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.

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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.

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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.

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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]