Häagen-Dazs

A close friend in Tokyo claims that Häagen-Dazs makes the best green tea ice cream. Actually he serves it in his restaurant and doesn’t hide it to clients.

When you talk to people and ask them, where does Häagen-Dazs ice cream come from, they often guess Germany. They are right and wrong, because the umlaut is often associated with Germanic languages. But in fact, Häagen-Dazs is based on the idea of Scandinavia, and more specifically Denmark, but it isn’t a Danish company.

But not even the name is Danish, did you know that?

Neither the umlaut over the ä, or the zs, dash between the words have any meaning.

The inventors of high-end ice cream were Rueben and Rose Mattus, both Jewish immigrants from Poland who settled in New York’s Bronx. They simply invented the word ‘Häagen-Dazs’ as a tribute to Denmark’s exemplary treatment of Jewish people during the Second World War.

http://money.cnn.com/2001/12/26/deals/icecream

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20080001,00.html