This is a confession. While not ordinarily an ice cream fanatic, I don't want ice cream anytime of the day or night and am pretty rigid about flavors, I have become somewhat addicted to dark chocolate ice cream and look forward to 5 or 6 spoonfuls of it a couple hours after dinner. I first discovered the amazingness of dark chocolate ice cream when Sheer Bliss showed up in a few local grocery stores. Then those grocery stores abruptly stopped carrying it. Oh woe. After trial and error trying other brands of dark chocolate I found Haagen Dazs had a nearly perfect version and it's one of their 'classic flavors". It only comes in pints and all the St. Louis grocery chains had it, not all stores in their chains but many.
Now all of a sudden none of the locals have it anymore and it seems impossible to believe. The dark chocolate Haagen Dazs always seemed to sell before the rest. I even accosted the Schnuck's Haagen Dazs supplier when I came across him in the Richmond Center Schnucks and asked what has happened to the dark chocolate. He said he would look into it and if he had any, he'd put them next to the vanilla. Well, he didn't. Find any. He said he was the Haagen Dazs person for this area so I'm on the lookout for him to ask why St. Louis won't be able to buy this flavor anymore. I also asked the manager of the Schnuck's in Frontenac why it was no longer being sold and he said he'd check and get back to me. He didn't. What is it about St. Louis? This is true of Dierburgs and Straubs although Straubs seems to have few dark chocolates left in their back freezer but they won't be replenished.
If the same guy is in charge of that company's ice cream for this area, it's doubtful we'll see it anymore. I'd just like to know why. It's not as though they don't stock dozens of flavors as well as added, like the Triscuit people, new stuff like too many types of Haagen Dazs Gelato.
All this has made me start looking up ways to make my own dark chocolate ice cream which means getting an ice cream maker and I'm not ready for that. I feel like Christi of Love From the Oven felt some time back.
"I’m not sure why I don’t. I think it’s probably because most of the recipes have a lot of steps, and I have a seriously short attention span which tunes out after step seven of almost anything. Well that and the fact that seeing the amount of cream that goes into ice cream is a bit mind boggling."
Maybe I should try tweeting Schnucks and Dierburgs about this before I go and spend money on something that probably won't work well for me.