Following yesterday’s Caramel Chai ice cream, I’m digging in to the second tub in the multipack box. Say hello to the Brownie Macchiato from Häagen-Dazs.
Our Robusta coffee ice cream has a mild but full-bodied taste that comes from the way we treat the coffee beans. After being lightly roasted, we apply specific techniques of extraction, concentration & drying to fully develop the flavour.
Ingredients: Fresh Cream (31%), Condensed Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Egg Yolk, Wheat Flour, Condensed Whole Milk, Sunflower Oil, Coffee Powder, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Eggs, Butter, Coffee Extract, Caramelised Sugar, Thickener: Pectins, Corn Starch, Salt, Natural Flavouring, Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate
Lifting the lid and there’s a nice light smell of coffee.
Taking a spoonful and there’s a really good, decently strong coffee flavour to it – so thankfully, it’s not all scent and no substance!
The description says there’s a coffee sauce in the blend, but to be honest, I didn’t spot it in the flavour. You can see light ribbons of it running in the ice cream, but they’re so slight they’re not noticeable as a distinct component.
I suspect it’ll be more apparent in a large tub, rather than a little single serve pot. There’ll be a better opportunity to get a proper swirl of it. Like with the Caramel Chai, I feel like it’s a bit hit and miss with these small tubs.
I found large chunks of soft chocolatey brownie in the mix, but I was surprised at the flavour balance. It wasn’t as chocolate-heavy as I’d thought the product would be.
I’m actually quite happy with that. I’d much rather have a coffee forward ice cream than a chocolate one.
Interestingly though, I think this ice cream would be even better with a chocolate caramel sauce running through it. I wonder if getting a proper hit of coffee sauce would change my mind?
Overall, I really like the creamy, rich and ‘luxury’ feel of Häagen-Dazs ice cream. This one has a lovely coffee strength throughout, with a touch of bitterness on the finish. The chocolate cakey pieces add a nice contrast in flavour and some good textural interest.
If you ask me, it’s a great ice cream from the supermarket freezer section.
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