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My local store used to carry Godiva ice cream. I've asked to no avail, and they cannot get it anymore. Does anyone know where to get it or if it's made anymore?

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  1. godiva discontinued their ice cream last spring because they hit a snag with "coolbrands," the company that was producing it. apparently they're still working things out, and there's no telling when/if they'll resume production & get it back on the shelves.

    if you're really lucky, you might be able to unearth a stray pint or two in the freezer at your local 99-cent store.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Thanks! Guess I'll keep hoping somebody will come up with a version of chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream. I really miss it!

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Last SPRING? Wow, I feel like Rip Van Winkle. While I wasn't paying attention, they took away my white chocolate raspberry heaven in a pint container.

        How sad.

        1. re: dolores

          Yes, but they still have the White Chocolate Raspberry Chocolixir. It's a frozen drink, like an ice cream shake, that has real pieces of Godiva chocolate in it. There is a Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle too!

          1. re: dolores

            OMG. I thought I was the only one who had to have a Godiva white chocolate raspberry ice cream fix now and again. My sister, now deceased, and I would sit and savour every spoonful. I've been search for it for about a year. Must start campaign to bring it back.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I read that Coolbrands sold Godiva. Dreyer sold it Coolbrands, then Coolbrands seems like it's gone kaput. Couldn't find who Coolbrands sold it to.

            1. re: maria lorraine

              coolbrands is winding down its business in canada, and has no u.s. operations. its ice cream production in dallas (via a ltd. partnership with americana) was shut down. americana is bankrupt. this info from the co's annual statement earlier this year.

              1. re: alkapal

                thanks for that, alkapal....

                1. re: maria lorraine

                  it is too bad, because i liked those godiva ice creams (not that i bought a lot). (maybe i should have bought more... ;-)

                  1. re: alkapal

                    alkapal, I used to buy as much Godiva at one time, when it was on sale, as I do now with Haagen Daz and Blue Bunny.

                    The white chocolate raspberry had no equal, and it still doesn't.

                    Nice of them to have discontinued their ice cream for reasons -- what, greed?

                    1. re: dolores

                      no, the partnership went bad, and they shut the plant in dallas. there's litigation now, too. if you want to delve deeper, go to sedar.com (canadian securities authorities), or google coolbrands and/or americana lp and texas bankruptcy court, or new york litigation.

                      i don't know why the plant/godiva wasn't sold as a going concern. maybe they tried? anyhow, i'm going to see who owns the trademark now.

                      a/c to uspto, coolbrands filed four intent-to-use trademark apps for kids-oriented frozen concoctions, treats, etc. all were abandoned before any registration issued.

                      i guess the godiva name was just licensed to the partnership. (maybe godiva provided some ingredients, too). interesting that godiva itself was sold in 2007 by campbell's soup co. to some holding company:

                      "Yildiz Holding A.S. completed the acquisition of Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. from Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB).
                      03/18/2008
                      Yildiz Holding A.S. agreed to acquire Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. from Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) for $850 million on December 20, 2007 in cash." http://investing.businessweek.com/res...

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been looking for Godiva icecream! It's been driving me nuts that i can't find it anywhere. It's good i stumbled upon this. Now I know what happened. Thanks for the info. Still breaks my heart that the best icecream i've tasted in my entire 33 years of living is no longer being made. Shame, shame, shame. Vanilla Pecan Caramel was my absolute favorite. Can't find anything quite like it. :(

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                ''you might be able to unearth a stray pint or two in the freezer at your local 99-cent store''

                oh how I wish ;:-/

              2. Losing the Belgium Dark was a tragedy!

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                1. re: mmoschella

                  I still have two pints in my freezer!

                  1. re: mnosyne

                    I'll be right over. Oh, wait a minute -- are they two years old?

                    The Belgian Dark Chocolate was one of my favorite ice creams of all time.
                    Intense, silky -- just great stuff. It's sad an entire brand would disappear.

                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      Yes it's old but still tastes better than most new stuff on the market.

                      1. re: maria lorraine

                        My sentiments too. Glad to finally know where Godiva went to. I eventually moved to Haagen-Daz Special Amazonian chocolate (not as good, but better than other supermarket brands) but that's disappeared now too-- though the website still lists it as a special.
                        Belgium choc was my standard; now I have to visit local ice cream shops and get hand packed. Might be better for my hips, but I'm less happy.

