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Haagen-Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding

Non Cognomina Jul 16, 2006 04:36 AM

Anyone seen it or tried it yet?

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    violent beauty Nov 5, 2006 04:22 AM

    they do sell the sticky toffee pudding at the regular grocery stores now, i saw it but haven't tried it... but i will soon! hd's rocky road is simply the best rocky road ice cream in the world.

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      KitchenAid Oct 31, 2006 03:37 PM

      Fantastic on top of hot apple pie.

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        ciaolette Oct 31, 2006 02:59 AM

        I am confused? Those that have tasted the Sticky Toffee ice cream, are you saying it has a cinnamon taste? Um that is not a flavor I remember Sticky Toffee pudding having AT ALL!

        1. spinach Oct 31, 2006 01:56 AM

          AMEN to the mayan chocolate!! sticky toffee was tasty but not as wonderful as i'd expected it to be. IMHO the pieces of cake that they include in the new flavors (all makers) are nothing but bits of sponge, really disappointing, they actually detract from the experince (again IMO).
          HD's cannoli flavor sounded better, probably very subtle in flavor.

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            Pan Nov 5, 2006 03:57 AM

            Hmmm...Am I the only one who doesn't love the Mayan Chocolate? I like cinammon and found it way more cinammony than I prefer.

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            tapas gal Oct 30, 2006 09:38 PM

            I am thrilled that everyone is loving the Mayan Chocolate... I was already to recommend it instead... but 1000's have beat me too it... cinnamon and chocolate = heaven.

            1. Katie Nell Oct 30, 2006 09:23 PM

              I *finally* got to try it this weekend!! I really, really liked it, though I did want more cake pieces... I hope they do the contest again, I thought it was a fun idea!

              1. chica Sep 8, 2006 02:29 AM

                I find it at Vons. It really is heavenly.

                I've also recently discovered Ben&Jerry's new Vermonty Python. It's coffee ice cream with caramel and chocolate cows. So good. ;-)

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                  DessertQueen Sep 7, 2006 01:19 PM

                  Sticky Toffee Pudding is actually a limited time flavor, it will only be available through January 2007 so stock up!!!

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                    Pan Sep 8, 2006 10:35 PM

                    I hope they'll change their minds about the time limit. I had some more today. Lovely stuff!

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                    Bostonbob3 Sep 1, 2006 12:56 PM

                    I believe if you go to the HD website, they have locations where you can get this new flavor. At least they did right after the show aired.

                    BTW, has anybody ever had Baskin-Robbins "Mandarin Chocolate?" It's my fav store-bought ice cream (actually, I believe it's officially a sherbet) of all time. They used to feature it every once in a while, but I haven't seen it in ages.

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                      Carrie 218 Oct 31, 2006 04:24 PM

                      I remember it! I always thought it was like classic Droste Orange (which I adored as a kid!).

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                      Pan Sep 1, 2006 04:13 AM

                      I had some today, which I bought at a store on 9th St. and 2nd Av. in Manhattan. I really liked it! Very cinammony. I definitely plan on getting this flavor again and hope that it becomes a regular flavor and sticks around.

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                        LKBnurse Aug 31, 2006 10:32 AM

                        About Sticky Toffee Pudding...It's very good, and very sweet, and quite addicting. Tastes mostly like vanilla ice cream with lots of brown sugar & cinnamon, and the little cake pieces are what I like the most. Let me just say, Haagan daz knew what they were doing when they made this flavor, it's very addicting. I'm on my 5th pint of this decadence, however I wish they were a lot more cake pieces in the ice cream. However it inspired me to find the original recipe for the English version of STP so I can make the actual cake recipe, since I like the cake part the best.
                        For anyone interested in trying the original English recipe of STF, the recipe can easily be googled so you can make this at home.

                        1. Jpan99 Aug 27, 2006 04:25 PM

                          I tried it and although tasty it was definitely too sweet. I saw the show and voted for Cannoli. I hope they decide to make that flavor too.

