Thursday, March 24, 2016

Haagen-Dazs Brownies a la mode Ice Cream

[New for 2016] Alrightly, it's time for the flavor I anticipated most out of the new Haagen-Dazs Destination Series line up. I know it sounds simple, but we don't have a good H-D brownie flavor right now. In my mind, the sky is the limit here!

Haagen-Dazs Brownies a la mode Ice Cream
vanilla ice cream with fudge and brownie piece

Mmmmm, so inviting!

Part of me wanted brownie swirls, but we get typical blocks instead.

I take my first couple bites and I am shocked at what a large role the fudge is playing. I expected brownie, then vanilla, and then fudge. That said, it still looks glorious in my bowl.

Ok, yeah, I'm confused. I thought this would be my very favorite of the seven new flavors but it's not really wowing me. Granted, I hold H-D to amazingly high standards, but I expected a brownie punch in every bite. Well, that last bite was close to what I expected... and then that next bite had too much swirl. Apparently I'm not a fan of their fudge swirl.

And I'm done. Their were a decent amount of brownie pieces, and they are a decent size, but their flavor is no match for the fudge sauce. This is called brownies a la mode and while the fudge sauce should be a factor, the brownies should be number one here.

Ha, my daughter wasn't impressed either, seems like the fudge got to her as well. Let's sleep on it and see how we feel about it next time.

On Second Scoop: I take my few bites and sure enough, that fudge swirl is still front and center. Yes, more or less it's brownies a la mode, but I so wanted the brownie factor to be epic and then have a rich vanilla base and fudge swirl in support. Quality is fine but if I'm looking for brownies, I'm going to go somewhere else.

Verdict?  amp up the brownie factor!
Buy Again?  meh


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I completely agree - the fudge swirl dominates and makes this disappointing. I think big chunks of fudge brownies and maybe a caramel swirl instead of fudge would make this flavor so much better!

Danielle said...

I was so pumped to find this one, and I felt the same way. It was great because of the HD vanilla base but nothing amazing. I also bought the Tangerine and shortbread and was shocked how much I liked that one!

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

I had (foolish?) high hopes for this too but this doesn't surprise me, unfortunately. HD almost always seems weak on "chunk" mix ins.

For that reason I've never even bothered to try their cookie dough flavor

Dubba Scoops said...

dont be afraid, their cookie dough is excellent!

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

But if I buy cookie dough ice cream, I'm buying FOR the cookie dough... There's enough of it?

Dubba Scoops said...

I thought I had some more recent pictures, but these are still pretty tempting http://www.onsecondscoop.com/2010/07/haagen-dazs-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough.html

Stacie G. said...

Sad to hear the semi negative reviews :( Brownies a la Mode is my all time favorite and was only sold in the HD shop until late 2015 and I couldn't be happier that I can buy it in stores now!!! Hope it becomes a permanent flavor. The fudge can be a little overwhelming but in such a good way! For some reason, the brownie chunks seemed much more moist when I used to buy it at the HD shop than in the pint at the store. Anyway, it's amazing to me!

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

@Dubba interesting... I actually DISLIKE the chocolate chips... I may end up picking up a 14OZer of it this weekend when I go to try the Vanilla Tangerine Shortbread.


Any plans to review the Toasted Sesame Brittle? It's intriguing the heck out of me because I have no concept of what "sesame brittle" or even "sesame" is. Have a feeling I will either love it or spit it out hahaha

Dubba Scoops said...

@Stacie: have you tried the pint form yet? The reason I was so stoked in the first place was because I found pictures of the scoop shop version. I'm not sure this is a 1 to 1 comparison so I look forward to hearing back from you.

@aol: toasted sesame brittle will be up next!

Anonymous said...

Mixed on this one. It's a basic flavor done pretty well but either the fudge or the brownies had a weird aftertaste; maybe I'm just used to cheaper stuff than HD, but whatever it was brought down the rest of the ice cream that I otherwise enjoyed. I did see some brownie pieces but agree it doesn't quite deliver on the title. Throwing in the price and the nutritional factors, I'd pass on getting this again and would stick with B&J's Half Baked when I want brownies and vanilla ice cream.

Haven't had much HD in the past, but I will still try Mayan Chocolate and Tangerine Shortbread as the flavors sound intriguing.

Anonymous said...

I'm still looking forward to trying this. It looks like it might be a good replacement for 2nd Street's Tons of Brownies. I still miss that flavor!

Dubba Scoops said...

Pretty sure it's the swirl you found odd, just the way they make it i guess, hard to describe but i know what you mean

Dubba Scoops said...

Pretty sure it's the swirl you found odd, just the way they make it i guess, hard to describe but i know what you mean

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who loved this? The swirl didn't bother me at all; I actually wished for more of it in my pint. Tasted just like Hershey's syrup.

I hope other's will like it as well so it will stick around for a while.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Anon: if you like it, that's cool, and I get the hershey's comment, but I think the sticking point is the lack of a nice strong brownie punch to a flavor that starts with the word brownie.

Deb said...

This sounds amazing and I love chocolate swirl but I am so turned off of HD after my one and only time eating it. I had the chocolate chocolate chip gelato and it was actually bad (vs. good but not up to expectations). I know it's unfair to judge a brand on one flavor which may have melted in the store and then refrozen since that is what it tasted like, but with so many delicious options, I figured why bother? But then last week I had B and J cookie dough which is normally fantastic and it tasted bad...gritty and the cookie dough was dry and brittle, despite a very respectable expiration date. So maybe it was melted and refrozen too. Had this been my first experience with B and J I wouldn't have been impressed so maybe I need to give HD another shot, especially at $2/pint this week at Stop and Shop.

Have others experienced the potentially melted and then refrozen phenomenon? Or is the gelato just bad? I feel like it must have been an off pint since most people rave about the brand.

Dubba Scoops said...

@Deb: Ummmmm, Haagen-Dazs has been around forever and is immensely respected in my mind, Ben & Jerry's is the upstart to the classic that is Haagen-Daz (though both are now senior players in the space). I know Nick and I will judge a flavor by a single pint, but that doesn't mean you should judge a brand by a single pint. If one of us had a bad experience, we would consult each other as well as the larger ice cream community and see how our experience lines up. I'm not saying taste buds are all alike, but there should be a theme or trend to how people are reacting.

on top of all of that, it sounds like you tried their gelato lineup which is fading away. That is not the same as their ice cream. I've never had a bad pint of HD. I even ate a pint past the date on the bottom and thought "man, even freezer burned and gritty, I'm still impressed by what would have been"

some may be bored by their classic offerings, but you are doing yourself a disservice but not trying a few more pints of their actual ice cream.