A little of dis, a little of Dazs

22 06 2010

Cycling earns you rewards.

Fitness. Ripped calf muscles. A nice tan. The adulation and reverence of passing motorists.

Well, maybe not that last one.

But the best reward of all for a road ride is ICE CREAM!

More specifically HAAGEN DAZS!

How can an ice cream be a "Limited Edition.?" Does that mean if I never open it, I could sell it on eBay for a huge profit sometime down the road?

(Or Ben & Jerry’s, if it happens to be on sale)

Katie and I have a long-abiding relationship with Haagen Dazs, especially the flavors with a chocolaty inclination; Vanilla Swiss Almond, Chocolate Chip, and (apparently) for a limited time only, Chocolate Chocolate Chip.

We’ve indulged our love for Haagen Dazs in Paris and Barcelona, and most recently, in the very first Haagen Dazs store, in Brooklyn Heights.

Enjoying a little Dazs at their very first store, in Brooklyn Heights. Note the Giro d'Italia hat, thus earning my right to a Haagen Dazs reward.

We’re forever dismayed by the general lack of Haagen Dazs stores in our neck of the woods.

And we’re really miffed about the way we’re shortchanged on the flavors; the Haagen-Dazs website lists more than 40 flavors of ice cream, seven types of sorbet, eight frozen yogurts and a new product of all-natural ice creams with only five ingredients that come in nine flavors. The website for Nestle Canada, who is licensed to make Haagen Dazs up here lists less than half those flavors. The ice cream freezer at our local grocery store has all of EIGHT flavors, and none of the fancier stuff.

Where is our banana split, our cherry vanilla, our pineapple coconut? Why are we deprived of rocky road and dark chocolate?

And don’t even get me started on how Ben & Jerry’s have deprived us of their flavorful goodness; their US website shows about 51 different flavors, of which we’re lucky to get eight (although their new “Let’s go waffling” is quickly becoming my all-time favorite).

What is up with our Haagen-Dazs deprivation???? Is America afraid if we’re given access to the full range of premium ice cream flavors, we’ll take over and make them even better?????

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