Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: Haagen-Dazs Sea Salt Caramel Gelato

After staying away from Haagen-Dazs for the longest time, I've been all over them recently. I've written some reviews, some of which have not been posted yet and will be later this week (I'm going to use this week as a Haagen-Dazs week to bombard a long ignored produc)t.  For the sake of posting relevant and recent content (Google's search engine rankings love me for that), this review of the new-ish Haagen-Dazs Sea Salt Caramel Gelato jumps to the head of the line. Gelato is a new thing for Haagen-Dazs and by putting this out there, they have joined a very small list of gelato competitors to what I'll call the Talenti dynasty. I often complain about Haagen-Dazs' prices, but this tiny 1.8 ounce cup was the perfect price for me: $1.00! Now, I'm not getting a whole lot of gelato for a buck, but it's still enough for me to at least sample whether this is a good flavor or not. What is hilarious about this though is that in this tiny container, there is still a gut busting 240 calories. Gelato or ice cream, Haagen-Dazs is always decadent.

The first thing I noticed when I opened this up was the tan colored caramel ice cream. In fact, it was all I noticed and I admit, I was disappointed. I then dug my spoon in a bit and was met by an absolutely beautiful ribbon of gooey caramel and that's what you see above. If the prospective of deliciousness can be determined by one's eyes, then the eyes have it, so to speak, in a play on a community vote. There wasn't anything else going on in the container, but there really did not need to be. This was beautiful as it was and with a faint, but appealing caramel smell, I was anxious to dive in.

I expected decadence going in, but that's not what I got. What I got was something that was very smooth and delicious. The caramel gelato itself was mild and not overly sweet, but it was beautiful. The gooey caramel ribbons were not overly sweet either, but I guess that is where the sea salt is suppose to come in as it is meant to flatten out potential sweetness from the gelato itself. While it wasn't sweet or salty, it's gooey factor made it a heck of a lot of fun to eat as its sticky texture blended perfectly with the light and fluffy gelato. This didn't pack a lot of caramel flavor, but what it did pack was more than adequate and made for a nice treat. It's probably a good thing this was a miniature container, because if I had the typical fourteen ounce container, there's probably a good chance I would have destroyed it all.

Buy It or Fly By It? I would give this a BUY IT rating, especially if you can find it at sale prices (the fourteen ounce containers). This is a successful entry into the gelato market by Haagen-Dazs and if all their flavors taste like this, I could see them giving Talenti and all the other gelato players a run for their money.  I'll be taking a look at some more of these flavors as the week progresses, so make sure that you check back!

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