Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Haagen-Dazs Cappuccino Gelato

First things first, coffee...good.  Coffe-flavored ice cream...the jury is still out on that one.  In my continuing quest to have to buy an entire new wardrobe due to eating ice cream, I'm led to yet another Haagen-Dazs gelato review with this review of their Haagen-Dazs Cappuccino Gelato.  After taking a look at that link to their site, I came to the humorous recognition that I've reviewed nearly every single flavor they have after this review (as of this writing; that flavor list could and will probably grow in the future).  Knowing that, I was eager to dive into this fourteen ounce container that I picked up on sale at Kroger for $2.49.  Each container contains the customary 3.5 half-cup servings and each serving clocks in at an economical (for Haagen-Dazs) 230 calories.

As the flavor description states on the website and also on the container, this one is a mix of sweet cream and cappuccino flavored gelatos.  The white sweet cream part of the container is obviously the foam part of the cappuccino and the light brown colored cappuccino flavored gelato is obviously meant to be the coffee/milk flavored part of the container.  When I took a whiff of this container, I was clearly hit with the smell of coffee and for someone that likes the drink, but is so-so on coffee flavored food product, I'm not sure I was very fond of that.  Still, I wanted to give this a shot because despite the smell, the possibility does exist that this could be enjoyable.

Unfortunately, that was not the case.  That said, I think that was more me than the gelato itself.  In terms of going for coffee and cappuccino flavor, this hit the mark exactly.  The coffee, while not strong, definitely announced itself in the cappuccino gelato.  It was a mild flavor and not a dark roasted flavor.  I will say that while I didn't enjoy the coffee flavoring enjoyable in general, the fact that it was a mild flavor made it more palatable to me.  The sweet cream gelato added sweetness to the entire equation, almost as if this was being topped by a dollop of whipped cream like on of Starbucks' wholly unhealthy beverages.  Outside of coffee and cream, there weren't a whole lot of other of other flavor profiles here as the coffee flavor just lingered and lingered and lingered in my mouth.  In terms of the texture, it was smooth and silky, just like all the other gelatos out of this product line.  Haagen-Dazs always hits on that.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I always feel that I am cheating these coffee-flavored products because I just can't get down with that flavor profile.  As a matter of personal preference, I give it a FLY BY IT rating.  As a matter of a cappuccino flavored gelato, like Haagen-Dazs intended, I give this solid marks.  It's certainly better than some of the Starbucks ice cream products out there and that is definitely a positive.  If you are an admirer of coffee flavored food products, grab this and I think you'll be impressed.

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