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maillard Mar 30, 2007 10:01 AM

Has anyone else tried the new flavors from Haagen-Dazs? http://www.haagen-dazs.com/reserve/in...

I got a kit with two pints each of the Lehua Honey and the Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle flavors and a box of 3 Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate bars. All very tasty! I'm generally not a fan of fruit and chocolate together, but the bars were really tasty. The slight bitterness of the pomegranate went well with the chocolate.

The honey ice cream was pretty good. It's very creamy and has swirls of honey in it. It's incredibly rich and sweet. Very tasty, but I'm not sure I would buy it.

However, I would (and will!) definitely buy the Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle. I think it is very likely the best ice cream I've ever had. I said this to the friend I was sharing these with and he seemed to think I was exaggerating. Then he tried it and said the same thing. The flavors are amazing and go so well together. I would buy this flavor even if it cost twice as much as other pints.

The "flavor notes" and wine pairings on the website are pretty hilarious, but this is seriously good ice cream.

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  1. Emme RE: maillard Mar 30, 2007 12:43 PM

    Haven't tried them, but as a side note, wasn't that Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle flavor one of the contest flavors from last year... Food Network profiled the contest held for a new flavor. Sticky Toffee Pudding was the winner, but I certainly remember a blonde woman making Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle (possibly with a hint of lime) inspired by her travels to Thailand. Think they ripped it off of her entirely, or that possibly she signed a waiver, or they paid her for it, or she might sue them? I find this odd and conspicuous...

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    1. re: Emme
      maillard RE: Emme Mar 30, 2007 08:41 PM

      This one has a bit of ginger, not lime, but it does seem like it's the same thing. No idea what the story behind that is. It looks like they're having another contest flavor right now. http://scoop.haagen-dazs.com/

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        Emme RE: maillard Mar 30, 2007 10:27 PM

        It's possible I dreamed up the lime, but I think it might add an interesting twist anyhoo ;) Still wonder the deal there, but I guess I'm just nosy.

      2. re: Emme
        toodie jane RE: Emme Mar 31, 2007 08:36 AM

        usually when you submit a recipe to a contest, you sign off on any rights to it, even if you don't win.

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          Emme RE: toodie jane Mar 31, 2007 08:28 PM

          Good point, but if I were her, I'd still be peeved, at least w/ zero recognition given... I'm silly, but it would have been "nice" if they'd said at the least "inspired by contest finalist..." I know, dream on, right?

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            toodie jane RE: Emme Apr 5, 2007 11:45 AM

            nice, it would have been. Guess that's just 'business' these days. sigh.

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          drjules2001 RE: Emme Apr 11, 2007 10:27 AM

          I have personally tasted both the Haagen Dazs produced version as well as the original recipe from Amber herself (yes, she was the hottie blonde on the Food Network Show). Although, HD's version is still amazing, the original would absolutely blow you away. The HD version has a little too much ginger, but otherwise, it is still something I can inhale by the pint. I may be biased, but I do feel that HD ripped her off by not giving her credit. But, she did sign her rights away at the beginning of the contest. She did write the story under the lid, though. I thought the winner (Sticky Toffee Pudding) was terrible - way too sweet!. Amber finally got a little justice. Her recipe truly was the best, but they told her it was also the most expensive to make, and that is why she really didn't win. I think HD learned their lesson. No plans yet to release Canolli, which I also think is a travesty. I also think it is odd that TCSB is still not available in Phoenix - where Amber lives!!!

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            mercyteapot RE: Emme Sep 30, 2007 07:17 PM

            I think they paid her for it. I didn't see the competition the first time around on FN, but I caught part of it when it was replayed over the summer. I fell asleep or got distracted and didn't see the winner, but then I saw the Coconut Sesame Brittle in the store one day (that store didn't have the Sticky Toffee Pudding). I thought the Coconut Sesame Brittle had won. I can't imagine that they could have just had the recipe without compensating her in some way, though.

          2. pescatarian RE: maillard Mar 30, 2007 12:46 PM

            Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle sounds fantastic. I hope I see it on a shelf in Toronto sometime soon (or maybe not!).

