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Jul 13, 2007 10:14 AM

what happened to haagen dazs [moved from Manhattan board]

I have become a big Ben and Jerry's fan in the past few years, on top of their creativity, I love the quality of the milk/cream. I brought home a few pints of Haagan Daz the other day though, and they were both terrible. One was peach swirl, with frozen cubettes of peaches and a swirl of peach syrup that reminded of frozen canned fruit sauce.
The vanilla in the vanilla mint chip had a cheap overly sweet flavor and sure enough, they put corn syrup in the ice cream base. For all the money they charge and hoopla about being a good product, shame on them.

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  1. When it comes to ice cream with anything in it (choc. chips, swiss almond, etc), Haagen Dazs sucks. The ice cream itself may be fine, but the bits of chocolate taste like oily chocolate-flavored wax. I have jumped on the Ben and Jerry's boat for this reason.

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    1. re: janethepain

      I agree, but I still buy the ones with chunks for the simple reason that they are lactose-reduced. For all I know that may be the case w/ B&J's, but it's not listed on the packaging as it is with HD.

      1. re: janethepain

        Quite right, janethepain. I hate'mix ins' and thought the idea of Cold Stone was horrific - and, they threw in singing to boot. Ick.

        I hate stuff in my ice cream, and Haagen Daz does it no better than B&J. Those great big globs of waxy chocolate, nothing horrifies me more. Even the late lamented (but oh their white chocolate raspberry swirl) Godiva ice cream was frightful in their quality of chocolate globs.

        That said, my final (after exhaustive research) choices for the best ice cream out there, 'still' in a pint container, are Dulce de Leche and Creme Brulee from Haagen Daz. Vanilla and coffee come in a close second, but anyone can make a vanilla, as long as it's French Vanilla and not the disgusting Vanilla Bean.

        Dulce de Leche and Creme Brulee -- try them, janethepain.

      2. I never buy their ice cream with chunks, but their strawberry ice cream is divine.

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        1. re: Megiac

          Does Haagen-Dazs (sorry, I left out the accents) mean anything? Is it a name? If so, in what language?

          For that matter, what happened to Fruzen Gladje (I think I got that right). "Frozen dessert", I believe, in Swedish.

          At least Ben and Jerry I can relate to. They seem to have been two guys from New York who got tired of the rat race and decided to go make ice cream in the country.

          1. re: ekammin

            Ben and Jerry sold their company to Unilever several years ago. I still like the ice cream, but it's good to know who's behind the label and story now.

            1. re: ekammin

              Haagen Dazs was invented by a Polish guy from the Bronx. Name doesn't mean a thing in any language, but he thought it sounded Danish, which I guess it sort of does, if you don't know any Danish. Yay marketing!

              1. re: oolah

                Just to complete the illusion their cartons back in the early days used to have a map of northern Europe on them with Denmark at the center. I remember people actually referring to it as "that great Danish ice cream" (back when they were small and still made a really good product) before the reality became clear.

                1. re: Woodside Al

                  They chose that because Denmark is famed for its quality dairy products.

                  1. re: Karl S

                    Haagen Dazs was created and marketed by Reuben and Rose Mattus
                    out of Brooklyn NY, a true Horatio Alger story. Haagen Daz has no meaning but Rose Mattus calimed they used the Denmark to honor it for its treatment of Jews during WW II. Mattus sold out to Pillsbury in 1983, both have passed. Haagen Daz is now owned by Nestle.
                    Frujen Gladje also invented by NYorker manufactured in Uttica NY.but the company was incorporated in Switzerland

              2. re: ekammin

                Heehee... "fruzen gladje". I remember those commercials. I don't know in which language that could possibly mean "frozen dessert", but "gelad dessert" is how you would say it in Swedish :) I am pretty sure the phrase is made up.
                For the record, though, I have always found HD's simple flavors to be head and shoulders above B & J. I like B & J for their creative flavors and their founders' "business philosophy", but HD always had the edge when it came to quality and richness (their commercially packed supermarket containers were never as good as the ice cream from the shop, however).

                1. re: vvvindaloo

                  You're dead on! When it comes to simple flavours such as Chocolate, Strawberry, and Coffee they are head and shoulders better than anyone that sells in a supermarket. I live in Canada so I am not privy to the various flavours that may contain chocolate chips and chunks, sounds like I'm not missing much though.

                2. re: ekammin

                  Does anyone remember this Ben & Jerry's ad?

                  "There ain’t no Häagen, there ain’t no Dazs,
                  There ain’t no Frusen, there ain’t no Glädj’
                  There ain’t nobody named Steve at Steve’s,
                  But there’s two real guys at Ben & Jerry’s."

                  1. re: manraysky

                    I just have one thing to say about that:

                    New York Super Fudge Chunk......

