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What brand of eggnog is your favorite?

I love eggnog fortunately for my waistline I only drink it at Thanksgiving or Christmas. I love the extra thick creamy variety with a hint of nutmeg. Please advise.

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  1. I don't know where you're located but here in the NY area, FARMLAND is my particular favorite nog. Sweet but not cloyingly so (unlike so many of the other commercial ones), good creamy consistency and terrific with a shot or two of whiskey added.
    You're right about the holidays though...drinking this stuff year round sure would take its toll...

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    1. re: The Professor

      When I lived in the Hudson Valley I remember Stewart's as pretty rich and tasty. Certainly better than mine!

      Out here in LA I like Alta Dena's. Needs a blast of B&B but other than that oversight I think it's good. I'm putting some in the ice cream freezer tomorrow to prepare for Thanksgiving.

      1. re: The Professor

        Have been looking for Farmalnd Eggnog but can't find it. Anyone know where in Manhattan or Westchester it can be purchased?

      2. In the Los Angeles area Broguiere's egg nog is the favorite of CH's. Should be any day now that it hits the shelves. Comes in the old fashion style glass bottles.

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        1. re: monku

          In New England Hood Golden Eggnog is THE best!! Thakfully we cannot get it year round, I would be 20lbs heavier!

          1. re: foodsnob14

            +1! Hood Golden Eggnog is my favorite and it's in my fridge RIGHT NOW. No kidding about being thankful it's seasonal...it's hard to resist! :) Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

            1. re: kattyeyes

              ditto on Hood...especially the pumpkin egg nog.

              1. re: HillJ

                HOOD'S pumpkin egg nog. this stuff is phenomenal -- just the right amount of pumpkin-y goodness, and only a hint of spices.

                i'll look for the hood's golden egg nog.

                hillj, have you seen the pumpkin around yet?

                1. re: alkapal

                  Not yet and I just checked early this morning. On my way out, I asked customer service to look up the egg nog ship date and they said one more week.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    just today at harrison street harris teeter, they said that wednesday evening they'd be stocking it. we'll see <fingers crossed>.

                    the dairy manager said that the "promised land' organic brand is his favorite (tho' he hasn't had the hood's), and that it is nice and thick compared with other commercial brands like the "southern comfort." it is in a glass bottle, and is on the dairy shelves now.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Southern Comfort brand eggnog IS Hood Eggnog. Hood packages eggnog for Southern Comfort. I love the Southern Comfort eggnog, and when I read the posts here about Hood, I looked up Hood to see if I could get it here and try it. That is where I found the information. The Hood website says they package for Southern Comfort eggnog.

                  2. re: alkapal

                    We sliced half a loaf of Challah and poured an entire container of Hood's Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog over the bread so it was good and soaked. Baked in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 mins until good and toasted through. Served with warmed pumpkin butter, apple butter, cranberry relish and nutmeg cream. Not bad :)

                    1. re: HillJ

                      I just finished lunch, and that description has my tummy grumbling. :-)

              2. re: foodsnob14

                Seriously good stuff - Hood's Golden Eggnog is a once a year thing, but I do enjoy. The pumpkin eggnog sounds wonderful too - going to have to suss that out very soon!

                1. re: foodsnob14

                  I used to like Hoods but now all of the stuff has high fructose corn syrup in it. I just won't touch that stuff. The same is true of their ice cream. They've ruined it for me.

                2. re: monku

                  i'm from los angeles and thought for a minute i was reading the los angeles board. i actually said to my husband, "how is this even a question?" because we all KNOW that broguiere's is the best around here! (though my sister prefers strauss)

                  1. re: arifa

                    Broguiere is the best I've found in SoCal. I'd be interested in trying Hood's though, but I've never heard of it much less seen it in stores.

                    1. re: TomSwift

                      Welcome newcomers! Hood Pumpkin Egg Nog makes killer french toast. Just dip and pan fry.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        I love and hate you simultaneously. ;) What a great idea!

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          Oh my that's some chow-passion, kattyeyes! This quick tip falls under the accidents make great meals category.

                        2. re: HillJ

                          O.M.G. I *must* find this stuff and make French Toast this coming weekend! Or maybe a breakfast-for-dinner is in order this week.

                          You are evil, HillJ. And I love you, as kattyeyes does. ;-)

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Okay...you're spoiling me, you two! Might I suggest other pumpkin egg nog quickies : > )

                            If you have an electric ice cream maker, run the "nog" thru the machine for a super easy ice milk dessert. Not quite ice CREAM but yummy with poundcake.

                            Total self-indulgence, in a blender fill bucket halfway with frozen vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup "nog" and 1/4 cup Starbucks cream liquor. Whirl & serve.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Insert noise Al Pacino makes throughout "Scent of a Woman," HOOOO-AHHHH! :) And I do have an ice cream maker, so this is going on the list!

                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                and, I tip my hat to you kattyeyes...you're pumpkin ricotta square posting was a big hit with my kids. I'm enjoying a slice right now. Triple good!

