Not sure why you would have coffee after dinner when you can have this silky number instead. Every spoonful melted in my mouth, leaving the many complexities of deeply roasted coffee beans on my tongue. This one's a keeper.
Sea Salt Caramel
Lightly salted and brimming with toasted sugar flavor, the Sea Salt Caramel is a solid rendition of this now classic pairing of caramel and salt. Personally, I'd be down with a few flakes of coarse sea salt sprinkled on top of my scoop. But, perhaps, that's where Häagen-Dazs is smart—better to err on the side of less salt; you could always add more.
Black Cherry Amaretto
Studded with chunks of moist black cherries, this is one intensely cherry-flavored gelato. We think the secret is the bevy of fruit juices Häagen-Dazs used to enhance the cherry flavor. Along with cherry juice, there's chokeberry and elderberry juices for color; apple juice for just the right amount of sweetness; and, most importantly, lemon juice to brighten up the party.
Dark Chocolate Chip
While I enjoyed the bittersweet dark chocolate chips, I was disappointed with the texture of the gelato after the dark chocolate chips had melted away. It has that odd not-grainy but not-smooth texture that some chocolate puddings have when they are only made with cocoa powder. Perhaps cocoa powder just pales in comparison to the richness of chocolate with cocoa butter mixed in.
Limoncello is the low point of Häagen-Dazs gelato. And judging by the cartons left in the stores, others have figured that out as well. It's too sweet and tastes like fake lemon. I was missing the alcoholic burn of limoncello to offset the sweetness.
I found the Vanilla Bean gelato to be a good blank slate with which to pair other more dominant flavors like you would with whipped cream. Though just a tad on the sweet side, this frozen treat smacks of creamy, rich dairy and lightly floral vanilla—as evidenced by the flecks of vanilla bean throughout.