What does one do when in Japan? Eat Haagen Dazs ice-cream in Japan!
Not just any flavours, but the seasonal edition Haagen Dazs ice-cream and Limited edition Haagen Dazs ice-cream found only in Japan.
They can be found in combini (convenience stores like 7-11, Family Mart etc). but I noticed that 7-11 seems to stock more and more varieties too.
So on this lovely Friday morning (when I bought them), I had a Haagen Dazs ice cream party in my apartment. I bought from a 7-11 in Kyoto, some of Japan’s limited flavours Haagen Dazs ice-cream:
- (Top, from left to right) Pumpkin, Waguri (Japanese chestnut), Nagomi Azuki (red bean)
- (Bottom, from left to right) Japonais, Rum Raisin, Vanilla Cookie Raspberry
Which one did I like best? How did each of them fare? Keep on reading~
1. Pumpkin Haagen Dazs
This flavour was a winner.
I was bowled over and definitely surprised that this vegetable gave that lovely caramelised scent to the ice-cream and one can taste the pumpkin flavour without it becoming overwhelming.
The ice cream was also creamy and did not met too quickly. If you have a chance, I would highly recommend this and personally will buy this again.
2. Waguri Haagen Daz ice-cream
Retaining Haagen Dazs signature creamy texture, this ice cream however was rather mild in terms of the waguri (chestnut) flavour. I would have hoped that the flavour was more pronounced.
3. Nagomi Azuki Haagen Daz ice-cream
I love how you can find azuki beans (red beans) in the ice cream, it did however felt a little too sweet to finish the entire cup on my own.
But what I liked was that the azuki flavour did not taste fake, it truly tasted like I added some sweetened Japanese red beans to my creamy vanilla ice-cream.
4. Japonais Haagen Daz ice-cream
This was my other top favourite, aside from Pumpkin flavour. The Japonais flavour was so uniquely Japan.
The ice-cream consists of a top layer of kuromitsu (black honey), matcha (green tea) ice cream, azuki (red beans) and vanilla.
It reminded me of lovely Japanese french cake pastries with the layers. Overall the different flavours complemented well with one another and it was not too sweet. I will buy this again.
5. Rum Raisin Haagen Daz ice-cream
Love rum? then you will like this lovely creamy Rum Raisin flavour. I could definitely taste the rum flavour in the creamy ice-cream, I did however felt that the ice-cream melted a little quicker than the others, prob due to the milk fat content.
There are also raisin bits found in the ice-cream, but the raisins did not tasted as though they were soak in rum though.
6. Vanilla Cookie Raspberry Haagen Daz ice-cream
This was the most disappointing of all. Flavour wise, it did not come across as really special or different. It tasted like I mix some raspberry (found in peanut butter) with some cookies and cream ice-cream. It was also too sweet. My personal opinion? Better to try the other flavours.
As mentioned, these are seasonal/limited edition ice-cream, so you will find different flavours available during different times of the year. You can also check their website to see their latest seasonal products.
I hope that I will get to eat some Sakura ones in spring next year~~
Haagen Dazs Japan
Website (Japanese language)
Blog post disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I paid for the ice-cream and all views expressed are my own.