It's the holiday season and that means merry spirits, holiday cheer, and stuffing a decorated shrub in your living room. But more importantly, it means the arrival of that delicious and obscure-tasting drink known as eggnog.
For those unfamiliar, eggnog is a sweetened dairy drink made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped eggs, and usually an assortment of spices. It's generally popular throughout the United States and Canada and is generally associated with winter celebrations. The original recipe called for some sort of alcohol mixed into it for that extra bite, however, most store-bought eggnog today is nonalcoholic.
Eggnog is usually not available year-round. It normally first makes an appearance in November, however, I've seen it as early as October. Eggnog is normally available until mid-January. It's probably good that eggnog is not available year-round as I might grow tired of the flavor, but not before I keel over from a heart attack. Eggnog is not too friendly to your health. I'm sure the last thing I need this holiday season is coronary artery disease, served with a friendly visit to the emergency room.
The resourceful people at Bolthouse Farms have thought of this and presented us with their healthier version entitled "Holiday Nog." The name itself is a little disconcerting, as it would signify that their version was filled with some strange soy-based, egg-flavored health store substitution. But I checked the ingredients, and they seemed right for real eggnog: milk, egg yolk, nutmeg, vanilla. Yes! All the necessary ingredients appear to be here. Now, let's see how it compares to the traditional standby.
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Holiday Nog vs. Eggnog
|Nutrition Facts||Standard Eggnog (1/2 cup)||Bolthouse Farms Nog (1/2 cup)|
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Holiday Eggnog Doesn't Have the Same Creaminess
Just going by the numbers, it looks like this is a much healthier alternative to your traditional nog, but how does it stack up in terms of taste?
I poured a glass and took a pretty hefty swig. It tastes for the most part like eggnog. It has that familiar flavor with a hint of nutmeg and vanilla. But something's wrong. There's something missing.
The creaminess just isn't there. Sure, it's not a watery mess like some other healthy drinks, but it's not as thick as traditional eggnog. It could be that a focal point of the traditional eggnog's flavor does come from that massive helping of fat swirling around in its viscous creamy goodness. It's difficult to say.
If you're looking for a suitable alternative to the deliciously unhealthy mess that is eggnog, this probably will not disappoint. If you feel that it's not satisfactory enough, you could get a little creative. Try mixing it up in the bowl with half of it Bolthouse Holiday Nog and the other half a good high-quality traditional eggnog. Or just dump enough nutmeg and Southern Comfort into it and soon you'll forget about the Holiday Nog altogether.
I myself may try this again in the future. It's not a bad nog, but it's not really a substitute for the original.