Friday, May 12, 2017

Haagen-Dazs Espresso Chocolate Cookie Crumble Ice Cream

[By Nick, New for 2017] Hey everyone! Today marks 5 years Dubba has put up with my nonsense. While I haven't been able to write as much as I'd like to recently, I still love seeing all of your comments. Looking back on when I started, I never thought I would've lasted this long. Dubba has become one of my best friends and I couldn't thank him enough for all he has done for me. I'd also like to thank you all. You've all given me a confidence that I never quite had before. Your feedback has helped me not only grow as a writer but as an individual. I've learned a lot in the past 5 years and hopefully great things will be coming in the near future. Onward to the review!

Haagen-Dazs Espresso Chocolate Cookie Crumble Ice Cream
coffee ice cream swirled with cookie crumbles
and sprinkled with chocolate espresso flakes

You all know I'm the resident coffee ice cream lover and how could I turn down anything with cookie crumbles in it? The answer is I can't.

This ice cream is nondescript looking. It obviously looks like coffee ice cream with little bits of chocolate here and there. The smell is of a robust coffee which is always a good sign. 

Haagen Dazs has one of the better coffee ice creams on the market. It's smooth, bold and not too milky. It's really nice when a company doesn't muddle the coffee's flavor. Some companies get out of hand with the sweetness and milkiness of their flavors. H-D lets the flavor profile shine through.

The cookie crumble isn't what I was expecting. There's no real texture from it like I was hoping for from a good cookies and cream ice cream. They're definitely on the milk soaked side which isn't what I'd want for my ice cream. I'd like for the cookies to have some sort of crunch to them. It's more like a chocolate cookie butter swirl than a crumble.

Don't get me wrong, the cookie component is good but a little misleading in name. The cocoa from the cookies definitely works well with the base. It brings out the bitterness of the coffee but doesn't let the coffee overpower things.

The chocolate espresso flakes are irrelevant to be honest. Their flavor is drowned out and blends in with the other components. I was hoping they'd add some sort of crunch but they're far too tiny and few and far between to add any impact.

Overall, this isn't a bad ice cream but in a market oversaturated with coffee options, it's hard to recommend this one. I don't think it would even fall into my Top 10 for coffee flavors.

Thanks again for all your support and kind words over the years. I truly appreciate it all. If you want to keep up to date with me be sure to follow me on Instagram @fyeahsundaes. Until next time, keep on scooping!

Verdict?  Nothing special
Buy Again?  Nope too many other options out there.



6 comments:

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Happy 5 years, Nick! Many more reviews to come.

Danielle said...

I agree with your sentiment Nick. Even on a bad day, the worst HD has to offer is still better than a lot of the other brands out there, but this was just ok. Happy anniversary on reviewing! I'm so glad you came on board and I'm glad we became friends :)

Aaron L said...

You just stopped me from buying a pint of this, Nick. Thanks.
I was in Albany for work last year and Cider Belly is super close to the hotel, so I gave it a try...and it was delicious. I'm a pastry chef, if that adds any prestige to the praise.

Nick Rovo said...

Liz, thank you very much!

Danielle, yeah this one had potential but it just never reached it.

Aaron L, happy to help! And thank you so very much. That does mean a lot. If you're ever in the area again, say hi!

D... said...

What are some of your top 10 coffee flavors you mentioned? Want to see if I tried the best ones yet.

Nick Rovo said...

D..., not in any particular order and probably not my Top 10 but at least 10 flavors better than this one.
Gelato Fiasco Espresso Chip
Gelato Fiasco Iced Malt Coffee
Ciao Bella Alba Hazelnut Caffe
Ben & Jerry's Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz
Talenti Coffee Chocolate Chip
Talenti Tiramisu
Haagen Daz Tiramisu
Haagen Daz Sweet Cream Coffee Caramel
Chocolate Shoppe Espresso Oreo
New Orleans Cafe Au Lait & Beignets