Sep 23, 2019

The Pastel de Nata arrived to the ice creams to celebrate Portugal.

To celebrate a quarter of a century in Portugal, Häagen-Dazs has just launched an ice-cream with a very national flavour, Pastel de nata, in its ice-cream parlours.


The Pastéis de nata were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Hieronymites Monastery in the civil parish of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, in Lisbon. At the time, convents and monasteries used large quantities of egg-whites for starching clothes, such as friars and nuns' religious habits. It was quite common for monasteries and convents to use the leftover egg yolks to make cakes and pastries, resulting in the proliferation of sweet pastry recipes throughout the country.

Following the extinction of the religious orders and in the face of the impending closure of many of the convents and monasteries in the aftermath of the Liberal Revolution of 1820, the monks started selling pastéis de nata at a nearby sugar refinery to bring in some revenue. In 1834, the monastery was closed and the recipe was sold to the sugar refinery, whose owners in 1837 opened the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém. The descendants own the business to this day.

In 2009 The Guardian listed pastéis de Belém as one of the 50 "best things to eat" in the world.

This September, Häagen-Dazs blows out the candles for 25 years of operation in Portugal and does so with a novelty, the "first exclusive recipe" created by the American ice cream brand for our market.

Thus, the brand's 13 stores (the first was set up in 1994 in Chiado, Lisbon) now have ice cream with a pastel de nata flavour. A gulodice that marries "cinnamon, ice cream with the flavor of Milk Jam, puff pastry, caramel and cream," we read in a statement.

A "recipe thinking about Portugal", says the brand, present in 1400 points of sale throughout the country.

The new ice cream is on sale in the brand's stores with a price of 5.00 euros.