Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review: Haagen Dazs "Dulce de Leche"

Our second Haagen Dazs flavour up for review is Dulce de Leche. Dulce de leche is a milk-based caramel that originated in South America - it can be bought in select grocery and specialty foods stores, or can be made at home by cooking a can of condensed milk.
So we are not talking about normal 100% sugar-based caramel for this ice cream treat, but something a bit smoother and a bit richer. Nonetheless, we had some concerns that this flavour might be too sweet, and we did not want to repeat our Hokey Pokey experience. When we opened the container, we found a pale golden-brown ice cream with visible swirls of dulce de leche.
This ice cream was quite easy to spoon out of the little container and into our own bowls, so without much ado we got down to the taste testing. This ice cream has a nice, light caramel flavour, and the pockets of dulce de leche are rich but not overwhelming. While it is sweet, it's definitely not sickly sweet; we felt that Haagen Dazs did a good job of balancing the sugar while maintaining the distinctively smooth taste and texture of dulce de leche. This is a simple flavour that Haagen Dazs has done very well.
Recommend to a friend? If you haven't tried dulce de leche before, this would be a great introduction to the flavour. If you like caramel, you will probably enjoy this, especially as it isn't as harshly sweet as traditional caramel but has a very pleasant flavour.
Repurchase: J: Yes - it might be really nice with a fruit torte - B: Yes, though this is definitely something to eat in moderation - if you're looking to down a pint after a break up, this is probably going to be too much sugar for one sitting.

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