It’s been a while since I’ve spent time studying the cheese aisle at the grocery store, mostly because I usually know what I want and just grab it and go. Today I lingered to see what was new, and boy, was I up for a surprise!
My first cow was on the box of “The laughing cow” cheese, an almost literal translation of “La vache qui rit”, the original name for this French cheese treat.
But wait, what is that??? Queso Fresco Chipotle Laughing Cow cheese? Wow, we’ve come a long way from the original creamy swiss flavored spreadable cheese! Actually, this new flavor shouldn’t be too surprising for any French person. For as long as I can remember, The Laughing Cow has been a favorite during the “aperitif” in many French households with its individual size cubes (not wedges) in a variety of flavors, from ham, to garlic and herbs, to spicy peppers, you name it. So it’s nice to see the introduction of a new flavor on the American market.
The Laughing Cow is also well known for its Babybel cheese, in the form of the famous red disk. Today, I found it in the Bonbel flavor (milder than the original gouda, if that’s even possible):
And surprise, surprise, in cheddar flavor! Ah-Ha, looks like the French have finally discovered what cheese flavor the Americans really prefer!
Laughing cows make yummy cheese!