24 January 2020

Published January 22, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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The next photo is the PROMPT. Remember, all photos are property of the photographer, donated for use in Friday Fictioneers only. They shouldn’t be used for any other purpose without express permission. It is proper etiquette to give the contributor credit.

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

Click Frog and Enjoy! 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“Rose, try my new flavor. It’ll be a sensation!” Reuben Mattus scooped a white dollop into a bowl. “How fortuitous that my injection pump should malfunction.”

            “Nu?” His wife looked up from her ledger. “It’s vanilla ice cream. You’ve been making it for over forty years.”           

            “Not like this.

            The dense confection sent shivers of delight through her. “Oy, you’re right.”

           “What do you think of Häagen-Dazs for a name?”

           “What’s it mean?”

            He shrugged. “Nothing. But it sounds Danish.”

           “Why Danish?”

           “To thank Denmark for its kind protection of our people from that mamzer who called himself the Führer.”  

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81 comments on “24 January 2020

    • Dear Josh,

      Nice to know you liked my story as well as the ice cream. If I weren’t lactose intolerant I’d be all over Häagen Dazs just for the history. 😉 Thank you for your sweet words.




  • From out of left field comes another history lesson so obscure that very few knew the origin or reason for the name of it this wonderful confection. Can I have some? I only want some to honor your wonderful story of course. Great job.

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    • Dear Anonymous Husband,

      The research trail was very good to me on this one. Looked up history of Häagen Dazs Ice Cream and BAM there it was. You want it, you buy it. 😉 Oh of course I buy that it’s only in my honor. And I have some ocean front property in Kansas for sale. ❤


    • Dear Penny,

      History is filled with sweet stories, isn’t it? I was pretty thrilled to find the history that I’d never given any thought to. I don’t even eat ice cream. 😉 Thank you for you delicious comments. 😀



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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Who’d a thunk the name meant nothing but was still a thank you to the Danes. I also love how an “error” was involved in the making of the texture. Love, love, love, how you bring us such interesting stories in your inimitable (though I sometimes try) way!

    Shalom and lotsa love,


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  • “CLICK to know MORE” is not a link. You know I always do, but this time, I had to perform my own search. I guess that’s people mean when they use the expression “roughin’ it.”

    I read that he sat at a table for hours saying nonsensical words until he found a combination he liked. That sounds like how I come up with my alien names. What a fun story with poignant undertones.

    This reminded me of one of my favorite lines of all-time. In the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, one character says, “Vanilla isn’t a choice. It’s an admission of defeat.”

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    • Na’ama Y’karah,

      Most of the time when I choose a photo of something specific I’ll start my search with “history of…” Ding! Ding! Ding! This was a winner. Who nu? I don’t know that I’ve ever eaten Häagen Dazs ice cream, but it makes me happy to know the origins of the name. 😀 Happy to share. Thank you for the photo and rich comments.



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      • Haggen Dazs is a bit too rich for my taste. I prefer gelato (i.e. milk based) to cream based. Their sorbets are a bit too sweet for me, too. Odd, eh? I like Sharon’s Sorbet better. Then again, on an airplane, I would not be picky. 😉
        This WAS an amazing find of a story, Rochelle, and well told as always! 🙂


  • Of course, I have always wondered about that name. Interestingly enough it should have been written Hæagen-Dazs, not Häagen-Dazs. I always thought that it was fake Swedish wich is more correct from the letters used.

    Of course, the reference to Denmark and the way they managed to protect their Jews in the way that other occupied countries failed should be remembered.

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    • Dear Björn,

      Like other Americans, I had no idea what the name meant, although I figured it meant something. Learning the actual history behind it made me smile and then smile some more. 😀 Thank you for coming by.




  • Another little gem of knowledge from the master of research. I will share this the next time I find myself facing another tub of Haagen Dazs, though I think on my low-cholesterol diet that may not be any time soon, Good one.

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  • I was completely bummed out years ago when I learned that the name was completely made up! I just never felt the same about it after that. Of course, not long after that I found out I have a complete intolerance for sugar or sweeteners, so no more ice cream anyway! (Don’t worry — I don’t miss it after years without it. Now I can’t walk into a HG shop — or Waffle House or donut shop or DQ — without gagging on the sweet stench!)

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    • Dear Genia,

      I eat neither sugar nor dairy. However, knowing the reason for the fabrication of the name would make me want to buy it every time. 😉 Getting off of sugar made it possible for me to stop taking antidepressants. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.




  • A fascinating lesson once again. Who would have thunk a fake Danish sounding name would be such a hit. Though here in Australia we have Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream which is totally an Australian company that was founded here 😉

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