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Which Ice Cream-Haagen Daz or Ben & Jerry's

Delucacheesemonger Jul 2, 2012 03:49 AM

No stories, no conditions, simple one or the other, which of these two brands do you like best. When enough results in will count them up and report.
Here is first vote, mine - Haagen Dazs

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    Toomchtodu Jul 20, 2012 09:20 PM

    Neither. We have much better ice cream around here to spend money on. If forced to choose, it would probably have to be HD. Too many add-ins in B&J.

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      cheesemaestro Jul 18, 2012 01:45 PM

      HD gets my vote. Their vanilla bean is the best national brand vanilla available.

      1. Duppie Jul 18, 2012 11:49 AM

        HD all the way...can't taste the ice cream for all the over the top fillings in B&J's

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          acgold7 Jul 18, 2012 11:50 AM

          There's actually ice cream in the boxes of candy sold by B&J?

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            Duppie Jul 18, 2012 11:55 AM

            I suspected as much....I have a simple mouth and it gets easily distracted so HD strawberry is all that is required to shut it up.

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              sandylc Jul 18, 2012 12:00 PM

              "There's actually ice cream in the boxes of candy sold by B&J?"

              HA! Well put, well put......

              Amazing how many people are seeking sugar rather than flavor.

          2. al b. darned Jul 18, 2012 11:18 AM

            HD Rum Raisin topped with real maple syrup and toasted pistachios is an occasional, indulgent, treat.

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              Delucacheesemonger Jul 19, 2012 05:56 PM

              That is my flavor as well.

            2. Delucacheesemonger Jul 12, 2012 02:42 PM

              23-7 HD

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                coney with everything Jul 16, 2012 05:13 AM

                Graeters, HD, Talenti more or less in that order

                B&J is meh to me. I got sucked in by a tiramisu flavor this weekend on sale at Target...not very good.

              2. breadwinner Jul 12, 2012 02:31 PM

                Ben & Jerry's.

                1. Bacchus101 Jul 12, 2012 01:28 PM

                  HD for me easily! Five if available.

                  1. Rilke Jul 10, 2012 02:13 PM

                    So many HD votes! I wish they would source their dairy from non-rBGH'd cows . . . I would convert :(

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                      acgold7 Jul 12, 2012 12:15 PM

                      How do you know they don't?

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                        Jerseygirl111 Jul 12, 2012 10:32 PM

                        They would tout it on their carton as B&J's does. You can bet your pants. Everyone knows they are owned by Nestle.

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                          acgold7 Jul 12, 2012 11:14 PM

                          Not necessarily. State regulations vary and some say you can't tout it and others say if you do you must include the disclaimer that it doesn't matter because there's no benefit to being rBST or rBGH free. It's an issue of huge dispute. They probably just want to have one uniform carton for all the states.

                          I'm not taking a political position here, just passing along the rules and the opinions of the FDA and USDA.

                          Only about one in five cows in the US are treated with rBGH/rBST, so the odds are *most* of the milk and cream used are rBGH free.

                          Or they may not mention it because they just don't want to bring up an unpleasant or contentious subject, much like automakers never wanted to talk about safety in their ads in the old days. HD's campaigns for "purity" in their product lines may make them want to avoid even mentioning the stuff for those who don't think about it. After all, there's a lot of other stuff it doesn't contain, too; should they say "e.coli free"?

                          Who they are owned by means nothing in terms of this discussion -- that's guilt by association. Actually, if it did mean anything, it would mean they were not using this substance, as it is banned in Nestle's home territory.

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                            Rilke Jul 13, 2012 03:58 AM

                            I emailed them and asked. The reply was along the lines of "we cannot guarantee our dairy products are rBST free. No differences have been shown" blah blah blah.

                            They are definitely not using rBGH free dairy. Nestlé is a nasty company with a history of apathy regarding the impact of their products and actions. There is no way they would do something for the customer's (as opposed to their wallet's) benefit and keep quiet about it.

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                              JudiAU Jul 17, 2012 08:50 PM

                              Foreign ownership means nothing for US products. They are happy to sell us the crap they can't sell in Europe.

                              No HD for us. Hormones are enough of a reason.

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                                emglow101 Jul 17, 2012 09:45 PM

                                Are you sure this is a European owned company. Started by the Matus family in Brooklyn .New York 1961. Hagen Daaz means nothing. It is compltely made up name for marketing.

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                                  Tripeler Jul 18, 2012 01:10 AM

                                  There was no Haagen, there was no Dazs. The name came from a focus group, in all likelihood. I

                                  just call it Hogs N' Dogs.

