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Nov 27, 2007 12:05 PM

Silk Soy Egg Nog

For those of us poor saps who love dairy, but our bodies don't (allergic or lactose intolerant), we can once again enjoy egg nog!!!

I just tried the Silk brand Soy Egg Nog, and it's just fantastic. It's creamy, spicy, and delicious hot OR cold. It tastes almost like there's a chai element to it.

They also have a Pumpkin Spice flavored nog, but it tastes more like the pumpkin pie's crust than the pumpkin filling.

Anyways, feel free to share if you too have tried it. Yay!

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  1. All I can say is I agree & I never thought about heating it up. I think I like it because I can drink it straight - asI have always thinned my regular nog with milk to make it drinkable.

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      I picked some up a while back on (your?) recommendation in another thread. It's very good, although it does have a distinct "metallic" soy aftertaste, so if you're not used to that, you might not like it. It's clearly soy milk, not indistinguishable from "regular" eggnog.

    2. I like all the Silk products but their Soy Egg Nog is really great. I agree about the chai nuances, I think that's part of what makes it so appealing. It also works really well in the whole range of expresso specialty drinks.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        I tried the Silk Soy Egg Nog last year and the Pumpkin Spice soymilk this year. Both were good but I liked the Pumpkin Spice one more. Yes, it's slightly on the sweet side, but there's a nice molasses hint to it and like DiningDiva said, it's great in coffee or diluted with regular milk or soymilk. Too bad my local supermarket are already out of both after the holidays.

      2. What are the ingredients in the silk nog? Is it still relatively natural stuff without any crazy additives?

        1. I haven't tried Silk, but I will look for it. I quite liked So Nice's Noel Nog, great flavour! I never did think of trying it hot - I'll have to heat it up next time :) Like some have said of silk's "eggnog"; Noel Nog still tasted like soy...which I expected since soy milk is never going to be able to masquerade as cow's milk no matter what the flavour.

          If anyone is curious, here's a link to So Nice's page with the Noel Nog ingredients etc:

          1. I had a sample of it about 5 years ago in some grocery store in Ann Arbor and it was good. Bought a half gallon 3 years ago when a lactose intolerant friend was coming over for Chistmas Dnner and he liked it. Used the rest for lattes at home. Never had it since.

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            1. re: Cathy

              I'm a Chef who is lactose intolerant and I do not find the soy eggnog palatable. And soy is sooo bad for you. I just make mine from scratch using almond milk (made from scratch or from boxed almond milk). It is wonderful.

                1. re: justagthing

                  Not to launch into all the soy studies of the past decade, but I think the consensus now is that soy isn't a panacea, and it can be bad if consumed excessively (like anything else, I might add).

                  1. re: piccola

                    Just curious as to why it was 'sooo bad' vs. anything in excess it bad. This post isn't about excess consumption of soy, but that there is an alternative to regular egg nog to those that are lactose intolerant.

                    1. re: justagthing

                      Soy has plant estrogens (sorry, don't remember the technical term) so it is theorized that if you consume excessive amounts of soy, you are bringing extra estrogen into your system. Average consumption of an 8oz glass of soymilk is not a problem.

                      1. re: BeeZee

                        the technical term you're looking for is phytoestrogen.

                      2. re: justagthing

                        I know, I just meant that maybe Mangogirl was overstating things a bit.

                        1. re: piccola

                          That is what I was thinking, but she has yet to reply.

                        2. re: justagthing

                          Soy products contain a plant-based estrogen. How much makes it 'soooo bad' would vary depending on your own body, genetic background and other risk factors. How much is "too much" of anything if you have a choice not to consume something that might be harmful?

                          Among recent studies is this one on breast cancer: There are also studies showing links to decreases in fertility, increases in lengths of menstrual periods and hormonal changes in boys.

                          1. re: MakingSense

                            Ineresting article. So glad the soy products I eat are mostly from asian markets as it appears the problem is from the over processed American soy products. Sounds like many of the items in the health food sections that are vegetarian/vegan. Thanks for the link.

                            1. re: justagthing

                              That reasoning will be valid if the products you buy in Asian markets are made from Asian soybeans and not from US soybeans, as the article stated. The US exports huge quantities of soybeans.
                              There are just beginning to be questions about the effects as the market for soy products in the US has exploded in recent years. These were barely part of the American diet at all until recently so there is no track record for comparison. Health claims in the media and marketing campaigns, largely funded by the soybean growers, led many people, particularly women, to switch to soy products or add them to diets for themselves or their families.
                              It's really too early to tell.

                              1. re: MakingSense

                                And is there not an issue of the US soy seeds being pre-treated with an herbicide? Monsanto? I'm sorry to throw this out there without back-up, but MakingSense, you usually do your research and I bet you know.

                                1. re: SweetPea

                                  The soybeans that would be used to make soy beverages and tofu or even to eat as edemame wouldn't have this.
                                  I think what you may be referring to is something like Roundup-ready seed and I have no idea if that technology is used for soybean crops. It could well be.
                                  It's been controversial because some are opposed to genetic modification of seeds. Others consider it to be beneficial because it cuts down the need to till fields, lessening erosion and water loss and also eliminating the use of many herbicides.
                                  There are arguments on both sides the GM issue that the moderators will throw right out of here but regardless of that issue, the soybeans themselves have the plant-based estrogen that is being studied for possible negative hormonal effects under certain circumstances.

                                  1. re: MakingSense

                                    "... regardless of that issue, the soybeans themselves have the plant-based estrogen that is being studied for possible negative hormonal effects under certain circumstances."

                                    I just wanted to pull this out, as this important point was getting buried in with all the other issues.

                                    A few years ago they started promoting soy for its estrogenic properties as a "natural" way for women to combat some of the symptoms of menopause. Then along came the low-carb diet craze, and a lot more people started eating a lot more soy. And in typical American fashion, a lot of them went overboard (if some is good, more is better!) because many people think that because something is "natural" it can't be harmful. But in addition to having the some of the positive estrogenic effects, the phytoestrogens in soy can also have some of the negative ones. Most importantly to women like me with a family history of breast cancer, there's some evidence that they can cause the same changes to breast tissue that "regular" estrogens do. So while I'm not avoiding soy, I'm not going out of my way to consume extra soy, either.

                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                      "many people think that because something is "natural" it can't be harmful"

                                      ruth...this particular issue always gets my goat. my response when people try to convince me that whatever supplement/substance/concoction they're taking is ok/safe/healthy because it's "natural":

                                      cocaine's natural too. does that mean we should head into the bathroom and do some lines?


                                      when i was in grad school i wrote a thesis proposal for a research study examining the effects of soy on thyroid function in people who take supplemental thyroid hormone. although i ended up doing my thesis on an entirely unrelated subject, the issue is a personal one for me. phytoestrogens compete with supplemental thyroid hormone for absorption...and usually win, suppressing thyroid function and encouraging hypothyroid symptoms. so for those of us who take supplemental hormones to treat thyroid disease, soy is a no-no. add that to my family history of breast cancer, and you can be sure i stay far away from those foods.

                            2. re: MakingSense

                              There was also a study that tested the results of soy on middle-aged men (who, it was theorized, might be eating more soy-based foods because their wives are). They tested the men on mental puzzles, then fed them lots of soy for a while, then tested them again. I forget the actual details, but their performance decreased by a measurable amount. So I came away with the thought that "soy makes men dumber".

                              I think it was a small study, though, and I'm not having any luck finding info online.


                              1. re: AnneInMpls

                                There was a study on Japanese men who had a diet high in tofu in their middle aged years and they showed significant brain atrophy. So in a way, it does make men dumber