Taste Test: Battle Low-Fat Egg Nog
Which (low-fat) egg nog will triumph?
Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Thank God egg nog rears its delicious head only around the holidays. Although I'd struggle if you asked me to drink a cup of heavy cream straight, I have no problem with guzzling an entire pint of egg nog.
My cardiovascular and digestive systems, however, do not benefit from so many ounces of liquid fat and dairy. And, come to think of it, neither does my partner, who via his cohabitation with me is privy to the, say, more intimate bodily emissions that are not always redolent of sweet roses. Ahem.
For these reasons, I am ever on the hunt for lighter versions of this traditional holiday drink, and this year I purchased two versions for a taste test. Note: Yes, I know I could in theory make my own low-calorie or even sugar-free/fat-free (yikes) egg nog, but I'd rather spend my time baking cookies. Time management, people.
At my local H-E-B, I picked up moderate quantities of Promised Land Reduced Fat Old-Fashioned Egg Nog (3.5 grams of fat/140 calories per 4 ounces) and store brand low-fat egg nog (2 grams of fat/140 calories per 4 ounces). I tried about two ounces of each, and the results will AMAZE YOU.
Well, not really. They tasted fairly similar, actually, but Promised Land wins the prize, because its texture was creamier and less like plain low-fat milk. Must be that extra 1.5 grams of fat per serving.
But if you're dead-set on an egg nog with the lowest fat without significantly reducing taste, go for the H-E-B brand.
Of course, if you then add a liberal amount of high-calorie spirits, well, then I can't help you.