Saturday, March 3, 2018

Haagen-Dazs Decadent Collection
Honey Salted Caramel Almond Ice Cream

[New for 2018] Boy was I surprised when Haagen-Dazs' PR firm sent me an email saying that they had seen my instagram feed and wanted to send over some free samples of their new 2018 offerings. I've always been a big fan of theirs and jumped at the opportunity to get the new stuff a little bit early. So, without further ado, let's dive in to...

Haagen-Dazs Honey Salted Caramel Almond Ice Cream
honey ice cream with almonds and a salted caramel swirl

I take a bite and do a double take. Did that taste like I think it did? I take a few more bites and yeah, this one is delicious. Hopefully you know that I love sweet flavors and this one has just the right amount of sweet awesomeness. Yes, it's one of those reviews where I am going to bring all my big, happy words in to the mix.

A well crafted flavor should gel in to one great experience. Despite having salt, caramel, honey and almonds as the four flavor factors, they come together perfectly in one well designed flavor. Unless you specifically aim for the mild honey ice cream base all by itself (which doesn't happen much), you will always get a good amount of caramel flavor.

To be specific, you wont be bowled over with a super buttery caramel. It is a sweet caramel, and there is a nice saltiness worked in to it without it actually tasting like salt. The honey base gently accentuates and rounds out the overall flavor. I tend not to like honey swirls because they tend to be too potent and ruin things for me, but going with an actual honey ice cream with such a great swirl and the smattering of almonds was a great choice. Delicious. Just delicious.

I could have easily just sat and devoured this free pint but I'm going to try and be good and spread it's excellence out over three servings. Awesome job H-D.

On Second Scoop: My word is this delicious. If you can, I recommend eating this one slowly because I think I enjoyed it even more when I did... that probably sounds silly but I'm just trying to stress how well this one clicks for me. I'm not even a huge almond or honey fan, but it works really well here. I actually noticed the almond flavoring more this time around but the flavor is just so balanced and well rounded (and sweet ofcourse) that I just wanted to keep eating and eating. I hope you get to try this one soon.

Verdict?  Delicious
Buy Again?  Yes!


Anonymous said...

I am SO looking forward to trying this one. I bet it would make a great "baklava" sundae if paired with something crispy.

Nick T said...

I agree, all the big happy words for this one! I'm so glad someone else enjoyed it as much as I did. I love honey, and I think it's cool to see it popping up in ice creams recently

Anonymous said...

Friday night I ate a whole pint. I only meant to taste it but things got a little out of hand! I loved it too. I almost didn’t buy it because it had not been reviewed yet and the description really didn’t wow me. But Publix rarely gets the new stuff quickly so when I saw this one I bought it impulsively.