“This is a huge milestone for us, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating our 50th birthday with our loyal fans,” says Häagen-Dazs Shops brand manager Julie Michelutti. “Free Flavor Day gives us an opportunity to give back to our dedicated supporters who have made us the successful ice cream brand we are today.”
The Häagen-Dazs brand officially launched in 1960 with three classic all-natural ice cream flavors—Chocolate, Coffee, and Vanilla—still popular favorites today. At first, Häagen-Dazs was only available in packages at gourmet shops in New York City, but soon distribution expanded throughout the East Coast. By 1973, Häagen-Dazs products were enjoyed by discerning customers across the U.S. In 1976, founder Reuben Mattus' daughter, Doris, opened the first Häagen-Dazs Scoop Shop in Brooklyn, New York. It was an immediate success, and its popularity led to a rapid expansion of shops across the country.