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Mar 31, 2009 04:50 PM

Haagen Dazs "five"

Has anyone seen this product in stores in the GTA?

It's a new line with only five ingredients in each flavour...

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  1. I believe that you won't be able to find this product line in Canada but a few of those flavours are in the Haagen Dazs regular lineup. The Coffee, Vanilla Bean and Chocolate flavours contain the same five ingredients as the new line. Unfortunately, I don't think we will get to try the Ginger, Passion Fruit or Mint flavours anytime soon:(

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    1. re: callitasicit

      Yeah Haagen Dazs ice cream has always contained very few ingredients compared to other generic ice cream brands. I'm surprised it took them this long to figure out go about their marketing from this angle. Hehe, I helped them sell a carton to a store customer when someone overheard me explaining to my friend the different between HD and other brands. :D Too bad bout it not being in Canada though 'cause I woulda liked to try the mint.

      1. re: hippotatomus

        Sure Haagen Dazs is expensive but they are one of the few that use all natural ingredients in most of their products. Haagen Dazs is my favourite premium ice cream by far!

      2. re: callitasicit

        Ya, I've always appreciated the ingredient list in the regular lineup and am a particular fan of the strawberry flavour (can't find another strawberry to compete with it), but ginger and passion fruit really piqued my interest. I love me a good ginger ice cream!!!

        Too bad we probably won't see these in Canada. I'll have to put it on my list for a cool weather trip across the border...

      3. I'd be very surprised if these turned up in Canada. We've never had more than a tiny handful of HD products. I'm told that milk quotas are involved, though I really don't know. Most of the new Canadian introductions have been in low fat lines or have been gaggingly sweet.

        I do really like one of the new flavours, mint chip. Unfortunately, availability in Toronto is scarce. To my palate, it is perfect, as are old standbys coffee and strawberry. I've never liked their vanilla based flavours (too much alcoholic extract) or chocolate flavours (too sweet). I liked the idea of Mayan Chocolate, but couldn't eat more than a few spoonfuls before running to get water.

        I don't eat much of it these days. I stocked up when it was $3.99 a few weeks ago, but they lost me as a regular when the going price topped $7. People in the US bitch and moan when the price approaches $4.

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        1. re: embee

          $7 a pint and half the time it has freezer burn. I'm not sure if that's because I'm buying ice cream downtown, or whether I'm buying it at the wrong places. Up until a couple of months ago we had been going to the Loblaws with the rodent infestation, so maybe their freezers weren't up to snuff either...

          One other ice cream disappointment I've had since moving out of the states and into Toronto has been Breyer's vanilla. In Wisconsin, it was high quality ice cream, not as dense as Haagen Daaz but still very good. Here? Downright bad. I checked the package to make sure we hadn't bought the low fat or low sugar version, but we hadn't.

        2. This convo prompted me to get up and count the ingredients of the mint chip HD in my freezer. Not including the list of ingredients for the "chip" portion there are 9 ingredients - one of the being "natural flavour." Even though it's not five I am sure it is much less than other brands and the sheer fact that it is not fluorescent green is reason enough to buy it if you are a fan of Mint. I also counted the half the fat vanilla - has only 6 ingredients which is a victory for a "light" product. Usually the "light" products have so much junk in them but HD does it justice and you really can't even taste the difference - no lie!

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          1. re: torontogourmet

            Their half the fat products (which are no doubt probably still higher in fat than some ice creams!) are delicious. I'm particularly enamoured with the dolce de leche -- heaven on a spoon. I don't miss the extra fat at all.

          2. Folks, please keep this thread focused on places to buy this line in the GTA. Discussions about the general quality of Hagaan Dazs and other ice creams belong on the General Chowhounding Topics board. A good discussion about Breyer's has been split and can be found here:


            1. When I was in the US, I tried the HD pineapple coconut ice cream and now am desperate to find it in Toronto. Anybody with leads on where to get some?

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              1. re: murtabek

                @murtabek-I feel your pain!! I became a fan of HD pineapple coconut on my last trip to the States. It's currently not part of the HD Canada line up of products unfortunately. Some hounds have found US dairy products at Summerhill market, if you can't find it there your best bet would be to drive to Buffalo and pick it up at Wegmas/Tops/Target or Wal-mart.

                1. re: ParsleySage

                  I have definitely seen "Five" for sale here - Sobey's or Bruno's I am guessing, possibly the main Pusateri - not a huge fan of H-D, but the labeling was striking so am pretty sure the product is/was available in Canada.

                  1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA