After sampling a few of the available flavors from the new Artisan collection of ice creams from Haagen Dazs, I've made it an immediate priority to try them all. Both Ginger Molasses Cookie and Chocolate Caramelized Oat were above average ice creams, so we quickly scooped up a pint of Spiced Pecan Turtle as soon as we saw it. Haagen Dazs writes, "working closely with Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate™, we created an ice cream recipe inspired by their spiced pecan turtle chocolates. together we combine chocolaty spiced pecans and swirls of caramel blended into rich chocolate ice cream."
While I thoroughly enjoy chocolate ice cream, I've also learned it seems to be one of the hardest base flavors to use effectively. While balancing the chocolate flavoring is a task in itself, mix-in choices are also important. Most companies go for something easy and proven such as peanut butter or chocolate cookies, but Haagen Dazs has seemingly taken a different approach with the implementation of chocolaty spiced pecans and spiced pecan turtle chocolates. With the lid removed and the plastic seal pulled back, this is an impressive of a first layer as you'll see. Pools of caramel had collected on top of the chocolate ice cream while bits of the turtle chocolates broke the top.
While I usually start with the base first, I've experienced the standard chocolate ice cream from Haagen Dazs before and let's be honest, how could you not dive your spoon right into that standing puddle of caramel sitting on the surface? I don't think I've ever seen the "spiced" theme attempted before using a chocolate base, but Haagen Dazs and Christoper Elbow have done it, and done it well. The decision to add thick, gooey caramel and those spiced chocolate pecan turtle candies, was one that pushed this flavor to the upper echelon of ice creams.
Where I Found It: Walmart