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  HillJ...... My hips are sending you death threats right now, but my Stomach sent you a damn near pornographic love letter!!

                                  1. re: gryphonskeeper

                                    oh gryphonskeeper, I blush! Truly hip expansion should be toasted with Nog!

                              1. re: HillJ

                                dangit, i just looked at the panini link and i am hungry! darned it if don't want every single one of those blasted sandwiches right now. ;-O.

                    2. In Chicago, it's Oberweiss. Oh it is so good.

                      1. I really prefer my own which I make about twice during the holiday season. When I drink eggnog from the market I prefer Promised Land.

                        1. Whatever brand you buy, be sure to read the ingredients. A lot of extra-thick commercial egg nogs are extra thick because they have artificial (that is, not eggs or cream) thickeners, often more than one (I've seen as many as three). Plus, most of the supermarket brands are made with high-fructose corn syrup. I think sometimes you get what you pay for when you buy a premium brand (better ingredients, fewer additives), but sometimes it's just marketing, so again, read the label.

                          Here's a post I did a couple of years ago that discussed the difference between some eggnogs I tried: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352413

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                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            True. I had forgotten about the (probable) HFCS in eggnogs. The Trader Joe's is probably my next best bet. (But I'm still going to get that pumpkin eggnog that Hood puts out for French Toast! LOL)

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              hood's comes through with shining (pure) colors: ingredients are milk and eggs. period. http://www.hphood.com/products/prodDe...

                              um, but where's the "pumpkin," huh? it's listed underneath the picture, but not on the "label" there. and sugar...it's gotta have sugar. i'll check the label of the one i buy.

                              1. re: alkapal

                                Excellent. I can stick with Hood. :-)

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  I think that's just the allergy statement. I found the ingredients for the "regular" flavor on another site: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Egg Yolks, Fat Free Milk, Natural and Artificial flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Salt, Carrageenan, Mono and Diglycerides, Red No 40, Yellow No 5 and No 6.

                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                    Game on! I've got my Hood Golden Egg Nog carton right here and just had a little hit inspired by this thread. Ready?
                                    Milk, cream, sugar, HFCS...then follow Ruth's list above after the word "Cream."

                                    Now here's the sad truth, maybe it's bad, but it tastes OH SO GOOD! So, just the same (sing it with me), "Youuuuuuuuuuu can feel good. Good about Hood!"

                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                      Ahhh, bummer. :-( (But I'll still get that Pumpkin one! LOL)

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        Hood Pumpkin Egg Nog ingredients: Milk, HFCS, cream, egg yolks, sugar, pumpkin puree, modified corn starch, natural & artificial flavors, annatto and turmeric (for color), carrageenan, guar gum, mono and diglycerides, ground cinnamon and Yellow 6.

                                        There's a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Muffins on the label that's clearly a cupcake (not that there's anything wrong with that!).

                                        Last year I froze half a carton's worth and want to share the info that, thawed, it retains its original consistency. Bravo, guar gum! ;^D

                                        1. re: greygarious

                                          >>""Bravo, guar gum!"""<<<

                                          now them's fightin' words, miss grey! (darn it ... and i *liked* you! ;-)).

                                          maybe we can have a "hood's pumpkin eggnog summit" and work out our differences in the rose garden.

                                    2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                      drat! locust bean gum and carageenan!

                                      but it tastes good, so i'm gonna get it.

                                      i will try the "promised land" nog, though.

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        There's nothing wrong with locust bean gum and carageenan, per se. It's just a way to understand the variations in price/quality of egg nogs. You should certainly drink what you like!

                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                          I actually looked it up to see what it is in what I'm drinking--so thanks. It's good to be informed.

                                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                            I try to avoid HFCS (more as a precaution than anything else... I'm not really totally convinced that it presents a real problem) but certainly have no issues with emulsifiers like Locust Bean Gum or Irish Moss (carageenan) in my foods or beverages. They are natural products and often make positive contributions to the texture aspect of many foods, especially reduced fat items. These two things are harmless and often make a positive contribution.

                                            1. re: The Professor

                                              I agree completely. The only issue I have with those is I like to be aware of when they're being used as cheap replacements for whatever would naturally make the food have that thick, creamy feeling, in this case, eggs and cream. And there's nothing even wrong with that, as long as you're not paying a premium price for a product. In other words, do I mind carrageenan in Dannon yogurt? No. Do I mind carageenan in Greek Gods "greek-style strained" yogurt. Hell yes, because they're using the thickeners to mimic the texture of real strained yogurt without actually going to the expense of straining out the whey, and charging a premium price for it!

                                            2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                              there is something wrong with them -- they give my tummy repercussions. that is why i loathe vegetable gums, as i state in my profile.

                                        2. re: alkapal

                                          Well, it says "made with real pumpkin" on the label. That pumpkin-y goodness must just be "in there." Like that old spaghetti sauce commercial. ;)

                                          1. re: alkapal

                                            Um, maybe it is a matter of location or an outdated website,but I would check Hood for HFCS. It is sold at FoodMax in Northern California and the reason I put it back was that one of the ingredients was HFCS.

