[Häagen-Dazs] Why I love Matcha green tea? Häagen-Dazs made me love it!

matcha green tea

I love Matcha green tea, or I should better say I love Matcha green tea flavored sweets and snacks.

Your preference of sweets can be easily identified when you choose ice cream. As a kid, i started with chocolate, of course, when it comes to choosing ice cream flavor. Then I shifted to chocolate chip cookie, the one with Oreo in it. Mmm, it’s still so good!

Then, I started to like chocolate mint flavor, which I remember my grandfather was eating and thought it was cool!!


My obsession to Matcha green tea flavor

My obsession to Matcha green tea started after that, when I first encountered Häagen-Dazs’s Matcha green tea flavor.

As you may or may not know, Häagen-Dazs in Japan is super tiny and expensive.

Häagen-Dazs matcha green tea

This is the Matcha green tea flavor ice cream that I love!  Let’s compare it against my Oh My Cha smily spoon!

look how small it is!!!

You may think everything in Japan is tiny, so let’s scale it!

Häagen-Dazs matcha green tea

Now you know how small it is, its approximately 7.5cm diameter, and it contains 110ml.  This tiny thing costs you 250 yen to 300 yen, approximately 2 to 3 dollars!

Again, For this tiny thing!!

But it’s so good that I have to buy it once in a while to compensate for my busy and stressful salary man life in Japan.

Häagen-Dazs matcha green tea back story

Häagen-Dazs matcha green tea

As most of you may be fully aware, Häagen-Dazs is very thick, dense, and rich in all flavors and I think that makes it different from the other match green tea flavor.

Häagen-Dazs blends Ichiban-cha (一番茶) and Niban-cha (二番茶) for their Matcha green tea flavor. Ichiban means first and Niban means second, so Ichiban-cha means first flush of the year, and Niban-cha means the second flush.

Ichiban-cha is nutritious, rich aroma, flavorful but lack in bitterness, which Niban-cha supplements.  It took 7 years for Häagen-Dazs to reach to the perfect balance of the taste, they say, and that’s how we get that perfect Umami (旨味) and bitterness from their Matcha green tea flavor.

I don’t know if Häagen-Dazs Matcha green tea flavor is available in elsewhere (at the same quality), but please leave comments if you do have one in your country!!

Oh My Cha rating 3.5

Tea flavor: [star rating=”3.5″] 3.5
Richness: [star rating=”3.5″] 3.5
Affordability: [star rating=”3.5″] 3.5

Häagen-Dazs matcha green tea is my forever standard.  Although its super good and I love it so much, I have its score at 3.5.  I will scale other sweets and snacks based on Häagen-Dazs matcha green tea 3.5.

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