Organic Valley Eggnog

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

The moment the clock runs out on Thanksgiving, it starts ticking for Christmas, which means one central thing: Eggnog is back in play.

A once-a-year indulgence famous for sitting in one’s stomach like a liquid brick, a little eggnog tends to go a long way. And yet: We still crave it, we still buy it, we still consume coffee products vaguely based on its flavor profile.

Eggnog made by Wisconsin-based Organic Valley (which generally retails for $4.99 a quart) is a nice variation on the theme. It’s pale, rather than yellow in color, and it’s less rich and less sweet than the usual stuff. It’s dairy-forward, not egg-forward, and the overall sugar content is moderate compared to the standard-issue nog. It still packs a creamy punch calorically (180 calories for a half-cup serving), but compare that to the conventional stuff (as many as 220 calories for the same amount) — it’s not diet, but it’s not as bad as they come, either. And while Organic Valley doesn’t go down as clean as a glass of milk, it doesn’t coat the interior of your mouth, either, unlike many of its colleagues.

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

From a rum mixing perspective, Organic Valley gives you a lighter, punchier drink than you may be used to — the flavor of the rum comes through more clearly than with the standard nog, so buy good booze (Myers’s Dark comes to mind).

So: A lighter eggnog. Blasphemy? A slap in the face of tradition? Perhaps, perhaps. But it’s also nice to be able to enjoy a more elegant, slightly fresher-tasting twist on a Christmas staple.

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table


  1. Faith

    I love the stuff, but I’m not a big alcohol person. Seems plenty rich since I don’t drink much else that is as close to liquid ice cream….

  2. Astraea Shaw

    That sounds so good, and it is so inexpensive. I wish you the very best – how anyone can think of living on anything but organic food is beyond me.

  3. Nicole

    For whatever it’s worth, I just tried the Egg Nog flavor of So Delicious Coconut Milk and loved it. It still has a nice creamy feel to it and I find the slight coconut twist pleasant. Also, it only has 90 calories for a half cup as opposed to all the crazy calorie-laden versions…

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