Häagen-Dazs were one of the first to create ice-cream mooncakes, and this year they have 4 different flavours (quite similar to last year’s) – White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Strawberry Chocolate.
Mid Autumn Festival falls on 30th September Sunday in 2012, so it is not too early to get them. Singaporeans tend to be a little kiasu.
The Häagen-Dazs ice cream mooncakes are handcrafted, comes with an Mango Sorbet ‘yolk’ and a crispy praline base.
Here’s the good: Häagen-Dazs is known to produce super-premium quality ice cream. So if you like the ice cream, there is a high likelihood you will like the mooncake offerings.
It is no wonder that the crowd pleaser is the White Chocolate coated mooncake filled with Cookies & Cream ice cream – one of the most popular flavours they produce.
I liked the Strawberry Chocolate, with bits of plump and sweet sun-ripened strawberries from Poland within. This refreshing and lighter flavour also goes best with the sweet-sour sorbet yolk. Milky chocolate and sorbet are just quite at odds. Also, the strawberry flavor is part of the Haagen-Dazs Five flavours which contains fewer calories, fewer fat and fewer saturated fat.
The bad? The mooncakes come with a price tag of $24++ for one, which is pretty pricey because it is essentially just ice cream packaged more elegantly. My advice is to get a classic gift set of four at $68 which is more value for money. Still, some may find it pricey, especially when the chocolate and vanilla flavoured ones can taste like a higher-class Magnum with its crumply chocolate crusts.
Some random facts about Haagen Dazs
– The ice cream was created in 1959 by Polish born New York businessman Reuben Mattus.
– Mattus invented the Danish sounding ‘Häagen-Dazs’ as a tribute to Denmark’s exemplary treatment of its Jews during the Second World War,
– The name “Haagen Dazs” is an invented word and has no particular meaning.
– The premium ice cream had a map of Scandinavia on the carton.
– It started with only three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.
– The ice cream quite dense (very little air is mixed in during manufacture), uses no emulsifiers or stabilizers other than egg yolks, and has a high butterfat content.
– Generally, each 1/2-cup serving of ice cream contains 250 to 300 calories, 15 to 20g fat, 20 to 30g carbohydrate and 5g protein.
If you worry about your mooncakes melting away, Häagen-Dazs’ products are meant to be kept at a temperature that is substantially lower than most ice creams in order to keep its intended firmness. These mooncakes can last up to 45 minutes in the open. Be sure your cab ride is shorter than that.
Available at: Bishan Junction 8, Holland Village, Vivocity, Centrepoint, Jurong Point, Wisma Atria, Clarke Quay, Sentosa Kiosk, Esplanade Mall, Springvale, Hilton Sidewalk, Tampines Mall