                                            I didn't notice this thread until it appeared in the Chow Digest today. Searching this thread I don't see any mention of Pennsylvania Dutch Eggnog which is the bottled alcoholic type. The few mentions I found about it on the web raved about it. My inquiry

                                            They don't list all the ingredients though so I'm unclear on the sweetener used.

                                            1. re: rworange

                                              i don't mind the HFCS. i'd even drink it if it had toad poo, if it tasted the same. (well....maybe not toad poo....).

                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                Have you tried it this year yet? I'm wondering if they changed the formula since there is another mention of the HFCS further down. Maybe they changed the formula.

                                                Possible health hits aside .. please don't derail this thread with HFCS talk ... this is just a heads up it is there and either people don't care or do ... you won't change opinions ... I find stuff with HFCS cloyingly sweet. I'm intrigued by the Hood, but I'm holding out a while to see on my local board if I can locate a version without it. If not, I'm guessing I'll give the Pennsylvania Dutch stuff a try.

                                                1. re: rworange

                                                  no i haven't tried it this year.

                                                  but...the hood's is sweet, that's sure. to me, it tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie.

                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                    Oh dear - the rift widens - I always describe it as drinking pumpkin cheesecake! ;-D Yeah, it's full of bad-for-you stuff; I rationalize it because I only buy one quart a year and after all, pumpkin has fiber!

                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                      tee hee! i've gotta go now to harris teeter and get the two quarts the dairy man said that he'd "tuck away" for me. thanks for incentivizing me to get off this computer!

                                              2. re: rworange

                                                Pennsylvia Dutch is my yearly go-to eggnog. I found it at Costco, and have been happy with it. It's quite strong, a mix of brandy, whiskey and rum. It's thick and quite rich. The higher than i'm used to amount of alcohol in it limits me to one glass. (for the best, I know!)

                                                Her where i'm at, the local choice is Anderson's eggnog. Not bad, but not stellar. Makes me want to search out Brougiere's when i'm in LA near the Christmas holiday.

                                                1. re: Honeychan

                                                  Call me stupid, but I thought you had to refrigerate milk-based drinks? I'm always wary of eggnog that isn't stored in the cold.

                                                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                    That's a great point! It's unrefridgerated at the store, but once opened, it needs to go into the fridge. Perhaps all the booze makes it "keep" better or something? Someone much smarter will hopefully chime in with the info.

                                                    I also bought a pint of the local Anderson's eggnog last night, and looked at the ingredient list. First 3 were cream, sugar and egg yolks. Second to the last was guar gum. It's quite tasty, but very thick. I'm going to try making french toast in the AM with it, it sounds just too good not to!

                                                    1. re: Honeychan

                                                      I made french toast this am w/Hood's Golden eggnog- I loved it! The kids voted to add chocolate and cinnamon at the table. I think I just ate, like, an entire day's worth of calories...

                                                2. re: rworange

                                                  <<Searching this thread I don't see any mention of Pennsylvania Dutch Eggnog which is the bottled alcoholic type.>>
                                                  Just picked some up today and am enjoying it as I type. I still want to try Old New England, but didn't feel like crossing the river to make a quest for it today. Penn Dutch is the real deal--made with real dairy cream, rum, brand and blended whisky. It's not thick like Hood, but is extremely tasty. What more could one ask for for $9.99? I'm enjoying this pre-dinner treat and send out a virtual cheers to all my eggnog-loving friends, near and far! Here's to ya!

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                    Last night I picked up Old New England Egg Nog at Sonoma Wines & Spirits in Glastonbury, CT. My friend and I were treated to a sample in the store and we each walked out with a bottle in hand.

                                                    The Penn. Dutch is not in my own fridge (and it's way too early for a taste test), so I'll have to report back.

                                                    O-N-E is a seriously spiked nog, made with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Rum, Brandy and 3-Year-Old Blended Whiskey. The store owner joked about it not being a "wussy" eggnog, and that it is NOT!

                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                      Bonus points ... PA Dutch eggnog lasts a long time in the fridge We had some on Thanksgiving and I saved one serving for Christmas ... just to see if it would go bad ... nope ... perfectly fine at Xmas ... must be all that booze that preserves it.

                                              3. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                I understand the concern re: ingredients with some brands of egg nog. So, choose the brand that you enjoy and if considering the french toast, follow this batter recipe. I use Challah bread.

                                                2 cups pumpkin puree
                                                1 1/2 cups prepared eggnog
                                                2 eggs
                                                1/2 cup sugar
                                                1 teaspoon cinnamon
                                                1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                1/4 teaspoon ginger
                                                1/4 teaspoon cloves
                                                1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                                                Combine all ingred. in a blender, pour into a shallow pie plate, dip bread & pan fry.


                                              4. Broguiere's eggnog.
                                                Bought it one week ago here in LA.
                                                Comes in a glass bottle and it is truly divine.

