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Good, Store-Bought Egg Nog?

thegolferbitch Nov 28, 2006 03:43 PM

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

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    wombat Nov 30, 2006 05:27 PM

    I had some Harrisburg Dairies egg nog, bought at Whole Foods, and it was really quite decent. I didn't even need to cut it with milk which I also usually do with the store-bought kind. Don't know how widely it is available. It's better than I recall what I bought at Whole Foods last year which was probably Horizon.

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      Ace_Mclean Nov 30, 2006 12:37 PM

      I'm not a big egg-nog fan, but people from my area swear by Turkey Hill. Not sure if that's availible in your area though.

      1. MeffaBabe Nov 30, 2006 12:32 PM

        Call me nuts but I absolutely love Hoods Egg Nog- yes it is syrupy sweet- I don't know if it's just because it sends me back to my childhood Christmas- who knows. All I know that every year I buy the smallest container (has to be full fatted orginal) for myself to enjoy. All it takes is one glass full for the year (probably due to the syrupy sweetness!)

        1. onlytwomuses Nov 29, 2006 07:53 PM

          Was raised on that orange, store bought stuff (Hood where I come from) and have to say I loved it. Mom would 'doctor it up' with nutmeg or cinnamon sprinkled on top.

          Course now it looks totally unnatural. Wild Oats are all over new england and gen. have good stuff

          1. Melanie Nov 29, 2006 02:48 PM

            I often find that most store bought egg nogs are too rich. Cutting it with milk really helps.

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              allegro805 Nov 28, 2006 10:17 PM

              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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                rworange Nov 29, 2006 08:26 AM

                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.

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                  Das Ubergeek Nov 29, 2006 02:08 PM

                  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!

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                    rworange Nov 29, 2006 02:17 PM

                    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.

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                      sel Nov 30, 2006 07:11 PM

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

                      http://www.altadenadairy.com/products...

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                    Chuckles the Clone Nov 30, 2006 05:25 PM

                    >>> 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.

                    http://www.deanfoods.com/aboutus/abou...

                2. rosielucchesini Nov 28, 2006 10:05 PM

                  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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                    wleatherette Nov 30, 2006 07:39 PM

                    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. JugglerDave Nov 28, 2006 08:50 PM

                    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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                      joypirate Nov 30, 2006 08:10 PM

                      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.

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                      Ellen Nov 28, 2006 08:22 PM

                      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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                        Ruth Lafler Nov 28, 2006 08:39 PM

                        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. Professor Salt Nov 28, 2006 07:34 PM

                        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.

                        Photo: http://static.flickr.com/37/75740663_5f9a8d5959.jpg?v=0

                        My food blog: http://professorsalt.com

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                          alliebear Nov 28, 2006 08:27 PM

                          Do you know which stores carry it?

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                            Pei Nov 28, 2006 08:56 PM

                            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.

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                              Das Ubergeek Nov 29, 2006 02:07 PM

                              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.

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