Happy cows from California not only make great cheese, they also make great milk, and that milk is used to make delicious, fresh and creamy yogurt in Dallas. Several months ago, the Dallas-based Greek and drinkable-yogurt company Three Happy Cows ceased production after a fire destroyed the yogurt plant.
But the company has returned to the Texas market, more specifically in Houston at Central Market and Sprouts. The packaging on the outside of the yogurt is most certainly different from its original look, but the yogurt on the inside is still ridiculously thick and creamy -- something greatly appreciated by those who don't like the watery layer on top of most yogurts.
I spotted the yogurt cups, with an illustration of three cows happily riding on a tandem bicycle, in Central Market and decided to try a few of the flavors: blueberry, vanilla bean and caramel (the strawberry was sold out). While I'm not sure what makes these cows so "happy," I most certainly was happy with the first bite, and the second, and the third ...
Three Happy Cows yogurt is super-thick. There's no liquid layer on top requiring you to stir everything together before you take your first bite; just dive right in. You wouldn't think that the milk used to make these yogurts is low-fat, but it's made with 2 percent milk fat.
It's a simple process at Three Happy Cows. The company pasteurizes milk from California farmers and family co-ops, then adds its live cultures and natural flavors to create the Greek yogurt -- four cups of milk makes one cup of yogurt.
We've recently written about strange and weird yogurt flavors found in grocery stores, but the flavors from Three Happy Cows are not like those. The yogurts are naturally flavored and quite tasty. The caramel flavor does not taste like a dessert; it's naturally sweetened with a subtle hint of caramel -- similar in flavor to honey with plain Greek yogurt. The blueberry (my personal favorite) might be colored blue/purple, but the yogurt is mixed with tiny blueberries, which burst as you stir the thick yogurt. Add a bit of granola, or eat it as it is, for a filling breakfast or snack.
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Brian Twomey, director of marketing at Three Happy Cows, says in a press release that the company's new flavor, vanilla bean (studded with real vanilla beans), was created post-fire.
"We could not be more excited to return to the Houston community," Twomey says in a statement. "After the fire, we had to take time to identify new production. It was difficult for us to be temporarily unavailable to consumers that truly loved our product. However, the time enabled us to develop a new flavor, vanilla bean, and update our packaging. We are ecstatic to be back and better than ever."
I had never tried Three Happy Cows yogurt before this taste test, so I don't know how the yogurt tasted before, but I do know that now it is simply delicious. It's creamy, naturally sweet and reasonable in the amount of calories, carbohydrates and sugar it has (160 calories, 17 to 18 grams of carbs, and 11 to 12 grams of sugar). My dog walked up to me while I was enjoying my yogurt for breakfast, so I gave her the last bite and she went crazy for it, more so than she does for other yogurts.