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We preferred Organic Valley's egg nog to Sassy Cow's. Which is your favorite?

Take the Milwaukee challenge: Organic Valley vs. Sassy Cow egg nogs

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Molly Snyder
Associate Editor
Pick: Organic Valley

Because it reminds me of mucus, egg nog is not a drink I go for -- unless it has a fair share of booze in it. But even then, the beverage's color and thickness usually make me generate a throaty, cat-with-a-hairball noise. That said, I was not a fan of Sassy Cow's classic nog, even though it comes in a cute container. (It's like the plastic gallon-of-milk container only smaller.)

I found the Organic Valley nog way less offensive. In fact, I tagged it the "Egg Nog Haters' Egg Nog." This brand is more drinkable, in my opinion, because it's lighter. It's much lighter in color -- it's almost white so the nutmeg flecks are more visible which adds to the overall pleasing appearance -- and it's lighter in texture. The latter lightness is key for me. This nog is more milky and less eggy, which allows it to slide down ye olde hatch with ease.

I probably wouldn't run out and buy the Organic Valley nog -- even though I am a devoted consumer of their other dairy products -- but if I were hosting a holiday party and wanted to provide a festive libation for others, I would definitely pick this nog over other brands.

Bobby Tanzilo
Managing Editor
Pick: Organic Valley

Unlike some of the others taking part in this challenge, I love egg nog and I love that it's a really seasonal culinary delight in a country where seasonality is in large part erased from our tables. It's a once-a-year treat and that means it really represents the holiday season for me.

The Organic Valley egg nog is nutmeg-y, but milky white in color and in taste, with just a hint of the "eggness" that defines egg nog. On the other hand, the Sassy Cow, in a cute miniature "gallon" jug, is deep yellow, thicker and super-eggish.

But while on first sip, I like the flavor of Sassy Cow better, it's so strongly flavored that I head to the ingredient list and I see that it's made from "egg nog mix" that includes annatto, which is a coloring that suggests the yellow color isn't really from the eggs.

That leads me to look more closely at the Organic Valley and though the flavor is more subtle and the color less noggy, I realize I just might like the subtle approach better when drinking straight, and Sassy Cow's high-octane taste when using the nog as a mixer with coffee or booze.

Andy Tarnoff
Publisher
Pick: Organic Valley

I love egg nog. I could drink it all year long, though if I did, I probably wouldn't live long enough to see another holiday season. I liked both of these nogs, but I found the Sassy Cow to be a bit too sweet for my liking. Thick and butterscotchy, it really put the egg back in egg nog.

The Organic Valley was runnier, milkier and creamier, and though I found the aftertaste to be just a little unpleasant, I thought it tasted more like egg nog should.

You can't go wrong with either of these nogs. But for my money, the Organic Valley tasted more natural and was a bit more drinkable.

Andrew Wagner
Senior Staff Writer
Pick: Sassy Cow

Count me firmly in the "hate it" category when it comes to egg nog. Never liked it, often told I should try it and when I do, my opinion doesn't change. In the interest of fair journalism, however, I pinched my nose and gulped down the two options.

Organic Valley was my first sample and I could immediately taste the nutmeg. That was enough for me. The Sassy Cow, at first, seemed mildly pleasant -- almost like a milkshake -- but quickly, the all-too-familiar aftertaste crept in and I was done.

No offense to either producer, but neither offering overwhelmed me and I stand firm in my position. However, if I were purchasing egg nog to serve party guests, I'd go with Columbus-based Sassy Cow.

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hardgeminiguy | Dec. 21, 2010 at 1:09 p.m. (report)

i very much enjoy egg nog. i start buying several bottles at a time the first it appars each season--before thanksgiving. drink at least 2 glasses a day. wish it was sold all year. now, after news years, i must wait untill easter to buy more. a GREAT christmas tradition! YUMMY EGG NOG!

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LouManske | Dec. 21, 2010 at 10:42 a.m. (report)

Have these opinions been confirmed or are they only rumors?

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Gomez | Dec. 21, 2010 at 9:20 a.m. (report)

I like to pour eggnog on my lover and drink it off in nutmeg shower, thank you.

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