and it quickly went to my basket. As usually, Haagen Dazs comes in a red and white cardboard tube with some tempting pictures. It also has a plastic golden lid and a layer of something like thick cling film on the top of the ice cream. The ice cream itself has a pale brown colour and you can see different bits and bobs of caramelised nuts in it. It also has caramel swirls in it. This gives a really nice taste overall but the ice cream is extremely sweet (sometimes it seems to me that it is overly sweet) but a good thing is that it stops me from eating too much of it. It is simply an extremely rich, smooth, creamy, rich and very good quality vanilla ice cream. I wish, however that there were more caramelised peanuts as the are very tasty and crunchy. One serving of this ice cream (100g) will provide you with 262 kcal which is a lot and I just need to stop myself from eating more. In this serving, you will also get around 15g of fat. You can buy this ice cream in two versions: small (100ml) and big (500ml). The small one usually costs something around £1.50 whereas the big one costs about £4.00 in a supermarket. I usually look for them on offers as I think this is an expensive ice cream even for its good quality. I am sure that if you are a fan of nuts, caramel, vanilla and good quality ice cream, this is something for you.
Haägen-Dazs ice cream is up there with the best (with the same hefty price of £3,86 per 500ml tub), but even though it is expensive I simply love the taste and buy it as an occasional treat. Haägen-Dazs is currently on special at Tesco so I treated myself to two tubs - any excuse is a good excuse! One of the best flavours in the Haägen-Dazs range is Pralines & Cream, which is a flavour that is unique to Haägen-Dazs. It is a very sweet vanilla-based ice cream as it contains caramel swirls and caramelised pecan nuts. The delightful pecan nuts make this ice cream truly special in my eyes. Even though the ice cream is quite creamy it still freezes quite solidly and needs about 5 minutes at room temperature before scooping it into a bowl. This is not an ice cream to serve with other desserts as its flavour needs to stand alone. The packaging of Haägen-Dazs is classic and consists of a cardboard tub with a plastic lid. The main colour of the tub is dark red with gold detailing. On the lid and front of the tub is a picture of pecan nuts with blocks of caramel. As with most ice cream Haägen-Dazs is not good for a low calorie diet. 100ml contains 242 calories and 15.1g of fat (saturates are not specified).
I have always thought that Haagen-Dazs is way too expensive to even consider buying, but the other day I was in Asda and they had a 500ml tub for £2 of this variety and so I had to buy it!! I first tasted the Pralines and Cream flavour when I was at my mums a few weeks ago, the ice cream is just plain vanilla with caramel swirls and caramalised pecan nuts. Its absolutely deliscious. Unlike chocolatey ice cream, this isn't too sweet, and the caramel swirls have a kind of salty (in a nice way) taste which makes the ice cream and the sweetness of the pecan nuts come out a little more, giving it short bursts rather than been sickly. The ingredients of the ice cream are: Fresh Cream, Skimmed Milk, sugar solution, caramel sauce 10%, caramelised pecan nuts 7%, egg yolk, natural flavouring from vanilla and sugar. This is quite possibly the tastiest ice cream I have ever tasted, its absolutely gorgeous, and me and the husband ended up devouring the whole 500ml tub last night!!!!!! As its Haagen-Dazs its slow melting too which means you don't end up with a bowl of mush at the end!! Well anyway, I definitelty recommend this to anyone who likes toffee ice cream, or vanilla and caramel swirl! As I said its not sickly as its not too sweet, and so its very moreish!!!!
