I'm a bit freakish about pears... I *love* them. I can't really say the same about apples - they're good, but I don't have the same obsessive cravings for them. Bosc pears and me... we're tight! So, although I'm not usually a big grocery store ice cream consumer, I raced out the door as soon as I heard about Häagen-Dazs new flavor search winner: Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan. If you're like me, reading those words has already gotten your mouth excited about the possibilities... wait, did they say caramelized pear?!?
For purely scientific evaluation purposes, Jerry and I had our first sampling of this ice cream last night after dinner (while watching the My Country My Country documentary - unfortunately, we found it to be a disappointing movie). The verdict? I think that this is quite possibly the *best* ice cream I have ever had. But, I'm willing to admit that this may well be linked to my extreme love of pears. The flavor of pear was clearly identifiable - not some subtle, barely noticeable pear-ness. And, the ice cream was blended with chunks of caramelized pear and those lovely toasted pecans - mmmmm. Jerry thought the ice cream was quite good as well, but I got the sense that he thought I was a bit overly enthusiastic. Well, there's no accounting for taste, right?!?
Today we're trying a new recipe that I hope will be a successful representation of another of our favorite autumn flavors - full report coming tomorrow. In the meantime, run out and get yourself a pint of ice cream - the choice of flavor is yours. Go ahead - you've been good. I know you have.