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Häagen-Dazs to Serve Gorgeous Moon Ice Cream Cakes This Christmas

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While there's nothing quite as nostalgia-inducing as a store-bought ice cream cake, complete with stale cake and too-sugary frosting, we can't help but imagine that homemade ones will just be better. Then along comes Häagen-Dazs, with their fancy, designed ice cream cakes that make us want to host a party (and deal with the cleanup).

London design duo Doshi Levien was asked by the ice cream brand to create new, updated ice cream cakes, and the resulting desserts are showstoppingly gorgeous. The two cakes created are shaped like moons, complete with moon craters, and filled with layers of ice cream and cake.

"Nipa and I have a particular love for materials and processes, so the idea of working with moulded ice cream was irresistible. We love the ephemeral nature of ice cream and design to be eaten. It's something that appeals to the senses," designer Jonathan Levien said in a Facebook post.

The moon shape, however, was not inspired by any of the recent space explorations, but from historical cultural references. "We imagined the shape and texture of an ice cream scoop being like the moon as in a famous childhood Bollywood song. We were reminded of the stop frame movie Le Voyage dans la Lune by Georges Méliès. We were inspired by Armenian surrealist Léon Tutundjian's relief work of 1929. We found some early examples of the 'Bombes' ice cream that are near spherical," Levien said.

Check out the gorgeous creations below; the white moon houses a pistachio biscuit base with macadamia nut ice cream, meringue, and raspberry ice cream. The orange moon has crunchy chocolate, nutty ice cream, salted caramel, and vanilla ice cream.

Massimo Pessina Photography

50 Unique Ice Cream Recipes!

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Do I ever have a treat for you today - 50 Unique Ice Cream Recipes from Around the World!

As you may have noticed with my Tiger Tail, Moon Mist, and Sweet Corn Ice Cream recipes, I'm not one to shy away from some of the weirder flavours. Life is more fun that way!

So I put the question out to fellow bloggers from around the world: What are your favourite weird or Unique Ice Cream Recipes?

Let me tell you, they did NOT disappoint: I had a really hard time narrowing it down to *FIFTY* Unique Ice Cream Recipes!

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Our Top Vegan Ice Creams

1 - Arctic Zero Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert ( Editor's Choice )

Arctic Zero Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is a dairy-free ice cream brand that has no sugar alcohols in their dessert. Instead, it's sweetened with monk fruit.

This vegan ice cream has a good thick texture. In fact, I had to put my ice cream in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to get it soft enough to scoop out.

I was impressed that they claim there are only 160-180 calories per pint. This is the kind of treat that you don’t even have to feel that guilty about. Nutritionally it’s definitely the best there is with no fat, or sugar, and a very low calorie count.

Flavors available include: Classic Vanilla, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Purely Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

2 - Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert are the OG when it comes to ice cream. Before I made the switch, once in a blue moon, I recall doing a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough. People say it’s practically addictive how good their vegan ice cream is. No one does it better.

B&J have been fairly vocal about being green and fairtrade so it was inevitable they would introduce a vegan range, and unsurprisingly it’s every bit as good as the original.

They use ingredients that are Non-GMO sourced and also Fair Trade certified. It ensures that you are getting high-quality products for a high quality taste.

There are several certified vegan ice cream flavors, including Peanut Butter Half-Baked, Chocolate Caramel Cluster, and they’ve finally introduced a vegan Cookie Dough (thank you ice cream gods).

73 Best Chocolate Dessert Recipes to Delight Every Sweet Tooth

Mousse, brownies, fudge. these are the best of the best.

Give us all the chocolate&mdashand then some! Honestly, is there anything better than sitting down to a fresh-out-of-the-oven slice of chocolate cake, a platter of homemade brownies, or a plate of extra-chunky chocolate chip cookies? We think not. That's why we've rounded up the best chocolate dessert recipes right here. Within our curated list are classic options (like chocolate pie and a simple peppermint fudge) and a few next-level upgrades that'll have all your guests talking. Chocolate-covered potato chips, anyone?