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                                                1. re: latindancer

                                                  Boy! There's a clear consensus about Brouguiere's. I've never tried the egg nog because I've tried the milk and not found it to justify the difference in price but with this clear preference for their egg nog I've got to go give it a try.

                                                  1. re: rainey

                                                    Brouguiere's is fabulous and the only milk I buy is their's.
                                                    I love the glass bottles because I don't like the plastic or cartons or whatever else milk is packaged in nowadays. Brouguiere's reminds me of the days when my family had milk delivered....it was so fresh.
                                                    You must give their eggnog a try....it's well worth the money and you can recycle the bottle.

                                                2. Where I live we don't have that many brands of eggnog, however, while I don't drink more than a glass of the stuff, I love to cook with it: Think creme brulee, cheesecake, bread pudding, ice cream, pancakes, etc. My young adults absolutely can't wait every year until they put eggnog in the stores. Available here is Pet, Southern Comfort, and Turkey Hill. There are also the store brands that my son said is better than Pet (Food Lion Brand.

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                                                  1. re: Cherylptw

                                                    Hood sells several kinds of eggnogg at our "FreshMart" (old A&P). I know several folks like the Golden and the Pumpkin, but they also sell Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Light. How are these? I actually add fresh nutmeg to the Golden Hood. I feel a little guilty because HFCS is listed like 3rd or something on the label and I usually try to avoid it, but the stuff is SO GOOD!

                                                    Thanks for the french toast ideas- they all sound terrific!

                                                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                      HA HA, I was half expecting you to say you liked Stew Leonard's eggnog...but I should have known better. I don't care for it either!

                                                      Rather than buy a cinnamon-flavored nog, I like to add my own cinnamon at home (among other things!). :)

                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                        Stew's makes their own eggnog? OF COURSE THEY DO! I am beginning to think of them as a bit ConAgra-ish. It's just a matter of time till someone on this thread posts bout how great Stew's nog is. Probably someone w/a Snuggie and Uggs...ha ha!

                                                        You add cinnamon to your eggnog? I was brought up w/the narrow-minded notion that only freshly grated nutmeg may grace the perfect the nog- anything else might befoul the delicious concoction. Except for a top-shelf brandy shot. Or two if mom and dad weren't looking. Is it time to update my eggnog repertoire? What do you add?

                                                        1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                          Wait for the samples of Stew's nog on your next visit. As we get closer to holiday time, it'll be a self-serve option. Too funny re the attire!

                                                          I do add cinnamon to my eggnog. And, when we have it and I'm feeling so inclined, I add Black Seal rum and Bermuda Gold (good luck finding that unless you go to Bermuda, I think) to make dirty snowballs. DELICIOUS! You know what else would be good in it, I'll bet, is Canton Ginger Liqueur. I will have to try it and report back.

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                            my GAWD... I must try the ginger concoction ..... You people are evil, and will cause my jeans major distress!!!

                                                            1. re: gryphonskeeper

                                                              OMG, that Canton Ginger Liqueur sounds wonderful!

                                                              And gryphonskeeper - distressed jeans are coming back into style, I've heard. ;-)

                                                      2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                        There's also Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie flavors of Hood. The fellow from Hood who was stocking the nogs at a local market a few years ago told me the Sugar Cookie one is too sweet. I spoke to him to convey my compliments to Hood on the Pumpkin Egg Nog - he agreed that it was the best of the custom flavors. I got my quart of it today in Market Basket (Wilmington MA). They had at least 4 of the special varieties. I combine it with egg, then chunks of TJ's Pumpkin Spice mini-bundt cake for a no-fuss and extravagant bread pudding (more egg nog poured over as a sauce).

                                                        1. re: greygarious

                                                          I got my quart of it today in Market Basket (Wilmington MA).
                                                          Thanks for the local "it's here!" notice, greygarious! I will stop at the Reading or Woburn store in a day or so to pick up some pumpkin egg nog.

                                                      3. re: Cherylptw

                                                        The Hood eggnog discussed in many posts here packages the SOuthern COmfort eggnog, so if you can get SOuthern COmfort, you have Hood. :)

                                                        1. re: rwil_43

                                                          Well, hey, with Southern Comfort in the mix, you can feel REEEEEEAALLY good about Hood! ;)

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                            Why don't you just add SoCo to your nog? Or is is b/c of that big "Never Again, Never" CH post with all the vociferous SoCo haters! Personally, it sounds glorious!

                                                            1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                              I can't even remember what SoCo tastes like. Pretty much anything to liquor up eggnog is fair game in my book. BTW, there is something called Old New England Eggnog (it's "fortified") available in CT (and I'm sure elsewhere as well). Locally, Sonoma Wine & Spirits in Glastonbury is selling it. Read about it in this week's e-mail. Haven't tried it yet. You may want to add it to your nog shopping list. ;)

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                There is no Southern Comfort in Southern Comfort eggnog. Think about it. Wouldn't they require id if buying it? Would they put it next to the milk where a kid could walk in and buy it.

