Tuesday, September 2, 2014

REVIEW: Haagen Dazs Green Tea


Green Tea seems to be a great inspiration for ice cream, but not one we see as often here in the United States. So when we saw this carton labeled Green Tea from Haagen Dazs we had to try it. The description on the side reads, "We make our green tea ice cream from a highly sought-after Japanese matcha green tea, a ceremonial tea prized for its intense yet delicate essence. Enjoy its soothing flavor enhanced with the richness of pure, sweet cream." With the top removed, we can clearly see the light green coloring of the 250 calories per serving base.


As is tradition with Haagen Dazs, the consistency should never be questioned. Most of their flavors are rich, super-premium and melt down quite slowly all while releasing top-notch flavoring. Much like the description from Haagen Dazs implies, this ice cream is mildly flavored for the most part, only allowing small hints of the green tea taste to come to the forefront. The soothing aspect that speak of certainly comes to fruition, and even though we only rated this ice cream as average, it's still worth a try.


Where I Found It: Walmart
Grade: C

9 comments:

  1. I'm taking serious issue with this grade. The texture alone deserves at LEAST a B rating. It's so hard to find matcha ice cream. Outside of a sushi restaurant (where the quality isn't always great) or an Oriental Grocer (almost always melted/refrozen/freezer burned to within an inch of it's life), matcha ice cream is a rarity. And HG does an excellent job balancing the sweet creaminess with the grassy bitterness. I'm a mix-in and swirl fanatic, but this unadultered base is easily in my top five ice creams of all time.

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    1. You make a great case for giving this one a higher grade. It seems like I'm not well versed enough in the world of Green Tea to appreciate this one enough. You should submit a Reader Review of your own!

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    2. It's a bit subtle to me: most homemade versions I've had (from restaurants of Asian origin) usually have a more pronounced (and very pleasant) green tea flavor. This version is very creamy and does have a lovely texture, but the flavor is a bit lacking in the tea department: the flavor tastes essentially like cream to me, with very light green tea notes. I sure hope more ice cream vendors start producing the flavor, it really is fantastic when it's done right!

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  2. It is my second favorite non-limited edition HD flavor, right after the Vanilla Almond

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  3. It is very good, however the green tea flavor isn't very strong. I prefer the brand Mr. Green Tea's green tea ice cream (tougne twister ha) because it has a much stronger green tea taste. However, if you prefer less green tea flavor, this is for you.

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  4. It is very good, however the green tea flavor isn't very strong. I prefer the brand Mr. Green Tea's green tea ice cream (tougne twister ha) because it has a much stronger green tea taste. However, if you prefer less green tea flavor, this is for you.

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  5. I couldn't finish the pint after about a dozen bites... This is my least favorite HD flavor. The texture was more icy and less creamy, and the taste must be acquired... It's pretty dull other than a barely-there cream taste. Would not recommend at all. I had to throw the rest of the pint away which is saying something since it's ice cream and all.

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  6. The flavor is too subtle! I can barely taste the matcha. Thankfully I have matcha powder on hand and added it to make up for the lack of flavor.

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