One of the few rules we lowly blogging reviewers have to abide whilst writing our reviews is a simple one: if you cannot write a balanced review, please do not write a review.
I am here to say that when it comes to ice cream, alas, the bias is pretty strong. How on earth can ice cream really be improved and make me gush lovingly about it even more, so it even exceeds my already pretty big bias toward ice cream?
Live and learn, I suppose.
I was lucky enough to receive four samples of the new Häagen-Dazs ® five ice cream product line last week, and you may think that just because I got ice cream in the mail I am gushing about it.
True, it's exciting. And getting the dry ice that came along with it and cackle madly as I poured hot water on it was fun, too.
But dear people, this ice cream! It is DELICIOUS! It is magic that dissolves in your mouth and it's creamy goodness that could have not arrived at a better time so I could enjoy it during an incredibly nice spring day.
The five line gets its name because only five ingredients are used in the making of the ice cream:milk, cream, sugar, eggs and the essence of the featured flavor– such as my hands-down favorite flavor, passion fruit.
[N.B. Häagen-Dazs ice creams are already very minimalist; for instance, their regular vanilla ice cream also boasts only five ingredients, as do the coffee, chocolate and strawberry flavors.]
Amazingly enough, the pruning of the ingredients list also makes the ice creams in this line lower in fat than those from the Häagen-Dazs premium line; although 11 grams of fat per 1/2 cup serving is still a LOT OF FAT, which also means that you probably should not sit down and drown your sorrows with an entire pint of ice cream to begin with, but please don't let me stop your consumption of ice cream.
I must admit that when I first opened my thirlling parcel of cold goodness, the thing that caught me off guard was the flavors: ginger, passion fruit, mint, brown sugar. To be honest, they all sounded a little oddball and maybe not particularly thrilling. However, once you get past the possible oddness of the varieties and actually taste them, the concerns melt away as easily as the ice cream does in your mouth.
As I've noted, my personal favorite was the passion fruit flavor; Monsieur Meow liked ginger best; Herr Meow was a big fan of mint, which I thought a sophisticated choice for a little fella of three; and Rev. Mom thought the brown sugar was best– though she was torn between it and the passion fruit.
And if you would like to try a FREE 14 oz. pint (*cough*apintisSIXTEENouncescheapskates*cough*) of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, be one of the first three people to leave me a nice, thoughtful comment as to why you deserve ice cream and I will send you a coupon.
Now let me hear you scream for ice cream. I know I already did.
Wow. You get free ice cream? You rock!
Um…I deserve ice cream because it’s Monday?
I need an excuse to get back on the dairy train. And I love the idea of only 5 ingredients.
Food made of FOOD? What a novel concept!
I deserve ice cream because I am lactose intolerant. It makes sense to me. 🙂
I’m number four and it’s okay…I don’t actually *cough* like ice cream.
In all seriousness. Ice cream? Meh.
But GINGER ice cream? I may have to go out looking for that. The only thing better than ginger would be clove.
I’d eat tripe if it was dosed with enough ginger…and clove.
Mmmm. Ice cream.
Sadly, I’m off dairy for a bit now anyhow, so the coupon would only have tormented me. All four of those flavors sound wonderful to me, actually. I’m a big fan of passionfruit. I’m also curious about brown sugar.
I am SOLD. And off to the grocery store…
Bummer, I missed the free ice cream 😉 But I love that about their ice creams, the 5 ingredients. And if you subscribe to Nourishing Traditions’ nutrition advice, it’s almost health food…
I recently tried this ice cream too. Really loved the ginger and passion fruit. And what a fabulous take on vanilla. Plain but just super tasty!!