Eggnog is notoriously known as “THE” Christmas drink, but I had no idea what it was really made from. So after a bit of research and asking around I learned the real ingredients in Egg Nogg.
It is dairy-based, traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, vanilla, and whipped eggs, the eggs are what give it a frothy texture. Also in the mix can be brandy, rum, whisky, bourbon, Kahlua, vodka, or any combination you want! And to top it all off, a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg is sprinkled on top to give it that beautiful look! This tradition dates way back into the 18th century!
This popular holiday drink is enjoyed many different ways. Many people have their own tradition when it comes to eggnog. Some enjoy it warm, others cold and some baked into holiday treats. I know my family likes to sip theirs warm, by the fireplace on Christmas Eve. This drink is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones getting cozy by the fire.
With this recipe for eggnog, you get a bit of chocolate to spice up that traditional taste! Now this drink can be heavy on the calories, but you can cut fat and calories by swapping traditional full fat eggnog with a skim or reduced fat brand. This way you can indulge and not feel guilty during the holidays!
Calories (per serving): 385, Fat 19 grams, Sodium 209 mg, Carbs 46 grams, Fiber 0.9 grams, Sugars 37 grams, Protein 9.9 grams
*cut fat and calories by swapping traditional full fat eggnog with a skim or reduced fat brand
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
1 litre eggnog (full fat or skim)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
18 (3 ounces) Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, chopped
2 teaspoons malt powder
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup Crème de Cocoa (optional)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1. In a medium saucepan bring the eggnog up to a simmer; don’t let it boil.
2. Add the cocoa powder, Kisses, malt powder, cinnamon sticks and salt; stir to combine. Simmer for 15 minutes until the chocolate is completely melted and the eggnog has thickened slightly.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in Crème de Cocoa (if using). Let the eggnog cool for 5-10 minutes. Ladle into glasses or mugs and enjoy warm.
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.
by Amanda Garbutt