Welcome to the Häagen-Dazs Village
For the holidays this year, Häagen-Dazs France teamed up with the Japanese designer nendo to create The Häagen-Dazs Village, an ice cream cake that is available exclusively in Häagen-Dazs shops in France, Belgium, Spain and the UK.
These specially designed cakes have been an annual tradition in France for the past seven years.
“Christmas is about homecoming, about spending time together with family, so we created a cake that’s a small village, composed of houses clustered closely together,” says nendo (whose real name is (Oki Sato), an award-winning designer who was named, at 29, as one “The 100 Most Respected Japanese” by Newsweek magazine.
Each cake topped with a chocolate village is hand made by Rudy Lainé, our pastry chef at the Champs-Elysées Häagen-Dazs flagship shop.
Two varieties of the “The Häagen-Dazs Village by nendo” creation will be available:
Chocolate Village: Two of France’s best sellers – Dulce de Leche and Macadamia Nut Brittle ice creams – are separated by a salted caramel sauce with roasted almonds. The ice cream sits on a crunchy “Dacquoise” praline biscuit and is topped with houses made of milk chocolate and filled with chocolate fudge sauce and caramelized hazelnuts.
Pink Village: A base of vanilla and winter-limited edition Vanilla & Florentine ice creams sit on a biscuit of dried fruits and almonds. An orange and caramel sauce separates the ice cream, which is topped with pink houses made of white chocolate and filled with chocolate fudge sauce and caramelized hazelnuts.
Each cake serves 8-10 people. For those who want to create a community or serve a crowd, a mini chocolate bridge can join villages together.
The village cakes will be available in Häagen-Dazs shops in Belgium, France, Spain and the UK through mid-January, or while supplies last.
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