|Chocolate Salted Caramel ice cream|
The Chocolate week (October 12-18) is already a happy memory, but if you ask me, every week should be a chocolate week.
When Haagen-Dazs asked me if we'd like to try their chocolate flavours, how could I resist?! We love Haagen-Dazs ice cream, Vanilla being my family's top favourite flavour.
Mention Haagen-Dazs, and it takes me 14 years back to New Haven, Connecticut. We discovered Haagen-Dazs then. I was pregnant with Sasha, and we kept buying tubs and tubs of delicious ice cream. For some reason a tub never lasted beyond one evening.
At that time my favourite flavour was Dulce de Leche, and it probably still is, though these days I buy it rarely, as I find it too much of a temptation. If it sits in the freezer, it sort of calls to me "Eat me, eat me!"
I was curious to try the chocolate flavours and see if we should venture further from our usual Vanilla.
Chocolate Salted Caramel is a delicious combination of chocolate ice cream with salted caramel, which comes as a smooth swirl as well as pieces of caramel brittle. Our family verdict was divided. Eddie and Daddy weren't too keen on pieces of caramel in the ice cream, while I and Sash found it a tasty ice cream.
I think if you like salted caramel generally, then you'd love this ice cream.
The texture of smooth ice cream and pieces of caramel work well together, and the sweet and salty flavours are balanced well.
Belgian Chocolate, as you would it expect from its name, is made with real Belgian chocolate, not just cocoa. When you eat it, you can taste the actual pieces of chocolate (almost like grated chocolate). It is smooth, creamy and very chocolatey. Great chocolate ice cream for chocoholics. It is very rich though, I struggled a bit with my generous helping.
If you serve it as a dessert, you might want to add some fresh berries like raspberries to cut through the very rich chocolate flavour.
In my opinion, both flavours would work best in a dessert of assorted ice cream, for example, a Vanilla and Belgian Chocolate. or Chocolate Salted Caramel and Mango Sorbet.
For a purely decadent chocoholic dream serve it with a warm chocolate brownie.
What is your favourite Haagen Dazs flavour?
Disclosure: I received vouchers to buy both ice cream flavours for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are mine.