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              s0memale RE: pescatarian May 16, 2007 09:07 PM

              Toronto doesnt seem to get any good Haagen Dazs flavours =(

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                julesrules RE: s0memale May 17, 2007 09:06 AM

                Too true. I was excited that we got the Sticky Toffee pudding because at least it's new, but turns out that is one boring flavour.

            2. spinach RE: maillard Mar 30, 2007 11:42 PM

              i'm a little surprised they're offering two pomegranate flavors, altho they both sound interesting. the real surprise to me is the amazon valley choclate...sounds like a renamed mayan chocolate with the addition of a hint of heat, but basically the same flavor. not that i'd mind, i really liked the mayan chocolate and was never easy to find.

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                maillard RE: spinach Mar 31, 2007 08:40 AM

                I don't think they're really offering two pomegranate flavors, more than they have a pint version and a bar version of the pomegranate/chocolate flavor.

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                chaddick RE: maillard Apr 6, 2007 05:00 AM

                "Seriously good ice cream" is an understatement! I'm afraid to have this stuff in the house for fear it will be gone in an hour!

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                1. re: chaddick
                  maillard RE: chaddick Apr 7, 2007 07:52 AM

                  It really is, but I couldn't think of words big enough to describe how tasty it is! :)

                  Is the reserve line in stores now or did you get yours in the mail as well? Which flavor(s) did you try?

                2. babette feasts RE: maillard Apr 7, 2007 04:59 PM

                  I tried the acai berry sorbet last night and was not amazed. Should've gotten the chocolate.

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                    amberantonelli RE: babette feasts Apr 10, 2007 09:40 AM

                    Well comming from the creator of the flavor itself (completeley unbiased of course), my personal recipe is the best but Haagen Dazs did a pritty damn good job! No, sadly I didn't get any credit on the carton but the story under the lid is true! And yes they did give me a little kick back! You definitely do have to sign away any rights when you enter a contest like that but NO ONE has my original recipe! Keep on eating!!!!!

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                      asiansensation007 RE: amberantonelli Apr 11, 2007 11:39 PM

                      can i ask, what was the kickback?? (free haagen dazs for life? it wouldnt really cost them much anyway, cheap, but oh so good compensation)...i was really impressed with the flavor combo. i am dying to try it. maybe it the asian genes that make me crave ice cream like that. too bad i cant find it here! i keep looking in the freezer every time i pass the section in the grocery store. alas it has been in vain. may i ask, how do you make the brittle?? it sounds divine!

                      1. re: amberantonelli
                        julesrules RE: amberantonelli Apr 12, 2007 07:15 AM

                        You are my idol! Although I can't get the ice cream here in Canada I will look for it next time I'm down south. Please tell us all about your experience if you can. Congratulations!

                        1. re: julesrules
                          AMFM RE: julesrules Sep 29, 2007 07:09 PM

                          had never heard of it (any of the lines) but saw them in the grocery store 2 days ago and though i rarely buy ice cream had to try one of each flavor.

                          the coconut sesame one is great. good job! i'd bet their's is sweeter than yours and that i would have liked yours even better.

                          and i love the pomegranate chocolate chip. will buy freakish amounts of that.

                          thought the sweet cream honey was interesting. very sweet - i wanted to cut the flavor with something but still not bad. they literally all taste like you could serve them at a party or almost a restaurant. i was impressed. am looking forward to the acai sorbet even if others didn't like it.

                          would highly recommend trying them if you can find them.

                      2. re: babette feasts
                        peekpoke RE: babette feasts Sep 18, 2007 01:14 AM

                        My problem with the acai berry sorbet is not the flavor, it's the gritty texture from all the seeds. Yuck. I took a couple bites, and now it sits deep in the freezer waiting for me to think of some way to use it. Perhaps in a blended drink?

                        1. re: babette feasts
                          Snackish RE: babette feasts Sep 19, 2007 01:51 PM

                          Personally, I just don't like the acai flavor of anything.