Haagen Dazs was one of the original 'luxury' ice cream brands available in the UK, it usually retails at around £3.99 for a 500ml tub. However, I nearly died with excitement last week when I went into my local Asda on one of the hottest days of the year to find that they had reduced the entire range to £2 a tub! I immediately stocked up on some of my favourites for the freezer. I have seen them on offers like '2 for £5' before now but never so reduced in price per single unit as this - it was obviously some kind of omen that I need this ice cream in my life? So, I bought the Pralines and Cream as I have tried it before and know it to be one of the most amazing, indulgent tasting flavours of ice cream around. With the Haagen Dazs brand in general you know you will be getting a high quality product and it always tastes exceptionally creamy. I find with this range that one scoop is enough to get a real sugar hit from so although this is not a great product to be having when im trying to watch my weight, a little goes a long way. The Pralines & Cream flavour is a rich vanilla ice cream base, swirled with caramel sauce and containing chunks of praline which is like a sugared nut. Apparently in this particular product the nut they use is a pecan and you can sort of tell because it still retains some of the nutty taste and the pecan with the caramel works so well - as it does in a pecan pie (one of my very favourite desserts which is probably why I like this ice cream so much!). The texture is glorious in my opinion, the pralines are genorously scattered throughout the ice cream so in most mouthfuls you get the wonderful contrast of the smooth vanilla and caramel and the crunchy, crumbly, nuttiness of the pralines all at once. It really works. In 100ml, or a fifth of a tub which is a small scoop of this ice cream, there is an astounding 242 calories and 15.1g of fat. Not friendly on the waistline at all! However, it makes for a fantastic, creamy, indulgent treat every once in a while, especially when its on a fantastic special offer. Haagen Dazs ran a famously suggestive advert some years back where the emphasis was on sharing this product with a loved one in a bit of saucy food based fun - I have to be honest, opening a tub of this would personally require my full attention and I would not really want to share it with anyone else for the world - some things were made for enjoying alone!
After reading the reviews on Haagen Dazs lately, I was excited to see that there was an offer in my local Asda - a pint of many Haagen Dazs flavour for just £2! As a somewhat disgustingly ice cream addict, this was just too good an offer to turn down. I usually always buy Benny & Jerry's, as I just love the added chocolate/fish/swirls tucked away inside, but looking at Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream made me think there would be plenty of little surprises for me inside the tub! Once I got home, I simply couldn't relax knowing that their was a tub of ice cream sitting in the freezer with my name written all over... I just had to eat it. When opening the tub, I was greeted by the usual Haagen Dazs...lovely, soft looking creamy ice cream. I seen there were plenty of chunks of toffee-looking sauce swirled throughout the ice cream and took a big spoonful.... what a shock. Sickly wasn't even the word. Next I searched around for pralines... little did I know they would consist of tasteless nuts. Not only was I disappointed in the toffee swirls and the pralines, I was also disappointed in the quality of the ice cream. I have usually always found Haagen Dazs to be extremely rich and creamy, but this ice cream lacked the usual texture and creaminess, and was more ice based, if that makes sense. This is only my personal opinion, as I was extremely hopeful of this ice cream as I love both pralines & cream!! It taught me that this was not worth the calories or even the reduced £2 price tag - I, for one, will DEFINATELY be sticking with Ben & Jerry's in the future!!
HAAGEN-DAZS PRALINES & CREAM ICE CREAM Cost in Sainsbury's (at 4.9.08) = £3.93 for a 500ml carton Nutritional Information (per 100ml): Calories: 242 Kj: 1009 Protein: 3.7g Carbohydrate: 22.9g Fat: 15.1g Ice cream ingredients: Fresh cream, skimmed milk, sugar solution (water & sugar) and natural vanilla flavouring Pralines and caramel sauce (10% of product) ingredients: Sweetened condensed skimmed milk Sugar Glucose syrup from wheat Water Butter Salt Gelling agent (pectin) Natural flavouring (vanilla) Caramelised pecan nuts (7%) Sugar Egg yolk Dietary Infomraton: May contain nuts Country of origin: France ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How many Ms could I type without people losing interest? Well, I don't want to wear out the letter M on my keyboard, so I will settle for just a few..... Mmmmmmmmm! (By the way, it always amuses me when a product which specifically contains NUTS as part of the recipe, always gives the warning as "MAY contain nuts"!!!!!) Haagen-Dazs Pralines & Cream ice cream comes in (as far as I'm aware), two sizes of carton - 500ml which I am reviewing here, and the single 100ml serving little one, that's not enough to satisfy a flea's ice cream craving. When I first discovered this, which is above all my favourite ice cream, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I saw no problem with sinking the whole 500ml pot to myself at one sitting, and it wasn't until after I'd finished gorging myself - even turning the carton inside out and licking the walls - that I dared to look at the nutritional content. Well, if the high fat, calorie and sugar content doesn't get me first, the body weight gained caused by my obsession with continually feasting on this ice cream