Haagen-Dazs Rocky Road Ice Cream (circa 2009 packaging)Am I exaggerating? maybe a smidge, maybe even a tad, but not really. Come on, this is Häagen-Dazs we are talking about here, they don't make junk. Sure, I don't like their Sorbet, but I don't think I would like anybody's sorbet. This ice cream is really good. Sure the fat content is insane and you'll feel guilty the whole time, but it's really good. The high quality chocolate definitely leans towards a cocoa flavor (as opposed to a more traditional "chocolate" ice cream). The almonds are plentiful and very fresh. The marshmallow is very unique, it's almost liquidy. As you scoop, it starts oozing everywhere. It must be the plastic seal that keeps it fresh and oh so gooey. Together they are fantastic, maybe one or two many almonds, but I haven't decided for sure.
The thing that won me over was my second bite. It perfectly melted in my mouth and and my brain went to ice cream heaven. Oh, so good. So fatty, but oh so good. Definite winner here. Would I justify the high fat content over a tasty Rocky Road like Breyers*? No, but every now and then, you know, before running say 5 or 6 miles, yeah, I could eat this. Ten years ago this container would have been gone in one sitting.
Oh joy, it even has a nice chunk of your daily cholesterol. Nice touch.
On Second Scoop: We all agree, this ice cream is fantastic, just top notch stuff. The chocolate is just so rich and full of true cocoa taste. My only warning, which is my fault, not their's, is be careful of the Marshmallow. It is very sweet and I landed right it a big pool of it. I couldn't resist the urge and took a huge spoonful that was probably 70% marshmallow. Wow!! So very sweet! Little too sweet actually, think my brain just spun once or twice. It really is great, just remember that when you scoop, the marshmallow is there to accent the chocolate, not bury it.
*Update: Breyers has messed with their Rocky Road and I am unamused.
Nutrition: 300/160-9/1/5 (90mg of cholesterol, that's 30% of your daily dose!)
2014 style packaging (photo courtesy of Haagen-Dazs)