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Eggnog is not a four-letter word.

During my childhood, my family never spoke of it. The mere mention of the word set my mother off into an anti-eggnog speech. It was disgusting, it was the worst thing she’d ever tasted, and it would be the worst thing we’d ever tasted if we tried it, she claimed. She scarred her four children so deeply that we vowed to never try the horrible drink.

In high school, my friends praised eggnog and told me how delicious it was. One even said it tasted like a Christmas cookie. I didn’t believe them. I trusted my mother’s description of the drink. When I moved out I did finally try eggnog, and my friend was right: Eggnog is a Christmas cookie.

The name of the drink itself doesn’t sound too appealing. I dislike eggs, so my mother’s depiction of the drink seemed accurate. Eggnog is a mixture of cream or milk, eggs, sugar and spices.

If made at home, eggnog is light and frothy because of the uncooked whipped eggs. Commercial eggnog is heated to cook the eggs, which gives it a thick and creamy taste. Most eggnog contains vanilla, nutmeg or both. Eggnog has many forms and varieties including lattes, ice cream, low fat, pumpkin, vanilla or soy.

Since my eggnog days just began a few years ago, I now have "nog" in my apartment all season long. I’m obsessed with finding the best eggnog out there.

Silk Nog: dairy-free

 $2.50, available at Fred Meyer stores

This dairy-free, soy-based ‘nog tasted nutty. The soymilk overpowered the eggnog flavor, and the ‘nog’s thin texture and lack of spices made it difficult to compare with other tastier eggnogs. I had to pour some nutmeg into my glass of soynog to enhance the drink.

Trader Joe’s Light Eggnog: low fat

 $2.69, available at Trader Joe’s

I love Trader Joe’s. I’d never experienced their ‘nog, so my ‘nog excitement took over. After tasting it, I wasn’t so impressed. This ‘nog had a medium thickness, and the spices were dull. From the distinct and unpleasant "diet" aftertaste, it was obvious this eggnog was a low-fat option.

Dryer’s Eggnog Ice Cream: dessert

 $3.79, available at Fred Meyer stores

This tasted exactly what I would imagine frozen eggnog would taste like. The ice cream was full of spices, which enhanced the flavor. The texture was creamy but also light and fluffy. It was a creamy, delicious eggnog dessert. The only downside is the sweetness. After three bites, I didn’t want to eat any more of it.

Darigold Vanilla Spice Eggnog: Flavored 'nog

$2.69, available at Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores

Since I already knew I adored the Darigold Pumpkin Spice Eggnog from trying it in October (I highly recommend it), I wanted to try something new. The vanilla spice sweetness did not compare to any other eggnog. It tasted like a dessert packed into a glass. The vanilla overpowered the other spices but not in a bad way. The color was white instead of a light yellow, and the texture was thick.

Eggnog Latte: Coffee

 

$4.55, available at Starbucks

Coffee and eggnog compliment each other well. Even with black coffee, a splash of eggnog makes for a delicious treat. Eggnog lattes from Starbucks are my personal favorite because the eggnog used isn’t entirely eggnog. Instead, it’s mixed with 2 percent milk. Most coffee houses replace the steamed milk in a latte with eggnog, but Starbucks mixture is two-thirds milk and one-third eggnog. This creates a less dense drink, though it is still thicker than a usual latte. I enjoyed this, because the eggnog does not overpower the coffee. You can also order it uncut without the milk, or have it mixed with nonfat milk instead of 2 percent.

Twinbrook Creamery Eggnog: classic

$1.95, available at Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores

 This was everything eggnog should be. The creamy and thick texture seemed like batter instead of a drink. It was spicy and full of nutmeg, which brought out the flavor of the ‘nog. It tasted very fresh, and I can’t get over how delicious this drink was.