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In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

This month, Häagen-Dazs is releasing two special flavors in Japan to mark its 30th anniversary in the country. And, let me tell you, they look pink. But special Häagen-Dazs flavors are not new to Japan.

The anniversary flavors are "Sakura" (which is Japanese for "cherry blossoms") and "Rose" (which is English for, uh, "rose"). The Sakura ice cream tastes like sakuramochi. Here, have a look:

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

You'll be, perhaps, saddened to know that people on Twitter are saying the Rose flavor smells like bath powder or toilet freshener. Others say it smells and tastes good.

Häagen-Dazs releases unique flavors in the West, such as Peanut Butter Pie, Peppermint Bark, and Coconut Macaroon—which don't quite translate to Japanese tastebuds. And while Häagen-Dazs hasn't quite hit the unique flavor quotient that Kit-Kat or Doritos has in Japan, it has released some interesting tastes. Most of them, however, are standard fare!

Many of these unique ones are seasonal and only offered for a "limited time only" (期間限定 or "kikan gentei"). Let's check them out:

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Purple Sweet Potato (紫いも or "Murasaki Imo").

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Tropical Cream Cheese.

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Cocoa Cookie and Coffee Almond.

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Green Tea Truffle (better than regular old green tea, no?).

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Pumpkin (not totally unusual as Pumpkin Cranberry was released outside Japan).

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

But Pumpkin Pudding? M'kay.

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Forêt Noire (black forest).

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Green Tea and Cookies and Cream. Yes.

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Coffee Milk. Not just coffee. There's milk, too!

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Butter Cookie and Caramel Scotch (not an odd flavor, but damn, I want this).

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

"Japonais" (not evident from the name, this is green tea and red bean ice cream).

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

Royal Cassis Milk (blackcurrant milk).

In Japan, Häagen-Dazs Has Unusual Flavors Even You Might Want

These all look highly edible! Unlike Japanese viper, eel, and horse ice cream.

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