no doubt will get me later! I believe in living life to the full though, even if I do shorten it in the process. Haagen-Dazs Pralines & Cream comes in what to me is a very French-looking designed pot (I later learned the country of production is France), with a gold-coloured rim around the lid. The flat top of the lid and the body of the carton have the same design; that is, a gold and white patterned area on the top, underneath which is the standard Haagen-Dazs logo - black writing on a white oval-shaped background, bordered by a slightly fluted gold-coloured design. The larger area of the carton is a dark maroon colour, with a picture on the front of two pieces of caramel and two of what I assume to be caramelised pecan nuts. The lid can be lifted off fairly easily, but sometimes I find it more efficient to hold a tea-towel over the rim, and lift the lid gently. Once the outer lid is removed, the top of the carton is sealed with a white circle of plastic on which is black writing. This plastic is glued to the rim, but isn't difficult to remove. Inside the carton, the dense-textured ice cream is tightly packed, and definitely isn't of the soft-scoop variety, but I find it helps a lot to let the carton stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes, so the ice cream can soften slightly. I would expect most people with a hint of civilisation and manners would share a 500ml pot of Haagen-Dazs Pralines & Cream with at least one other person, and spoon it out into dishes first - but, not me as I am not one to do things ceremoniously, and I prefer not to share a tub of heaven with anybody. My own way of eating this ice cream is unaccompanied, stretched out on the settee, and straight from the carton. I love to dig a teaspoon into the firm and creamy contents and eat as slowly as I can manage. Haagen-Dazs Pralines & Cream is delicious, beyond anybody's wildest expectations and food-dreams. The ice cream is true cream-coloured, and of a perfect creamy texture. There are very generous swirls of the most divine soft caramel sauce rippled at random through the ice cream, and here and there are large sized clusters of crispy caramelised pecan nuts. The combination of the ice cream, sauce and nuts is an experience that I don't think anybody should miss before dying - it is truly heaven on earth. For me, Haagen-Dazs overall, regardless what flavour you choose to buy, is the epitome and ruler of all ice-creams, even beating Ben & Jerry's as a brand by a measurable fraction. The delicious creamy flavour tastes as if it is made with top-notch quality Devon clotted cream (even though it isn't!), and as it melts, instead of becoming glutinous, it goes like thick creamy milk. I am finding this review very difficult to write without over-use of the word "cream", but that's in essence what this ice cream is all about......creamy texture, creamy taste, creamy appearance, creamy smell - all things CREAM! The nuts and sauce blend perfectly with the ice cream, and I'd imagine quite a few people like to mix them around with one another, but I prefer to keep them separate, alternating with a spoonful of ice cream, then a spoonful of nuts/sauce, until sorrow hits when I find my spoon has hit the bottom of the carton, and there is no more. I then swear loudly at myself for not buying two cartons, but as this is one of the more expensive ice creams, I'd go bankrupt very quickly if I indulged at a rate of two cartons per day (plus I'd probably double my already surplus body weight in less than three weeks!). As to whether Haagen-Dazs Pralines & Cream is worth the rather expensive price, I would edge towards a resounding "No", despite my passion for eating gallons of the stuff - and I say this mainly because I just don't think the glory of it is worth the price charged - but, having said that, if I thought I'd have to live the rest of my life without ever tasting it again, I'd feel very sad. If you are short of cash, this ice-cream probably isn't something you could afford to indulge in other than on high days and holidays, but I promise you - it will be well worth the experience. Long live my no.1 favourite ice cream!
As part of a two for £5 deal at Sainsburys we bought a pot of Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream ice cream with our shopping last week. It normally retails for £3.99 per 500ml tub but is especially good value when you're able to get it on offer at this sort of price. Before you do anything else you need to sit this out on the side for about half an hour to let it thaw so you can get your spoon in. This stuff is really thick and you wouldn't want to try to eat it before it's had chance to melt slightly. The texture of this ice cream is every bit as brilliant as any of the Haagen Dazs ice creams with the added bonus of creamy caramel swirls throughout this one. There's loads of sauce swirled all the way through this so no worries about who gets what or anything. There's also a generous handful of sugar coated pralines in here (crystallised I believe they call them) that taste absolutely fantastic. I think what I really like about this is the way all the different flavours and textures blend together. The sauce is really smooth, the ice cream thick and creamy and the pralines are crunchy. Mix it all together and you've got something really quite special. This is an ice cream for the absolute sweetest of teeth in my opinion (so it suits me well then). The ice cream is thick and creamy and the caramel sauce and crystallised pralines are sugary, sweet and superbly appetising. In fact this stuff is so amazing that a certain pig finished off an entire 500ml tub all on his own. But under normal circumstances this should serve two to four people.
