Flavors of the season

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The Christmas Ales from Monday’s post aren’t the only evocative flavors this time of year. For me, one that I’ve come to appreciate the last couple years is eggnog. I haven’t yet gotten all Becky Home-Ecky and made it from scratch. Instead, we’ve been buying Organic Valley’s nog and spiking it with Knob Creek. The folks at OV are proudly linking to this recent piece in Esquire’s 2012 Holiday Survival Guide, which assesses store-bought brands and “by a landslide” declares it winner in their search for “the best eggnog you can buy.” As reviewer Elizabeth Gunnison writes, “The stand-out in the group was Organic Valley, which tasted of nutmeg and fresh cream, and wasn’t nearly so sweet as the other brands. I suspect this is because the company skipped the corn syrup and instead used organic fair-trade cane sugar.”

For another delicious organic option, consider Traders Point Creamery‘s eggnog, which J and I got to sample at Whole Foods on Monday. It was creamy-licious. (We hadn’t had dinner yet and were in a bit of a rush, so unfortunately I can’t provide a more carefully considered review than that.)

As I mentioned recently, I’ve also gotten into stouts as my cold-weather beer. For the holidays, we decided to finally make those stout floats I’ve been dreaming about. As an homage to our trip to Oregon this past fall, we’ll be making floats from Rogue’s Chocolate Stout poured over vanilla ice cream from our local favorite, Sassy Cow. And, since we’ll be with family in Chicago for Christmas, we picked up Goose Island root beer for a non-alcoholic alternative.

Beverage purveyors aren’t the only ones tapping into to our desire for a holiday fix. The big packaged food makers are at it, too, not always with the best results. As Rob Thomas details in his latest “Yeah, I Ate That” piece for 77 Square, you may want to pass on the “limited-time only” White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles. Head here for the full piece, which builds to this gem of a quote: “Pringles seems to have exactly replicated the taste of eating Pringles immediately after brushing your teeth.”

If you can erase that horrible thought from your mind, leave a comment to share the foods or beverages that get you in the holiday spirit!


One comment

  1. zazzman

    This is a great post, but the floats weren’t so good. I think the consensus was that the chocolate stout is good and the vanilla ice cream is good. Together, not so much.

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