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                                    sandylc Jul 18, 2012 09:27 AM

                                    HD is owned by General Mills, based in Minneapolis.

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                                      acgold7 Jul 18, 2012 11:46 AM

                                      Interesting, both General Mills and Nestle (as noted above) claim ownership of HD. While GM and Nestle are partners in some international Joint Ventures and there has long been a rumored takeover of GM by the much-bigger international behemoth Nestle, at this point they still appear to be separate companies so it is unclear exactly who really does own HD. It used to be owned by Pillsbury until GM bought them (Pillsbury, that is).

                                      But one thing to note is that the GM website only references the dipping shops and not the packaged retail products, while the reverse is true of the Nestle website. They may in fact be two completely separate businesses or companies, with different licensing deals for each.

                                      But it is true that HD is and always was a 100% American product with no Euro roots at all, other than the phony Euro-sounding name, made up for marketing purposes.

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                        christy319 Jul 10, 2012 01:40 PM

                        HD, no contest! In fact I even like it better than so many of the new artisinal places that have opened (I feel bad admitting this, but it's true).

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                          calmossimo Jul 14, 2012 01:37 AM

                          I feel the same way! In Seattle, everyone is all about Molly Moon's ice cream, which I just don't get the craze for. It's decent ice cream and occasionally some flavors are really good, but for the most part I would rather just eat some Haagen Dazs.

                        2. Delucacheesemonger Jul 10, 2012 01:37 PM

                          21-6 HD

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                            mcf Jul 12, 2012 01:23 PM

                            Not surprised... :-)

                          2. chowser Jul 10, 2012 01:08 PM

                            HD w/out question. B&J's is filled with ingredients that give it a slimy-ish gummy texture. I want my ice cream to melt, not turn into a gummy mixture. And, the plain flavors are better w/ HD; you just don't get the cutesy names that you do w/ B&Js, which isn't a bad thing.

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                              bartholomeu Jul 10, 2012 12:51 PM

                              haagen daz ginger (in the 5 collection).

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                                Clams047 Jul 10, 2012 12:47 PM

                                Of the two lines, there's only one flavor that I've ever reordered - B&J Willie Nelson's peach cobbler. A bit sweet, but by far the best store-bought flavor I've ever had. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it in 2+ years. Oh well, back to the private stands.......

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                                  betsydiver Jul 10, 2012 11:39 AM

                                  ben & jerry's

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                                    Jerseygirl111 Jul 10, 2012 11:43 AM

                                    B & J's all the way. Just recently had a limited batch of Banana Cream Pie. It was to die for.


                                  2. Delucacheesemonger Jul 8, 2012 04:56 AM

                                    18-3 HD

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                                      BaronDestructo Jul 10, 2012 09:09 AM

                                      I too will have to go with Haagen Dazs. I keep three different flavors in my freezer at all times. For emergencies, natch.

                                    2. klyeoh Jul 8, 2012 12:00 AM

                                      Haagen Daz again now, although for a while (in the mid-90s), I switched to Ben & Jerry for its slew of exciting new flavor combinations (Rainforest Crunch, Chunky Monkey, etc.).

                                      1. Uncle Bob Jul 4, 2012 04:31 PM

                                        Between the two.....Haagen Dazs hands down!!!

                                        Day in and day out.....Blue Bell

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                                          pearlD Jul 5, 2012 07:20 PM

                                          a word from Toronto......STRAWBERRY Haagen Daz....the only flavour I eat from HD.....no one else comes close....although here in Toronto we have a local brand called GELATO FRESCA...they make an extraordinary "ALPHONSO MANGO"......OMG!!! to die for!

                                        2. Karl S Jul 4, 2012 03:00 PM

                                          HD. B&J has declined in quality and lives on an undeservedly long half-life of its former reputation.

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                                            calmossimo Jul 4, 2012 12:26 PM

                                            Haagen Dazs for sure. When I lived in Vermont, I rarely talked about my Haagen Dazs love in front of native Vermonters...

                                            1. Delucacheesemonger Jul 4, 2012 12:14 PM

                                              Now 12-3 HD

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                                                jbsiegel Jul 4, 2012 12:07 PM

                                                Ben & Jerry's because I need "stuff" in my ice cream! Favs are anything involving chocolate and peanut butter, and also I always loved the Mint Oreo.

                                                Now...if I could only buy HD Deep Chocolate Peanut Butter in my grocery store, I'd be a happy camper!

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                                                  circustance Jul 5, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                  "Mint Oreo"
                                                  You do mean "Mint Chocolate Cookie" right?