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                            Pan Aug 24, 2006 12:09 AM

                            I haven't found this flavor of ice cream locally. Does anyone know a store in the East Village that carries this flavor? I tried the regular toffee flavor and wasn't that thrilled with it.

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                              lvecch Aug 25, 2006 04:17 PM

                              The Haagen-Dazs store in Union Square (117 E. 14th) has it.

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                              nanklee Aug 14, 2006 10:14 PM

                              This is selling well at my supermarket. It sold out soon after my initial purchase, and yesterday there were only 3 pints left, which I bought...

                              1. emily Aug 8, 2006 01:18 AM

                                I thought it was pretty good, but disappointing. It does taste like STP, but the flavor is too faint. Like others have said, too much cinnamon. My favorite flavors are still peanut butter chocolate and caramel cone (I love those chocolate covered sugar cone pieces).

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                                  Scottish Aug 7, 2006 09:46 PM

                                  I also bought a couple of pints of Sticky Toffee Pudding just in case theys top. I too would have liked the sponge a little darker but still enjoyed it. I also bought Baileys Irish Cream and was a little disappointed. I want to try English Toffee next.
                                  All my local supermarkets carry STP and the coupons were helpful.

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                                    nanklee Aug 5, 2006 05:56 PM

                                    I just finished off a pint and then bought two more - just in case my local market stops stocking it. Addicting overall flavor, but my complaint is that there's not enough STP. I should hunt down the real thing instead...

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                                      Debbie M. Aug 4, 2006 06:12 PM

                                      After reading about it on this thread, I went in search of the Sticky Toffee Pudding flavor. Struck out at one HD parlor, but got lucky the second time.

                                      I had high hopes, but found the ice cream disappointing, with nowhere near the depth of flavor of traditional STP. I pictured an ice cream base resembling the dark STP sponge. Instead there were bits of bland sponge in a bland ice cream base, with, as someone noted above, cinnamon being the dominant taste. There was the faintest note of toffee, but it may have been wishful thinking. Like I said, I was disappointed.

                                      But the Mayan Chocolate sounds good. I may be back at HD sooner than I planned!

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                                        jen kalb Aug 4, 2006 08:51 PM

                                        dont get it - cant remember that cinnamon is even an ingredient in sticky toffee pudding/sticky date pudding. want to try the ice cream and see.

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                                          Pan Aug 5, 2006 07:56 AM

                                          Here are the ingredients, from haagen-dazs.com (apologies for the capitals, which are theirs):

                                          Ingredients: CREAM, SKIM MILK, TOFFEE SWIRL (BROWN SUGAR, WATER, SUGAR, BUTTER, CORN SYRUP, CREAM, PECTIN, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR), SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR CAKE (BROWN SUGAR, WHEAT FLOUR, CANOLA OIL, EGGS, WATER, DATE PASTE, PURE VANILLA EXTRACT, CINNAMON, SALT), EGG YOLKS, NATURAL FLAVOR.

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                                        guera Aug 3, 2006 05:28 AM

                                        Oh, the Mayan Chocolate!!!! At my first taste, I was transported back to the little shop in the mercado in Oaxaca where I watched them make chocolate and bought some while it was still warm. When my DH, who is Mexican and a chef, came home from the restaurant, I told him to close his eyes and open his mouth. I gave him a spoonful of the Mayan Chocolate. He loved it. Before I told him what it was, I asked him what it tasted like to him. His reply: "sabe a Mexico." ("It tastes like Mexico.") I agree, and now -- along with H-D dulce de leche -- it's the only non-homemade dessert item we serve. Our customers love it too (except for the idiot who ignored my description of it and loudly exclaimed "eeewwwww - cinnamon and chocolate - eeeewwwww!). Philistine!

                                        Barb

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                                          chocolatetartguy Aug 4, 2006 06:46 PM

                                          Is the Mayan Chocolate a special edition flavor or will we be seeing it for a while? I have always been a big fan of Mexican hot chocolate, but somehow resisted the Mayan Chocolate HD the few times that I saw it.

