December 24, 2007

Go Nog Wild with This Season's New Nogs

my noggin's on nog

Sure, you can make like Martha and whip up your own eggnog at home. But for the lazy host with a taste for sweet, eggy, creamy goodness, there's nothing like the instant gratification of nog in a carton. And this year, you're not limited to plain old eggnog-flavored eggnog either. Just like Starbucks, eggnog manufacturers have started adding seasonal flavors like pumpkin and gingerbread to their products with madcap abandon.

So pick up a smorgasbord of flavors and set them out with a nutmeg grater and brandy, rum, whisky, Southern Comfort and/or Captain Morgan for a New Year's nog bar that will knock people's stockings off. And if there's any left over? According to eggnog manufacturer Hood, "Hood EggNog products can be frozen for up to six months and enjoyed right through to early summer."

As a nog nut myself, I can testify that this is the case; this year I bought up my local supermarket's entire supply the first week of January and froze 16 cartons for enjoyment that lasted, though only with tremendous willpower, all the way to Christmas in July. Whether you save them or serve them, here's a sampling of 11 nog flavors available nationwide, along with eggnogginess ratings to indicate how similar (or different) they taste to the old-fashioned eggnog of your youth:

Read on for more nog blogging...

Alta Dena Holiday Eggnog
As opposed to non-holiday eggnog? Thick, creamy and custardy with a nice spice finish; almost as good as king-of-all-nogs Broguiere's (made by a local dairy and sold in a glass bottle but sadly only available in Southern California).
Eggnogginess: 5 out of 5

Alta Dena Honey-Sweetened Eggnog
Yogurty flavor with a sweet honey aftertaste.
Eggnogginess: 4 out of 5

Hood Limited-Edition Cinnamon EggNog (call 1-800-242-2423 for a list of retailers near you)
Tastes like the milk left in your cereal bowl after an Apple Jacks breakfast.
Eggnogginess: 3 out of 5

Hood Limited-Edition Gingerbread EggNog (call 1-800-242-2423 for a list of retailers near you)
Liquid gingersnaps in a café au lait color. My husband's top new flavor pick, though I found it a bit too artificial-tasting.
Eggnogginess: 2 out of 5

Hood Limited-Edition Pumpkin EggNog (call 1-800-242-2423 for a list of retailers near you)
Drinkable pumpkin pie in a pleasant peach shade. My personal flavorite of the seasonal versions and voted most popular nontraditional nog at my Christmas party.
Eggnogginess: 3 out of 5

Hood Limited-Edition Sugar Cookie EggNog (call 1-800-242-2423 for a list of retailers near you)
Bland and beyond sweet, like bread pudding or vanilla sandwich cookies.
Eggnogginess: 1 out of 5

Hood Vanilla EggNog (call 1-800-242-2423 for a list of retailers near you)
Melted vanilla ice cream in a glass. Tastes good, but more like a milkshake than a nog.
Eggnogginess: 0 out of 5

Horizon Low-Fat Organic Eggnog
Mild, classic taste. Made from organic ingredients with just 3 grams of fat per serving.
Eggnogginess: 4 out of 5

Lactaid EggNog (call 1-800-LACTAID for a list of retailers near you)
All the delicious eggnog flavor, none of the pesky gastric distress. Light on the spices.
Eggnogginess: 5 out of 5

Silk Nog (call 1-888-820-9283 for a list of retailers near you)
Nice if you want to get your nog on and still fit into that little black dress for New Year's. Thin pour with a sweet touch-of-nog flavor and just 2 grams of fat to nog's usual 10. Made with soy milk.
Eggnogginess: 3 out of 5

Silk Pumpkin Spice (available in limited release nationwide; call 1-888-820-9283 for a list of retailers near you)
Okay, not technically labeled a nog, but a seasonal drink that's in the nog neighborhood. Light pumpkin flavor and even lighter spice, but cool if you're after a sweet, delicately flavored low-fat (3.5 grams per serving) holiday beverage. Made with soy milk.
Eggnogginess: 2 out of 5

Posted by Elizabeth on December 24, 2007 in Food and Drink , Parties , Want It

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I can't say that I've ever been invited (or e-vited) to a nog party before, but if I were, I would definitely go. :)

Holiday creamers found in your grocery aisle are another option if you prefer coffee to eggnog.

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