Everyone who is connected to the internet pretty much knows the novel story that the brand name “Häagen-Dazs” – makers of premium quality ice creams – is actually a made up name that does not mean anything, and not one of Dutch origins. But the strange name notwithstanding, they sure can make good ice cream – as evidenced by 30 years of great business in Japan. And to celebrate that achievement, they are coming out with two commemorative flavors – “sakura” and “rose” flavored ice cream.
Häagen-Dazs Japan is going pink this time of year, celebrating its 30th anniversary in Japan with two floral ice creams. “Sakura” is Japanese for cherry blossom, and “rose” is… well, rose, like the flower. Flowers are a big thing in celebrations when talking about the Japanese culture, not to mention the fact that it looks pretty on the ice cream packaging. Ice cream probably tastes the same anywhere in the world, but Japan may be a testament to flowers actually tasting good. Reactions to the flavors online vary, but most are positive. Some people on Twitter are saying that the “rose” flavor smells and tastes like bath powder or toilet freshener (we wonder how they know how those items taste like in the first place), but there have been a number who attest that the rose flavor smells and tastes good.
The Japanese public can enjoy these flavors when they go on sale February 3. The ice cream company says that the two commemorative flavors will be sold slathered in either sakura and cherry sauce or plum sauce. And since it is premium ice cream, it will be a bit pricy, at 284 yen (just shy of US$3) for a 100ml tub. We just wonder how “cherry blossom ice cream” would taste.