Well, now that I've figured out that what Haagen-Dazs calls "Praline & Cream" in the UK is what they call "Crème Caramel Pecan" in the US, I can finally write this op! We all know that Haagen-Dazs makes some of the finest ice creams on the market today, and are now produced and sold all over the world. They can, therefore, charge a bit more (if not a lot more) for their products than the local brands such as Walls, ASDA or even Cadbury ice creams. But the question is, are these ice creams worth the extra pence? Here's what I have to say about this. First of all, I should tell you that I'm not reviewing one of the chocolate flavors here, although I am a real chocolate addict. The reason for this is, I've become spoiled and even Haagen-Dazs hasn't been able to equal the experience of eating a chocolate "Gelato" in Rome. No - there is just no commercially produced chocolate ice cream that comes close. And anyway, my husband isn't much of a chocolate person (leaving more for me, of course), so when we buy a fancy ice cream, we tend to try to find one that everyone in the house can enjoy. Praline & Cream (or, as we get it here, Crème Caramel Pecan) is often the one we choose when we decide to splurge on a pint (or 500ml tub) of Haagen-Dazs. You should know that Haagen-Dazs ice creams are a good bit softer than most mass-produced ice creams that aren't in the "soft" category. This is because of the high butter-fat content in the milk that they use. In fact, Haagen-Dazs doesn't use milk at all, but rather uses the real thing - fresh cream. So, when you open this product, you'll find it fairly easy to scoop it out, even if you take it directly out of the freezer (with the door still open and your head inside - much the way I often do <G>). However, this ice cream is not whipped up with lots of air in it like "soft scoop" ice creams, and when you dig in, you'll get a truly loaded spoon of this product and not some light-weight batch of air. This makes for a very smooth textured ice cream that has just enough body to it so that you'll feel that you're putting something very creamy into your mouth and not something watery that came off an ice lolly. The scent that you'll smell when you open this is primarily of the caramel. Caramel is basically browned (almost burnt) sugar and cream. This may make you think that this product smells very, very sweet, but it doesn't really. The spicy vanilla seems to lessen the sweetness of this product and you certainly won't feel that there is anything sickly in the smell of this ice cream. In all, a very creamily scented ice cream that isn't in the least artificial. The famous packages are very attractive with their deep red which is almost brown, mixed with lots of gold in either a filigree pattern or solid, like around the lip of the tub. Each flavour has a picture on the front which indicates what extras are in the ice cream that make up that particular flavor. For instance, this one has a picture of pecans that have been splashed with caramel sauce on them - very appetizing! This particular flavor is one that we love for many reasons. First of all, the vanilla ice cream is a pale cream color, which indicates to me that the product would have a buttery flavour - and so it does. Next, mixed with this buttery vanilla ice cream are swirls of caramel flavored toffee that is a very silky texture, and although quite sweet, not overpoweringly so. In addition to this, are lots of nice sized chunks of what seem like freshly caramelised pecans. This combination gives you the feeling that you are eating something chunky as well as smooth and creamy. And I just adore this mixture of sensations in my mouth - its like having an ice cream sundae pre-prepared in a tub. You know, the ice cream, the sauce and the nut topping. Pretty nifty, no? Just a quick word about the nuts here. I've tried many different ice creams that have nuts in them, and sometimes with pecans or walnuts, you can bite into one that tastes sour or old. I've never had that happen to me when I eat this brand of Haagen-Dazs, and for me, that certainly attests to the quality of their products. With that in mind, I have to say that I'm willing to pay the extra (even a whole lot extra, like you do for this ice cream) to feel like I'm consuming a truly excellent product. So, hang the cost, I say! There are, however, two large drawbacks to this product. One is, of course, that it is terribly, terribly fattening. One could say that this is probably the reason why you buy these in only 500ml tubs and not huge kilo ones - so you don't eat as much. And we know that these ice creams also come in 100ml mini-cups for those who can't control their urges even to leaving some of that 500ml in the freezer for the next time. The other drawback is that, well, even the 500ml tub seems to finish way, way too soon. This is such a "moreish" product, that once you start, you'll have a pretty