Of course, not every chocolate-laden dish has to be a showstopper. Sometimes, you just want something comforting and delicious after a long week&mdashsomething that comes together quickly with minimal fuss. We've got you covered there too: Most of the recipes on our list are easy to throw together with ingredients you already have in your pantry. And even the more adventurous options&mdashchocolate wontons and sheet cake recipes&mdashwon't take you too long to figure out.

Interested in drinking your chocolate? Yep, it's a possibility&mdashand we can help you there as well: Our list includes fully-loaded, homey hot chocolate recipes too. On your marks, get set, bake!

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.

The six previous Häagen-Dazs holiday ice cream cakes include The Clouds, the Ice Moon, the Flower, the Iceberg, the Christmas Tree, and the Snowflake.

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How to Make An Ice Cream Cake

First let’s talk about the cake pan. I used an 8 by 3 inch cake pan, because I prefer a taller cake. You could definitely use a 9 inch pan though, and a springform pan would certainly be convenient. All according to what you’re going for.

Once you’ve got your pan, you’ll want to line the inside of it with clear wrap. Now it’s time to make your cake!

  1. Chocolate Ice Cream: Add your chocolate ice cream and spread it evenly into the pan. Pop the pan and ice cream into the freezer for about 30 minutes so it firms up just a bit.
  2. Chocolate fudge layer: You’re actually going to make chocolate ganache – it’ll just be a little thinner than normal and have some corn syrup in it. The corn syrup is really essential here. It helps it stay softer even when frozen, giving it that fudgy consistency. It’s not too firm and not too soft and drippy. The fudge layer is added on top of the ice cream and then frozen for another 10 minutes or so.
  3. Chocolate crunchies: You’re going to use Oreo crumbs and some melted butter for this layer. Mix the crumbs and butter together, spread them evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes. As it cools, break it up into smaller pieces so you have the perfect little chocolate crunchies. They are seriously perfect! They aren’t big chunks of Oreos (yay!), but because they’ve been baked a bit they still keep their crispiness even when added to the ice cream cake. Perfection!

This is seriously the BEST Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake! The middle fudge and crunchy layer is pure perfection. You will love it. And just like when I was a kid, you will want to eat the chocolate fudge and chocolate crunchy layer right out of the center!

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My family loves this recipe!! It has become a family Christmas tradition. We look forward to this wonderful dessert every Christmas! The only thing I changed was I use Oreos instead of chocolate wafers. It does take a little time to make but well worth it! The end result is worth every moment! It is not only fantastic to eat but looks beautiful on the cake stand. I highly recommend this dessert!

I followed tips from other reviews and reduced the chocolate in the crumb crust to just a few tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The crust was not too hard, and cut easily, but it felt like it could use a bit more substance. If I make it again I will add more chocolate, probably half what the recipe calls for, to see if that solves the problem. Other reviewers thought the ganache was too sweet so I reduced the corn syrup by half. It as perfect. I used Tillamook white chocolate peppermint bark ice cream in place of all the steps of turning vanilla ice cream into peppermint ice cream. That part is kind of a no brainer! My microwave has a "soften ice cream" setting which came in handy when I created the layers and when I served the dessert. I wrapped the bottom of the spring form pan in wax paper so that the frozen dessert easily transferred to a small cutting board fro serving. 30 seconds in the microwave on the "soften ice cream" setting and the dessert cut easily. The guests all loved it and plan to make it for their own Christmas gatherings.

Overall, this is a very good recipe. I was looking for a kid-friendly recipe for Christmas Eve. The kids liked it, but didn't love it - for their palates it had too much peppermint extract. I would reduce that to 1 teaspoon if I made it again. After reading so many reviews saying the cake was very hard to cut, I decided to omit the chocolate ganache from the cookie crumb crust (just used butter with the crumbs) and made a thin chocolate genoise cake for the middle layer. As a result, it was extremely easy to cut and not overly sweet as some have complained. I made exactly the amount of ganache stated in the recipe - just to use on the top and it was enough to make a 1/4" layer (so if you're also using it in the middle and crust, youɽ need to make a little extra). If you can find peppermint ice cream, Iɽ recommend that too. Chopping all those candy canes is a lot of work!