                        1. re: mjoyous

                          Haagen-Daz has brought out their Dark Chocolate, a special flavor last summer, as a regular flavor. It's not as good as the old Godiva Belgium, but at least is available.

                  2. this article about coolbrands acquisition lists a lot of other frozen treat brands that may have bitten the proverbial dust like godiva ice cream: http://dallas.bizjournals.com/dallas/...

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                    1. re: alkapal

                      Just back from a wild goose chase shopping trip and learned (via Chowhound) that Godiva Belgian Dark Chocolate is no more. I've tried other so-called "dark" or "intense" chocolate ice creams, but nothing comes close. Another great product bites the dust.

                    2. I wondered what had happened. The Godiva store in Wall Street used to have these diVINE bittersweet coated chocolate ice cream bars, and this spring when I went in to get one, the manager acted as tho she had never heard of them.

                      Tooooooo sad. Those ice cream bars were the stuff dreams are made of!

                      1. Without a doubt, Godiva ice cream, esp. chocolate, was THE best ever ice cream. I can't believe they stopped making it and no other company scooped up their recipe?!!!!!! As a kid, I loved Pierre's French ice cream, but i can't find that in California and don't know if it's as good as when i was a kid over 45 years ago!!! But i'm so disappointed to hear that Godiva ice cream is no more! I don't think ANY other brand even came close to the chocolatey richness of Godiva. I do not like their candy, but their ice cream was superlative!!!!
                        Now i am eating "So Delicious" brand chocolate non dairy ice cream made with coconut milk. Not bad, and lower calorie than others, but oh, how i miss Godiva.

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                        1. re: coachpal

                          It's been several years now since Godiva ice cream (Belgian Dark Chocolate) disappeared and still no substitute has been found. I have sent several emails to Godiva; at first they said the return of Godiva ice cream was pending, now they say its not going to return. I urge others to petition them as well. In the meantime, I won't buy any of their other products. Their chocolates are not up to the quality of their ice cream IMO.

                          1. re: Thurinan

                            OMG! Thanks sooooo much for the update, Thurinan! I'm so sad that the best icecream in the world (not exaggerating) is gone! I've been trying to figure out what the final verdict was. Glad to know the news.....sad to hear the answer. My taste buds will never be the same. It almost makes ya wanna cry! :'-(

                            1. re: Thurinan

                              I registered to make this reply - One of my fondest college day memories is sharing a pint of Godiva ice cream with pals during a study break. However it was discontinued right after my graduation :( This is without doubt the best ice cream I have had, and I have been missing it a lot.
                              Recently I came to know that Godiva ice cream is being sold in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I am from Hong Kong btw, and it turns out Godiva ice cream started its sales in Hong Kong in 2007, right after it was discontinued in the US. Strange. I should have entered a Hong Kong Godiva store sooner during one of my vacations!

                              The flavors are quite ordinary, nothing like their US counterparts: Belgium Dark Chocolate(one of my favorite), Strawberry Chocolate Chip, Ivory Chocolate Chip(white chocolate), Classic Milk Chocolate, and Caramel Chocolate Chip. I miss the White Chocolate Raspberry and the Hazelnut Praline! However it doesn't seem to be that well-received in Hong Kong. Some said that Haagen-Dazs is better. It seems to be just above average according to Hong Kong forums. Anyways, I am definitely getting some next month when I go to Hong Kong - hope the Belgium Dark Chocolate is the same as I had years ago!

                          2. thanks Thurinan...i'm so glad someone agrees with me about their candy. It's terrible. I've never liked it, but when i tried their ice cream, i got the shock of my life at how great it was. I gave up dairy for a few years and i only recently started looking for it again and discovered the sad situation. I had a similar thing happen when i recently found a chocolate bar that surpassed all others...the brand was Seeds of Change. Right after i made the fantastic discovery that they had the best chocolate bars, they stopped making them cause Mars bought them out!!! Double Darn!!!!

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                            1. re: coachpal

                              Since 2008 (when I discovered it had been discontinued), I've discovered Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate ice cream. It isn't Godiva's Belgian Dark, but pretty good, although can be hard to find. I find it is better if allowed to warm a little to let the flavors develop--straight out of the freezer it has, to me, a strange tobacco flavor that seems to disappear when it warms up. It satisfies my dark chocolate ice cream craving until some enterprising individual or company decides to produce the great Godiva Belgian Dark Chocolate.

