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We All Scream For Ice Cream On Häagen-Dazs’ Upcoming ‘Free Cone Day’

Häagen-Dazs is right on time for the good Spring-time weather coming with their annual “Free Cone Day” on Tuesday, May 14 from 4-8pm.  Head to your nearest Häagen-Dazs location to take advantage of this sweet offer with no strings attached.

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In addition, Häagen-Dazs’ brand new “Sweet Rewards” program lets you reap the benefits of every dollar you spend on the ice cream you were going to eat anyway.  By downloading and signing up on their app, customers can unlock and redeem rewards all year round, starting with a free cone upon first purchase.  

Photo courtesy of Nestle

With the continued collapse of bee/pollinator populations throughout the world, Häagen-Dazs is going to great lengths to highlight the hardworking honeybees that help create our beloved ice cream flavors.  In partnership with The Xerces Society, Häagen-Dazs is in the process of earning the Bee Better Certification for some of their flavors, requiring the elimination of harmful pesticide practices and the creation of large pollinator habitats on farms.

To learn more about what Häagen-Dazs is doing to help the honeybee population, and tips on how we can help in our own way, visit their website.

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Some Major Food Brands Are Joining A New Service That Recycles Used Containers Effectively

As the food industry looks for more and more ways to reduce its waste, a new service called Loop is making it easier on both the industry and consumer end to recycle re-usable containers.

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The service is a mashup of Amazon Fresh and your old-school milkman. When you order products through Loop, you’ll receive them in new, reusable containers inside a special renewable tote. Once the contents are used up, you can schedule a delivery of new products as well as a pickup of the old containers. You just place them back into the tote, and they’re taken back to their respective companies to be thoroughly sanitized and reused.

Loop encompasses multiple industries and product types, including food. Several major food brands have signed on already, including Nestle (under Häagen-Dazs), Hidden Valley Ranch, Nature’s Path, Hellman’s Mayonnaise, and vegan producer Teva Deli. Other recognizable products on board include Tide, Axe, Dove, Degree, Clorox, and Gillette.

The service is powered by global recycling organization TerraCycle, who already has the capability to help recycle these packages on an international scale. As a result, the implications for waste reduction are numerous, since producers no longer need to utilize as much plastic and raw materials for packaging, and consumers will send less of it to landfills as a result.

Other services also exist that are helping to combat packaging waste through recycling. In Southern California, for example, startup BottleRocket will give you money for all of the recyclables you save. You can schedule a pickup through their site, and each time they collect, the resulting sum from the refund values can be converted into cash, gift cards, or a charity of your choice.

Loop is scheduled to launch its service in the spring of 2019 in the United States and France. You can register on the company’s site to join a waitlist and be notified when it’s ready to go.

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Halo Top Is Finally Launching Their First Scoop Shop In Los Angeles

The low-calorie, high-protein ice cream brand that captured everyone’s heart is finally launching their first scoop shop in Los Angeles.

“Healthy ice cream,” an oxymoron that Halo Top has somehow turned into reality, is the hottest new trend that won’t die down anytime soon. If you don’t believe us, check the numbers. Halo Top is currently the best-selling pint of ice cream, even surpassing ice cream giants like Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs.

With insane popularity like that, it’d be foolish for them to lose momentum at such a pivotal time of their success. So what’s the next step? A brick and mortar in one of the nation’s most health-conscious cities, of course.

Located on the second-floor dining terrace of the Westfield Topanga mall, the shop will be serving their classic pint flavors but will also introduce new soft-serve flavors including chocolate, vanilla bean, strawberry, birthday cake, and peanut butter cup. You can even liven up your ice cream by opting to create your own ice cream sandwiches with their high-protein, vegan cookies, or by adding some fresh fruit toppings.

The scoop shop is set to open on Wednesday, November 15. Die-hard fans who plan to go on opening day will be able to enjoy complimentary soft-serve and ice cream from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day Is On Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Everyone mark your calendars! Free dessert is on the way! Häagen-Dazs wants to cure your ice cream cravings this Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by sharing a free scoop of ice cream or sorbet with visitors between 4pm-8pm at all participating locations.

