Welcome to 2018 where eggnog contains no eggs, no milk, no gluten, no soy, no heavy cream, no nothin’. Maybe a little booze and some sort of
Actually, there are a million (like, 10) dairy-free eggnogs on the market that I’ve seen in stores so I decided to try a couple from my go-to dairy-free brands: Califia Farms Almond Milk Eggnog & So Delicious Coconut Milk Eggnog. So Delicious has some of the best dairy-free products (cheese, ice cream and coffee creamer just to name a few). And Califia Farm’s almond milk is the only one my husband actually likes so it’s always in our fridge.
Compare & Contrast
So Delicious Coconut Milk Eggnog — super sweet and creamy, this eggnog taste like the real deal. It’s soy free, dairy free, and gluten free. But it has a lot of sugar. This is to be expected, though. I mean, hello, it’s a holiday drink! It’s thick like traditional eggnog, which is great if you want to add ice and not worry about it getting too watery.
Califia Farms Almond Milk Eggnog — a little lighter on the tongue, this is an eggnog you can drink all night long. Like its counterpart, it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, soy free and carrageenan (a controversial thickener often found in dairy-free milk) free. However, it has significantly less sugar, and therefore less of a super-sweet taste. The consistency is light and smooth. This would be a great option to mix with
And the Winner Is…
In my humble opinion, So Delicious Coconut Milk Eggnog was a clear winner. It’s thicker, sweeter and a tad more flavorful. However, both were great and you bet I drank the full glass of each after my little taste test. The Califia Farms version I will keep around to mix with rum, ice cream, add it into baked goods, etc. The So Delicious version will likely not last to Friday as it’s too good to put down – and frankly, I don’t typically even like eggnog!
About the Booze
I popped off the top of a bottle of rum, took one whiff and….almost threw up. Strong, dark liquor is not my thing. So I’m going to leave the drink recipes to the experts. Here are some that sound really good. You can let me know how they actually taste! ** tip: if you’re reading an eggnog cocktail recipe that calls for egg yolks, milk and/or cream just ignore that unless you want to make homemade eggnog. You’re really just looking for the added alcohol and other spices and flavorings.