                        2. spinach RE: maillard Apr 10, 2007 10:48 PM

                          despite what the hagen daaz website said about where the reserve line will be availalbe...i found it right here in south jersey at the wawa. the pomegrnate chip is very nice but i was expecting to be overwhelmed, and wasn't. don't get me wwrong, it's not something i won't or wouldn't eat believe me, it just didn't blow me away.
                          tonight at another wawa i saw cinnamon dulce de leche..that was not listed as a reserve line flavor, and i was very sorely tempted...but i better finish what's in the freezer before i add to the collection. the flavor i am most interested in, and now am hopeful it too will surface locally is the amzon valley chocolate...i absolutely loved their mayan chocolate and have really high hopes for this variety.

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                            digkv RE: spinach Apr 11, 2007 01:38 AM

                            ooh. If they released the toasted coconut brittle then hopefully they may release the delicious sounding cannoli ice cream. That ice cream flavor sounded so good, when I was watching the special I was torn between wanting coconut and the cannoli to win but then they choose the toffee pudding, which I tried and was overly sweet and otherwise uninteresting.

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                              Emme RE: digkv Apr 12, 2007 01:10 AM

                              oh boy was the sticky toffee too saccharine... the chewy pieces were drunken, but not in a good way.

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                                ElsieDee RE: Emme Apr 12, 2007 01:31 AM

                                I was on a "must have ice cream" kick last week and ended-up splurging on the Sticky Toffee (had been looking for the B&J Colbert's Americone Dream, to no avail *sigh*) - took two bites and shoved it back into my freezer - too sweet and one-dimensional and just didn't do a darn thing for me. Now I'm torn between tossing it (thereby making room for something else, but wasting foods, which goes against everything I believe in) or waiting for a roomie to eat it (not very likely - they either eat chocolate or fruit) or eating it myself so I don't have to waste it.

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                                  Emme RE: ElsieDee Apr 12, 2007 02:32 AM

                                  You could do secret option number 3... make a milkshake using the ice cream, as the milk will "water" down the flavor. If it doesn't dilute it enough, you could also throw the sticky toffee, milk, and som vanilla ice cream in for a shake.

                                  You could also experiment with that muffin recipe that calls for flour and ice cream. I have no previous experience with it, but you could give it a go... Sticky Toffee Muffins?

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                                    asiansensation007 RE: Emme Apr 12, 2007 09:42 AM

                                    wow...sticky toffee muffins...i am gunna have to look into this one. i have tried the toffee kind and while i agree it is one diminsional, i really liked the base. did it deserve to win? no....its way too boring. It was yummy, but not something that deserved a grand prize, espcially considering its competion. i think HD sold out to the masses when it selected this flavor (most midwesterners i know would not be enticed to try a cannoli ice cream.lol heck half of them dont even know what that is. However the sticky toffee base tasted like frozen whip cream. (!) now this isnt saying much because i grew up on walmart brand ice cream and while some friends swear by the more expensive brands--blue bell ect, i never really got it. yes, it was a step above but i was perfectly content with my lower butterfat pretender. yeah, blue bunny and edys might have "cooler" mixins, but i could add my own pb cups, toasted coconut ect, at home. (sidenote: i do like breyers because it tastes "clean" (thanks to all the natural ingredients) if thats possible, however, i never craved it) however i picked up a hagen dasz on a whim and WOW could i taste the difference. i am kinda eager to do a vanilla taste test...do all the HD ice creams taste like frozen whipped cream? or is the sticky toffee super sweet. (i have a jaded sweet tooth...to much mcdonalds and cheap candy bars growing up....it takes a lot of sugar to satisfy this tooth). i like archrival ben and jerrys for the different flavors but i never really thought to myself "wow, this tastes just like frozen whip cream...bjs definately has its place but if i want to feel sophisticated, and healthier (LOL what a joke) i like HD. Really, all this was to say that i finally feel that i found a brand that justifies the higher price because i could REALLY taste a difference in the ice cream itself and i was not just buying a clever name/weird mixins/lets save the earth message

                                  2. re: ElsieDee
                                    fayehess RE: ElsieDee Sep 30, 2007 12:51 PM

                                    Americone is at Fairway (I go to the one in Redhook). It's good. Could be more interesting than it is, maybe some kind of nut added to it or something. I know it's for kids, but I love Fossil Fuel. fayefood.com

                              2. re: spinach
                                Pan RE: spinach May 30, 2007 01:20 AM

                                The Cinnamon Dulce de Leche flavor is awesome! Get it!

