Recently, my husband and I “enjoyed” both flavors of Haagen-Dazs’s new Spoon Vege ice cream, which went on sale in Japan on May 12.
The first flavor we tried was Carrot-Orange (キャロットオレンジ), which we determined likely to be the less horrible of the two.
Nice color! Looks like sherbert.
The taste was like a modified orange, like a kind of mango or something. It wasn’t bad at all…until the aftertaste hit.
BITTER. So bitter. The aftertaste was like licking earwax. Are carrots bitter??
I washed it down with this: Kirin’s Kajitsu to Peel no Osake (果実とピールのお酒／Fruit Juice and Peel Alcohol), a canned vodka cocktail made with acerola fruit juice and orange peel. It was nice and fruity, and also got me a bit buzzed, so that I could get up the courage to try…
…Tomato-Cherry (トマトチェリー). Come on. There’s no way anyone thought this could possibly taste good.
That color sure is…interesting.
While Carrot-Orange didn’t taste much like carrot, Tomato-Cherry’s taste was undeniably tomato. Tomato and cream. It was like a tomato latte, with a shot of grenadine. Yeah.
Why even make these flavors, anyway? It’s not like they’re good for you. They still both had 200-some calories (Tomato-Cherry had 216 and Carrot-Orange had 206; a mini cup of the divine Caramel Crush [キャラメルクラッシュ] has 262 calories). The main ingredient of both of them was still “cream.”
I understand Gari-Gari Kun (ガリガリ君) making spaghetti and stew flavored popsicles as gag/cult items, but come on, Haagen-Dazs. Your products cost almost 3 times what Gari-Gari Kun’s do. You’re supposed to be better than that.
If you’d like to try Spoon Vege for yourself for some reason, check out your local conbini or supermarket.