REVIEW: Limited Edition Häagen-Dazs Bananas Foster

The main ingredients that make up the hoity-toity dessert, Bananas Foster, is bananas, vanilla ice cream and the warm sauce that tops it all. Sounds good, right? But that’s not the best part. The sauce is made from butter, brown sugar, dark rum, and banana liqueur. That sounds even better, but that’s not the best part. The best part is when the alcohol is added and it ignites like an outdoor Weber grill filled with lighter fluid-soaked pieces of charcoal.

As you can see, Bananas Foster is a dessert made with ingredients that all sorts of folks will enjoy. Sweet tooths will love the ice cream, alcoholics will love the rum, monkeys will love the bananas and pyromaniacs will love the fire. Unfortunately, the Limited Edition Häagen-Dazs Bananas Foster Ice Cream doesn’t include the fiery theatrics of the dessert it attempts to emulate, but it does have the bananas, sugar AND rum.

Yes, there is actual rum in this concoction, but it’s listed at the bottom of the ingredients list, which means you’ll get diarrhea way before you get drunk if you attempt to get hammered with this ice cream.

The Häagen-Dazs Bananas Foster Ice Cream is made up of two components: banana ice cream and brown sugar rum swirls. It smells like banana bread, but tastes like heaven, if the clouds in heaven were yellow and they rained brown sugar and cinnamon and occasionally spritzed rum. The banana ice cream has a strong flavor, but thankfully it isn’t artificial, like most of Heidi Montag’s body. The banana, brown sugar, cinnamon and rum create an awesome, creamy combination that will help you forget about an ex-boyfriend or any other stereotypical scenario seen in movies or on television where eating ice cream is used to help one cope or as encouragement for children to be victorious in the sport they are participating in.

I can’t say whether or not this ice cream tastes like Bananas Foster because I’m too poor to eat at any of the fine dining establishments that offer the dessert and, just like cavemen and mummies, I’m terrified of fire.

However, if Bananas Foster tastes just as titillating as the Limited Edition Häagen-Dazs Bananas Foster Ice Cream, I’ll look forward to the day when I can afford to eat at a fine dining establishment, be called “sir” by the employees, drink out of real crystal glasses that make noises when glide my finger around the rim and, after building up some courage, order Bananas Foster — with a side order of fire extinguisher.

(Nutrition Facts – 1/2 cup – 240 calories, 13 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 23 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, 8% vitamin A and 10% calcium.)

Item: Limited Edition Häagen-Dazs Bananas Foster
Price: $3.99
Size: 14 ounces
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: Damn good. Smells like banana bread. Banana ice cream doesn’t have an artificial taste. Creamy good. Will help you forget about exes and encourage children to be victorious in sports, if you believe what you seen on television or in the movies.
Cons: Can’t get drunk off of the rum in the ice cream. This ice cream doesn’t have any fiery theatrics. Only available until December. Doesn’t come in a full pint size. Heidi Montag before her plastic surgery. Heidi Montag after her plastic surgery. Fire.

27 thoughts to “REVIEW: Limited Edition Häagen-Dazs Bananas Foster”

  1. I saw these in the freezer aisle the other week. There were also several other “limited edition” flavors, but I don’t remember any of them.

  2. Haagen-Dazs rocks. I love their coffee ice cream. To get drunk you could always pour rum on top of this like a sundae topping or something, but probably best not to set it on fire as that would melt the ice cream.

    1. Or you could bust out the blender and make rum shakes. Me thinks I will try this with the Kraken. I’ll report back on Monday…or Tuesday. Rum hangovers can be harsh.

  3. I’m allergic to bananas, but I love them so. I saw this in the store right before you reviewed it, and I’m still asking myself, “I wonder if I’ll die from trying this . . . ”

    And now, I want it even more. Thanks a lot, Marvo. Jeesh.

    Oh well. I guess that’s what the Epipen is for.

  4. I LOVE this flavor!

    If it makes you feel any better about it only being around for a few months out of the year, chances are very good it will be back. Haagen-Dazs has been rotating it in and out of the line as a special edition for several years now. It had originally been part of the “Desserts Extraordinaire” flavor collection of 2003. That line didn’t last very long but Banana Fosters and Creme Brulee (which is actually part of the core line now) were popular enough to stay in the mix.