This year though, Häagen-Dazs doesn’t just want to make it about the ice cream. They want to continue to raise awareness on the alarming decline in our world’s bee population.

Häagen-Dazs wants everyone to pay it forward by planting wildflowers native to their region. A third of our world’s crops are dependent on bees, and so are Häagen-Dazs’ flavors. So no bees = no almonds in the Rocky Road, no coconut in the Toasted Coconut Caramel, no raspberries in the Raspberry sorbet.

Tragic, right?

So if we want to continue having ice cream in the future — not just from Häagen-Dazs —  then we’ve all got to do our part in sustaining a world where our pollinators can thrive.

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Losing Our Buzz: How The Declining Bee Population Affects Our Food Supply

The next time you see a honey bee fly a little too close for comfort, you may want to think twice about swatting it away so carelessly. If you weren’t already aware of how vital bees are for our food supply and ecosystem, you might be in for quite a surprise.

I can understand how difficult it is to notice the little things when we constantly get carried away with the big picture… or our phones. This is true for both life and our food supply. Living in the 21st century, we tend to brush past the fact that a lot of our food comes from farms, not packages in our grocery stores or our local fast food favorites. We may not realize it, but the necessity of bees as little pollinators in our crops accounts for over 30% of the food and beverages we consume. As bee populations continue to dwindle dangerously, our food supply is sure to suffer more than we can imagine. Many core ingredients in the food we cook and eat often rely on bees to pollinate them in order to yield seeds.

Photo by Gani Pinero Photography LLC/Häagen-Dazs

Impact of Bees on Our Food Supply

To put it simply, when bees cross-pollinate plants, they transfer pollen from one plant to another, leading to the fertilization and production of fruits and seeds (you know… plant sex). As the primary pollinators in our ecology, bees (along with butterflies) play an integral role in our food production. A study done by the Natural Academy of Sciences has estimated that almost 75% of our planet’s seed and flower producing plants rely on pollinators to some degree.

So, if pollinators continue to disappear, the health of our crops can drastically weaken, leading to a smaller yield. With a lower supply and a high demand, prices for your favorite fruits and other foods could skyrocket in the near future.

Photo by Gani Pinero Photography LLC/Häagen-Dazs

Let me hit you with a few examples: If we don’t have bees, there would be no watermelons at your summer barbeque. If we don’t have bees, there would be no pumpkin in your basic ass pumpkin spice lattes. If we don’t have bees, there would be no cucumbers for you to take to your screening of 50 Shades Darker!

There are a number of origins that have lead up to our pollinator deficit, but outdated and improper farming techniques have been a main cause . According to the Xerces Society, the non-profit organization leading the advocacy for conserving pollinators, a quarter of bee species in the United States are in danger of extinction, so that only gives you some inclination of what could happen if we continue to neglect our buzz-worthy friends. Xerces Society’s pollination conservation director, Eric Mader, continued on to say how a lot of farms have had to ship bees from other parts of the country due to the diminishing presence of native bees.

Photo by Gani Pinero Photography LLC/Häagen-Dazs

Ongoing Contribution Efforts

Because this is such an important issue concerning our food supply, companies like Haagen-Dazs are taking the proper conservative initiatives to protect and sustain our pollinators. In 2008, they launched their “Haagen-Dazs Loves Bees” program, providing research and educational funding for pollinator leadership. They’ve installed one of the largest, privately funded pollinator habitats on their almond supplier’s farm in California’s Central Valley, which consists of 6.5 miles of hedgerows within 840 acres of farmland.

Photo by Gani Pinero Photography LLC/Häagen-Dazs

Even Cheerios has since joined the fray with their #BringBackTheBees program, removing their mascot, Buzz, from their cereal boxes; insinuating the lack of bees in our environment, and aiming to plant 3,300 acres of pollinator habitat by the year 2020.

If we want things to change, it all starts at home. There are ‘plant-y’ of sustainable agricultural initiatives we can start in our personal gardens (however big or small). Xerces has stated that there are four principles that we can enact to help.

