Adults Only Dessert

Belly up to the bar—the ice cream bar, that is. Häagen-Dazs  has risen to fill a void of boozy frozen desserts with the release of its new Spirits Collection. Each pint features a different variety of popular liquor, paired alongside indulgent mix-ins, and Häagen-Dazs’ famously rich ice cream. After eyeballing a full-page ad in a recent cooking magazine, something compelled me to purchase the Bourbon Vanilla Bean Truffle variety, and I almost never eat ice cream or dessert, but the Husbster wasn’t about to dissuade me…

Although the bourbon one may not sound too exciting compared to the line’s other offerings, this flavor goes to show that ice cream doesn’t have to be complicated to win you over. With a dense, sweet, vanilla bean-flecked base, we found it a pleasure to appreciate this variety’s superb consistency and creamy mouthfeel, and the tiny truffles speckled throughout provided just enough intermittent bursts of crunch and texture.

IMG_3334To up the decadent ante, serve with a Dark Chocolate Godiva heart…

Rather than finding recognizable streams of bourbon swirled throughout, we tasted hints of booze in each spoonful and found the alcohol’s slight edge helped to make this flavor seem like an “adult’s only” version of vanilla bean ice cream (which as a kid was one of my faves). And don’t worry about getting schnockered over dessert, it only contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

Rounding out the collection are three more flavors: Rum Tres Leche, Irish Cream Brownie and Stout Chocolate Pretzel Crunch. Apparently you can also find nondairy amaretto black cherry almond toffee and Irish cream cookie squares in your freezer aisle. The summer just started, so you have all season to indulge…

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