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                                            lizardqueen Aug 8, 2006 09:41 PM

                                            I was told the reason we got some mayan choc at the office was due to our connection with the haagen-dazs account, can't find it anywhere in nyc. normally I would never buy chocolate ice cream, I'm a dulce de leche [or festivus] person - but this is the best I've ever had in my life, it has a true dark choc flavor. comparing HDMC to any ben & jerrys chocolate flavor is like comparing belgian chocolates to hersheys!

                                            now who knows where I can buy it? Liz

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                                              chocolatetartguy Aug 8, 2006 11:07 PM

                                              I found it this weekend at the Berkeley grocery store near my mom's house. imho it's not all that. The first few spoonfuls were wonderful, exactly like the Ibarra Mexican chocolate, but after that all that chocolate fudge overwhelmed the cinnamon and it was just like any other chocolate-on-chocolate ice cream. Personally, I prefer vanilla fudge.

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                                                lizardqueen Aug 16, 2006 05:38 PM

                                                about your post below...a package from Berkeley - I’m tempted, chocolatetartguy! it should be sourdough, the much bigger problem in nyc than scarcity of Mexican cocoa or needing to get mayan choc at HD instead of the deli - Liz

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                                                  chocolatetartguy Aug 16, 2006 06:59 PM

                                                  Lizardqueen, I would consider a trade for B&H bagels (Is that the name of the place on Broadway near Zabar's). I used to bring home a dozen or so and freeze them. Didn't our mayors do a similar swap when the 49ers played the Giants.

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                                                    lizardqueen Aug 23, 2006 03:25 PM

                                                    you know I think you're right about the mayors. the H&H bagels are good but my favorite is Ess-a-Bagel - shoot me an email directly when you want to do a swap, I'm game! Liz

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                                                    chowmeow Aug 9, 2006 04:54 AM

                                                    I recently had a taste of it at the Haagen Dazs store on the UWS, I think it's in the 60's.

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                                                      Pan Aug 9, 2006 11:30 AM

                                                      I've seen Mayan Chocolate at a store on 2nd Av. and 9th St., I believe.

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                                                        lizardqueen Aug 9, 2006 05:24 PM

                                                        thanks guys, glad I can save the space on that airlift from berkley for sourdough...but that's for a whole other post. can I just say again the mayan choc isn't like the others? if someone brings over some chocolate ice cream it just collects hoar frost in my freezer. I don't bother eating it, buying it or ordering it, because it never has a really fine chocolate flavor [yeah that probably makes me totally unqualified to comment on this topic]. But I'm going to to HD on the UWS for lunch today!

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                                                          chocolatetartguy Aug 9, 2006 07:25 PM

                                                          Hope you like it. HD distribution patterns are bewildering. The new flavors don't seem very common at my larger grocery store, but the student cafeteria, where I usually buy a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, is well-stocked with STP and the carwash convenience store near my office has a whole row of Mayan Chocolate.

                                                          Let's see, I suppose if I packed in dry ice and express mailed it...

                                                  3. DiningDiva Aug 2, 2006 09:08 PM

                                                    I had no problem finding Sticky Toffee Pudding at an indy market here in San Diego. Contrary to the posters immediately above I liked Sticky Toffee Pudding better than the Mayan Chocolate, which was good, but not great.

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                                                      PayOrPlay Aug 1, 2006 08:21 PM

                                                      I called the H-D number a few minutes ago, and they told me that, at least in West LA, this flavor is eventually going to make its way into all the major chains (Vons, Albertsons, Gelsons, etc.); so maybe it's not really going to be all that hard to find, once it gets into the distribution channels. I'm looking forward to trying it, although I wish it were sticky *date* pudding--I am still savoring the memory of a fabulous one I ate in some random restaurant on a backstreet in Cairns, Queensland years ago.

