Haagen-Daz Banana Rum Jam Artisan Collection Ice Cream
banana, rum and lime swirl in vanilla bean ice cream
(collaboration with The Jam Stand)
I take my first bite and yeah, and while the banana flavor is fairly mild, this is totally out of my wheelhouse. Even with the smallest scoops, I'm getting a bit of the swirl. I swear I can taste the lime on the first few bites, but then it seems to fade. I'm not sure I taste the rum in general, it's more blending in with the other flavors. Hmmm, let's try a bunch of swirl.
How about this, it's not like any other banana ice cream you've ever had. Up until now, companies have gone with straight banana flavoring. This is not that flavor, nor is one bite going to be banana and the next lime, it's fairly consistent... wait, that's not 100% true, let me recap.
Ok, one, this is obviously a quality product, HD always is. Two, there is a strangeness on the first (and maybe second) bite, but after that, you settle in to the flavor and it seems a bit more familiar. If you pause for too long between bites, a bit of that initial shock comes back. Does that make sense? It's not meant to be a slight, more of an observation of how it takes time to settle in to a more complex flavor like this one is.
Alright, that's all I really got. For people who love banana or people who love stuff way outside the box, yeah, they are going to pick this one up. However, will they pick it up again? And exactly how many people fall in to that category? Not to be a pessimist but I just don't see this having staying power. Please feel free to disagree in the comments, I really am curious how big the fan base could be on this one.
Verdict? limited appeal
Buy Again? not my style