              3. i vastly prefer hagen dazs to ben and jerry's. ben and jerry's is thickened with xanthan gum and other nasty things and i find their icecreams overly sweet, with all the baked goods smashed in there and what not.

                however, i have had some completely exemplary hagen dazs flavours. the mango, creme brulee, caramel cone, cinnamon dulce de leche, pineapple coconut, etc etc are awesome, thick flavours sans any sort of corn syrup. the sort of thing that i can't put the spoon down before i've finished half the pint.

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                1. re: tinymango

                  the new haagen dazs mayan chocolate flavour is amazing. i could eat the whole thing!

                  1. re: tinymango

                    I agree. I think the ice cream in Ben and Jerry's is totally mediocre. If I want a bunch of "crap" smushed in my icecream so I can't taste it, I'd just as soon start off with low fat yogurt.

                    I think Haagen Daz is far superior in flavor and texture. Or course, I never get the versions with stuff in it. Coffee, Dulce de Leche, Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla...those are for me.

                    1. re: danna

                      I only buy either when they are on sale at the grocery store.As for FruzenGladji
                      I have no idea where they went to.

                      1. re: danna

                        I agree wholeheartedly. I've never come across any major ice cream brand that comes close in the essential vanilla/coffee/chocolate/strawberry category. There is absolutely no need to add anything to them.

                      2. re: tinymango

                        Agreed. HD has the shortest list of ingredients of all commercial ice creams.

                        1. re: welle

                          I used to enjoy HD's peanut butter vanilla swirl in my less calorie concious days. Rich vanilla ice cream with a solid, frozen swirl of peanut butter ice cream. It took ages to melt, and the peanut butter was divine.

                          They seem like nice guys, but I have never understood the appeal of B&J ice cream. It seems to be 'throw a lot of random crap and give it a cool name' marketing more than a good product. Why not just buy good ice cream and add your own toppings and give it your own pet name?

                          Eventually, I moved to Turkey Hill for pb ice cream--cheaper, very 'fluffy' but surprisingly good given how cheap it is...but now I just buy a cup from a regular place on an as-need basis. The 1,200 cal Haggen pint of pb vanilla was not good for my waistline in h.s.

                          1. re: veganish

                            I love B&J's for the fun, but I also have to say I am sure that the base is a higher quality cream than HDZ. And there is no xanthan gum in the one in my freezer. I agree that it is way too sweet, but apart from spending a minor fortune on even more expensive ice cream, does anyone know a quality commercial brand that isn't packed with sugar?

                            1. re: fayehess

                              it's far from traditional...but my new favorite is laloo's goat's milk ice cream. it's definitely more for people who like goat's milk or tangy products [like plain yogurt], and yes, it still contains sugar, but it's not as cloyingly sweet as typial cow's milk ice cream. and it's made in small batches with local [sonoma county], natural ingredients and no unnecessary additives or preservatives. they even raise their own goats for the milk!


                          2. re: welle

                            Breyer's is actually neck and neck. And for the chip flavors - mint chip and chocolate chip, I think Breyer's has the edge because it has GREAT chocolate chips. It's the airier style of ice cream though, which I don't mind.

                            1. re: Amuse Bouches

                              I've noticed that Breyers now says "chocolate flavored" chips, and looking at the ingredients, it's clear they mix cocoa with oils and emulsifiers, rather than with cocoa butter. I kind of like the cocoa-ey flavor when I'm in the mood for it, but I don't think they're really chocolate chips anymore. (Unless one agrees with the proposed FDA rules that chocolate can be labeled as such without actually containing cocoa butter. Whole big issue there.) I don't know of anyone who makes ice cream with real chocolate chips or stracciatella except for local businesses, but I haven't researched it either. It's getting difficult to find ice cream made with sugar rather than cheaper sweeteners and with ingredients like real chocolate, fresh fruits, etc. Haagen Dazs and Breyers are some of the few brands that still do, but Breyers has started to phase in all kinds of flavors with cheaper ingredients in place of ingredients on which they used to base their marketing. Most of the flavors labeled "homestyle" or "creamy" contain corn syrup instead of cane sugar, for instance. These changes really disappoint me.

                              1. re: amyzan

                                Whether the chips in Breyer's are real chocolate or not, they taste more chocolatey than any other chocolate chip ice cream I've tried recently.

                                1. re: amyzan

                                  OH! HOT BUTTON! I'm so PO'ed at Bryers. I really respected their ice cream in the past. Bryers all natural actually meant something. you looked at the ingredients and they said something along the lines of "milk,cream,sugar,vanilla beans" Now they have "Double Churned" and it's got the typical lable full of crap.

                                  Even worse, although you can still find the all natural in the full fat version, the "Light", which was my staple, is just about impossible to find unless it's in the creamy/homestyle/doublecurned/madefromcrap versions.

                                  1. re: danna

                                    Yeah, and I swear the light used to be made wih sugar instead of corn syrup, the vanilla light I mean. Now I can't find a lighter ice cream without corn syrup anywhere.

                                    I bought an ice cream maker.

