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Mar 30, 2007 10:01 AM

Haagen-Dazs Reserve Line

Has anyone else tried the new flavors from Haagen-Dazs?

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. 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

      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.

      1. re: maillard

        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

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

        1. re: toodie jane

          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?

          1. re: Emme

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

        2. re: Emme

          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!!!

          1. re: Emme

            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. 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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            1. re: pescatarian

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

              1. re: s0memale

                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. 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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              1. re: spinach

                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.

              2. "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

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

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                  1. re: babette feasts

                    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!!!!!

                    1. re: amberantonelli

                      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

                        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

                          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

                        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

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