Saturday, December 20, 2008

Egg Nog Taste Test

Last night my friends Jen and Amy came over for a little holiday get together.  Knowing that Amy's daughter Ruby was going to be here, I figured it would be a good time to conduct an eggnog tasting because it would test the taste buds of a 5 year old with a few 30 somethings. Before the taste test began, I was pretty confident that Stewart's was going to win over Price Chopper.  
For those of you not familiar, Stewart's is mainly an upstate NY shop where you can get gas and also a few groceries.  It's not your typical gas mart because you can also get a scoop of ice cream there. I have found in the past that their dairy products are quite good.  Around the holidays I usually get the light eggnog that they carry and really enjoy it.  However, I didn't see a light brand of Price Chopper eggnog and for the sake of things starting off even I purchased the regular eggnog for our test.

Since I was already partial to the Stewarts brand, Amy was the administrator to the test and she poured one brand in a clear glass and the other in a red mug.  
It was unanimous, we all thought the red mug was way better than the glass.  Before Amy revealed to us who the winner was, here are some of our comments on the Red mug:  Jen thought, "it's sweeter, much smoother in consistency."  While I thought it was well balanced in the flavoring and at the same time Amy and I said, "it coats the mug!"  Amy mentioned, "It's so thick, this is real egg nog."  Amy and Jen both thought it was leggy.  As for Ruby, our almost 5 year old said, "I just liked the red.  It tasted better."  Although, I have to say she is named after the color red and perhaps she was partial to the red vessel she was drinking out of.

As for the clear glass, Jen thoughtfully said, "This has an eggy consistency, I felt as though I was swallowing strands of egg white.  This one seems to be missing some spices."  I tasted something artificial, the eggnog was thin and watery and I couldn't even finish it.  Ruby said, "It seems bad.  I don't like it."  Amy also "found no reason to finish it."  Amy thought it was boring and "it was like skim milk water and tasted like partially hydrogenated oil."

So, after commenting on our eggnog, Amy revealed to us that the red mug was indeed the Stewart's brand!  Ruby exclaimed, "Price Chopper lost!"

I knew from the first sip that it was Stewart's.  Now I would be interested to do a taste test on Stewart's regular eggnog vs. light eggnog to see who the winner would be.  I am also told they sell a cinnamon flavored eggnog.  That might be interesting too.  For those of you that live along the Ausable, you can stop at Stewart's in either Keene or Lake Placid to pick up your very own eggnog during this holiday season.


Ann said...

I volunteer to be on the panel for the Stewarts Taste Test. Just don't make me try the Price Chopper stuff!
P.S. Have you tried the new Stewarts ice cream flavor called "Credit Crunch"? Pretty good!

rabbit13676 said...

OK, you've convinced me. I'll get the Christmas eggnog from Stewarts. . . .in Potsdam. PS did you grate nutmeg on yours and cover it with whipped cream?!

Carole said...

I have tried the cinnamon egg nog and it's really good! I also love Stewarts ice cream - I have to definitely try the "Credit Crunch". My fave Stew's flavor is "Crumbs Along the Mohawk". They also usually have the cheapest gas around. Yeah, we love Stewarts, fun post!

Courtney said...

I do not like Egg Nog. At all. But Andrew does, and he brought some store-brand (Safeway, for us) light home, and seems to have enjoyed it enough...Love the taste test!