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People remember the Coke fiasco when they changed their recipe, but I wonder how many people realize that large companies toy with their recipes all the time.

Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond isn't what it was just a few years ago, the last time I tried it. There's no way the almonds were as smokey flavored as they are now.

Still a good store-bought ice cream, but not quite the same flavor profile as it used to be (I also don't remember a pint of this having 1200 calories in the past). Unlike so many other brands, it maintains a fairly honorable list of ingredients.

I believe, based on my experience, that there's a McDonald's in Fairfax that serves a small amount of Indian spice, perhaps turmeric, in their late-night cheeseburgers, and I wonder if it may be in the mustard.

So many examples of this type of thing.

Cheers,

Rocks.

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Only the late-night cheeseburgers? I'm gratified to know that I'm not the only one around here who has slogged through a McDonald's drive-thru in the wee hours--I'll have two--and lived to repeat the experience. (I'm guessing that "late-night" is the only time either of us eats those things.)

Don't know about the Vanilla Swiss Almond, but I can tell you that their Vanilla Fudge is as good as ever. If anything, there's even more fudge in there. God that stuff is good....

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We didn't eat a lot of Haagen-Dazs back in the States, except for the pineapple-coconut, which I loved. HD has become my ice cream of choice in Japan because they put out more interesting, rather than merely strange, flavors than "31 Flavors" does (not that the prominence of Pop Rocks in the 31 Flavors array doesn't count for something). I was addicted to the Bitter Caramel flavor over the summer.

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The best was the tiramisu flavor in Europe. Over here it's some weirdo mascarpone mess. Over there it was this glorious coffee rippled, ladyfingered conglomeration. Mmm... Maybe it's just me, but most of the ice cream in England was either "premium" (B&Js or Daaz) or nasty ice milk-type stuff.

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I had my first Haagen-Daz over twenty years ago, in a health food store in South Carolina. The only two flavors they carried were carob and honey vanilla, both of which have been "retired". (According to Wikipedia). The honey vanilla was really good stuff and was my go-to ice cream for years. They should bring it back, as it's far better than many of the boutique "flavors of the week".

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I find the same thing has happened to Doritos, the up front nacho cheese flavor is the same but now there is a weird funky after taste...I suspect that they reformulated Doritos, no doubt some anti-transfat thing. It's pretty much ruined Doritos for me.

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I had my first Haagen-Daz over twenty years ago, in a health food store in South Carolina. The only two flavors they carried were carob and honey vanilla, both of which have been "retired". (According to Wikipedia). The honey vanilla was really good stuff and was my go-to ice cream for years. They should bring it back, as it's far better than many of the boutique "flavors of the week".
I believe right after they retired the Limited Edition Green Tea flavor last fall, they introduced the Limited Edition Vanilla Honey Bee flavor, which may be similar to what you had. It was vanilla with a very light honey flavor that didn't make the ice cream over-syrupy or sticky sweet. It was at HT when I went shopping yesterday and may be in your local grocer's freezer too.

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Zora, why haven't you reported back on the new Fleur de sel caramel? Saw pints recently in grocery stores.

Think this was created as a presidential homage?

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FYI The company is going the way of tuna fish canners and down-sizing their pints to 14 oz. containers. Cost of ingredients, they claim, and not an effort to stem obesity.

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FYI The company is going the way of tuna fish canners and down-sizing their pints to 14 oz. containers. Cost of ingredients, they claim, and not an effort to stem obesity.
I wonder if it's due to part of their new "Five" line as well?

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Zora, why haven't you reported back on the new Fleur de sel caramel? Saw pints recently in grocery stores.

My goodness it's delicious. I first had it at a friend's house in Florida, and it took me a month to find a grocery near my house that stocks it. (Fenton St Safeway, in case you're wondering).

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Zora, why haven't you reported back on the new Fleur de sel caramel? Saw pints recently in grocery stores.
Probably not, since it was introduced in April 2008.
My goodness it's delicious. I first had it at a friend's house in Florida, and it took me a month to find a grocery near my house that stocks it. (Fenton St Safeway, in case you're wondering).
I was hooked on the stuff when it was introduced last year--not sure why I never posted about it. But it disappeared after about six months. If people are seeing it now, it's because HD must have brought it back in response to popular demand. I stopped looking for it after I realized that they had moved on to another special flavor. I haven't seen it at my local Safeway, but I'll have to start looking for it again. That's a good news/bad news scenario. I'll have to buy it if I see it. And if it is in my freezer, I'll have to eat it. It's so good, but so bad for me.

