Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Haagen-Dazs Rum Raisin Ice Cream

If you read this blog regularly, you can tell that I'm a big fan of ice cream.  What you may not know is that I'm also a big fan of drinking alcohol, so when those two paths cross, it's a dream come true for me.  In fact, the morning that I typed up this review, I actually homemade a batch of White Russian ice cream, so that's how much I love intersecting the two things.  As I previously mentioned in my Haagen-Dazs posts, I picked up three containers of their ice cream in a buy two, get one free sale and this Haagen-Dazs Rum Raisin Ice Cream is the final container from that splurge.  This is one of Haagen-Dazs' traditional flavors and humorously enough, it's also all natural.  Each container is fourteen ounces and has 3.5 half-cup servings.  Each serving is an economical (for Haagen-Dazs) 260 calories.

Prior to me opening this, I was hoping to see a plethora of raisins (one of my loved foods) spread throughout the container.  Instead, they were only sporadically scattered throughout the container in a very small quantity if you added them all up.  Since this was rum raisin ice cream, those raisins were pre-soaked in rum before being added to the base sweet ice cream of the container.  Outside of that, there's not a whole lot to say.  I took a whiff of this prior to diving in and there was a mild smell of rum, which while not being an alcohol I typically enjoy, I was at least willing to give it a shot in my quest to combine alcohol and ice cream.

After my first spoonful where I purposely attacked a raisin, I could definitely tell there was rum in here.  At first it seemed potent, but wore off very, very quickly.  As for the sweet cream ice cream itself, it was definitely sweet and very thick/creamy, but the sweetness wasn't particularly strong.  In fact, it bordered on being bland.  It did do a nice job of adding some sweetness to what can be a harsh flavor of rum, but outside of that, I can't remember anything memorable at all about it.  So, rum raisins and sweet cream ice cream...both kinda boring and that's about all this container had to offer.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Unless you have a rum addiction, there's no reason to waste your time on this flavor, so it gets a FLY BY IT rating.  It wasn't bad by any means, but there was nothing here that would persuade me to want to buy this again.  I'm glad I tried it, but outside of that, this is about as unmemorable of an non-vanilla flavored ice cream as there is.


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