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

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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    1. re: kseiverd

      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?

      1. re: Motosport

        We enjoy both....
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        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

      1. re: susans

        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.

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

          1. 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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            1. re: GH1618

              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.

                1. 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.

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

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

                              1. 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

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

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                                    1. re: yummfood

                                      tho very sweet, that stuff was darn good.

                                    2. 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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                                      1. re: jbsiegel

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

                                        1. re: circustance

                                          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?? ;-)

                                          1. re: circustance

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

                                            1. re: biondanonima

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

                                          2. re: jbsiegel

                                            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.

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

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

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

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

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                                                  1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                    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. 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. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

                                                        1. re: betsydiver

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

                                                          Jerseygirl111

                                                        2. 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.......

                                                          1. haagen daz ginger (in the 5 collection).

                                                            1. 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.

                                                                1. 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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                                                                  1. re: christy319

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

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                                                                      1. re: acgold7

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

                                                                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                          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.

                                                                          1. re: acgold7

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: Rilke

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                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.

                                                                                1. re: emglow101

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  1. re: emglow101

                                                                                    HD is owned by General Mills, based in Minneapolis.

                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      1. re: acgold7

                                                                                        General Mills owns the brand name but Nestlé (via Dreyer's) holds the 99 year licence to manufacture and sell.

                                                                                        It came from a JV Nestlé had with Pillsbury that gave Nestlé buy out rights for the US when GM acquired Pillsbury, the deal also had a options for the US rights which Nestlé excercised.

                                                                                        Also with noting that B&J's is owned by Unilever so the two big global ice cream companies are Nestlé (Swiss) and Unilever (Anglo Dutch).

                                                                      2. HD for me easily! Five if available.

                                                                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

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                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                1. re: Duppie

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

                                                                                  1. re: acgold7

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    1. re: acgold7

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

                                                                                    1. 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.

                                                                                      1. Haagen Dazs. Never been impressed by anything put out by B&J. I really wanted to like them, but their ice cream tastes pretty standard to me.

                                                                                          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                                            Interesting +1 for HD.

                                                                                            I remember I did a business school case study on B&J's. Apparently the genius of the brand wasn't the environmental angle, marketing etc but the fact their flavours mixed expensive ice cream with cheaper things like cookies then sold it at a premium over regular ice cream.

                                                                                            So is the conclusion people prefer ice cream in their ice cream...?

                                                                                          2. For those who voted with HD, I have a question...

                                                                                            How about the fact that they charge just as much as B&J even though their "pints" aren't pints?????
                                                                                            I love some of HDs flavors (I believe my absolute favorite is Sticky Toffee Pudding) but I am hesitant to spend $4 for 14 oz when I can spend the same $4 for 16 oz. It is a small difference I know, but it is also freaking insulting to my intelligence.

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                                                                                            1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                              Maybe the answer to your question is in my previous post - HD has more ice cream in the smaller container because most of their flavours don't have chunks of lower cost ingredients mixed through them. So dollar for dollar you may be getting similar value in terms of content from both products although B&J seems cheaper.

                                                                                              1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                @PotatoHouse: So, what you're saying is that you value quantity over quality. To me, quality is much more important and always will be. I know that's not the North American way when it comes to food, but it makes me and my body happier, and so that's the way I go. :)

                                                                                                1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                  I think all commercial ice creams are overpriced - so no matter what, I feel like I am overpaying. If I am going to eat ice cream out, I may as well pay another dollar and get that creamy flavour I am craving (as opposed to sugar, and something artificial and plastic-y, which is what B&J tastes like to me). I would rather not have any ice cream at all than have Ben & Jerry's.

                                                                                                  It's funny to me that I can pay considerably less for Fosselmans (a dairy that's local to me in Southern California) that tastes SO much better than either of these brands. Similarly, when I lived out in Princeton, NJ for a few years, I found a dairy called Halo Farm that made great ice cream - again, better, cleaner creamy flavour for much much cheaper than store brands.

                                                                                                  1. re: khh1138

                                                                                                    Halo still making great stuff and cheap, 3 pts for 6 bucks.
                                                                                                    Have two in freezer in states now, butter pecan

                                                                                                  2. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                    HD has less air in it than most other brands. Less air, more ice cream, volume-wise.