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I haven't seen it at my local Safeway, but I'll have to start looking for it again. That's a good news/bad news scenario. I'll have to buy it if I see it. And if it is in my freezer, I'll have to eat it. It's so good, but so bad for me.
I've only seen it at the Safeway on 14th St. SE. Thanks, Hannah, for further details.*

I'm all for limited editions that are seasonal, made w just-picked fruit. Good way to teach people that peaches aren't worth buying in February. Don't get why this flavor might have been pulled, though it might have been the distributor that decided D.C. wasn't the right market.

*The 5-ingredient flavors are H-D Roots and a marketing gimmick. Sort of like that Breyer ice-cream commercial w kids reading the label on their respective boxes in which one can't pronounce the strings of long words used for stabilizers and artificial ingredients. Cream. Strawberries. Sugar. Lemon. Hydrochloric acid. Simple. Pure. Natural. Nothing more.

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I was hooked on the stuff when it was introduced last year--not sure why I never posted about it. But it disappeared after about six months. If people are seeing it now, it's because HD must have brought it back in response to popular demand. I stopped looking for it after I realized that they had moved on to another special flavor. I haven't seen it at my local Safeway, but I'll have to start looking for it again. That's a good news/bad news scenario. I'll have to buy it if I see it. And if it is in my freezer, I'll have to eat it. It's so good, but so bad for me.
I find it out in the 'burbs. For some reason, most places in the city never have it. I think I may have seen it once at the HT in AM.

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I was hooked on the stuff when it was introduced last year--not sure why I never posted about it. But it disappeared after about six months. If people are seeing it now, it's because HD must have brought it back in response to popular demand. I stopped looking for it after I realized that they had moved on to another special flavor. I haven't seen it at my local Safeway, but I'll have to start looking for it again. That's a good news/bad news scenario. I'll have to buy it if I see it. And if it is in my freezer, I'll have to eat it. It's so good, but so bad for me.

Out here in Gaithersburg I see it at Safeway regularly. Whole Foods doesn't carry it. Fortunately, I don't get to Safeway much so I don't buy it often but it is the best ice cream I've had in years.

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I believe right after they retired the Limited Edition Green Tea flavor last fall, they introduced the Limited Edition Vanilla Honey Bee flavor, which may be similar to what you had. It was vanilla with a very light honey flavor that didn't make the ice cream over-syrupy or sticky sweet. It was at HT when I went shopping yesterday and may be in your local grocer's freezer too.

Thank you so much! I'll look for it tomorrow, along with the Fleur de sel caramel. The description of Vanilla Honey Bee at the HD website--along with it being made a permanent part of their selection "by popular demand"--makes me believe that it must be Honey Vanilla.

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I went to the Safeway this afternoon. It was there. I bought some. <hic>
Uh oh. Do we need to do an intervention?

Safeway seems to be the only store stocking this flavor.

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Zora, why haven't you reported back on the new Fleur de sel caramel? Saw pints recently in grocery stores.

Picked up a pint of this at the Harris Teeter in Tyson's Corner on Saturday. REALLY Good stuff.

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Not to be super-encouraging here, but HT's weekly special advertised 2 for $6, which is a bit cheaper than Giant's ad for 2 for $7... Both are good until 4/28, I believe.

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Mmmm... Haagen Dazs fleur de sel ice cream bars coated in dark chocolate, found at the Jenkins Row Harris Teeter.

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I'm not much of a fan of Haagen Dazs supermarket products, I find that many other smaller specialty brands are much better and don't cost any more. That said, many years ago I used to stop in the Haagen Dazs stores to buy Casis sorbet, but they haven't made if for a long time. It was great, tart and perfect. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if they ever brought it back, but I haven't seen it in over 20 years.

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Dammit, Haagen Dazs. The Fleur de Sel Caramel was bad enough. Now you had to go and bring back the chocolate peanut butter too?

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