                                                                This link has the ingredients (a bit frightening) and says

                                                                "The 157-year-old HIP Hood Inc. acquired the license to manufacture and distribute Southern Comfort Egg Nog, available to consumers in late 2002. The non-alcoholic beverage retains key flavor notes of Southern Comfort liqueur. "

                                                                As for eggnog in general, sometimes I add it to coffee instead of milk

                                                                1. re: rworange

                                                                  <<There is no Southern Comfort in Southern Comfort eggnog. Think about it. Wouldn't they require id if buying it? Would they put it next to the milk where a kid could walk in and buy it.>>
                                                                  Never seen it, so no idea it was non-alcoholic or where it can be purchased.

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    The only place I ever saw it was a liquor store on an unrefrigerated shelf, so I just assumed it had liquor in it! Why is it "SoCo eggnog" if there isn't any SoCo in it? Makes no sense to me, but what do I know? It actually doesn't sound all that good, now that I'm perusing your ingredient list.

                                                                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                      I think they are referring to a refrigerated product - I've seen SoCo Egg Nog (it's in a carton) at the supermarkets around here a few times before. Obviously no alcohol in that... I would assume the liquor store one you are referring to does in fact contain alcohol - I've never seen that before, but I'm headed to the liquor store today so I'll check it out.

                                                      4. I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful Silk soy eggnog is. We drink Silk Light Chocolate all the time, but for some reason I didn't have high hopes for the eggnog flavor. I'll never buy the dairy based eggnogs again.

                                                        My other favorite kinds all come from the liquor store. ;-)

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                                                        1. re: cycloneillini

                                                          Ooooh, thanks for the tip! I was reading this and feeling sorry for myself 'cause I can't do sweet dairy right now, but I looooove eggnog. I'm going to have to look for the Silk.

                                                          1. re: cycloneillini

                                                            My husband LOVES Silk Nog. And he's not even vegetarian/vegan.

                                                          2. The problem with discussing a product like this one is that what is available is generally local or regional. I live in central PA, and I've never tasted or even heard of Broguiere. I'm originally from New England, so I'm familiar with Hood's, but I can't get it where I live now. Out here we have Turkey Hill eggnog--good. Is there any such thing as a national brand of eggnog?

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                                                            1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                              borden's in a can seems to be all over the east coast and down south. i don't know if it is out west.

                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                Urk. When we lived in Germany, Bordens canned egg nog was all they had at the commissary...my memory of that is that it tasted of soap.

                                                              2. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                Hood's might be going National. A store called FoodMax nearish SF sells the pumpkin and sugar cookie. They also sell Southern Comfort, so that might be national. SC also has HFCS.

                                                                You might ask on your local board if any store near you sells Hood

                                                                1. re: rworange

                                                                  Sugar cookie is not to my liking. My first inclination was to say "nasty" but that's harsh. Hood's Golden Eggnog is my weapon of choice. ;) And you can see lots of pumpkin lovers are already on board.

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    I've just returned from Foodtown with 14 Hood's Pumpkin Egg Nogs ($3.49/each) and plan to make french toast Sunday morning with one & freeze the rest. Experimenting will last all winter!

                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                      You SERIOUSLY bought 14 quarts? Now THAT is addiction (or dedication to a fine food item, HFCS be damned!) LOL

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        Sure did. Last year I was unable to score a pallet and regretted it. This year I called the store, placed a large order and picked it up. They freeze/defrost beautifully. Tons of uses. Plus I entertain often and breakfast is my turf. French toast, pancakes, waffles and breads WILL be made with this nectar :)

                                                                        HFCS is a fight I don't pick...http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high... My family & I are produce fanatics, healthy, don't eat alot of processed foods and with the exception of an ice cold root beer pop and a ginger ale for tummy troubles don't consume sodas. No obesity, no sugar ailments. My response short/sweet. I totally respect anyone else's concerns tho.

                                                                        Also, fwiw-I can't stand the other HOOD flavors. Pumpkin Spice just hits all the right notes for me.

                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                          OK, I was in Shaw's/Stoneham today, and I picked up a quarter ($2.99) and just had a sip after my late lunch.

                                                                          Oh. My. GAWD. This is seriously great stuff - it's like a dessert! LOL! I can't WAIT for breakfast tomorrow. Hmmm.....I don't have anything taken out for dinner tonight - it might just be pumpkin french toast with maple syrup and bacon!

                                                                          Many thanks to you, HillJ, for mentioning this! I hate you and I love you. :-)

                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            I feel the love/hate :)...mostly, love.
                                                                            Few tips on the french toast. The nog makes the challah super soft. Either use day old bread or give the bread a good chill (even overnight) then pan fry on a medium high heat to avoid the mush-factor OR dip and oven bake if you prefer a crustier result.

                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                              Well, I don't have challah - I have Martin's potato bread, OR a half-loaf of Italian bread which might work, although it might be a bit crustier on the outside than I'd like. But thanks for the hints on the mush factor.

                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                  That's what I thought as well. But didn't make the French toast for dinner last night. Perhaps later this week.