                              3. Amuse Bouches RE: maillard Apr 16, 2007 11:14 AM

                                After looking in 5 different stores (Bristol Farms, Ralphs, Trader Joe's, and a Haagen Dasz store) I finally found the reserve line at Gelson's in L.A. and bought the coveted Coconut Sesame flavor. It's good, but in my mind, just a tad too sweet. I'd like it with more ginger, less coconut. I might try making a version this summer.

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                                1. re: Amuse Bouches
                                  Emme RE: Amuse Bouches Apr 16, 2007 11:27 PM

                                  FYI Pavillions always has them all... their ice cream selection is always hefty, even B & J too!

                                2. notmartha RE: maillard Apr 16, 2007 12:48 PM

                                  Thanks for the tip! I had no trouble finding the reserve line at my local Albertson's. Got both the honey and the sesame one.

                                  Honey and cream was way too sweet, and not very unique. I'd take a good dulce de leches instead.

                                  Sesame has an interesting flavor, and I like it better than the honey. But the flavor doesn't pop enough. I actually would like even more ginger, or maybe a touch of another flavor - salty, sour, etc. to round it out more. Good but not good enough for me to buy again. Still like my local Dr. Bob's better.

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                                  1. re: notmartha
                                    IloveIcecream RE: notmartha May 13, 2007 07:56 AM

                                    I did not like the HD pomegrante ice cream at all, too bitter and gave me a bad after taste.

                                  2. spinach RE: maillard May 13, 2007 10:37 PM

                                    i tried the Cinnamon Dulce De Leche and the Aztec Valley Chocolate tonight....imho the dulce de leche rocked! cinnamon was subtle but definitely there under the caramel flavor...really delicious,
                                    the aztec was a little disappointining, altho it's said to have a hint of the heat of chili, not one of the four of us tasting it could find it. the chocolate flavor was quite good, and VERY similar to the mayan chocolate sans the cinnamon. in the long run i think the mayan outshone the aztec for it's outstanding comination of the dark chocolate flavor graced with the note of cinnamon.....the aztec by comparisson was just chocolate ice cream.

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                                      Honeychan RE: spinach May 16, 2007 09:02 PM

                                      I have to agree with spinach here..I just had the cinnamon dulce de leche ice cream from HD last night. It was out of this world delicious! Not sure if they are selling it in pints in the stores, but the HD shop in The Venetian in Las Vegas had it. SO GOOD!

                                      But...the gelato place in the hotel has an even -better- cinnamon gelato that's to die for!!

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                                      slacker RE: maillard May 15, 2007 04:18 PM

                                      I saw the Reserve collection at my local supermarket the other day (Pavilions), and bought the Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle. It is good! I think the amount of ginger is just right, subtle and not overpowering but you definitely know it's there. And the toasted coconut and sesame crunch is very nice. Also, not too sweet overall.

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                                        girlwonder88 RE: slacker Jun 10, 2007 05:56 PM

                                        Man, I am totally excited to try this flavor now but they don't have it in my area yet. I'm sooo disappointed!

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                                          Pan RE: girlwonder88 Jun 10, 2007 06:41 PM

                                          I tried some a few days ago. It's a very good flavor. I still think Cinnamon Dulce de Leche is the very best Haagen-Dazs ice cream I've had, though.

                                      2. pamalamb RE: maillard May 16, 2007 06:44 AM

                                        I tried the Pomegranate Chip after reading this thread... meh. It tasted like a regular raspberry chip ice cream, nothing special. I should have known, though... the only "pomegranate-flavored" item out there that actually tastes like pomegranate to me is Polar Springs Pomegranate Seltzer.

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                                          lrebetsky0423 RE: pamalamb May 16, 2007 09:50 AM

                                          I'm going to have to get me some of the Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle this weekend when my boyfriend is out of town.

                                        2. eatfood RE: maillard May 16, 2007 03:15 PM

                                          Does anyone know where in Manhattan they are selling the reserve line?