hard time stopping yourself. You could say here as well, that the high price is what will keep you from buying too much of this, so that no matter how "moreish" it is, you'll be deterred from stocking up on many of these and then finishing them all in one go. So, you see, there are some positive aspects to even the drawbacks for this product. All thats left for me to tell you is what is the best way to enjoy this ice cream. Personally, I think that you should enjoy it very, very slowly, eating it in small spoonfuls while rolling it around in your mouth. That, and alone - yes, totally and completely alone, because if theres someone else around, youll just have to share it with them, and trust me, once youve tasted this flavour of Haagen-Dazs, youre not going to want anyone else to get their hands on it! In conclusion, all I have to say is - INDULGE! ***** Technical stuff: I found this ice cream costs £3.27 at ASDA for a 500ml tub, which is 65.4p per 100ml - that's pretty expensive in my book. Their web page can be found at http://www.haagen-dazs.co.uk/ Nutritional Information (typical values) Per 100ml Serving/Per 100g Serving Energy KJ/Kcal = 1009/242 / 1153/276 Protein 3.7 / 4.2 Carbohydrate 22.9 / 26.2 Fat 15.1 / 17.2 I'm not supposed to list the ingredients, but the "Praline" in the name means that there are pecans in this product, and therefore would not be suitable to those people who are allergic to nuts. It also has real eggs, and I know there are some people who are strict vegetarians who do eat milk products, but not eggs - so this wouldn't be suitable for them. Other than this, I don't see any reason why this product wouldn't be suitable to vegetarians. *****
When I was a child, my Mum let me have a mouthful of her ice-cream. After that i was hooked. The flavour and taste are not for everyone but they are definately for me! The expense of a tub means that to this day eating it remains a treat. The pralines are exquisite, the sugary coating combined with the crunchy middle. mmmmmm I'm in heaven! The caramel itself can get a tad sickly by the end of the tub, but because of the mixture of ice-cream and caramel it doesnt overpower you. If you consider the whole ensemble together, it is sweet, creamy and crunchy. An experience everyone should try for themselves. I cant guarantee that you'll enjoy it as much as i do, but I can say that its a worthwhile experience!
Ahhhh - I can't think of a better way to end a stressful day (or a not so stressful day) than to relax, lay back and chill with a tub of Haagen-Dazs Pralines & Cream. Yumshuss. I usually buy Yorkshire Dales ice-cream as it's cheaper and of a very high quality but lately I've felt the need to pamper myself and go the hole hog with this delightful stuff. Very satisfying for the tastes buds, in fact I would go so far as to say it's a veritable taste sensation. What I love about this stuff is the creamy texture of the ice-cream and swirls of caramel which melt lovingly over your tongue and when you get a pecan nut well what can I say but WOW. The nuts have been caramelised to add that extra crunch and taste, which all adds up to a really fabulous ice-cream experience (okay this may sound a bit over the top but give me a break - I don't get out much these days, lol). The caramel tastes like maple syrup to which is also a favourite of mine. If your on a diet (which I'm obviously not as I'm eating at least two tubs a week, naughty, naughty) then avoid this treat like the plague. It's full of sugar (yum) nuts (yum, yum) and cream (yum, yum, yum). On with the information so I'll get right down to it!! You'll noticed if you decide to buy this that there's no information on the nutritional value of this ice-cream and that's probably because most people wouldn't buy it if they read how many calorie's or how much fat it contained! I know I would (this is not a typo, lol). Here's a list of the ingredients so you can draw your own conclusions in that department! Ingredients: Fresh cream, skimmed milk (at least its skimmed and not full fat), sugar, caramel (10%) (sweetened condensed skimmed milk, sugar, glucose syrup, water, butter, salt, gelling agent : pectin, natural flavouring: vanilla), caramelised pecan nuts (7 %), ( sugar, pecans, butter, salt, corn syrup, egg yolk, natural flavouring : vanilla. So as you can see there's nothing really gross in there and it's all natural. Not that that makes this a healthy option but at least its not full of EEEE's like those soft scoop ice-creams which I find rather horrible and not a taste sensation by any means. Price, Availability & packaging: Well this is the down side to this heavenly treat, it?s soo expensive for the amount you get. A 500ml tub will set you back £3.27 on average and that?s rather on the expensive side. I usually pay around £2.50 for a litre tub of Yorkshire Dales ice-cream, which is just as good a quality but unfortunately for me