EDIT: I just discovered the "chunks" were mold! I'm dyiiing. Omigod, I've never been so disgusted in my life. Not sure why the other "chunks" didn't have mold in them. Bah! Gonna contact Earth Balance and the store I got it from. Gross.
Awww yeah, boyee! Early Christmas™ has crept its way into the calendar even earlier this year. I swear, I saw Christmas lights before Halloween was even here. About the only thing I love about Early Christmas™ is that I get to get drunk off nog for about 5 months straight. Hallelujah, holla back!
|2 will enter. I will win!|
The whole nog off idea kinda started as a joke when Jordan and Mike (of PPK fame) were talking about So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog
. While doing my Thanksvegan shopping, I also stumbled upon Earth Balance Soy Nog
. Now, you know it was on!
|earth balance soy nog|
First up was the Earth Balance nog. What I basically did was taste it straight up...then drowned in alcohol. The nog was creamy and on the medium side of thick. The consistency was great for drinking straight up, but watered down easily when made alcoholic and served on the rocks. There was a nice amount of spice, and I'm pretty sure I like this better than Silk Nog
(or at least as much). However, there was one large problem. There were chunks in it, as in something went horribly wrong with the thickening. I'm hoping it was just an anomaly because those chunks ruined an otherwise lovely drink.
|so delicious coconut nog|
The So Delicious nog was super creamy and ultra thick. Not quite as thick as dairy nog, but the closest vegan version I've tasted. I'm a fan of thinner nogs for drinking straight up, but this is perfect as a mixer. Plus, the first thing I noticed were the huge flakes of nutmeg. This does have a coconut essence, but it works super well with the overall nog.
Nog Off Results
Creaminess: So Delicious
Thickness: So Delicious
Spice: So Delicious
Price: So Delicious was $3.19, and Earth Balance was $3.89
Spiced Caucasian Pwnage: So Delicious
Overall Nog Factor: Tie
Clearly, So Delicious is the winner! The Earth Balance nog is fantastic, but the chunks are worrisome and it just got slaughtered in a side-by-side tasting. I'd still buy both, though, depending on my mood.
Now, I'll leave you with my favorite holiday dranky drank. Enjoy, dudes!
1 oz coffee liqueur (Kahlua, etc.)
1 oz espresso vodka (Seagram's, Smirnoff, etc.)
Fill the glass with ice. Top with liqueur and vodka. Fill will nog. Stir. Top with nutmeg, if so desired. For a truly caffeinated version, try Mocha Kahlua!