Really great Christmas Eve dessert. I was making this for kids so I made some changes that I highly recommend -I baked separately a chocolate cake mix (judge me as you may, but it was for kids)into two 9" rounds. I sliced one round horizontally into two layers. I used a layer of peppermint ice cream, a layer of chocolate cake, a layer of mint chocolate chip ice cream, another layer of chocolate cake, and then the glaze on top. So good! Huge hit with the kids.

I made this for our annual Prime Rib Christmas dinner and it was absolutly perfect! Easy to make and it looks beautiful as you cut it. Everyone at the party loved it!

I made a variation of this for the past four years for my sister's birthday and it's always a huge hit. Once I used homemade ice cream, which proved to be delicious, but too rich. She usually requests one layer of mint chocolate chip ice cream and the other with chocolate ice cream. I don't add peppermint extract to anything, and I've found using Teddy Grahams or Oreos for the crust works very well (especially if you have trouble finding the chocolate cookies it calls for). It keeps really well, but it starts melting quickly after being pulled out of the freezer, so don't delay!

I have made this dessert for Christmas Eve dinner for several years and it is always a hit. It can be made several days in advance and it always turns out beautifully and is delicious. I use Edy's Peppermint ice cream to simplify the recipe but any ice cream would work.

Absolutely delicious! Used peppermint ice cream instead of vanilla and had no need for additional candy or extract. Will definitely be making again many, many times.

This is a fantastic dessert. I can't wait to make it again. We made our own peppermint ice cream. Also, I would omit the ganache completely, as the crust is sweet enough. In fact, the crust was a more dark chocolate flavor, while the ganache was just too sweet on top of this already very sweet cake. I also thought the ganache crust made the cake very hard to cut well. Make it, you will not be disappointed. We will be using this recipe in the future and trying new flavors, like a coffee chip ice cream set in this crust.

Really excellent recipe! The original version is great - everyone loved it for the holidays. But my son loves black raspberry ice cream and it was delicious with the chocolate crust and glaze. Have used chocolate graham crackers instead of the wafers and they work great. Second time making this, I sprinkled only cookie crumbs in the middle. Mixing them with the chocolate makes it hard to cut.

I made this for Christmas dessert 10 years ago and my dad couldn't believe I made it. So I decided to make it again in his honor this Christmas. This is an excellent dessert. I didn't have a 9 in springform pan, so I used my 10 1/4 in springform pan and added a little more to the recipe. It turned out delicious, but a sliver goes a long way. It is rich and refreshing and a great holiday desert. I put half of the peppermint oil in (accident) but thought it was perfect and everyone at the table loved it. Lots of steps, but easy to make, no artistry needed. Oh yes it was beautiful too.

I have made this cake at Christmas for several years running now. I threaten to switch to something else every year and every year my family threatens to disown me. It IS yummy and very easy to make. It's a crowd pleaser and it screams holiday. What more could you want?

Be careful not to let the crust get too thick when you press it out into the pan or it will freeze too tough to eat. But, in general, this is an excellent cake, and not at all hard to make.

I made this cake for Xmas dinner and it was delicious. It was very rich and the crust was very hard. I goofed and made it in a 8" springform instead of the 9" it called for. I agree with other reviews that the crust was too much and too hard to cut. I will make this again with a few changes. Use the correct pan size :), omit the chocolate from the crust, omit the crust mixture from the middle layer and use less ganache in the middle layer. One reviewer also suggested peppermint bark for decoration and I will try that variation also. Also, I didn't think to use my electric knife to cut but will definitely use it the next time and there will be a next time. It is a beautiful cake and perfect for the holiday season

The cake was good but I felt that the glaze made the cake very rich, the next time I make it I will just put the glaze on top of the cake and not in the middle layer.

I used Brighams Peppermint stick ice cream, 5 oz of chocolate in the crust, and doubled the ganache. I found that it was difficult to put the crust up the sides of the pan and the crust crumbled when I cut it. I also wouldn't use all of the ganache if doubled, I thought the layer on top was too thick and rich. Time consuming, not incredible.

great dessert! I made this for Christmas and everyone loved it!

