You'd think the dead of winter would be an odd time to launch a new frozen dessert line. But not for many of us here at Serious Eats. We're those oddballs bundled up in our puffer jackets and beanies but happily licking a cone of sweet, cold ice cream. Even as the wind howls menacingly outside.
And thankfully, not for the people at Häagen-Dazs. They've introduced a new gelato line of 7 flavors. Right off the bat, I am pre-disposed to love Häagen-Dazs gelato. First off, it's Häagen-Dazs, a brand that usually delivers. Second, I'm impressed that they opted for a refreshing way to go lighter in the new year (see more about the differences between ice cream and gelato with Max's excellent primer), as opposed to the craze nowadays to Greek-yogurt-ify everything. Third, I'm loving the sleek black packaging they chose for their gelatos. It looks quite sexy and pops on the ice cream aisle.
The only question is: do the gelatos deliver on flavor and texture?
So I loaded up my shopping basket and brought as many as I could find home. There are seven gelato flavors: Black Cherry Amaretto, Cappuccino, Dark Chocolate Chip, Limoncello, Sea Salt Caramel, Stracciatella and Vanilla Bean. Only the Stracciatella, a sweet cream with chocolate shavings, eluded me, at least for now.
Click through the slideshow above to see what we thought of the flavors. And tell us, have you tried the new Häagen-Dazs gelato? Especially the Stracciatella? Let us know in the comments!