Yep, another(!) new Haagen Dazs flavour...

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be a nice couple of days today and tomorrow with blue skies and highs in the low teens. Sunday and Monday are looking a bit unsettled-maybe cloudy, maybe not...but at least the warm weather will continue through the weekend.

American-based, European-sounding Häagen-Dazs has earned quite a faithful following for its premium ice creams in Japan. In addition to standard flavors like chocolate and strawberry, the company also routinely rolls out special offerings inspired by Japanese cuisine, such as sweet red bean, purple potato, or matcha green tea.

One of the most popular parts of Häagen-Dazs localized lineup is its mochi ice cream, which goes on sale every winter and sells out quickly. Because of that, we got up bright and early on February 28, the day when Häagen-Dazs’ new sesame walnut mochi ice cream went on sale, and headed to the grocery store to secure some samples.

Japanese sweets fans say the optimal way to enjoy Häagen-Dazs is to let it sit for a while after taking it out of the freezer, so we gave our snacks a few minutes to get just a bit melty. Then we removed the lid, and were greeted with a rich, dark sauce.

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The ice cream comes topped with a black sesame sauce, probably put there to satisfy people who like sharing snapshots of their food on social media. That’s not the only sesame contribution, though. Underneath all that sauce is a mochi-enhanced ice cream with white sesame paste and crunchy walnut chunks mixed in.

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But the real visual impact comes when you scoop up a mouthful of ice cream, which thanks to its mochi content has become astoundingly stretchy.

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The mochi and ice cream blend seamlessly well together. With two types of sesame, it's obviously the primary flavor, and also gives off a nice aromatic element to the treat, yet never becomes overpowering.

In the end, we’ve got no complaints about Häagen-Dazs’ sesame walnut mochi ice cream, and we’re happy to have found a dessert that’s as entertaining to look at as it is delicious to eat.

What do you think? Will you give it a try? It looks better in real life than it does in the pictures.

Have a great day!


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