Saturday, May 31, 2014

One Of Those Ice Creams That Makes You Rethink The Health Aspects Of Desserts: Haagen-Dazs Peanut Butter Ice Cream!

The Good: Tastes good, Great ingredients
The Bad: More expensive than other ice creams, Not at all healthy!
The Basics: Haagen-Dazs Peanut Butter Pie ice cream is a limited edition flavor that is really good, but terribly unhealthy, unlike so many other premium frozen desserts.

When limited edition flavors go out of vogue or fall out of season, they get clearance at my local grocery store. The latest one I picked up is the Haagen-Dazs Limited Edition Peanut Butter Pie ice cream. Given that the ice cream does not expire until late Fall, the current clearance (which is part of a larger ice cream clearance locally) is not about freshness, it’s about what products the companies want to have on their shelves. And it’s a good flavor, but it is one that is arguably one of the least health-conscious ice creams Haagen-Dazs has ever produced.

Even so, on clearance, it is affordable and so delicious that it is worth trying if one can still find it!


Haagen-Dazs ice cream comes in a 14 oz. (almost) pint container. The Peanut Butter Pie ice cream is a smooth ice cream with chunks of chocolate crust. Peanut Butter Pie is mostly smooth with chunks in every two bites. This ice cream is basically one homogenous flavor with dry bits throughout.

At (locally) $4.99 a pint, the Haagen-Dazs Ice cream is an expensive frozen dairy dessert. That I found it on clearance for $2.49 was the primary reason I bought the pint of ice cream! That said, it’s never a hard sell for me to want to try desserts based on other desserts.

Ease Of Preparation

The Peanut Butter Pie Ice cream is a basic 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 Peanut Butter Pie Ice cream!


Haagen-Dazs Peanut Butter Pie ice cream smells strongly and distinctly of peanut butter. The aroma is nutty and sweet and alluring to anyone who loves peanut butter.

On the taste front, the Peanut Butter Pie ice cream is sweet and creamy. It tastes like peanut butter and milk. The ice cream is sweet and it is broken up by dry, chocolatey pieces of chocolate pie crust. That makes it taste like one of the most flavorful versions of cookies and crème ice cream on the market! The flavors of peanut butter and chocolate are distinctive and real, with a perfect embodiment of the tastes they are supposed to possess.

This ice cream has a very dry aftertaste to it.


The Haagen-Dazs Peanut Butter Pie 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 310 calories, 190 of which are from fat. The twenty-one grams of fat represent 32% of the RDA of fat, with 50% of one’s RDA of saturated fat coming in the 10 grams of saturated fat in this Ice cream. One serving has 70 mg of cholesterol (that’s 23% of the RDA!) and 130 mg of Sodium (5% RDA). The only other real nutrients are seven grams of protein and 8% of the RDA of Calcium and Iron in the Peanut Butter Pie ice cream.

Haagen-Dazs has decent ingredients. Made primarily of Cream, skim milk and sugar, Peanut Butter Pie Ice cream is all natural! There is nothing unpronounceable in the ingredients list. The Peanut Butter Pie Haagen-Dazs is neither Kosher, nor gluten free. There are no specific allergy warnings on the package, though this ice cream is noted to contain milk, peanut, wheat, 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 October 4, 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 Peanut Butter Pie ice cream is fairly light off-white/tan color and will stain if the ice cream comes closer to room temperature, especially because the pie crust pieces. 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 Peanut Butter Pie ice cream is a delicious ice cream that perfectly embodies the flavor it is supposed to . . . at a price to both the pocket book and the waist line!

For other Haagen-Dazs products, be sure to visit my reviews of:
Vanilla Bean Gelato
Coconut Macaroon Limited Edition Ice Cream
Blueberry Crumble Limited Edition Ice Cream
Black Cherry Amaretto Gelato


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

© 2014 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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