The Good: Tastes good, Great ingredients
The Bad: More expensive than other Ice creams, Not terribly healthy! Not the most robust blueberry flavor . . .
The Basics: Haagen-Dazs Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is a limited edition flavor that lacks the spark to become a full-time part of the Haagen-Dazs line.
As many of my loyal readers know, the local clearance section at the grocery store is a wealth of products for me when it comes to my food reviews. I seldom pay full price for anything and it allows me to try a lot of products that are otherwise too expensive for me to realistically try or enjoy. That is why, up until now, I have only reviewed one Haagen-Dazs ice cream, the Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato (reviewed here!). Today that changes, though, as my local grocery store had a clearance of some of the latest Limited Edition flavors of Haagen-Dazs, including the 14 oz. container of Haagen-Dazs Blueberry Crumble Ice cream!
Unfortunately, for those hoping this limited edition flavor might endure in the standard line-up, this flavor is hardly strong or robust enough to get added, I suspect. It was enjoyable, but for the price, it is too tough a sell to make permanent!
Haagen-Dazs Ice cream comes in a 14 oz. (almost) pint container. The Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is a smooth Ice cream with chunks of cobbler crust. Blueberry Crumble is mostly smooth with chunks in every three to four bites. This Ice cream is basically one homogenous flavor with dry bits throughout.
At (locally) $5.99 a pint, the Haagen-Dazs Ice cream is an expensive frozen dairy dessert. That I found it on clearance for $2.99 was the primary reason I bought the pint of Ice cream!
Ease Of Preparation
The Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is a simple Ice cream with only one additive. As an ice cream, 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 Blueberry Crumble Ice cream!
Haagen-Dazs Blueberry Crumble Ice cream has almost no aroma to it. In fact, in its perfectly frozen form, it was virtually scentless. Only when the ice cream began to melt or near room temperature did it begin to smell like blueberries.
On the taste front, the Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is very subtle. The creaminess of the ice cream overwhelms the fruit flavor of the blueberries. The basic, milky flavor even puts the cobbler crumbles to shame, though the dry, pie crust-like additions to the ice cream certainly overshadow the blueberries. Like the scent, the blueberry flavor only comes to the forefront of the flavor palate as the ice cream warms significantly, making for a disappointing overall flavor experience. The ice cream does taste like blueberry, but it is a far less pronounced flavor than one might like, especially for the price.
This Ice cream has no aftertaste to it.
The Haagen-Dazs Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is a comparatively thick ice cream with a firm, obvious additive. The 14 oz. container represents three and a half half-cup servings. In the half-cup serving, there are 250 calories, 140 of which are from fat. The fifteen grams of fat represent 23% of the RDA of fat, with 45% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 9 grams of saturated fat in this Ice cream. One serving has 65 mg of cholesterol (that’s 22% of the RDA!) and 60 mg of Sodium (2% RDA). The only other real nutrients are four grams of protein 8% of the RDA of Calcium in the Blueberry Crumble Ice cream.
Haagen-Dazs has decent ingredients. Made primarily of Cream, skim milk and sugar, Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is all natural! There is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list. The Blueberry Crumble 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 Ice cream 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 January 8, 2014, which made it even more baffling why it would be clearanced now, other than that Haagen-Dazs is pulling this limited edition flavor).
The Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is fairly dark purple and will stain if they come closer to room temperature. As well, when the Ice cream melts and gets onto fabrics, it will require one to wash it right out. On nonporous surfaces, the Ice cream wipes off exceptionally easily.
The Haagen-Dazs Blueberry Crumble Ice cream is a comparatively underwhelming ice cream that is not one of the best limited edition flavors from Haagen-Dazs . . . or anyone else.
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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