    Also, all of the Haagen-Dazs “pints” are no longer true pints. Haagen-Dazs downsized the containers across the line from the true pint size of 16 ounces down to 14 ounces last year. The official reason for the switch was so they could keep the quality of the product the same without altering the price amid raising ingredient costs. This sounds great but it has not stopped them from starting to use cheaper ingredients such as “chocolaty chips” in place of real (and more exspensive) chocolate… We should probably not get me started on this topic.

  5. I must say that Haagen-Dazs used to have a Bananas Foster flavor a few years back that was much better. It had actual chunks of banana and a much better rum caramel swirl. This product that you reviewed, Marvo, is still delicious. But in my opinion, this new version only should get a 7/10 compared to it’s 10/10 predecessor.

    I submit this comment in hopes that Haagen-Dazs is reading comments on review blogs about their products and in hopes that they take my recommendation and go back to the old Bananas Foster formula.

  6. I had this the other day and it was delicious. I love Haagen-Dazs but this is by far the best flavor. It even takes the place of my beloved macadamia brittle.

  7. @Gigi I had the creme brulee finally last month and OMG. I haven’t been able to find til I went to Oregon. But wow.

    Marvo – poor man’s banana foster: melt butter and brown sugar in frying pan, add rum and then bananas. Cook till bananas look done or are browned. Then serve with Vanilla ice cream. Very yummy! I don’t do fire either so this version works for me!

    I will look for this flavour but chances are we won’t get it here either.

  8. @Orchid64: But you get all of the stuff you can buy from vending machines. Also, your comment made me realize that I haven’t really enjoyed any of the Japanese ice cream products I’ve tried.

    @amanda: The day Haagen Dazs becomes calorie free is the day I will eat nothing but ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    @Rick: I also tried the Midnight Cookies & Cream limited edition flavor. It was good, but the Bananas Foster is much better.

    @Chuck: I like Gordon Shumway’s idea below, but how about RUM FLOATS!!!

    @theGrit: DO NOT EAT THIS! It has banana puree in it! I’m sorry for making you want it even more, but there are several dozen other Haagen Dazs flavors to choose from. Might I recommend Rum Raisin.

    @Review Spew: You are quite welcome, my good man.

    @Gigi: Oooh, I’ve had the creme brulee flavor and it is muthaf’ing good.

    @edman0037: If Haagen-Dazs does read our reviews, I really should make a habit of dropping more f-bombs.

    @kcobra: Just like Ben & Jerry’s is hard to dislike any Haagen-Dazs flavors.

    @Daniel: Mistake on my part. Fixed it.

    @Lex: Someone needs to smuggle this stuff into your country. My suggestion, find the people who smuggle prescription drugs into our country and when they come back to Canada have them smuggle these.

  9. @Del: I think those of us that would like to see it as a regular flavor should start a letter writing campaign.

    @Gigi: I’m throwing in Double Badonkadonkulous!

  10. @Marvo

    Turns out making rum shakes with this is really fucking expensive. Especially if you drink as much as I do. Tried it as a float in my white russians instead. Words do not convey the awesome.

  11. @marvo
    About two shots of rum per 16oz shake. I realized after the first one I would need alot more ice cream.

  12. It tasted way too artificial and had an artificial aftertaste. I generally love haagen daz ice creams and was surprised at this one being so yuck. I would not eat this flavor again. Generally eating sugar is not so healthy but sugar is better than eating corn syrup and this flavor of haagen dazs also has corn syrup in it versus a lot of their other flavors that do not have corn syrup. This tastes much more artificial than the real bananas foster dessert itself.

  13. I love this flavor! My boyfriend calls it “banana dream”. It’s not overpowering or too rich like some flavors can be. Bananas Foster is creamy and delicious until the very last spoonful!

  14. I love this ice cream. But I havent seen in stores in a while. Pls email and tell me where to get it or if I can order off line, thkx

  15. I’m trying to find how to get this product for my 6 month pregnant wife. It’s her biggest craving.

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