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Nov 12, 2009 08:43 PM

2009 Eggnog sightings

It started to arrive about two weeks ago.

Berkeley Bowl has the most extensive selection I've seen to date. Berkeley Farms is doing what I wish most companies would do ... selling small single-serve bottles of eggnog. Unfortunately it has HFCS. If I'm going to throw calorie-caution to the wind on my yearly cup of eggnog, it has to count and not be junk.

FoodMax is selling Hood eggnog which I haven't noticed before. There are two flavors - pumpkin and um, cookies or gingerbread or something like that. Again, HFCS.They also sell Southern Comfort refrigerated eggnog which Grocery Outlet usually has later in the season. ... another with HFCS.

In the liquor section, Safeway was selling non-refrigerated Pennsylvania Dutch eggnog from Holland. The problem it doesn't list all ingredients, only cream, rum, brandy, and blended whisky. They don't mention what type of sweetening they use . Eggs aren't even mentioned on the label Not finding much on the web about it. Asked on the General board

Anyway, if anyone has some good eggnog this year whether from the market or in a restaurant, please post.

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  1. Didn't notice the huge eggnog thread on the General Board until the mention in the Chow Digest

    Anyway, HFCS be damned, that Hood pumpkin eggnog sold at FoodMax gets lots of praise. Here's the first discussion of it in that thread

    I didn't see the Hood Golden eggnog that is mentioned first. Sugar Cookie is the other Hood eggnog sold by FoodMax

    Stil, AFAIK, I'm looking for something without HFCS

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    1. re: rworange

      Clover is good, right?
      I remember from last year I didn't like Budds. It was toooo sweet and thick, like melted ice cream. which is probably what it is.

      I think Clover was the go-to bottle.

      1. re: Bryan Gros

        Bud's uses HFCS which may be the reason it was too sweet. I find that is true of many products using it. Haven't looked at or tried Clover.

        1. re: Bryan Gros

          Was at Berkely Bowl today and checked out the ingredients on Clover. They do use sugar ... well cane syrup. There was a filler/thcikener or two such as tapioca flour. BB is having an eggnog sale right now. All brands, all types (soy).

          1. re: rworange

            Hmm, here's the Clover ingredient list posted in 2006,
            it's changed?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Not sure of all of it, but I'm almost certain they are using cane syrup/ However the carton said "natural". Didn't see the organic.

              1. re: rworange

                Clover makes two: organic and not. Photos of the cartons on the homepage

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Ingredient listing from Clover Stornetta 100% Natural Egg Nog (red carton) - milk, evaporated cane juice, cream, egg nog base - egg yolks, whey, natural flavoring - maltodextrin, natural flavors, modified food starch; stablizer guar annatto-tumeric color, nonfat milk

                  Falletti Foods
                  308 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                After reviewing the ingredients of all the brands available at Rainbow, I picked the Clover Organic version. Didn't see the ingredient list on the website, so here it is:

                Oganic milk and organic cream, organic sugar, organic non-fat milk powder, organic egg yolks, organic tapioca starch, organic nutmeg, salt, carrageenan, organic natural flavor, organic annato, and organic tumeric.

                That a lot of ogranic. Even with the extra adjectives, it was a much shorter list than the non-organic.

          1. re: wolfe

            Rompope and rompope ice cream are pretty different from holiday egg nog.

          2. I've bought "Buds" about a week ago and have been using it instead of half and half in my coffee. The calories for one serving is 230, and saturated fat is 40% of daily value.

            And the serving size is 1/2 cup; yikes!

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            1. re: badbatzmaru

              Clover's is 190 calories and 25% sat fat for the same 1/2 cup serving... coffee's brewing now; French Toast tomorrow morning.

              1. re: Cynsa

                There is a lite version as well. Thanks for the ingredients on the regular. It seemed that the lite had less stuff in it.

            2. Straus creamery offers eggnog this time of year. Pretty sure it has no more than 3-4 ingredients. Does not taste like the conventional store-bought, but more like something folks make at home. Very good.

              Don't get me wrong, I like the store-bought flavor nog too, and of those Bud's is one of my fav's next to Wilcox dairy (Seattle). It is rich though. I have often thought you could probably pour it straight out of the carton and into an ice cream machine...