Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Häagen-Dazs it again.

I stumbled across two Häagen-Dazs Limited Edition flavors that were new to my grocery experience. Score. First, there is Spiced Peach Crumble, which is pleasant but, like last year's Blueberry Crumble, could use more of the crumbles and bits of fruit. Second, there is a delightful and creative entry: Cranberry Pumpkin Spice.

As this blog's resident pumpkin expert (not to mention sole contributor), I can report that in numerous years of documented pumpkin consumption this is the first and only item to cross my path that pairs cranberry with pumpkin, a pairing so obvious it eluded us all. At first bite it is clear that Häagen-Dazs is able to handle pumpkin with the same elegance it treats all its flavors. Rich, creamy and full of spice, this is what anyone would look for in a pumpkin ice cream. The second bite bringeth the cranberry swirl and, behold, it was very good. Lighter than Ben & Jerry's delightfully subtle Pumpkin Cheesecake, this flavor offers the same sour zing but with a fruity afterthought.

Thank you, Häagen-Dazs. I shall be experimenting with pumpkin and cranberry pairings for the rest of my life.

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