                                                      The "call us to find out" thing on their website is transparently a marketing ploy to collect names and email addresses for cross-marketing. OK, fine, I bit. But the pleasant woman who answered the phone didn't ask me how I heard about this new flavor--she wanted my name, address, phone number, email, wanted to send me some coupons, swore they wouldn't cross-market except within the ice cream division.

                                                      Finally I commented that I was surprised she hadn't asked how I'd learned of the flavor, and she said, "Well, anyone who calls about Sticky Toffee Pudding must have seen it on the Food Channel." Whereupon I was able to say, truthfully, "No, I hardly ever watch the Food Channel . . . I read about it on Chowhound!"

                                                      So I hope CNet appreciates the plug!

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                                                        Dommy Aug 1, 2006 08:53 PM

                                                        How timely! After all the raves a month ago, I went on a MAD quest for the Mayan Chocolate Flavor and could not find it! Then, I heard about this flavor... so my goal this past weekend was to hunt down either of these flavors...

                                                        We went to dinner at Sushi Zo on Friday and stopped in at the Vons next door (National and Palms) and they have BOTH! My first stop and they had both!! I was thrilled...

                                                        I liked both, but they aren't my favorite. Dark Chocolate fans will like the Mayan Chocolate, very rich, the cinnamon hint is very faint, but there. I enjoyed the Stickey Toffee More because I'm not a huge chocolate fan and it tasted very similar to my current favorite Ice Cream, Dr. Bob's Strawberry and Brown Sugar. The brown sugar, caramel hit was there, but not overpowering. VERY sweet. I'd love it in a sugar cone! :)

                                                        So they are out there for you and the Pup to try NOW! :)

                                                        --Dommy!

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                                                          PayOrPlay Aug 2, 2006 05:37 AM

                                                          Done and done, Dommy. Following your directions we headed down to Cheviot Hills this evening, first having a nice light dinner at the new Taco Plus next door to Sushi Zo (I can post on the LA board if anyone is interested), then headed into the aforesaid Von's and picked up a pint.

                                                          The verdict: honestly, I was a little disappointed, I thought it tasted mostly of cinnamon and brown sugar and not much else; too sweet, it was still sweet on my tongue hours later (although I suppose that might be true for real sticky toffee pudding as well). PayOrPlay Jr. tasted nothing but the cinnamon and didn't care for it at all. Cynaburst liked it more than we did, however. It probably won't be a repeat purchase (not as long as there's dulce de leche in the world) although I certainly won't rule it out and I agree it would be nice to try it in a cone. I ought to try H-D English Toffee for comparison.

                                                          I do like H-D Mayan Chocolate--to me, the dark chocolate holds up much better against the cinnamon than did the creamy light ice cream in Sticky Toffee. But I also think Palapa Azul's take on the same chocolate-cinnamon idea is superior--if only because of the crunchy cocoa nibs, but also because I think it really tastes like Mexican chocolate, while the H-D's richness is a little overwhelming. Unfortunately it's quite difficult to find reliable sources for the Palapa Azul ice creams, here one week, sold out the next.

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                                                            Dommy Aug 2, 2006 08:35 PM

                                                            Sorry it didn't meat your expectations... :/ Like I said, I perfer the Dr. Bobs Strawberries and Brown Sugar because it has the strawberries to break up the flavor...

                                                            Anyway, now you got me curious about Palapa Azul! I know I've seen them around... I'll have to pay closer attention to them! :)

                                                            --Dommy!

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                                                              SundanceKC Sep 1, 2006 02:35 AM

                                                              If you find Palapa Azul, you must try the sweet corn flavor. I know it sounds odd, but it was DELICIOUS. Reminded me of a sweet spoon cornbread, but as an ice cream. Smooth, creamy, not overly sticky sweet, with bits of sweet corn. I know what I'll be looking for tomorrow...

                                                              The flan flavor was good, too, with little pecan bits in it. It was also very creamy, and just the right amount of sweet — not overpowering.

