Saturday, March 30, 2013

Delicious, Subtle, But Not Quite Worth The Price, Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato Is So Good!

The Good: Delicious, Great ingredients
The Bad: More expensive than other Gelatos and ice creams, Not terribly healthy!
The Basics: Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is absolutely delightful and different, but hard to justify at full price.

One of the nice things about being married certainly has to be the joy that comes in sharing things we love with the person we love most. I was astonished, for example, to learn that my wife had never had a Haagen-Dazs ice cream before tonight! I don’t think that’s entirely strange as Haagen-Dazs products are so very expensive, but she and I both love frozen desserts, so the idea that she had never had one was a little surprising to me. Tonight, though, we rectified that and she had her first Gelato when I picked us up a 14 oz. container of Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato!

And it was an excellent first experience for her with a Gelato and I certainly enjoyed it as well.

However, Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is an unfortunately expensive product and that made it a bit harder for me to recommend than it otherwise would have been.


Haagen-Dazs Gelato comes in a 14 oz. (almost) pint container. The Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is a smooth Gelato with chunks of black cherries. Black Cherry Amaretto is mostly smooth with chunks in every two to three bites. This Gelato is basically the two flavors, with nothing else mixed in.

At (locally) $5.99 a pint, the Haagen-Dazs Gelato is an expensive frozen dairy dessert. That I found it on clearance for $2.99 was the primary reason I bought the pint of Gelato!

Ease Of Preparation

The Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is a simple Gelato with only one additive. As a Gelato, preparation is ridiculously simple: one need only open the top of the container, remove the safety seal from the top, scoop out a half cup and consume! There is no trick to preparing or eating the Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato!


Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is surprisingly aromatic with an amaretto scent. The scent of this Gelato took me back to my drinking days and made me long for some actual amaretto, the smell was so vivid and pleasantly potent!

As far as the taste, the Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is instantly emblematic of an amaretto – my wife likened it to eating frozen coffee creamer – with the black cherry flavor asserting itself only near the actual chunks of cherry. The sweet, flavorful black cherries are somewhat muted – they do not possess a distracting over-sweetness (like one might expect from bing or maraschino cherries), but they make themselves known! The sweet cherry flavor and the creamier, heavier amaretto flavor complements each other in a stunningly delicious way.

This Gelato has no aftertaste to it.


The Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is a comparatively light Gelato with a chewy, obvious additive. The 14 oz. container represents three and a half half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 240 calories, 80 of which are from fat. The nine grams of fat represent 14% of the RDA of fat, with 25% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 5 grams of saturated fat in this Gelato. One serving has 80 mg of cholesterol (that’s 27% of the RDA!) and 40 mg of Sodium (2% RDA). The only other real nutrients are four grams of protein 8% of the RDA of Calcium and Vitamin A in the Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato.

Haagen-Dazs has decent ingredients, too. Made primarily of Skim milk, cream and sugar, Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is surprisingly natural! There is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list. The Black Cherry Amaretto Haagen-Dazs is Kosher, but not marked as gluten free. There are no allergy warnings on the package. It does, however, contain milk and egg ingredients, so it is very much not Vegan compliant.


Haagen-Dazs Gelato is both a frozen and a dairy product, so it is pretty obvious that it must be kept frozen in order to remain viable. Kept frozen it remains fresh for months (my pint had an expiration date of November 17, 2013, which made it even more baffling why it would be clearanced now).

The Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is fairly light, but the cherry chunks are sticky and will stain if they come closer to room temperature. As well, when the Gelato melts and gets onto fabrics, it will require one to wash it right out. On nonporous surfaces, the Gelato wipes off exceptionally easily.


The Haagen-Dazs Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato is a wonderful once-in-a-while treat, but for anyone who has never had a Haagen-Dazs product or a Gelato, it is a great place to start!

For other frozen desserts, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Breyers Blasts Banana Split Ice Cream
Edy’s Peppermint Limited Edition Ice Cream
Marie Callender's Seasonal Peppermint Pie


For other food reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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