                                          The haagan daaz website only lists "NYC Suburbs." I wonder if that means there are none in the city.

                                          I've got to give the Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle flavor a try, it sounds really good.

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                                            oolah RE: eatfood May 16, 2007 08:54 PM

                                            I got some at a Met food in Brooklyn -- maybe the manhattan branches have it too? I haven't been wowed by any of these flavors so far.

                                            The pomegranite chip was odd -- I wasn't crazy about the flavor combination and the chocolate just didn't pop. The coconut was better and more interesting, but really too sweet. It gets cloying after a few bites.

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                                              Pan RE: eatfood May 30, 2007 01:22 AM

                                              The convenience store on the corner of 9th and 2nd has it, so clearly, some stores in Manhattan have it.

                                            2. Chocolatechipkt RE: maillard May 17, 2007 09:51 AM

                                              At the urging of a friend, I bought the Hawaiian Lehua Honey and Sweet Cream last week as well as a pint of the Amazon Valley Chocolate. Though my friend loves the honey and cream flavor, I found it overly sweet, and my niece quite accurately, I thought, described it as tasting somewhat sour, like yogurt. The AVC is very intense, not overly sweet--so the two flavors together balanced each other pretty well. I found it ok, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again (esp. with the reserve lines' higher prices.)

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                                                ibstatguy RE: Chocolatechipkt May 17, 2007 10:21 PM

                                                re price: bought some for 4.99 at my local Vons today

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                                                  rworange RE: ibstatguy May 27, 2007 07:51 PM

                                                  Brazilian Acai Berry Sorbet

                                                  Haagen Daz Flavor Notes:

                                                  "The nutritious and complex Açai (ah-sigh-EE) berry offers this tantalizing sorbet notes of sweet blueberries, wild blackberries and a hint of grape, all delivered through a velvety, pear-like texture"

                                                  rworange flavor notes:
                                                  Should be pronounced ick-ee. The blueberry flavor predominates ... like blueberries that died ... then decomposed. Course gritty texture.

                                                  Acai isn't an easy fruit to love at its best. It is gritty, though I can see the pear description being a polite way of saying that. Usually it has a prune-like flavor. They put too much acai in it. It should have been an ice cream not a sorbet. The cream would have toned things down.

                                                  On the website these reserve flavors have suggested wine/food pairings. For the acai they suggest gorgonzla and lambrusco. I think I'll do that with the rest that is left. Hopefully the gorgonzola will overpower the acai taste ... and if not ... if I drink enough lambrusco I wont care ...

                                                  Oh yeah ... not recommended.

                                                  1. re: rworange
                                                    Pan RE: rworange May 30, 2007 01:24 AM

                                                    "rworange flavor notes:
                                                    Should be pronounced ick-ee."

                                                    LOL! I may save my $5.49 (what they're charging for the Reserve Line at the convenience store in my neighborhood that carries it).

                                                    1. re: Pan
                                                      rworange RE: Pan May 30, 2007 07:47 AM

                                                      Truly ... save the money. The gorgonzola and lambrusco did nothing to help this. It is $4.99 and based on the flavor I tried and many of the other comments in this post I have no desire to try another flavor. For all the flavors that were too sweet, this wasn't sweet. It also had a weird tea-like taste too it.

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                                                Pan RE: maillard May 30, 2007 01:18 AM

                                                I found the Lehua Honey way too sweet and creamy. I know that sounds strange, but it was really excessive to me, and I won't be having it again.

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                                                  Chocolatechipkt RE: Pan May 30, 2007 05:38 AM

                                                  I agree ...

                                                  1. re: Chocolatechipkt
                                                    Texchef RE: Chocolatechipkt May 30, 2007 05:47 AM

                                                    I entered the contest this year. Yes, you do waive all your rights away when you enter. I got in the top 10, but not the top 3. Top 10's are still on the Haagen-daaz website. My flavor was Cafe Mocha Biscotti Crunch, so if you see it in the stores at some point in the future... well I'll be just one more person who gets no glory. :) It was fun though and I will probably enter again next year. I haven't seen the pomegranate chocolate bars - that sounds great. Also, I will try the coconut sesame brittle. It sounds awesome.

