With Ben & Jerry's leading the charge into crazy-flavor territory land with cookie cores and, uh, possibly other substances, other ice cream companies can sometimes get lost in the cloud of smoke (ahem) they leave behind. Solid competitor Häagen-Dazs has been around since 1960, was founded on the principles of artisanship, and has decided to leverage its pedigree into a new lineup of Artisan Collection ice creams: Tres Leches Brigadeiro, Banana Rum Jam, Chocolate Caramelized Oat, Spiced Pecan Turtle, and Ginger Molasses Cookie.
To make them, they paired with local food artisans across the US (in places like San Diego, Brooklyn, and Kansas City) to come up with some new, inspired flavors "using the finest ingredients." Naturally, we got a bunch of people from our office to try them.
Here's what they thought about each one.