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FNN Good News and Reviews: ICON Park’s Latest Häagen-Dazs® Shop Offers Irresistible City Sweets Collection

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Dining at ICON Park on International Drive has gotten sweeter in the last two months, thanks to the opening of a second Häagen-Dazs® shop, located right under the big wheel, nestled between Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips, the Orlando Sea Aquarium, and Ole Red. It’s so new, it’s not even on Google Maps yet!

Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Thanks to its location in the heart of ICON Park, the still-new shop has enjoyed a positive response from tourists in the area. “It’s been great,” said store manager Art Nitikin of the customer traffic they’ve seen so far. “We opened close to the end of Spring Break [in April], so we caught that crowd, and now with summer coming, we hope to have even more people here.”

An eager customer comes in for a milkshake just minutes after the Häagen-Dazs® shop opens at 12pm. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

An eager customer comes in for a milkshake just minutes after the Häagen-Dazs® shop opens at 12pm. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Haagen-Dazs manager Art Nitikin (center) and the shop staff prep an exquisite banana split for a customer. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Haagen-Dazs manager Art Nitikin (center) and the shop staff prep a banana split for a customer. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

 

The New City Sweets Collection

Well, if Florida’s already 90-plus degree temperatures don’t bring the masses in for the summer, Häagen-Dazs’® latest sweet treats will. Their new City Sweets Collection introduces two fun and insanely flavorful combinations: the black and white cookie dazzler, a treat so packed you’ll likely end up sharing it with someone, and the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake, a cool and addictive take on the tried and true sweet-salty combination.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

In fact, the milkshake’s so yummy, it won Nitikin over. “My favorite flavor was always the cookies and cream, but I really like the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake,” he confessed on the show. “But that’s ’cause I love peanut butter.”

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Mellissa Thomas tries the piled-high black and white cookie dazzler. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Mellissa Thomas tries the piled-high black and white cookie dazzler. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

The black and white cookie dazzler comes packed high in a cup with caramel, cookie chunks, ice cream, whipped cream, and two Lorna Doone shortbread cookies standing in the whipped cream for good measure. The best way to eat it is in a bowl, so that you can see and easily get to all of the layers and ingredients.

 

Non-Dairy? They’ve Got You Covered.

While the new location has 30 ice cream flavors to offer, they also have four exquisite fruit sorbet flavors for non-dairy customers to choose from: lemonade, strawberry, raspberry, and mango.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the strawberry sorbet. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the strawberry sorbet. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

The sorbets offer immediate refreshment for heat-worn visitors and excited kids, flooding the tastebuds with frozen fresh fruit puree, not just pounds of fruit-flavored syrup.

The mango sorbet, like its strawberry counterpart, packs on the flavor of true mango puree. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

The mango sorbet, like its strawberry counterpart, packs on the flavor of true mango puree. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

 

Whether you’re a local bringing the kids to ICON Park for fun during summer break or a visitor to beautiful Orlando, stop in to the new Häagen-Dazs® and try their new (or tried and true) treats.

Sofia, the senior staff member at the new Häagen-Dazs® shop at ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando, holds a platter of sweet and savory ice cream and sorbet offerings: a bowl of the new black and white cookie, one of the two new options in the City Sweets Collection, the peanut butter pretzel milkshake, the second City Sweets Collection option, as well as a mango sorbet bowl, a strawberry sorbet bowl, and a banana split. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Sofia, the senior staff member at the new Häagen-Dazs® shop at ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando, holds a platter of sweet and savory ice cream and sorbet offerings: a bowl of the new black and white cookie, one of the two new options in the City Sweets Collection, the peanut butter pretzel milkshake, the second City Sweets Collection option, as well as a mango sorbet bowl, a strawberry sorbet bowl, and a banana split. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

We give the new Häagen-Dazs® at ICON Park a 4.5 out of 5 for tastiness, cleanliness, and positive and helpful staff.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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