Best Eggnog to Buy (and the Worst)

See which eggnog brands ranked highest in our taste test, and which are better left on the supermarket shelf

Best Eggnog to Buy (and the Worst)
Jane Bruce

As much as we applaud your good-intentioned enthusiasm in wanting to make everything yourself this holiday season, when it comes to items like eggnog, there's no shame in turning to the supermarket for help.

Although it's not difficult to make at home, eggnog is one of those products that is easy to check off your shopping list. The only hitch? Making sure you pick the right brand. Reach for the wrong carton in your dairy aisle and you might wind up with something that tastes more like thin, banana-bubblegum-flavored milk, rather than that creamy, lightly spiced drink you were anticipating.

Knowing that "added stress" wasn't on your Christmas wish list, eight Daily Meal editors tested 12 popular eggnog brands to see which are best (and which you might want to leave on the supermarket shelf). Our taste test criteria? We considered texture (does it have the desired creamy thickness?), flavor (is there a hint of holiday spices?), color (is it more yellow or white?), and level of sweetness (not too cloying, please). What's more, we conducted a second round of testing that mixed in a little dark spiced rum to help determine which tasted best with a spirited addition.

Check out the results below — the brands are listed best to worst (scores are based on a 100 point scale) — then check out the slideshow for full commentary.

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Elves's picture

You should try Christmas Milk eggnog. It tastes like melted french vanilla ice cream and is great wtih spiced rum. Not only does it taste great, but they give a portion of all sales to help children in foster care find a "forever" home. Everyone loved it that tried it - even the kids! Can't wait for it to come out again this year.

eggnogge's picture

Clover Organic EggNog.....Petaluma, California......simply the best!

eggnogge's picture

Clover Organic Egg Nog from Petaluma California.....simply the best!

Thyme's picture

"Oh, my gawd"! " I was shocked when I saw 'Hood's eggnog in the picture...I was very excited to see, that 'Hood', was number two...........he-e-e-e-y". I was just telling a friend that I missed 'Hood' ice cream....the best....I am originally from New England and I cannot get it in California. I did see the millk once at 'Trader Joe's and bought several cartons. "Yes, baby"! Okay, I have calmed down...but I will be going to Trader Joe's to check their eggnog out....unless I can track down Ronneybrook, or Organic Valley, or Southern Comfort.............

layla13's picture

what happened to bordens in the can? thats the best

Thyme's picture

Bordens' was okay......Carnation was better. Whatever happen to Pet it still in existent?

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