Gingerbread has had the "edible holiday house" market cornered forever, but this season ice cream is making a delicious debut. (Yes, I am aware it's just barely September. Stay with me here; desserts—even the festive ones—are news year-round.) Nendo teamed up with Häagen-Dazs to design these sweet little villages that link together with chocolate bridges. Yum.
The cakes themselves come in two flavors—caramel and nut, or orange—topped with either milk chocolate or "berry-scented" chocolate homes, respectively. I can't fathom why anyone would go the fruity route, but the option is out there and the pop of color is certainly cute, if not obviously inferior taste-wise to the pure choco version.
A dusting of powdered sugar snow tops the geometrically patterned A-frames, and, should you want to create an entire sprawling town, edible bridges are provided with orders of two or more.
The thought of an entire table-top covered in these cute things is pretty great, actually, and would make for a wicked free-for-all after dinner. And while it's a little painful to imagine leveling these with a spoon when it's finally time to indulge, it's clear that, once demolished, these teensy towns have gone to a better place: Your belly.
I love that Häagen-Dazs is really committing to these kind of creative partnerships. Earlier efforts included the Death Star-esque moon with Doshi Levien and this cool cloud from the gals at Front, so it will be interesting to see who they tap for the next chilled out project.
Unfortunately you might have to make it to the Häagen-Dazs shop on the Champs Élysées to pick yours up and play quaint town planner, but hey: What's a quick trip to Paris in the name of delicious treats, amirite? [Domus]