Eggnog is by far one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures. It has nothing nutritionally redeemable about it, which probably attributes to its deliciousness. However, I cannot justify consuming 200+ calories on a half of a cup of a drink, so I spend a lot of time trying lower calorie nogs (sometimes no egg at all). I tried Target’s Market Pantry for the first time last year and fell in love. It is a beautiful consistency, not too creamy and not too runny, and has a good balance of sweetness and spices, moreso cinnamon than nutmeg. My only complaint I could find is its shade of yellow bothers me. It’s a little more artificial looking than I’d like, but it’s not glowing or anything. Otherwise, so far it has been my staple eggnog this entire season.
Market Pantry Lite Eggnog: 4.5/5
Having tried one other vegan nog that did not necessarily tickle my fancy, I cannot say I was particularly thrilled to try this one. But, being the nog lover I am and desperate to find a healthier alternative to egg nog that wasn’t a light/low fat version, I went to my local Wegman’s and purchased it. And I must say, this was one of the best holiday food purchases I have made to date.
When I opened it up, I smelled a nice waft of nutmeg, which was promising. When I poured it in my clear glass, I was in awe of the thick consistency even apparent in the pouring process, a consistency I’ve not experienced since I ceased purchasing regular egg nog. I held the glass to my lips, and again was taken aback; it tasted like nog too! The flavor was not overwhelmingly strong, but distinctly nog-like. The more I consumed, the more I enjoyed the creamy, familiar beverage.
The only thing keeping this from a perfect score is, as a non-vegan rating this to people who, by the content of this blog, I assume are also non vegan, the beverage does not contain the egg flavor, or even an imitation of t. While I am more than okay with that and just enjoy having a nog that’s healthy for which I do not have to compromise deliciousness, I realize others want that egg taste.
So Delicious Coconut Nog: 4.5/5