Haagen-Dazs Vegetable Ice Cream

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For those of you who are not meeting your daily recommended servings of vegetables, you can now have your vegetable for dessert. The Haagen-Dazs SpoonVege comes in two flavors, Carrot and Orange or Tomato and Cherry. I tried it with two friends so we could all share our thoughts. The Carrot and Orange reminded us of a Creamsicle®, fruity and creamy and shared that same orange color. It was good but not great. Same with the Tomato and Cherry. One friend said later in an e-mail that she thought it didn’t work out as it was cream based. I agree. Both of these could have been interesting had they been created in a sorbet style. We threw these away after we all took a spoonful. My recommendation? Buy one and see if you like it. If you do, go ahead and try the other. Better yet, stick with what they do well, flavors like Melty Caramel or Green Tea (a rich mattcha). In Japan you often come across flavors not available back home, so if you are visiting Japan, be on the look out for for Haagen-Dazs mini cups at convenience stores and supermarkets. Be sure to ask the cashier for spoons which they often keep at the check-out counter.

My suggestion? Stick with the vegetable ice cream flavors you are already doing a great job with, kabocha and purple sweet potato. Maybe bring those back with this new packaging.

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Gotta Get – Haagen Dazs

Haagen Dazs

 

While visiting Tokyo be sure to make a visit to the amazingly well-stocked convenience stores. If I am out and about in the city I am sure to stop by a convenience store at least one, if not several times during the day. Usually for something to drink. The selection can be dizzying; coffee and tea – both hot and cold, fruit juices, pre-mixed cocktails, beer, and one cup saké just to name a few.

Needing a small snack between meals? Onigiri (rice balls) stuffed with a variety of fillings like uméboshi (pickled apricots), nattō (fermented soybeans), or “sea chicken” (canned tuna with mayonnaise). There is an impressive selection of fresh vegetable salads – great to keep in mind as many travelers seem to be craving vegetables while in Japan.

One thing worth making a special trip to the convenience store for is for the Haagen-Dazs mini cups. The flavors change throughout the year, so from time to time I like to see what’s in season. Currently select from rare cheesecake, melty caramel, strawberry marscapone, rum raisin, and pumpkin – Japanese kabocha pumpkin with a caramel sauce.

Don’t dig in right away. Let it melt just a little bit for the best flavor and texture of the ice cream, as shown on this commercial.

You can thank me later.