Review: Haagen Dazs Mocha Chocolate Cookie & Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Vegan Ice Cream
Back when Ben & Jerry’s first launched its almond milk-based vegan ice cream line, I made sure to try and review a few of the flavors. They were tasty, albeit a little too sweet for me, but I’m still hoping to get my hands on the Coconut Seven Layer Bar option!
When I heard that Häagen-Dazs also released a four-strong (potentially five!) non-dairy ice cream line, I mentally noted it for the next time I found myself in the United States:
I found out that a nearby Target carried the line, so I had a difficult decision to make in the store. After looking at the Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, Coconut Caramel, Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle, and Mocha Chocolate Cookie options, I settled on Mocha Chocolate Cookie, thinking it might taste like my all-time favorite flavor, Jamoca Almond Fudge.
The Coconut Caramel was a close runner-up, but the lack of chocolate was the deciding factor for me. Mocha Chocolate Cookie is described on the website as follows:
“Our non-dairy Mocha Chocolate Cookie blends coffee and rich Belgian chocolate with swirls of cookie crumble and pieces of chocolate cookies for the ultimate non-dairy indulgence.”
Did it taste like Jamoca Almond Fudge? Not at all. Did I care? Not really. The ice cream was so rich, creamy and decadent that I really couldn’t complain. A little bit went a long way to satisfy any sweet or chocolate craving I had. There is also a very generous amount of cookie crumble and chocolate cookies, so unlike some other brands, there is a steady flow of “extras” to be found throughout the pint.
As with all store-bought ice creams I have tried and continue to enjoy, I wish there was even just a little less sugar, as the amount added is never necessary. As a result of the overall dark chocolate theme, Mocha Chocolate Cookie wasn’t painfully sweet, but it could still stand to have less sugar.
Coconut Caramel is next on my list, but if the rumors of a Pistachio Chocolate option existing end up being true, I may just find myself with another difficult dessert-based decision to make!
UPDATE: I ended up trying Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge as my second Häagen-Dazs non-dairy flavor:
“Instead of distracting dairy substitutes, we mix the creamiest peanut butter with ribbons of rich chocolate fudge and crunchy peanuts. It’s the ultimate indulgence that just happens to be non-dairy.”
While I surprised myself by not getting the Coconut Caramel one, I ended up very happy with my decision. The ice cream was incredibly creamy and the quality of the chocolate fudge and creamy peanut butter–in addition to the added peanuts–really took this standard combination to the next level. I think I even prefer it over the Mocha Chocolate Cookie!
Coconut Caramel, you’re next!