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                                                    jbsiegel Jul 5, 2012 05:56 PM

                                                    Precisely! I seem to remember that at one point, it WAS called Mint Oreo. You'd think with Oreo's 100th birthday, they could bring back the name for a while. Seems like Oreos are EVERYWHERE these days.

                                                    Mint Chocolate Creme-Filled Sandwich Cookie?? ;-)

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                                                      calliope_nh Jul 6, 2012 09:20 PM

                                                      I remember when it was mint Oreo.

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                                                      biondanonima Jul 10, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                      Even though I generally prefer Haagen Dazs, they have NOTHING that can compare to B&Js Mint Chocolate Cookie. Ridiculously addictive.

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                                                        jbsiegel Jul 13, 2012 12:26 PM

                                                        After this discussion, I bought a pint today. I'm curious to see if it tastes as ridiculously good as I remember!

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                                                      pdxgastro Jul 7, 2012 09:59 PM

                                                      HD because I don't like too much 'stuff' in my ice cream and B&J seem to be the kings of mix-ins. Also, HD is creamier. Much richer mouthfeel.

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                                                      yummfood Jul 4, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                      Definitely Haagen Daz. I really wish they would bring back their sticky toffee pudding flavor though, sooo good.

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                                                        Emme Jul 6, 2012 08:37 PM

                                                        tho very sweet, that stuff was darn good.

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                                                        sandylc Jul 4, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                        The problem with B&J for me it that it's like a (too-sweet) candy bar with a little bit of ice cream added.

                                                        1. Dapuma Jul 4, 2012 11:03 AM

                                                          HD becasue they do the simple flavors very well

                                                          If you want a lot of stuff in the ice cream ben and jerry's can be very good, like their strawberry cheesecake ice cream is great, but simple coffee or butter pecan HD is very good and more classic

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                                                            Clams047 Jul 4, 2012 10:42 AM

                                                            Neither - too many local places (RI) have superior ice cream to bother with either of these two.

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                                                              acgold7 Jul 4, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                              HD for me. No contest. B & J way too sweet.

                                                              1. Rilke Jul 4, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                Ben & Jerry's

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                                                                  calliope_nh Jul 4, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                                  Ben & Jerry's

                                                                  1. Delucacheesemonger Jul 4, 2012 06:51 AM

                                                                    First batch is 7-0 HD

                                                                    1. mcf Jul 4, 2012 06:42 AM

                                                                      Haagen Dazs.

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                                                                        circustance Jul 4, 2012 06:33 AM

                                                                        HD for sure. LOVE their limited / seasonal flavors. Last holiday season they had those two Cranberry Pumpkin Spice and Bananas Foster flavors that were super de duper. Together them two made the perfect ice cream marriage. Ben & Jerry's used to be alot better before....... However, their Oatmeal Cookie Chunk flavor is nothing short of amazing.

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                                                                              GH1618 Jul 3, 2012 07:43 PM

                                                                              I never go in a B&J. There is a characteristic smell that I find off-putting. I used to go to H-D regularly.

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                                                                                khh1138 Jul 6, 2012 11:21 PM

                                                                                Yes! That smell gets me too. I've tried to explain it to others and I just get a lot of sad looks.
                                                                                I can smell it much worse at Cold Stone Creamery - what IS that? Like cheap sugar + shortening? Uncooked, mass-produced cookie dough? Whatever it is, it sets my teeth on edge.

                                                                                There isn't a trace of that smell in all my fav. dairy-style ice cream places, so it is not something that has to be present in an ice cream store, that's for sure.

                                                                              2. EWSflash Jul 3, 2012 07:04 PM

                                                                                Not a big ice cream freak, but either one works for me.

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                                                                                  1. susans Jul 3, 2012 06:42 PM

                                                                                    Haagen Daz Five.

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                                                                                      Nevy Jul 4, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                                                      This! I really love the HD 5. That being said, the newer flavours of HD has been pretty good. The honey green tea one and vanilla bean espresso are pretty tasty.

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                                                                                        Motosport Jul 2, 2012 06:08 AM

                                                                                        We enjoy both. HD seems to have fewer varieties but the quality is excellent. B&J has some interesting offerings but we seem to always go back to Cherry Garcia and Phish Food. Maybe there is a musical link?

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                                                                                          fourunder Jul 3, 2012 06:53 PM

                                                                                          We enjoy both....

                                                                                          Same sentiments here.....there may be a slim nod overall tipped towards Haagen-Daz, but I do enjoy Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey from Ben & Jerry's.

                                                                                          Ultimately, I purchase whichever brand is on sale at any given time.

                                                                                          Sorry I could not answer your question without conditions....i.e., the OP's

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