Nothing welcomes a three day weekend more than an extra glass of wine or an extra scoop of ice cream. Most of us likely enjoy these two things separately, but why not enjoy them together? Japan has taken to sharing their best pairings of alcohol and ice cream, and if you are in the mood for a tasty new combination, you might just find a brilliant suggestion here that you haven’t thought of yet.
What probably started as a throwaway “I’m done with the day” tweet, has snowballed into many Japanese Twitter users tweeting their favorite pairings of alcohol and ice cream. For most of them, it’s not just any ice cream either, but Häagen-Dazs specifically. Perhaps it’s because Japanese people think Häagen-Dazs is a luxurious ice cream available only to those who work hard and really deserve it. Although when you look at some of the alcohol the ice cream is being paired with, it makes us think these people are just throwing together whatever they can find at their local convenience store.
しょこ (@shoko441166) January 03, 2014
▼“Of course the greatest ice cream is Häagen-Dazs. It goes well with wine!” (royal cassis milk ice cream & red wine)
やっぱりアイスはハーゲンダッツ(｡･ω･｡)♡ ワインとの相性がいいよねー。 http://t.co/6kkj36Obct—
二宮 愛-Ai Ninomiya- (@aininomiya) January 10, 2014
▼“Can’t wait for the weekend, so I’m having Häagen-Dazs together with wine!” (apple pie ice cream and mistelle)
小松ドリームフィーバババ♪ (@komatz_charisma) January 23, 2014
Some people have even found the inalienable truth that ice cream pretty much goes with anything. Also seems to be a good way to get rid of wine you don’t really want to drink anymore…but just can’t bear to pour down the drain.
▼“Topped my cassis flavored Häagen-Dazs with some red wine! I’m trying a way to eat more luxuriously! This is an adult desert! And it’s soooo delicious!”
ハーゲンダッツのカシス味に赤ワインをトッピング〜 だいぶ贅沢な食べ方をしてみる！ これぞ大人のデザート！ 超おいしい♡♡♡ http://t.co/NM35Ntd5jm—
まり* (@mary07s) January 07, 2014
It wasn’t long before people started to try Häagen-Dazs with other alcohols and surprisingly enough (or not surprisingly) it even goes well with sake (nihonshu).
yosi(((((((((((((((( (@enndou767) May 07, 2013
無事帰宅して一人やけ酒なんだけど 日本酒とハーゲンダッツがおもったよりおいしいです http://t.co/sngIzpiqRn—
ゆうな氏はノットフェスまで充電 (@yns333) August 02, 2014
Since Japan loves seasonal things, plenty of people have opted to try chestnut Häagen-Dazs (a fall flavor) with booze.
▼“Delicious! Häagen-Dazs snack! Was feeling a little sick but have drunk enough to be revived!”
If you can’t stand the taste of beer, pairing it with ice cream makes the bitter taste go down really easy. “A spoon full of sugar” really does work.
おぱんつどっこいしょ丸 (@garucham) September 09, 2014
An obvious pairing would be a nice dark beer and simple vanilla ice cream. Clearly, other people have thought so as well.
▼“Putting Häagen-Dazs in dark beer is really delicious! Good job everyone for a hard day of work!”
ayumi (@u__nasf) August 01, 2014
▼“The compatibility of the vanilla stout and the ice cream is amazing! Today it’s a Häagen-Dazs limited autumn flavor!”
木村夕紀 (@kimu86) September 27, 2014
Other liquors have been matched up with ice cream, and all the results appear to be positive!
▼Gin and Żubrówka (herb flavored vodka) here
763 (@_763_) August 03, 2014
▼Coffee shochu and royal cassis milk ice cream here!
ちむたー (@timuta_5) January 01, 2014
Everyone needs to spoil themselves every once in a while, so the next time you have a hankering for some adult drinks, why not try balancing it with some decadent ice cream! Be sure to share your results in the comments.