                                                              My Whole Foods stocks it, and the Mexican Chocolate flavor is always sold out.

                                                      2. ellenost Aug 1, 2006 05:16 PM

                                                        I also watched the Food Network special, and although Sticky Toffee Pudding wasn't my pick, I bought a pint at my local Gristedes in NYC, and it is delicious. I have to restrain myself from eating the entire pint. It's definitely worth the calories! I hope it stays around for a while.

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                                                          ice_cream_lover Jul 27, 2006 05:00 AM

                                                          I, too, watched the 2-hr special and could't wait to find it. I just moved back to New York from London a couple of months ago and this is one of the desserts, or puddings as they say in England, that I desperately miss. I became a bit obsessed trying to find it and spread the word. Well, my friend found it and may I tell you, ITS AMAZING! Here's a brief description: creamy vanilla ice cream; chunks of soft & moist cake - not too sweet with a tasty hint of brown sugar; swirls of delightful toffee throughout; the perfect combination is a spoonful of all three elements - its just heavenly! I had to fight with myself NOT to eat the entire bloody pint! I took a few photos for your mouth watering pleasure:

                                                          http://www.lofiland.com/images/food/stp/

                                                          Happy Hunting - I can't disclose the store name, otherwise, I won't be able to find more!

                                                          1. JMF Jul 25, 2006 11:53 PM

                                                            I saw that 2 hour special on the Haagen-Daz contest just the other day and that show made me very curious about it. I wished they had also made the two runner up ice creams. The Canoli and especially the Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle.

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                                                              weaver Jul 25, 2006 04:46 AM

                                                              Didn't Ben and Jerry's have an ice cream similar to this some time ago, Festivus?

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                                                                Dommy Jul 25, 2006 05:33 PM

                                                                Actually, Festivus was a gingerbread cinnamon ice cream... I miss it so... :(

                                                                --Dommy!

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                                                                  Non Cognomina Jul 27, 2006 06:37 AM

                                                                  Named after the Costanza family holiday, featured on Seinfeld!

                                                                  http://www.benjerry.com/our_company/p...

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                                                                cloudy Jul 25, 2006 04:39 AM

                                                                I sampled a tiny taste of this at my local H-D scoop shop (in NYC). I found it WAY too sweet. Kind of a disappointment.

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                                                                  Scottish Jul 24, 2006 05:34 PM

                                                                  I called Haagen-Dazs toll free number and they told me what supermarkets in my area carried it. I just bought it and it is delicious.

                                                                  1. krissywats Jul 16, 2006 04:30 PM

                                                                    No!!! Where did you hear about it? I'm currently addicted to the dulce de leche.

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                                                                      Non Cognomina Jul 16, 2006 07:01 PM

                                                                      There was a "taste test" for a new flavor a while ago at the Haagen-Dazs shop in SF, and it was one of the flavors. It won the contest, so is a limited edition flavor. Check it out on the front page of their website:

                                                                      http://www.haagen-dazs.com/index.jsp

                                                                      I learned how to make stickty toffee pudding in culinary school a few years ago, and LOVE it! What a fantastic idea for an ice cream flavor. Food Network filmed the competition, and it aired last night, so now I'm on the hunt to find it!

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                                                                        Katie Nell Jul 17, 2006 03:01 PM

                                                                        Yep, I watched it. I really wanted to try the Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle, but I knew the Sticky Toffee Pudding would win. I haven't seen it yet... I wasn't sure, are they going to sell it in the grocery stores or only in the Haagen-Dazs shops?

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                                                                          dinami Jul 18, 2006 05:49 PM

                                                                          I just called a Haagen Dazs store (Beverly Center
                                                                          8500 Beverly Boulevard, Space #153 Los Angeles, CA 90048) and the guy there said he's getting it on Friday. I'm not sure what other stores will be selling it.

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                                                                          niki rothman Oct 31, 2006 02:08 AM

                                                                          How about posting that beloved sticky toffee pud. recipe on the home cooking board?
                                                                          Thanks!

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