I have officially found some of my favourite ice cream in Hong Kong- and it doesn’t even contain milk.
Happy Cow is a brand of ice cream which was established sometime in 2012, and is completely dairy-free. Their ice cream is made out of coconut cream as well as other plant-based ingredients, and is sweetened with Carazuc- a traditional Asian sugar made from the sweet sap of the coconut tree flower. Their website states that “All Happy Cow confections are dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives”- so its pretty much the most guilt-free ice cream you’ll ever try!
I purchased the ‘Pure coconut’ flavour from Just Green, an organic convenience store located in Hong Kong:
The ice cream was delectably creamy and tasted strongly of coconut- it even contained little coconut flakes for a more chewy and interesting texture. Although the serving doesn’t look that big, it was definitely more than enough- I feel like coconut cream is more filling than conventional ice cream which contains milk- so its pretty indulgent and you won’t need a lot to be satisfied.
The box also shows you the ingredients that go into the ice cream- as you can see in the Pure coconut ice cream there are only 5 ingredients, compared to everyday run-of-the-mill ice creams where a wide range of chemicals and artificial food colourings are incorporated into the dessert.
After trying out my first Happy Cow ice cream, the office which I am interning at decided to have a little taste-testing party upon hearing rave reviews from another intern and I. We purchased the following flavours: large Chocolate and Lime in the Coconut, and small Cherry Almond Fudge, Pure coconut and Mint chocolate. My top 2 favourites were definitely still Pure coconut and also chocolate- which was lusciously creamy and rich. As for Mint chocolate, I felt that the coconut cream may have slightly masked the mint flavour a bit but it was still delicious. Lime in the Coconut was a very unique flavour and reminded me a little bit of a mix between a sorbet and a curry. I didn’t try the cherry ice cream as I naturally don’t like the taste of cherries- however some people thought that this was the best flavour. I guess, like many things, ice cream flavours are a matter of preference 🙂