                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                    as a side note, i've found that i love (love!) martin's dinner rolls (like for bbq pork sandwiches), but i'm not crazy about their sliced bread.

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                I've been following this board for awhile and have claimed to be a EggNog Snob, but I had no clue until I tried the Hood Pumpkin. WOW. So, I tried the pumpkin FT this morning and it was mushy, kinda gooey and burnt/black in a few areas...what am I doing wrong, anyone?? Here was the set up:

                                                                                *Couldn't find Texas Toast or Challah Bread, so I did a Stuffing Bread loaf and sliced it thick.
                                                                                *Warmed a tortilla pan/flat pan up to medium heat
                                                                                *Coated it lightly with butter, trying to avoid sticking
                                                                                *Grilled 3 slices at a time, for 4-5 minutes on each side

                                                                                The result, while GOOD...REALLY GOOD...wasn't as crispy as I would have liked. Would baking it make that much of a difference?


                                                                                1. re: ShimmyMarx

                                                                                  ShimmyMarx, I recommended using bread that was cold because room temp the bread absorbs the egg nog and what I call the mush factor occurs. A warm pan without butter, maybe just some PAM would be better. I also tried using the nog as a baked french toast but the texture didn't change, it was just easier to turn out a larger batch.

                                                                                  So, cold or day old bread, PAM no butter, pre-heated pan. Having said all this, nog french toast is softer than traditional egg batter.

                                                                                  Hope this helps!

                                                                        2. re: HillJ

                                                                          HillJ, do you freeze right in the unopened carton? I have only frozen leftover eggnog, in a Rubbermaid container.

                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                            Yes, right in the container. The entire small pallet is on the freezer shelf.

                                                                      2. re: rworange

                                                                        Having read the label, it seems one could replicate the pumpkin eggnog pretty easily by blending pumpkin pie filling, or puree plus pumpkin pie seasoning, into regular eggnog. Chances are that's how Hood does it.

                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                            grey, see recipe above. a homemade version is super simple.

                                                                          2. re: rworange

                                                                            Check out Hood's website. Hood eggnog and Southern Comfort is the same. They package for Southern COmfort.

                                                                          1. re: thinks too much

                                                                            For milk, cream and other products, yes, but given a choice between the two for eggnog, I go for the Hood. It's the only Hood product I prefer to its Garelick counterpart.

                                                                          2. In Durham NC the best brand in our area comes in the old style glass bottles from our local Maple View Farm (who make great millk and ice cream as well!). In addition to co-ops and Whole Foods you can find it in some of the chain grocery stores as well.

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                                                                            1. re: marbet400

                                                                              LUCKY!!! That must be fantastic. We have a local place that used to sell milk in glass bottles (not sure if they still do). I will have to check and see if they sell eggnog. That would be fab as their milk and ice cream are worth the drive (maybe 40 minutes from where I live)!

                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                the "promised land" eggnog recommended by my harris teeter dairy manager comes in a glass bottle.

                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                  But is only available in the "promised land" that is your neck of the woods (vs. mine). I just called to confirm. They only sell as far north as Maryland. :( BOOHOO, it does sound wonderful!

                                                                            2. Last year the Supertaster section here recommended Horizon Organic nog. It was on sale at my local supermarket and OMG it was awesome.

                                                                              1. I saw the heading and haven't read through the 76 replies yet...I'm registering my disappointment and warning not to expect anything exceptional from seasonal offering Silk Pumpkin Spice...tastes like NOTHING. Being a Silk product, it's fairly healthy except for
                                                                                24g. sugar. No spice flavor, no eggnog flavor...good for using in anything requiring a soy milk product with a sweet bent. I seem to remember Silk making a decent eggnog product last year. Haven't seen it yet.

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                                                                                1. re: garlic17

                                                                                  garlic17, my husband drinks soy milk and used the Silk pumpkin spice in his oatmeal with some add'l cinnamon & nutmeg. He agrees alone it was quite bland. But, he found a use for it.

                                                                                2. The local Whole Foods in Northern VA carry Homestead Dairy products including a divine egg nog that does not use HFCS or gum. I think I gained ten pounds drinking a glass with some brandy but it's so worth it. Also good is Organic Valley Farm's nog.

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                                                                                  1. re: HokieAnnie

                                                                                    I tried the Homestead Egg Nog at Fresh Market in Richmond, VA this past Saturday andi it's the best nog I've had by far. It's definitely worth the calories.

                                                                                    Go Hokies!

                                                                                  2. I was googling around for eggnog yesterday and found this description of Sonoran Eggnog. How good does THIS sound:

                                                                                    I want one! Cheers!

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                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                      sistakat, i have to say that the sonoran eggnog with tequila and chocolate sounds like something that belongs on the "stuff i drank in college but will never drink again" thread. YUK!

                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                        No, really? The whole description moved me...maybe because I'm really overdue for vaca and the Scottsdale Four Seasons sounded pretty appealing. I didn't think it was college-like at all. Well, if I make it, I will report back. But no twinkling saguaros in my backyard to add to the ambiance. ;) I'll twinkle enough on my own if I add tequila to my golden nog. HA HA HA!