                              1. re: helmswoman

                                I tried the Godiva Belgium Dark Chocolate ice cream today(in Hong Kong) - glad to say it is pretty darn close to the Godiva Belgium Dark in my memory! Not sure about the other favors though. Seems that Belgium Dark and Milk Chocolate are the only old favors being kept. The manufacturer is Rolland S.A.S. from France. I wonder if the recipes were sold to them?

                                1. re: helmswoman

                                  I'm with you, Helmswoman. HD Dark Chocolate was the only commercial ice cream I would buy,post-Godiva, but this summer it's been next to impossible to find in Western MA. Good for the hips, bad for the soul!

                              2. Registered here just to say this is the worst news I've heard in a while. Hope they bring it back.

                                1. I have found the Godiva chocolate ice cream with chocolate mixed in at the restaurant called BJ's Brewhouse. They told me the ice cream was definiftely Godiva. It is out of this world. You can only purchase it by the scoop, but it is well worth the trip. Is it possible they are now making it just for restaurants, and have given up on the individual consumer?

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                                  1. re: daxmears

                                    I cannot find G anywhere except a restaurant, BJ's Brewhouse. I am in So CA, and I do not know if they have restaurants in other states. I have located HD in chocolate with choloate chips in our Safeway/Vons stores.Someone said that is close as you can get, so I will try it.

                                    1. re: daxmears

                                      the one at bj's...is it dark chocolate or what flavors? that's great that bj's has it...i'm on my way! thanks. i know someone else mentioned that too and i'd forgotten.

                                      1. re: coachpal

                                        They only have 2 flavors, the vanilla and the chocolate with the chocolate chips. They usually serve them with that cookie they make, but I just order the ice cream separatly. Let me know how close it comes to the G chocolate with chips.

                                        1. re: daxmears

                                          ok, thanks! i don't remember the g choc with chips...i only remember the straight chocs...but hey! beggars can't be choosers at this point.
                                          ...feeling so desperate for that elusive perfect chocolate ice cream...that only g has satisfied so far!!! ;)

                                  2. ok, since Godiva ice cream is gone from the U.S. and that was THE best ever--for me, i've discovered a close second....Three Twins brand, Chocolate Peanut Butter. BUT you must half melt it at least!!! Don't microwave it, just let it melt. Oh, YUM!!!! It is made in Petaluma, Ca. so you may not find it in a lot of places...Whole Foods does carry it and so does Mother's Market in So. Cal. Whole Foods carries the brand, but you may have to special order the Chocolate Peanut Butter. That's the only flavor i really like in that brand, though the lemon cookie has potential.

                                    1. Some of the high end wine & liquor shops carry it now.

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                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        @HillJ...you mean they sell the Three Twins brand? as opposed to the Godiva, right?

                                        1. re: coachpal

                                          coachpal, I've seen Godiva in the freezer case along with wine sorbet, frozen premixes and liquor cakes.

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            omg! that's great news, thanks! maybe it is returning!! i'll have to look for it in So. Cal wine stores.

                                            1. re: coachpal

                                              Np! Hope u find it!

                                      2. two ice creams actually are better than G belgian dark chocolate: 1. cappucino from The Little Italian in Los Angeles. This is BY FAR the best ice cream I've ever tasted. 2. Bicea from,bion, Bressler's 33. This is their(rare) super premium (bye-chay-a). If ever it becomes available again, Vala's ice cream from Chicago (packed by Agnes) is an unforgettable gustatory explosive memory

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                                        1. re: leonsd

                                          Anything called "cappucino" sounds milkier than a true dark chocolate. I've never heard of the other two brands. I'm willing to travel for a really good dark chocolate ice cream, but traveling cross-country (or even half-way, to Chicago) exceeds what I'm willing to do. BTW, Haagen Dazs dark chocolate has also apparently been discontinued (what IS it with dark chocolate?), and in the meantime, Trader Joe's Ultra-chocolate is a pretty good standby. Not as dark as Godiva's Belgian dark chocolate, but good deep chocolate flavor.