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                                                      Chocolatechipkt RE: Texchef May 31, 2007 10:58 AM

                                                      Cafe Mocha Biscotti Crunch? That sounds delicious!

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                                                        Texchef RE: Chocolatechipkt May 31, 2007 01:59 PM

                                                        It is!!! It's more in the Ben & Jerry's vein than Haagen-dazs style of ice cream because it's got so much stuff in it, but sweet, salty and crunchy...well that's the 3 best food groups I can think of!

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                                                          niccole RE: Texchef Jun 9, 2007 06:08 PM

                                                          am sitting here trying the TCSB for the first time and WOW it is wonderful. $5.09 at my grocery store. want to try the honey/sweet cream next. delcious!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                  kafn8d RE: maillard Jul 3, 2007 09:09 AM

                                                  I've been wanting to try these since they came out, there is now an online store to buy them... shipping @ the lowest cost method is 30.00 (for ice cream!!!!)... anyone know where to get my hands on HD reserve in the Chicago area??

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                                                    slacker RE: kafn8d Jul 3, 2007 11:19 AM

                                                    I'm in L.A., I'll trade you a pint of whatever HD reserve flavor you want for a Vosges bacon bar.

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                                                      ancksunamun RE: slacker Sep 17, 2007 03:53 AM

                                                      Yesterday I was in Gelson's and saw a lone pint of Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan (it said it was the new winner of the Haagen Daaz contest on the container) I didn't even know the contest happened yet! Anyways, I bought it and it was excellent. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

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                                                        Emme RE: ancksunamun Sep 30, 2007 02:10 AM

                                                        I looked for the Pear last week and couldn't find it... I will now certainly look again tomorrow!!!

                                                        1. re: Emme
                                                          ganeden RE: Emme Sep 30, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                          I tried it last week and it was really good, as was the cinnamon dulce de leche. Both very good flavors, both quite a bit less expensive than the TCSB. My wife thought the pear was too sweet, but really loved the CDL.

                                                          1. re: Emme
                                                            LindaWhit RE: Emme Sep 30, 2007 12:46 PM

                                                            I just picked up a pint at my local Whole Foods and plan on trying it tonight after dinner. I was kind of hoping that the ginger cashew crunch would have won but it didn't even make it to the Top 3.

                                                            1. re: LindaWhit
                                                              LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Sep 30, 2007 07:10 PM

                                                              I just tried it (Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan) and I don't like it. Both the ice cream and the tiny pieces of diced pears have an "off flavor" - almost tinny. (I'm assuming they're canned pears.) Definitely not a repeat buy.

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                                                      ganeden RE: maillard Sep 18, 2007 12:32 AM

                                                      Having just purchased a pint of the TCSB and downed most of it within a few minuts, I can also testify that this may be the finest non-homemade ice cream I have eaten. There are places with wonderful reputations in Los Angeles, but Haagen-Dazs is kosher, so I can eat it. I also bought some Amazon Valley Chocolate, and I must admit that this is good Chocolate, but nothing special. I'm looking out for the caramelized pear and toasted Pecan now.

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                                                      1. re: ganeden
                                                        Prax1134 RE: ganeden Sep 19, 2007 07:49 PM

                                                        I tried the coconut and honey flavors tonight and have to agree with the posters who had said the honey was a bit too sweet (and not too much to it IMO, prefer Creme Brulee) and that the TCSB was really good. As someone who doesn't even really like coconuts I was surprised by the flavor, the milk in there really cuts through it. Highly recommended. I feel like the TCSB is probably the only flavor worth the extra money, although $5.50 for a pint is pretty steep no matter what.

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                                                        mbfergie RE: maillard Oct 1, 2007 06:58 AM

                                                        We have a super target that has the grocery store attached. The Reserve Line was 2.99 a pint, such a deal I bought the TCSB for a treat in the office. Instead of killing someboy I just eat a bite..

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                                                          mandismommy RE: maillard Nov 2, 2007 12:14 PM

                                                          This flavor, in my opinion tastes so much like the Caramel Delights Girls Scout cookies (also called Samoas) that I LOVE sooo much. This is the greatest ice cream ... ever.

