Haagen-Dazs: 10 Fast Facts About the Iconic Ice Cream Company


Haagen-Dazs is most well-known for its creamy, deliciously guilty treats and is one of the most respected ice cream brands in the world. However, despite the fact that the company has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of things you probably didn’t know about Haagen-Dazs. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!

Number Ten: It’s Invested in Honey Bee Research

You might not think that an ice cream company has much to do with honey bees, but this is absolutely not the case. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating up to one-third of the food people eat, including the fruit Haagen-Dazs uses in their ice cream. Since 2008, the company has partnered up with research facilities to donate more than $1,000,000 to honey bee research.

Number Nine: Haagen-Dazs Was First Sold Out of a Horsedrawn Carriage

Forget ice cream trucks, Reuben Mattus first began selling ice cream pops and fruit ice from a horse-drawn wagon in the Bronx. He would go on to name his successful company Haagen-Dazs.

Number Eight: There Were Only Three Original Flavors

When the company first debuted as Haagen-Dazs, it sold just three flavors. Those flavors were vanilla, chocolate, and of all things, coffee.

Number Seven: It Made the First Ice Cream Bars for Adults

Before the company introduced its line of ice cream bars with mature, sophisticated flavors in 1986, there were no real ice cream bars marketed toward adults. Its groundbreaking decision to do this sparked a new era of ice cream treats for grown-up palates.

Number Six: It’s Anti-rBST

Haagen-Dazs refuses to source the milk it uses in its ice cream from cows that have been treated with rBST, a synthetic hormone. The hormone is given to cows to help enhance milk production but has an unknown effect on humans.

Number Five: The Flavor Finder

The company has conveniently designed a Flavor Finder that lets customers put in a flavor along with their zip code to locate the closest store with the flavor in question. Have a late night craving that only your favorite flavor of Haagen-Dazs can cure? Use the Flavor Finder!

Number Four: It Uses Alcohol as a Flavor Agent

Some of the company’s ice creams contain alcohol – it’s true! The company uses alcohol as a way to easily hold the ice cream’s flavor. For example, their Limoncello flavor contains vodka (but not very much of it).

Number Three: It Makes Fat-Free Products

While the name Haagen-Dazs is nearly synonymous with “expanding waistline,” not all of their products are high-calorie. In fact, all of the sorbets the company produces are 100 percent fat-free (with the exception of their chocolate sorbet).

Number Two: It Should Be Stored at Colder Temperatures Than Other Ice Creams

Because of the ice cream’s unique makeup, the company recommends storing its ice cream at zero degrees Fahrenheit or negative 18 degrees Celsius. This is lower than other ice creams but is recommended to maintain the appropriate level of firmness.

Number One: The Name Is a Tribute to World War II

While the company’s founders weren’t Danish, they were, in fact, Jewish. Reuben and Rose Mattus named the company “Haagen-Dazs” because it was “Danish-sounding” and as a tribute to Denmark for the notably kind way is treated its Jews during World War II. Thanks for reading!