Green tea has become popular in San Jose as an ingredient in cookies, candy and even ice cream. Local Chinese and Japanese restaurants have been serving green tea ice cream for years, but if Santa Clara Valley residents wanted to enjoy tea ice cream away from the restaurant, up until now we’ve had to make it ourselves. However, a few ice cream makers are beginning to make it more convenient, by making green tea ice cream available at Bay Area grocery stores. Santa Cruz ice cream company Marianne’s has a green tea ice cream for sale in some specialty markets, but a much more widespread company, Haagen-Dazs, has entered the arena with their own green tea ice cream.
This is the company description from the side of the container: “our green tea ice cream is made from a highly sought Japanese Matcha green tea, a ceremonial tea prized for its intense yet delicate essence. enjoy its soothing green tea flavor enhanced with the richness of pure, sweet cream.” The nutritional information panel states that one half-cup serving contains 250 calories and 17 grams of fat. The ingredient list reads: cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, green tea.
I enjoyed this ice cream. It is a predictable green color and has a good flavor of Japanese matcha, which has an almost green-grass note to it. While a cup of green tea can have an almost savory or even harsh flavor, the green tea in this ice cream is very smooth. The creamy texture is satisfying, and not gummy or icy, even after the ice cream has softened and been re-frozen. The sugar level is also appropiate, not cloying or overpowering. It is simple and delicious, and I recommend it to all tea-lovers!
I purchased a pint of Haagen-Dazs Green Tea ice cream at Safeway in Milpitas, for around $4.
Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.
For more information:
“Japanese tea from San Jose’s Japantown”
“How to prepare matcha tea”
“Review: Sanrotsu matcha tea cookies”
“Cool off with tea ice cream”
“Review: Japanese Oreo matcha candy bar by Nabisco”
“What are the different kinds of green tea available in San Jose?”