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                                                            thedanny RE: maillard Mar 6, 2008 06:48 PM

                                                            I had the lehua honey this evening and was blown away. It's dangerously good. They have it here at Shopper's for $3.50 a pint. I am looking forward to trying the coconut sesame brittle...that seems to be everyone's favorite one.

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                                                              julesrules RE: maillard Mar 7, 2008 06:10 AM

                                                              I am making a short trip across the border (from Toronto to Syracuse) and I am wondering how commonly found these flavours are? Will I be able to find them at any large grocery in Syracuse?

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                                                                khrushchev RE: julesrules Apr 4, 2008 03:35 PM

                                                                If I can find them at HEB in Texas, of all places, they should be easily available anywhere else.

                                                              2. bitsubeats RE: maillard Apr 5, 2008 12:18 PM

                                                                has anyone tried the fleur de sel caramel flavour? I believe it's new and saw it for the first time last night at the grocery store.

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                                                                  chocolateninja RE: bitsubeats Apr 8, 2008 01:38 AM

                                                                  Found the Fleur De Sel Caramel flavour yesterday in the grocery store (Safeway, northern California, on sale even...fyi), and promptly snatched it up. (My newest craving/obsession is all things saltycaramel!) Nearly ate the entire container in one sitting!

                                                                  Here's the official description: "Fleur de Sel caramels covered in a chocolaty coating blended into caramel ice cream with caramel ribbons and French sea salt accents." As a packaged ice cream, I found it delicious and would purchase it again. Being picky about it though, I found myself wishing they had toned down on the caramel a bit. Maybe using a vanilla ice cream base instead of caramel ice cream...the overall flavour was a bit too sweet, and there wasn't enough salt (maybe I had a badly mixed/distributed batch?) to contrast with the sweet. I got a perfect mix of salt/caramel/sweet for the first few bites/top of the pint, but after digging in, the balance was off. (Not so much that I wouldn't easily munch my way through an entire pint in one sitting if I wasn't careful though! *gryn*) I liked the size of the chocolate-covered caramels scattered throughout though, and they tasted great as well.

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                                                                    Miss Needle RE: bitsubeats Apr 8, 2008 04:28 AM

                                                                    Are you serious!?!?!?!?! Sounds absolutely delicious. Love salted caramel ice cream. Gotta try this one!

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                                                                      SouthernFoodie08 RE: Miss Needle Apr 11, 2008 03:38 PM

                                                                      I was in line at the grocery store behind a gentleman with the honey ice cream. He was cradling the pint like a child!! I asked him about it and he said that it was dangerously good.

                                                                      But. . . after reading about the caramel and salt flavor, I am sold! I will have to go try that one immediately!!

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                                                                      Jwsel RE: bitsubeats May 11, 2008 09:41 PM

                                                                      It's funny, but I had the opposite reaction to chocolateninja. I liked the fleur de sel caramel, but found it very salty. As someone who loves salt/chocolate/caramel together, it worked for me. But it might be too salty for some.

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                                                                        dolores RE: Jwsel May 15, 2008 08:03 PM

                                                                        I had reallllly high hopes, but I have to say they're not worth $4.59 each.

                                                                        I like the garden variety dulce de leche better than the fleur de sel caramel, and the coconut sesame brittle was very good, but wouldn't be one I'd pick up over and over and over.

                                                                        I'm not sure what Nestle and Dreyer's have in mind here, but outside of trying them all once, I wouldn't go back.

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                                                                      HillJ RE: maillard Apr 14, 2008 03:54 PM

                                                                      Altho another CH didn't care for the HD Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan, my dh and I enjoyed a scoop over warm caramelized pears for dessert tonight and it was delicious.

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                                                                        pickychicky1979 RE: maillard Apr 14, 2008 03:59 PM

                                                                        the fleur de sel caramel may be the food of the gods.

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                                                                          junglekitte RE: pickychicky1979 May 15, 2008 09:51 PM

                                                                          i agree. i tried the fleur de sel ice cream last week finally and was swooning! YUMMY !!!!!!

                                                                          p.s. the toasted coconut sesame brittle is also really delicioussssss.

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