Who knew there was so much eggnog out there?

Christopher Michel
November 08, 2018

This week on a special holiday-themed edition of the Cooking Light Taste Test, the producers decided to inflict seven different eggnogs onto Jaime and me.

It turns out that there are a lot of varieties of nog out there. There are vegan nogs made with nut milks such as coconut or soy milk. There are classic calorie-bomb nogs. There are organic and low-fat nogs. There's even one that's made only with the milk of Jersey cows (it's billed as "richer, creamier," and "wholesome.")

We tried them all.

Now, I don't know about you, but for me, eggnog is one drink that I don't really lighten up. I don't drink it often—maybe once a year—and I generally just make it from scratch (basically like this though I occasionally make a hot version, which is called a Tom and Jerry). It's incredibly rich, and one is enough to last me for the rest of the year.

So it was interesting to try several store-bought brands, and to discover that I actually really liked some of the lighter versions! It was also a little humbling to find that I'm still pretty awful at guessing what's in a glass. One of the drinks that I was sure was made from almond milk turned out to be completely dairy-filled.

But the biggest surprise was when Jaime told me what she tastes whenever she drinks eggnog. I didn't believe her until I tried a sip—and it blew my mind. You'll have to watch the video above to see what it is—and then comment on our Facebook or Youtube pages and let us know whether you drink eggnog, what your favorite kind is, and if you taste the same thing when you drink it.