Photo by Gani Pinero Photography LLC/Häagen-Dazs

Create a diversity of bloom― If possible, provide a few different species of flowering plants that bees can collect nectar and pollen from.

Protect nests and egg-laying sites― Bees use the unkept areas of the garden to nest. Also consider leaving hives alone, or call proper authorities to relocate them safely.

Don’t use pesticide― Most of your garden pest problems can be solved without using harmful chemicals. Find other alternatives that do not harm pollinators directly.

Advocacy― Tell your neighbors, family, friends about how they can do their part to help conserve our pollinators. You never know the power of your words until you use them.

The bee population is dwindling faster than we could have ever imagined; we may not necessarily be seeing its negative effects right now, but it is a bigger issue than we can comprehend. We’ve got to play a proactive role continuing to create sustainable agricultural solutions, not just for our pollinators, but ultimately for ourselves.

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Japan has Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Topped with Real Gold and Silver Flecks

Japan-Opera-Ice-CreamHäagen-Dazs Japan is taking a walk on the classier side of the tracks with their new Opera and Antoinette flavors. Said to be inspired by French history, the soon-to-be-released flavors are both topped with gold and silver, presumably the edible variety. Though, hey, we’re not picky.

The Antoinette will be released in Japan this December. It contains red wine ice cream made with Bordeaux, topped with red wine sauce and flecks of silver leaf. Edible silver flecks are typically made of pure silver.

Ice cream connoisseurs will remember that Opera has been in and out of the market since 2011. It’s comprised of butter and coffee ice cream with almond cookie spacers, then topped with chocolate sauce and gold leaf specks, usually formed from 23-karat gold.

As some of you may know, edible gold and silver have no taste. The flecks just give the ice cream decadent sparkle.

The two ice cream flavors will be on sale in Japan on Dec. 9. Both varieties will be available at all participating convenience stores for 432 yen ($3.95 US).

H/T Rocket News 24

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Häagen-Dazs Vegetable Ice Cream to Include Tomato and Carrot Flavors

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Tomatoes and carrots are no longer reserved for your salad. Häagen-Dazs will be unleashing two new vegetable flavors in Japan on May 12, Rocket News reports. The new ice creams are part of a “Spoon Vege” series that includes Tomato Cherry and Carrot Orange.

While the flavor combinations may perplex you, they aren’t too different from the juicing mixes here in the States. The Tomato Cherry blends tomato’s subtle sweetness with cherry’s distinct sweet-sour taste, while the Carrot Orange delivers citrus notes to the savory carrot flavor. Both flavors will contain 8.5 percent milk half, just over half of Häagen-Dazs usual milk fat content.

For those in Japan looking to try these the veggie desserts, they’ll be available in 100 ml servings for 284 yen (US $2.77). If you’re a bit dazzled on what you’d top these with, try reaching for the vinaigrette.

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Two Ingredient DIY Ice Cream Pudding Sounds Too Good to be True

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From the makers of Oreo Rice comes yet another incredible food innovation. In the same realm of Ice Cream Bread and just as easy Ice Cream Pudding is as easy as melting down your favorite pint, mixing it with some eggs and baking it to perfection.

RocketNews 24 has the recipe in its entirety but mentions that cooking the pudding is up to the creator. If it’s a matter of convenience the microwave might be your best option otherwise an oven or steamer will do, but you’ll have to play around with the cooking times since none are specified.

The recipe given uses a ratio of one ice cream container to one egg. The 4oz snack size container of Häagen-Dazs is used since it has a higher milk fat content than other brands. That’s not to say you can’t use other brands but it’s recommended you stick with ice creams in the 15% or higher milk fat content range to ensure a rich flavored pudding. Lucky for me Ben & Jerry’s also happens to be a fatty ice cream which means I’ll probably be enjoying some Chunky Monkey pudding later tonight.

The best part of this recipe is the fact that you can literally choose any flavor you want, Mint Chip, Rocky Road, or even Pumpkin, just be sure to strain out the chunks before you cook your beloved pudding.

H/T + PicThx RocketNews 24