2008/06/24

Häagen-Dazs - Japanese Style

One of our favorite treats is Häagen-Dazs ice cream. In Japan, we have some different flavors that are not marketed in the USA (nyah-nyah-nyah). On the down side, I admit it does cost about twice as much here. :P

Two new seasonal ones we like are "White Peach" and "Cassis-Orange". Cassis is the French name for black currant berries. Both of these flavors are sooooo oishii (delicious). They are actually good enough to take my mind off Hawaii's wonderful Roselani Ice Cream that I have written about.

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This is not the reason I (ahem) gained weight over the winter - that was primarily due to inactivity.

We do stock up when we find it on sale, but only eat it a few times a month and besides, Häagen-Dazs comes in 120 ml cups (about 4 ounces) here and we share one of those, so we're only getting about hundred calories or so each.

There are a lot of reasons I like being in Japan, but before moving here I never would have thought that Häagen-Dazs ice cream would be one of them. I hope you are enjoying your summer (or winter as the case may be).


17 comments:

K & S said...

OMG something that tastes as good as Roselani, will have to look for these flavors.

Pandabonium said...

Kat - Well, Roselani is hard to beat, but these at least take my mind off it. The peach has pieces of fruit in it and is very flavorful. 7-11 carries them (at a premium price) but we find both of these at a good price at Aeon sometimes.

K & S said...

I agree that Roselani is hard to beat...our JUSCO and 7-eleven closed up
:( will have to look for these at the supermarket.

jam said...

Not only ice cream, I believe everything in Japan is not cheap. The living cost there is too high. That's the main reason that I haven't visited this beautiful country until now.

ladybug said...

Yum! The white peach looks especially delicious to me...it actually hasn't gotten too hot here to eat ice cream..strangly.

I really like Ben 'n' Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Phish Food....but my fav is Umpqua's Tin Roof Sundae!

Swinebread said...

I better not show this to my wife she'll flip out

and don't worry, the prices are going up here

Don Snabulus said...

Sounds tasty. Due to lactose issues, I keep my ice cream consumption at a minimum but I do thoroughly enjoy it on those occasions.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried the tiramisu stuff they make?

Häagen-Dazs is one of my favourites, and I do love the crazy name. We are so proud of our umlauts (åäö in case you wondered) and you got it right.

Ben 'n' Jerries we don't get here in Japan, although their policy to not use milk from cows that get Monsanto's genetically engineered BST hormone would probably be popular.

P, I think we need more ice cream posts!

Arkonbey said...

Shame that B&J doesn't get across the Pacific. I suppose I'm spoiled living in the B&J state!

(of course they have been bought by Unilever, the company that also makes Slim-Fast...)

As far at B&J flavors go, I really miss 'Festivus'

Pandabonium said...

Jam - that depends on what you are pricing and where you are comparing it to. My cost of living actually dropped significantly when I moved here from Hawaii.

Ladybug - the peach is "peachy" in more ways than one.

Swinebread - next visit to Japan you'll have to track some down for your SO.

Snabby - I avoid dairy for general health reasons, but can't resist a bit of cheddar cheese or some tasty ice cream now and then. Drink milk? forget it. It comes out of a cow's udder fer chrissake. ewww...

Anon - Never tried the tiramisu. Good?

Are people who promote the use of umlats part of a "vowel movement"? (sorry)

I carry no brief for Monsanto, but lets face it- dairy is unhealthy food to begin with.

Worrying about rGBH in milk or ice cream is like the guy who shoots himself with a bullet and worries about lead poising. :)

More ice cream posts. OK - your turn.

Arkonbey - I thought VT was the maple syrup state. :D

I never tried Festivus flavor. I guess it's now in the B&J Graveyard.

Happysurfer said...

Sounds yummy but I can do without ice-cream or other dairy stuff but once in a while, the need kicks in.

Over here, there's usually a queue at Baskin Robbins on 31st of the month because they give a 31% discount. I have yet to stand in line though.

bonnie said...

hey, totally off-topic but I see Kenichi Horie is approaching Japan!

Thanks for posting about him, that's been fun to watch. What a curious concept!

Pandabonium said...

Bonnie - he's further south than I thought he'd be, but I think he expects the current to send him further north. The wave propulsion is an interesting idea. Obviously needs more work, but who knows what kind of other inventions might spring from it (no pun intended).

Swinebread said...

that would be great!

The Moody Minstrel said...

What a coincidence. My wife has been moaning about wanting to eat ice cream since I came back from that Kashima Music Fest marathon. She doesn't usually have this sort of craving...especially considering it's currently pouring outs...

...uh oh...

Pandabonium said...

Moody - maybe there's a Häagen-Dazs tsukemono flavor for such occasions.

The Moody Minstrel said...

I don't want to think about it!

BTW, the supermarket in the Apita shopping center over in Inashiki City had the white peach and cassis & orange Häagen-Dazs, so I got a bunch to try it. You were right; that's really good stuff! Probably among my favorite Häagen-Dazs flavors ever! Thanks for the "heads up"!