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New Limited Edition ice cream from Haagen-Dazs: Peanut Butter Pie Ice Cream!

Haagen-Dazs describes this as a favorite family recipe (who cares?) with ribbons of peanut butter and chocolate cookie pieces (crust) folded into a base of peanut butter ice cream. Yes, that’s double peanut butter for ya. No wonder my breath smells like peanut butter after a round of it!

I don’t like real peanut butter, or peanuts, but I love good peanut butter cookies, so I was looking forward to this.haagen-dazs tries to be american with peanut butter

To make a good mouthful, however, you have to marry the chocolate and peanut butter, so that the sweeter chocolate plays off the more acrid peanut taste. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the obvious successful example, but I’ve had other pies and ice creams equally as good.

This is not one of them.

The little black  pieces are a good texture, but there’s no way to taste it, and I might not have known it was supposed to be chocolate. I don’t think it qualifies as a “crust”. It’s fighting the double punch of peanut butter ice cream as the main flavor, and also as a more dense ribbon, kind of sticky, throughout.

new restaurant serves only desserts
If ONLY I could find this restaurant. I shall never stop trying.

Peanut butter is an overpowering taste.  So, where’s the chocolate cookies? Simply put, it needs more chocolate, or a much stronger flavor in the chocolate. Maybe a chocolate ribbon to match the peanut butter one?!

Leaving out the sad lack of  chocolate, however, it’s still a good peanut butter ice cream, especially for those of us who don’t like the stuff in a jar. I think it’s one of their best flavors in years.

Just not as good as it should be.

The cartoon is from my weekly restaurant cartoon series, Daily Special, in several papers.

What others are saying

The Ice Cream Informant gives it an A. She says it needs to be improved, but not how, and says it ranks higher than any other H-D flavor with her. On Second Scoop likes it a lot, too. Munchies of... is perhaps the most excited of them all, but gives it a B because he “likes mint better.” 🙂