they don't do Pralines and Cream and that's my fav at the moment!! The up side is it's widely available. You'll probably find it in most supermarkets and even in your local corner shop, if you're a movie buff (which I am) then you'll also find it in most good video stores too. The packaging is pretty - a nice sort of burgandy tub with a gold pattern. It obviously has the Haagen Dazs logo and a nice piccy of some pecan nuts and toffee on the front and lid. Nothing to write home about but then it's whats inside that counts isn't it! I find the best way to eat my tub of heaven is to: Hide it out the way of my other half as he tends to eat the whole lot. Have a good movie on the box, preferably something funny (if this isn't possible, then go for a horror (this way you can hide behind your huge tub of ice-cream). Let it soften for at least a minute before scooping it out of the tub with a ladle (if a ladle isn't to hand then eat the whole lot out of the tub as you know someone else will nick it if you don't finish it off) Remove all feelings of guilt when you have demolished the lot by simply hiding the empty tub under the left ov er dinner in the bin (this way everyone is happy). Add a chopped up Cadbury's Flake (just to add extra naughtiness the already naughty treat). Have it on a cornet (this may be difficult if you decide to try and fit the whole tub on there). I have awarded this product with only **** stars as I find it a bit on the expensive side but if there were stars just for taste then I'd definitely give this a ***** star rating. Thanks for reading and good luck with the diets for those of you who are thinking you NEED SOME ICE-CREAM, lol.
If you want a foodie treat and love ice cream, then you can't go far wrong with Haagen Dazs. It's available in different flavours but here I'll write about the one I've most recently devoured - Pralines and Cream. It tastes absolutely wonderful with vanilla ice cream, caramel through it and a dash of caramelised pecan nuts. The vanilla ice cream is really creamy and has a rich flavour. It's got just the right strength of flavour and doesn't taste manufacured or as if it's laden with artificial flavours. (You know those over-sugary plain vanilla ice creams?) The caramel is very sweet, a little bit sickly if you get a huge blob of it but delicious when it's mixed through the ice cream really well. The whole pecan nuts are delicious and really crunchy to give that bit more texture to the ice cream. A lovely mix of creamy and crunchy. Between the flavours and textures of the ingredients this ice cream is, needless to say, a pleasure to eat! Well, what ice cream isn't? But after one spoonful you'll find it that bit harder to stop. I bought a 500ml tub for about £3.95, very expensive. The only real disadvantage to this ice cream is the price. A larger tube would make it better value I think. This ice cream really cashes in on it's image as a really luxurious dessert and the price reflects that, as to the adverts where they drop hints as to things you can do with ice cream. Hmm! I find Haagen Dazs really hard to scoop out of the tub straight out of the freezer. Take it out a few minutes beforehand to let it melt a little. It seems creamier and tastes better too when it's more meltable in your mouth...Or wherever else you want to melt it! =) The ice cream comes in smaller tubs too which I've seen on sale in cinemas. There is also a more traditional ice cream "stick" in supermarkets. But the larger tubs are a decent size for a few people to have a scoop. Even better, s hare it on a cosy night in for 2 and use your imagination! *wink wink* (And as I said, take it out of the freezer for that perfect melty texture and enjoy your...ahem... dessert.) Definetely a yummy 5 stars for this one!
This ice cream is a pralines and cream sensation. The icecream is very creamy, with pieces of nuts in it, laced with caramel. The rich icecream combined with the crunchy, sweet nuts is a great combination. This is not an icecream that I think I'd want to eat all of the time, although for a while there it was my preferred choice of decadence, two scoops in a tub with some hot chococolate sauce which solidifies as it hits the icecream. Mmm, not for those wary of their waistline. If you're eating it with a spoon and taking your time about it, it does, like most haagen dazs ice cream, melt pretty quickly. So if you're not fairly quick off the mark you can end up with a creamy, runny pool of icecream. The other thing that I cannot stress enough is its creaminess, which seems to be a bit of a trade mark of this company, and I guess is a large part of the luxury, but for me more that a couple of scoops is a little too much. All in all, this serves to make the icecream a decadent delight - but just be careful you don't overdo it, or the creaminess easily becomes sickly!
Crunchy clusters of pralines and indulgently smooth swirls of toffee