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Eggnog: a Taste of Tradition + Twists

Ham vs. turkey. Gingerbread cookies vs. sugar cookies. There are plenty of debates centered on yuletide traditions. At my house, though, there’s no question: there will be eggnog.

Nog for Everyone

With lots of houseguests this month, my holiday motto is “Make some, buy some” so it’s Whole Foods Market® to the rescue. Not only is there organic traditional dairy eggnog, but there are also great non-dairy options to suit vegan or lactose intolerant celebrants.

And like all the products in our stores, these nogs are made without artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives.

Here are a few of our favorite nogs on our shelves:

  • Califia Farms Almondmilk Holiday NogTraderspoint Creamery Organic Grass-Fed Eggnog. Reach for this creamy 100% organic, grass-fed, gluten-free, minimally-processed, sustainably-farmed and non-homogenized eggnog. (Say that 10 times fast!) It also uses recyclable glass packaging.
  • Califia Farms Almondmilk Holiday Nog. Searching for a vegan eggnog with an almondmilk base? Here’s a lactose-, dairy- and gluten-free nog. Plus it’s Non-GMO Project verified.
  • Organic Valley Organic Eggnog. This nog uses a traditional recipe using organic milk, cream, eggs, vanilla and nutmeg.
  • So Delicious Dairy Free Nog Coconut Milk Beverage. Made from organic coconuts, it’s dairy free and Non-GMO Project verified.

A Nod to Nog Add-ins and Creative Uses

I like to make store-bought eggnog my own with simple additions like fresh grated nutmeg or better yet, a generous splash of booze. This year, I’m craving more creative ideas so I reached out to the unofficial Whole Foods Market hivemind (a handful of trusted and inventive team members). Here are their suggestions:

  • Cranberry EggnogTreat eggnog as a decadent smoothie base and blend it with cranberries or cocoa. Try Cranberry Eggnog.
  • Make eggnog au laits. Pour half a mug of heated nog and top with hot, dark coffee. Iced nog coffee would be tasty too.
  • Serve creamy and decadent hot chocolate with the addition of you guessed it…nog!
  • Nog in the morning? Sure! Try pancakes, tea breads with eggnog glaze, Eggnog and Ruby Red Grapefruit Muffins or cookies. (I’ll be making Baked Eggnog French Toast this year.)
  • Get creative with eggnog milkshakes. Add pumpkin puree and pie spice or booze.
  • Scoop up nog floats.
  • Jazz up teatime by experimenting with nog lattes with Earl Grey or chai. A matcha nog latte would be delicious and festively green!

Nog punch? Salted caramel nog? Nog topped with boozy whipped cream? What holiday traditions are you creating with eggnog? Chime in below.

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Emily Silet says …

My husband and I always enjoy beer nog--sounds gross, but is delicious especially when you use a hearty stout or porter to balance the creaminess and sweetness of the egg nog. Enjoy!

Max kam says …

Egg nog

Leticia says …

Eggnog French Toast and Eggnog Rum Bundt Cake are my holiday recipe traditions!

Ryan says …

I really was excited to try the Califa Farms almond nog, as I prefer almond milk throughout the rest of the year, but immediately put it down once I read the ingredients. Carageenan is not something I'm down with, and I thought the brand said they'd phase it out... Any non-dairy, organic, non-carageenan bogs out there?? Or recipes?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RYAN - I was able to find this dairy-free recipe online (http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/12/dairy-free-eggnog/). Let us know how it turns out!