First time I made this I served it plated in a swirl of deepest dark chocolate sauce for my Mother in Law's BD. She loves peppermint. Well I over did the peppermint by accident. Although good just to strong. BUT I didn't want to throw it out. After careful consideration I put the the leftover 3/4 of the cake on a bread board and took a cleaver to it. Chopped it up into pieces and then folded into 1- 1/2 qts of fresh home made vanilla ice cream. Uh. this rendition has become my family favorite. Very, very good.

I made this for Christmas Eve @ my house. My entire family went nuts over it. Added extra vanilla ice cream to the mix, as I didn't have enough. Still had a very nice peppermint taste to it.

Unbelievable! I wasn't sure I could pull it off, but I found it very easy to make. I used Blue Bell's Peppermint ice cream to save time. I did have to double the ganache amount (the recipe amount only satisfied the amount for the filling), but it was so easy to make, I didn't mind. Also, couldn't find chocolate wafers, so I used a whole bag of oreo cookies but it still wasn't quite enough to completely cover the sides. But no one knew because it still looked gorgeous and the taste was to die for. It was a huge hit, and I can't wait to make it again with different flavors and toppings!

Wow!! This was FABULOUS. I followed exactly to recipe, my family LOVED it for our holiday desert!! Very refreshing to have even after a big meal. I used a very thin knife to cut and had no problems as some of the other reviewers noted. Time consuming to make with the wait/freeze times, but very well worth it. will definitely make again!

This "cake" is just to die for! It is my very favorite combination of flavors and if you don't want it for Christmas dessert, don't have Christmas with me! I have taken to using haagen dazs low fat ice cream when making my peppermint, and it is just fine.

We've been making this "cake" for Christmas dinner each year since printed. My seven year old daughter says it is the best part of the holiday (next to Santa, of course).

Even though I made a huge mistake, this cake was to die for! I searched all the ice cream cakes on this site and picked this for my birthday dinner dessert. I read the recipe wrong somehow and bought peppermint ice cream, AND added half the peppermint extract b/c it was all I had left. I made everything else right, so when we tasted it, it was very pepperminty, but still delicious! Everyone was sneaking seconds the whole night, so by the morning it was gone! So you can't go wrong with this recipe. I may try different ice cream flavors, but I loved it w/ the peppermint ice cream - give it a shot! (But don't add any extract!)

I will make this recipe for as long as my family can endure it! The only thing I would change is to use sweet cream ice cream as opposed to vanilla. It should allow for more of the peppermint flavor to shine through. Enjoy.

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These unique ice creams will make you want to road trip across America.

I scream, you scream, we all scream. because these ice creams are weird in the best way possible.

A sweet cream base balances out the strong ,earthy note of black walnuts, which are very different from the mild English variety most people are familiar with.

Roasted Tumeric, Candied Ginger at Coppa, Juneau

Coppa is full of incredible flavors you can only find there, including this new one, which they're pegging as a delicious and anti-inflammatory treat.

Sweet Corn at Sweet Republic, Scottsdale

Corn on the cob might be a summer essential, but this ice cream is even better, turning cornbread into a frozen dessert. We'll take two scoops.

*Part of a seasonal menu, check for availability.

Buttermilk at Loblolly Creamery, Little Rock

Just when you thought you wouldn't ever try straight-up buttermilk, this number comes along. Each scoop has a subtle but addictive richness similar to cheesecake.

Vietnamese Coffee with Frosted Almonds and Peanut Butter Curry at Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco

This is far from your typical morning cup of joe. Made with decadent Blue Bottle Vietnamese-style coffee, each batch is zipped with hot curry, creamy peanut butter, and crunchy candied almonds.

Goat Cheese Beet Swirl at Sweet Action Ice Cream, Denver

Roasted beets make for a sweet, rich red contrast to this thick and tangy goat cheese treat.

*Part of a seasonal menu, check for availability.

Tea Time at Walnut Beach Creamery, Milford

Prepare to raise your pinkies: This scoop is steeped with black tea and dotted with crumbles of buttery shortbread. We'd venture to say it's better than afternoon tea.

*Part of a seasonal menu, check for availability.

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You'll gladly volunteer as tribute to try this Hunger Games-inspired ice cream, folded with orange, mango, and strawberry swirls. The Capital-style surprise? A real scorpion is placed atop each cone.

*Part of a seasonal menu, check for availability.

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