                                    1. re: danna

                                      I'm with you on being PO'd at Breyers. "All Natural" with gums didn't quite fit my definition. So I switched to HD which, last I checked, didn't have gums and "stuff". But I too have bought an ice cream maker and never looked back.

                                      1. re: gourmanda

                                        Breyers is so airy, it feels weirdly dry.

                                      2. re: danna

                                        I had a beef with Breyers as well because they advertised their "Natural" Ice creams as being just that, natural. It was totally false advertising, it was full of additives and crap. However, just recently they have gone back to all natural ice creams that only contain milk, sugar, cream and no artificial flavours or additives. I bought the ice cream and it was just okay. I prefer Haagen Daaz because I love the texture of the ice cream and it tastes sooo good.

                                        1. re: danna

                                          Breyers was jfood's girlfriend in college. they ate together every night.

                                          Jfood has been unable to eat Breys since then, feels queasy justthinking about it.

                                          But jfood is a add-in ice cream eater. gets bored with plain and loves B&J (has something of a family connection as well).

                                          Jfood also likes Turkey Hill. May not hit the mark for many CH'ers but their Cherry Vanilla ice cream is about as good as it gets. Fantastic flavor in the vanilla and the cherries are soft, sweet and juicy. and for the same price as a pint of HD or BJ, jfood gets the new fangled 1/2 gallon size, now deemed to be 54oz.

                                          1. re: jfood

                                            Turkey Hill all natural line is the goods for supermarket ice cream. Mrs. doc was a HD only ice cream consumer until we tried the turkey. No gums, real sugar, real chocolate.

                                  2. re: tinymango

                                    Ben & Jerry's is waaaaay too sweet. I can feel it corroding my teeth.

                                    1. re: Woodside Al

                                      I recall finding out that "Fruzen Gladje" was marketed in the U.S. as being made "under license from the Fruzen Gladje company of Stockholm". What they didn't say was that the Fruzen Gladje company was formed in Sweden for the sole purpose of giving the U.S. affiliate its permission to make ice cream, and thus put the misleading Swedish origin label on its product.

                                      1. re: Woodside Al

                                        YES!! I totally agree! Although I am addicted to the Chunky Monkey. YUM!!

                                      2. re: tinymango

                                        Agreed. Ben and Jerry's is crap. The ice cream in their shops is even worse.

                                        1. re: tinymango

                                          If you like Hagen Daaz, then you'll have to try the limited edition (or special edition or whatever it's called) Pear ice cream. It has an intense pear flavor with tiny chunks of pear and pecans. Yum!

                                          1. re: ctflowers

                                            Is pear and pecans a good combination? sounds a bit funky to me

                                            1. re: PythagoreanTheorem

                                              i am not a nut fan, and i found them very intrusive - i picked them out as i scooped my way through.

                                            2. re: ctflowers

                                              I thought I was going to love this, but it was way too sweet for me, and I didn't believe in the little bits of pear. I am a huge fan however of lindt intense pear; now if the two could somehow get

                                            3. re: tinymango

                                              i am on a crusade against the ubiquitous gums! true destroyers of all that is right and good in food!

                                              oh yes, the HD mango sorbet used to be outstanding in its flavor and texture. haven't had it lately, though need to get some more for a little taste of summer, again.

                                            4. peach is a very hard flavor to do well. among supermarket brands, i think breyers peach is best.

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                                              1. re: MarkG

                                                Yeah, except they leave big icy chunks of whole fruit. On the one hand, I know they're real peaches, but on the other, it's kind of a challenge to eat!

                                                1. re: MarkG

                                                  Peach ice cream is very hard to get right. The HD peach sorbet is fabulous, however (esp. when you eat it with raspberry sorbet.)

                                                  1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                    I'm jealous as I live in Canada and we don't even get HD sorbets!

                                                    1. re: callitasicit

                                                      Ummm, I don't know where you live in Canada, but you shouldn't generalize - I live in Montreal and the HD sorbets are readily availalbe in IGA's, Metros and I think Loblaws (thought I am not 100% sure about Loblaws). You also mentioned we (as in Canadians) can't get the HD with chunks of stuff in them. Wrong again.

                                                      1. re: maisonbistro

                                                        Yup and they are in Edmonton too. I saw them at Sobey's today. They don't have all the flavours mentioned here but they have the sorbet's and some of the chunky stuff

                                                        1. re: maisonbistro

                                                          Ummm, I think you should read my comments again because I never said that we don't get HD with chunks of stuff in them. You're wrong again!! I live in T.O and we don't get sorbets, is that better??

                                                    2. re: MarkG

                                                      I live in Connecticut, and I've never been able to find peach ice cream at any grocery store! (I'm originally from Atlanta, where peach ice cream was a staple) I miss it!

                                                    3. Right now, my husband will not touch anything but that new 5 Boroughs Ice Cream. Staten Island landfill is his favorite's a good thing we don't live there because the boruough is boycotting it.

                                                      By the way whatever happened to Jeremy's Microbatch? That was some good ice cream...