- Hagen-Dazs just announced they will be releasing alcoholic ice cream flavors in April.
- We tried them all out to see which one we liked best.
- The ice cream will be available nationwide for everyone 21+.
Earlier this week, legacy ice cream brand Hagen-Dazs announced a new line of boozy treats . From a smooth Irish cream to a fruity amaretto, the line of alcohol-infused treats included seven new flavors that blend strong spirits with sweets.
"We started working on these products at the beginning of 2018," Hagen-Dazs Spirits flavor developer, Aaron Butterworth told INSIDER. "We tasted different alcohols and paired them with the different candies and cookies and things like that and mixed them all up in the lab and came up with these seven products."
We put them all to the test and tried each before they hit shelves this April.
Rum Tres Leches is pretty sweet
As someone who grew up eating tres leches cake on the regular, I've never quite come around to liking it. Although this was a blind taste test, I could immediately recognize the chewy pieces of cake hidden within the rum-flavored ice cream. The treat has a good flavor but seems to be a bit sweeter than the others.
Non-Dairy Amaretto Black Cherry Almond Toffee has a fruity base
With just the right amount of sweet, this non-dairy ice cream is a delight for anyone who prefers fruit-flavored ice cream to the traditional chocolate or vanilla base. With a strong nutty flavor balancing out the black cherry amaretto swirls, this creation was so smooth and creamy I couldn't even tell it was made without milk. I'd highly recommend enjoying this dessert with some warm shortbread or a raspberry sauce.
Irish Cream Brownie tastes just like what it is advertised as
This Hagen-Dazs flavor truly tastes like brownies a la mode decadence. Like the cookie squares, this ice cream tastes exactly like the liquor it's meant to impersonate. It's milky and has just the right amount of chocolate brownie chunks. Pair this with an espresso or actual brownie and let the ice cream do the rest of the work. Hagen-Dazs
Irish Cream Ice Cream Cookie Squares are a boozy ice-cream sandwich option
These cookie squares might have just turned me into an ice cream sandwich person. With a thick coat of dark chocolate on the outside, biting into this frozen dessert gives you a delightful crunch. That paired with the rich Irish cream and rich chocolate cookie makes this dessert a must-have. Although, as a fair warning, these bars can get a bit messy, so enjoy with a napkin and protect any light-colored clothing from unwanted chocolate stains.
Stout Chocolate Pretzel Crunch seems to be the favorite among early consumers.
This seemed to be the favorite of Hagen-Dazs attendees and I understand why. Typically, I'm not a huge beer drinker, so I was shocked to find out this chocolate creation was in the top three of my blind taste test.
The ice cream itself very clearly tastes like a stout, with a strong aftertaste. But, after a few bites, the flavor grows on you. With the added crunch from the salted pretzels, this flavor is well-balanced and indulgent.
Bourbon Praline Pecan has a great balance between sweetness and alcohol
Perhaps I'm biased towards bourbon flavored treats as it's one of my preferred alcohols, but the Bourbon Praline Pecan was delicious. Sweet and smooth, the flavor of the bourbon is strong, but not overwhelming. It's almost like drinking an old fashioned .
While I'm not a fan of pralines in general, Hagen-Dazs has managed to make me fall in love with this nutty treat. I would definitely recommend turning this boozy dessert into a milkshake for optimal enjoyment.
Bourbon Vanilla Bean Truffle is the winner
In a blind taste test at the Hagen-Dazs launch party, the Bourbon Vanilla Bean Truffle was my favorite. Let's be honest you can't go wrong with a vanilla-bourbon flavored ice cream, especially one that has smooth chocolate truffle chunks hidden inside.
But that doesn't mean it was the winner for everyone. At a preview for Hagen-Dazs's new product launch, INSIDER spoke with a few guests on their preferred flavor. The winner was clear: Stout Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, although it seems Irish Cream Brownie was a close-second for most attendees.
"I really love the Irish Creme Brownie because for me that's a real classic Irish creme and then paired with the brownies and the salted fudge that we have in there I think it makes just like a really elevated and indulgent brownies a la mode sort of experience," Butterworth explained. "With Hagen-Dazs, it's all about crafting and really balancing the flavors and textures and the different components, so I feel like when we developed these we really tried hard to be thoughtful about what we paired with what."
Another guest at the party, who wished to remain anonymous, said the Stout Chocolate Pretzel was her favorite, citing the rich chocolate ice cream base as the defining factor for her. Meanwhile, attendee Elana Rubin said the Non-Dairy Amaretto Black Cherry Almond Toffee was her favorite although the Irish Cream Ice Cream Cookie Squares were a close second.
"The cookie was nostalgic for me," Rubin explained. "They remind me of a boozy version of my favorite childhood ice cream treat I had in school. But, overall, all the flavors had strong profiles and tasted delicious with the appropriate mix-ins."
The Hagen-Dazs Spirit collection will be available nationwide in April. Each pint of ice cream contains 0.5% of alcohol and you must be 21 years or older to enjoy.
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