Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Haagen-Dazs Banana Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream

[New for 2018] Welcome back to another quick sampling of free Haagen-Dazs ice cream. This is one of the three in the new Decadent Collection. I say quick because a) banana isn't really my thing and b) 2/3 of this pint got lost in a power outage. That said, this is Haagen-Dazs so you know it's still going to be good.

Haagen-Dazs Banana Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream
banana ice cream with chocolate chips and a peanut butter swirl

That's a decent opening shot. Not super busy but we've got teases of both the chips and the swirl... I actually stole a few little bites of this one on the day I dug in to the amazing new honey almond flavor. I knew from that quick test that it had potential.

I officially attacked this one a day or two later and it is well crafted ofcourse. It's got a good real banana flavor but it's not straight banana. It comes across as more of a banana cream flavor. Granted I don't have much experience with banana cream pie, but it seems like the best way to describe it. In the past I would often compare these types of flavors to banana bread, but that's just not appropriate here.

Can I tell you about the peanut butter swirl? Good, because it's amazing. I spent the entire time just digging the swirl out. I'm bummed the power outage completely melted this pint because I was totally up for continuing the quest of getting out the swirl. To me, the flavor was right where I wanted it to be. It was spot on.

The chips didn't seem to be a huge factor either way... ok, I probably just wasn't paying attention to them. Did I mention the excellent swirl?

So banana fans, track this one down and let us know how it compares to some of your other favorite banana flavors. Good luck!

Verdict?  oh that swirl
Buy Again?  not my thing


Anne Sutton said...

Banana is not my thing either, but I really loved this one. I think the mild banana and the PB swirl won me over. My kids truly loved it. I preferred it to like a chunky monkey Ben and Jerry's by far. It seemed much less potent. Now I really want to try the other decadent flavors as soon as I can find them!

Anonymous said...

Banana IS my thing, and I was disappointed. The banana wasn't very noticeable, but the PB was

Dubba Scoops said...

Ha, I think you two just showed what I was trying to say. It's more mild for people who don't love banana, but not surprising that a banana fan would be underwhelmed. Thanks for the comments!

Bob said...

The banana is not a pure banana its more of a laffy taffy tasting banana which may throw some people off. Arguably I would put Steve's Banana Pudding and Wegmans Banana Peel'N as superior banana bases after trying this one. If you do not mind a subtle and lightly flavored banana base this will be top tier for most people. The PB Swirl is outstanding it reminded me of Turkey Hill with how thick and crunchy it was. This was not a typical PB Swirl which is creamy and salty it had that extra texture to it which made it different from the rest of the ice cream market.

MichelleAK said...

Late review of this. I didn't like it at all. In fact, I tossed more than half of the pint. There were two problems. First, the banana ice cream didn't taste like banana at all. It could have been vanilla for all the banana flavor it had. Second, I didn't like the texture of the peanut butter swirl. It was just too grainy and hard. Definitely not for me.

Anonymous said...

I bought this for my husband a year ago from WalMart for his birthday just on a chance he'd like it as he loves both bananas and peanut butter. He went crazy for it. He now pretty much won't eat any other icecream. He LOVES it and tells everyone he meets(even cashiers) about it. It's expensive but he found it on sale a few times and bought 8 pints. Unfortunately now he can't find it everywhere. He did find it at one store but it's expensive. He doesn't want to be without it in the freezer so he always had a stash of it. He hunts far and wide. Now due to unavailability and price, he's cut back much to his disappointment. I don't like banana flavor in anything but I did think this was very, very good.

AmyJ said...

So this was not a great success, by my lights. On the spoonfuls where one gets no peanut butter, the banana is a bit flat--I actually very lightly sprinkled some salt on it and it hugely improved the base, bringing it to life. I understand why HD might have gone light on the salt in the banana portion, though. The PB really isn't a swirl. It is gobs --sometimes a tablespoon's worth of more -- of what tastes like straight up peanut butter from a jar. I can appreciate others' comments that the banana isn't very flavorful: combined with the PB, one gets no banana taste at all. I would have liked this a lot more if the PB had been thinner and distributed more thoroughly throughout the pint. I just didn't find this very balanced.