Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Review:Häagen-Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream
She: "You should review this ice cream. It's great!"
He: "What is it?"
She: "It's got toffee and bits of cake in vanilla."
He: "OK, let me try some."
She looks darkly at He.
She: "Isn't my opinion as good as yours?"
He: "Yes, but if I'm reviewing it, I actually have to taste it."
She holds out a quarter teaspoon of ice cream.
He: "How about a little more?"
She gives me a funny look, and then holds out the spoon again - a third of a teaspoon this time. I take what I can get. She's right; this is a great flavor. Note to self: buy some and then hide it so I get at least a scoop.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Review: Häagen-Dazs Caramelized Pear & Toasted Pecan Ice Cream
My sample from the PR agency arrived yesterday and I tore into it as quickly as I could get it to thaw a bit from being packed in dry ice. (I used a trick my daughter came up with - microwave the container for 15 to 30 seconds or so to get it a bit soft.) This is a killer flavor, which means congratulations go to both Ms. Zoerb and to the people at the company who were able to translate her idea into a viable commercial ice cream. This is subtle: pear ice cream with pieces of caramelized pear and bits of toasted pecan. The blend is marvelous and, even though I don't normally like nuts in ice cream, they add texture and help balance the other flavors.
Apparently she was trying to make a pear tart when the power went out. Obviously an improviser when times get tough, she went to the gas-powered range, caramelized pieces of pear, and served them with vanilla ice cream and pecans. I did try going to the company link for the "back story" and found what looked like it was supposed to be a short video loop. Only, there didn't seem to be any sound, and all I could see was a picture of some pears, butter, brown sugar, and pecans, followed by the words, "Congrats, Leslie! Thanks for making the world a bit sweeter." OK, so they're clearly not a media company. Who cares? Pass the scoop, please.