                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                          Tequila?! Stick w/your other alcohol choices. Tequila has no place in a nog. Get thee to the Phoenician, stat!

                                                                                          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                            HA HA, I think I was stuck on that because I had a coffee with tequila (and I forget what else besides whipped cream and a nice sugar cookie!) for dessert on Friday night (YOWZAH!). That brought the evening to a really quick finish, I might add! <insert face of shame>
                                                                                            P.S. Would that I could get on the next plane out there to the Phoenician, yes, please!

                                                                                      2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                        That reminds me of Rompope which I did not mention in a previous post. It is a Mexican version of eggnog that I really like. Whenever I make my regular trips to the south Texas valley and cross the border I always bring back a bottle of Rompope.

                                                                                        1. re: swamp

                                                                                          Just looked it up. Sounds interesting! Can you taste the almonds or is it really just a thickener. Tell us more.

                                                                                          1. re: swamp

                                                                                            Too lazy to do an internet search. What is Rompope? Sounds nasty...?

                                                                                        2. I love Silk Nog, too. I really love the flavor of regular eggnog, but the texture is a little thick to me. The Silk has all the flavor, with none of the heavy mouthfeel.

                                                                                          1. I live in Philly so I am VERY partial to Wawa's brand. It is delish. Rich creamy heartattack in a container.

                                                                                            1. Geez... the nog selection at my favorite S.Stop & Shop in Hartford (CT) was overwhelming. I can't belive the number of brands and choices available- cinnamon, sugar cookie, vanilla, golden, pumpkin... Aaaaaahhh! They even carry eggnog tea (Bigelow's Eggnoggin)! Let's draw the line, somewhere, folks. But then again, pumpkin nog sounds dreadful to me. I guess everyone has a different nog fave, and why shouldn't we have a choice? Bottoms up!

                                                                                              1. Massachusetts EggNog Afficionados...

                                                                                                Is there somewhere in MA that sells Broguiere? If not, is there an EggNog in a glass bottle that I can buy somewhere near Lexington? My father in law always used to say he wanted to be a milk man, for the nostalgia, and I would love to bring him a few bottles of Nog. Thanks!!!

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                                                                                                1. re: ShimmyMarx

                                                                                                  Shimmy, best place to try for eggnog in a bottle in the Lexington area would be Wilson Farm. They sell Dracut's Shaw Farm milk (I'm pretty sure it's in glass bottles), half and half and heavy cream, so it's possible that Shaw Farm also make eggnog. You might also want to check Verrill Farm in Concord or various Whole Foods - not sure what brands they're carrying, but I know they have milk in bottles.

                                                                                                2. Speaking of nog... Sunday nite's Iron Chef show was "Battle Eggnog"! It featured Morimoto(of all people to battle nog!) versus Flay using eggnog and competing ice-sculptors. I know, ice sculptures- what the heck? The best part was when Flay saw Morimoto's ice sculpture was a SMOKER THAT ACTUALLY SMOKED A PIECE OF (FISH?MEAT?)! He was like "I'll just give up now." He lost by 1 point. Ha ha!

                                                                                                  BTW, Morimoto made star shaped nog french toast! Yum!

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                                                                                                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                    I saw that episode and love that show. It's incredible what those chefs can make with one special ingredient! It's funny because I just saw the Hood Pumpkin Egg Nog in Everybody's Market in Cheshire last night. My husband pointed it out and we were wondering how it tastes. I guess we'll have to give it a try.

                                                                                                    1. re: joan mar

                                                                                                      I did try the Hood Pumpkin and it's interesting, but my heart belongs to Hood's Golden Nog. :)

                                                                                                  2. I gotta say, I finally got a bottle of Broguiere. I paid $7 (tho I later found it at another store for $5.50). For my tastes, it's far too thick and the flavor is not all that different than Alta Dena at a much better price and better and more convenient availability.

                                                                                                    I suppose the thickness could be designed to thin with spirits. But I'll happily say I've had the experience and move on to good ole AD.

                                                                                                    1. Southern Comfort-brand Vanilla Spice
                                                                                                      I have been known to freeze several quarts of this, which are enjoyed throughout the year. (It's probably NOT recommended that you freeze it, but I'll keep taking my chances.)

                                                                                                      followed by the regular Southern Comfort-brand eggnog

                                                                                                      Usually like to drink these straight, but occasionally add a wee bit of rum.

                                                                                                      This stuff is addicting. I have to drastically increase my time at the gym to counteract the calorie load.

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                                                                                                      1. re: racer x

                                                                                                        Can you freeze a cream/milk-based product like egg-nog? I seem to remember that a few years ago (Stew Leonards, of course) printed instructions for freezing their milk on the side of the containers (basically, "Freeze. Remove. Thaw. Drink.")

                                                                                                        1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                          I make ice cream by just pouring eggnog into my ice cream maker so I don't know why not.

                                                                                                          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                            Your question sent me to search the web for an answer on frozen eggnog.

