After thoroughly enjoying my first experience with Haagen Dazs and their new Artisan Collection lineup in the form of Ginger Molasses Cookie, I was quickly back for seconds. This time I opted for the next best sounding selection: Chocolate Caramelized Oat. "We are proud to collaborate with San Francisco’s Clairesquares® to make a truly one-of-a-kind ice cream inspired by her Irish treats. together we take chocolaty, caramelized oat clusters and mix them into rich caramel ice cream."
After watching the video above, I was all in. It came as no surprise to me after enjoying so many well-constructed base flavors from Haagen Dazs that the base in Chocolate Caramelized Oat was better than average. The consistency showed off that smooth, heavy feeling of super-premium, high-butterfat ice cream. Just as the other pint had done, mix-ins were clearly visible from the start.
Their caramel base, the same one used in this flavor, is always a fan favorite. Also featured in pints such as Caramel Cone and Spiced Caramel Biscuit, this ice cream is well-balanced, rich and perfect for showing off a plethora of different mix-in combinations.
Unfortunately, this pint comes up a little short of its potential. With a base like this and an artisan baker at the helm of the mix-ins, Chocolate Caramelized Oat should have really flourished. Instead I was left with rock hard bits of unflattering chocolate. I'm not quite sure what was inside of the chocolate, but "hard" is the only adjective that comes to mind. While visiting with Flavor Gurus at Ben & Jerry's a few years back I recall them saying how most of the mix-ins inserted in ice cream have an overly hard texture because they soften over time, but soft would be far better than hard in this case.
Where I Found It: Walmart