Purple Potato Ice Cream Is Back Because Japan

Courtesy of Häagen-Dazs

Have you ever been eating ice cream and had the sudden thought, "this is good, but it would be even better if it tasted like a root vegetable?" Of course you haven't - that's not a thing. Still, it's hard not to be curious about what Häagen-Dazs's limited edition, purple potato flavored ice cream tastes like. According to Japan's Häagen-Dazs eaters, it's kind of awesome.

The purple potato--or Murasaki Imo in Japanese--flavor first debuted four years ago, in August of 2012. The flavor was wildly popular. So much so that Häagen-Dazs brought it back the following summer, but then the flavor disappeared. Now that Murasaki Imo ice cream is back, people are excited. Häagen-Dazs's tweet announcing the return has garnered over 6,000 retweets and over 8,500 likes.

Of course, this isn't the first radical ice cream creation we've seen coming from Japan. You may remember the gold-covered soft serve. Häagen-Dazs Japan has also brought us such flavor gems as Carrot, Tomato, and Chestnut. Granted, this is the country that has seen Squid Ink ice cream, and Horse Meat ice cream, so maybe purple potato isn't as strange as it sounds.


The cartons are selling for ¥294, which is a little under US$3. Here's hoping the flavor comes to the States. Apparently the faint sweetness of the purple potato and the swirl of purple potato sauce are a killer ice cream combination. And hey, if Sixteen Handles can sell taro root frozen yogurt, why shouldn't Häagen-Dazs sell potato ice cream?

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