                                                                                                            According to the USDA, commercially-prepared eggnog is usually pasteurized, so it is safe to freeze for up to 6 months. USDA recommends against freezing homemade eggnog.

                                                                                                            A representative of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission was quoted as saying,
                                                                                                            "Yes, eggnog can be frozen for later use. It's best to freeze the product before it's opened and before the expiration date on the carton, and to keep it frozen for no longer than six months (for best quality, not safety)." (presumably referring to commercial eggnog

                                                                                                            Info posted on the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center website doesn't specifically discuss freezing eggnog, but does address the issue of safely preparing homemade eggnog:

                                                                                                            "While adding alcohol may inhibit bacterial growth, it cannot be relied upon to kill bacteria that may be present in raw eggs.

                                                                                                            To make safe eggnog, cook or microwave it to 160° Fahrenheit, or until the egg mixture thickens enough to coat a spoon. Refrigerate it at once. When refrigerating a large amount of eggnog, divide it into several shallow containers so that it will cool quickly. Do not fold raw, beaten egg whites into the cooked mixture, because they may also contain salmonella bacteria.

                                                                                                            Commercial eggnog, however, is prepared with pasteurized eggs and requires no cooking. Eggnog made with egg substitutes is also safe, since these frozen commercial products have been pasteurized."

                                                                                                        2. I wrote this down last year but never made it (might have been from Daisy Cooks): a can each of cream of coconut, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Options include rum, egg, nutmeg. I know this should probably be HC board but since this thread is about the various eggnog flavors....

                                                                                                          1. Silk by far. Rice Dream's new egg nog lacks body. Silk nog can be rich, so drink it over ice.
                                                                                                            Still looking for a good lactose-free egg nog recipe to fill in as Silk nog disappears after the holiday. Hoard Silk Egg Nog.

                                                                                                            1. Last nite (pre-storm rush) I bought the last bottle of Mountain Dairy Egg Nog at Highland Park Market in Farmington, CT. It's amazing. OMG. The bottle is shaped like an old-fashioned milk delivery bottle. In red and green colors, it says "2009 Season's Greetings From Mountain Dairy Storry, CT Willard J. Stearns and Sons. That's it. No ingredients. It does say "pasturized homogenized". It's like heaven in a bottle. I feel the coronary coming on any minute...wait for it...wait for it...

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                                                                                                              1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                Oops, typo! I meant Storrs, CT. Still waiting for THE END, though...

                                                                                                              2. The best is Francovich Egg Nog. It is available in two varieties, straight for the kids and non drinkers, and bottled at 7% alcohol. Unfortunately, you will have to come to the Reno area to partake of this fine drink as it is produced and bottled only here--The Francovich Family takes over a local dairy bottling plant for a few days to make the season's batch.

                                                                                                                1. Ronnybrook Farm egg nog. Just bought some this morning at the farmers market (in NYC).

                                                                                                                  1. I, too, love the fresh creaminess of Brouguiere's milk & enjoy their cold chocolate milk,. I find their Eggnog much too sweet. Since my Southern, CA. Compatriots have mentioned they feel Brouguigeres is the best, I am thinking that (in line with my past local Eggnog-Drinking) it is the least sweet of the bunch commercially available. Perhaps I am overly sensitive to the sweetness. Does anyone know of any other brands in So. Cal. that are just as rich & thick tasting as the Brouguires, but less sweet? I must say that the word "light", I have found, usually equates with less richness/thickness, but has nothing to do with being any less sweet. Honey in leu of sugar also doesn't always equate with less sweetness. I like rich, fresh, creamy & mildly sweet desserts! Thanks, JET

                                                                                                                    1. Schockingly, Land O Lakes eggnog is really good. If you want to see the difference between a cloying, overly-sweet eggnog with HFCS and one using real sugar, do a back to back with the LOL.

                                                                                                                      There was no junk in LOL and it was a lovely, light, clean-tasting eggnog. Bonus points because I bought it for 99 cents a quart.

                                                                                                                      Tip: Vanilla instant pudding using eggnong instead of milk ... well, at least LOL eggnog.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: rworange

                                                                                                                        So, Orange, is Land O' Lakes less sweet than the Brougieres? Thanks, JET

                                                                                                                        1. re: Jet

                                                                                                                          Brougieres isn't sold in the SF Bay Area, so don't know. Just know LOL is less sweet than the nogs with HFCS.

                                                                                                                        1. I finally tried Hood Pumpkin eggnog this year after seeing how popular it is.
                                                                                                                          I must be the only one who doesn't care for it.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                            You're definitely not the only one. I didn't like it either. It's not as bad as the "Chipwich" brand though...that one is just nasty.

                                                                                                                            Most commercial brands are (to me, anyway) over sweetened, including my aforementioned favorite, Farmland. In most cases however I can remedy it by adding a bit of cream or half & half. Whiskey also helps...
                                                                                                                            I _never_ drink eggnog without spiking it.

                                                                                                                            1. Here in Utah its cream of weber is the best, but can't find it did they stop making it why??

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