Make Mine Vanilla: The Scoop on Haagen-Dazs

The newest temple of novelty has arrived – the Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop at 3211 Knox St. Along with the 11-flavor standard fare (a single dip cone costs 50 cents) you can get such delights as bananas foster, honey ice cream topped with crunchy granola, Danish cones oozing with whipped cream and jam, natural pastries and natural yogurt for the weight-watchers.

David Vesel, president of Haagen-Dazs (whose great-uncle started this elitist’s rage), plans to open parlors in Austin, Houston, Tulsa and New Orleans. He has two others on the boards in Dallas – one on Greenville Avenue in February, and another in Richardson.

Haagen-Dazs, of course, is the Scandinavian product that uses strictly top quality ingredients, with only a 15 percent overrun – while some others add more than 85 percent air to their products. You pay for your pleasure. But like silk sheets, ice cream aficionados insist it’s worth the price.

Vesel has an additional scoop (pardon the pun) to offer: Knox Street’s Haagen-Dazs shop has exclusive rights for selling the Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie, touted as “the cookie that conquered the jet set.”

Haven’t heard of them? My, my. Take two steps back to Dairy Queen.

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