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Nov 28, 2006 03:43 PM

Good, Store-Bought Egg Nog?

Does it exist? Are there any brands that have not a ton of sugar?

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  1. Oh yes. There's a local dairy in So Cal that makes eggnog seasonally. Scan the Los Angeles board for the love given to Broguiere's: creamy, thick (without nasty gum additives), and not overly sweet. A richly decadent end of year treat.


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      1. re: alliebear

        I've seen it at Ralph's, Gelson's, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, and I think (but am not 100% on this last one) Trader Joe's.

        This leads me to believe it's in almost every store in Los Angeles. Look for a clear glass jar with a red lid, like an old fashioned milk bottle.

        1. re: alliebear

          Any larger grocery store, plus Whole Foods, Wild Oats and Co-Opportunity for sure. It's usually next to the "fancy" milk that comes from the same dairy in the glass bottles.

          Do return the bottles -- there's usually a $1 deposit per bottle.

      2. I thought the Horizon Organic eggnog was good, but it was a bit sweet. But that can be cut down with bourbon. LOL!

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        1. re: Ellen

          Organic eggnog is good because they don't use corn syrup (no such thing as organic corn syrup). In the past Straus Creamery in Northern California has made excellent eggnog. I just bought some organic eggnog from Rockview Farms (at Trader Joe's) but I haven't opened it yet.

        2. I'm still mentally gagging 2 years after trying the "Soy Nog" from Trader Joe's on a very bizarre whim.

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          1. re: JugglerDave

            Just picked up some Amish eggnog today from Philly's Reading Terminal Market. I'm excited to try it out.

            Of the mass-produced options, Turkey Hill isn't bad.

          2. The Silk Egg Nog is fantastic-not too sweet, not too rich; and this is from someone who doesn't drink soy milk on any type of regular basis.

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            1. re: rosielucchesini

              seconded. it's great. eggnog is something that i normally avoid like the plague as i find it claggy and overly sweet, but the silk version is delicious.

            2. I'm probably a weird one -- I like storbought eggnog. I usually buy the "light" variety (Lucerne or Knudsen?). It doesn't have artificial sweeteners, and even though it most likely has corn sweetener, it's not as cloying as the regular variety. I also tend to dilute mine with lowfat milk. I love it and look forward to it every year. For me, a glass of eggnog is as good as any dessert!

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              1. re: allegro805

                Lucerne is a good eggnog, light or otherwise. I'm sure they use HFCS though I haven't looked recently.

                Get this ... I bought PUMPKIN (!!!) eggnog today. It wasn't organic, but it use real sugar and no HFCS. Haven't tried it yet but really looking forward to it. Won't help the OP though as it is Berkeley Farms.

                As Ruth mentioned, check the ingrediant list. The organic versions will have sugar instead of the icky corn syrup.

                1. re: rworange

                  There was pumpkin and gingerbread (!) eggnog from (I think) Knudsen's at Gelson's in Valley Village Monday night... ai ya, as though it weren't sweet enough!

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    It turned out not to have any pumpkin flavor. It was good but not as good as the organic egg nog I had from Organic Valley earlier. While it had sugar, it had a lot of thickeners. What is odd is that Berkeley Farms regular eggnog has HFCS. So this seems to be the best options of all non-organic blends and at $2.15 for a quart it was about half the price.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Alta Dena has added a pumkin spice eggnog to their lineup, saw it at Smart and Final.


                  2. re: rworange

                    >>> Won't help the OP though as it is Berkeley Farms.

                    Berkeley farms is owned by Dean Foods, one of the largest dairy product producers
                    on earth. Headquarters in Dallas with many, many "local" brandings of their milk
                    and milk by-products all over the country. So it is very likely that this same pumpkin
                    eggnog is available elsewhere.