The Best Eggnog, Whether You Can Handle Dairy or Not

The best eggnog (or the best egg nog, depending on your preferences—we prefer eggnog, one word) should be creamy, sweet, and spiced. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice are all welcome in this eggnog tasting. Eggnog is a special holiday treat; we don’t drink it often, so we want it to blow us away. 

Eggnog is great because it’s so damn rich and luxurious. Eggnog has buttery, thick, fatty richness going for it, and that’s reflected in the nutritional facts (don’t read those on a carton of eggnog, btw). But, hey, all the best foods certainly shorten our lifespans. And in addition to being dangerously decadent, the best eggnog is also warmly spiced and comforting. Eggnog, like all of us, contains multitudes. 

Over the course of two taste tests, we tried 23 non-alcoholic eggnogs in search of the best store bought eggnog—whether it’s the best eggnog brand making oatmilk eggnog, lactose free eggnog, low fat eggnog, almond milk eggnog, or classic, full-fat, full-dairy eggnog. We looked for eggnog with a deliciously rich flavor, good spice, and appropriate thickness. Good eggnog should feel like a special treat. So what’s the best store bought eggnog for the holidays this year? Let’s get into it:


Lactaid Lactose Free Eggnog

Best Lactose Free

Lactaid Lactose Free Eggnog

As we found in our best lactose free milk taste test, lactose free milk is often quite sweet on its own—so it’s a good base for eggnog. And this lactose free eggnog is still creamy, too. My only issue with it is that it’s not spiced enough for my liking. It tastes like liquid vanilla pudding or melted vanilla ice cream, which is not a bad thing. I just wish there were more spices in the mix to make it taste more like the holidays. — Justine Sterling 

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Rating:

6.5/10

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Almond Breeze Almond Nog

Best Vegan

Almond Breeze Almond Nog

Almond Breeze almond milk eggnog actually edged out a lot of the full-fat eggnogs I tried. The almond flavor provides some really excellent flavor. It’s made with cane sugar, rice starch, and almond milk, and it maintains that fatty, spiced nog flavor that we were looking for in the best dairy free eggnog. Managing editor Gwynedd Stuart was a big fan of it, citing it as “refreshing.” I concur. This is the best vegan eggnog if almond milk is your alternative milk of choice. — Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Kroger Rich & Creamy Cinnamon Eggnog

Best Flavored

Kroger Rich & Creamy Cinnamon Eggnog

Kroger came out with a full line of eggnogs this year, including pumpkin flavored eggnog, vanilla eggnog, and low fat eggnog. But the cinnamon flavored eggnog was the only one that really stood out. If you’re interested in eggnog but don’t like nutmeg, then allow me to introduce you to this cinnamon-only eggnog, it may be the best tasting eggnog for your palate. Think of creamy, thick chocolate milk—now imagine the chocolate is gone and instead it’s cinnamon. That’s what this eggnog tastes like. It also reminds me of Häagen-Dazs cinnamon ice cream, which is probably my favorite Häagen-Dazs ice cream. If you feel similarly, head to your local Kroger or Kroger affiliate, ASAP. — Justine Sterling

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Sprouts Organic Eggnog

Best for Mixing Booze

Sprouts Organic Eggnog

Now this is eggy eggnog. (How eggy is it?) It’s so eggy, that it droops and gloops out of the damn container like fancy Christmas sludge. Because of the thickness, I think this is the one of the best eggnog brands to mix with alcohol. The problem with mixing things like bourbon and rum with store bought eggnog is that the nog becomes too thin and thus loses its iconically thick texture. That won’t be a problem with Sprouts eggnog, which is almost made for booze. And the flavor of Sprouts’ eggnog is on point too. The nutmeg provides some warm, nutty notes. And it’s rich, buttery, and delicious. Buy it, then stir in some alcohol with confidence. — Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

8/10

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Broguiere’s

Best Creamy

Broguiere’s

This made me say “good lord” outloud (to absolutely no one but myself). Broguiere’s eggnog is curiously rich, but I think the secret ingredient is egg yolk powder. That powder offers a lot of rich, fatty, condensed flavor, so the egg taste in this nog is really off the charts. Broguiere’s puts their eggnog in a faux milk bottle complete with a smiling cow on the label, so it comes off as eggnog straight from the farm—but that’s misleading. Broguiere’s uses corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup in their ingredients. Combine that with egg yolk powder, and it doesn’t exactly scream homemade. It could also benefit from some aromatics. Still, the flavor is very, very good. Sweet, creamy, and lavish, Broguiere’s is the best eggnog for those who like a full egg yolk flavor. — Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Chobani Oatmilk Oat Nog

Best Vegan Eggnog

Chobani Oatmilk Oat Nog

We tried Chobani’s oatmilk eggnog last year and it didn’t make the list. But this year, something changed. It’s very good. In fact, it’s the best non dairy eggnog we tried. You get the thickness of a classic eggnog—we’re talking super duper creamy—and the flavor is spot on. It’s sweet and nutmeg-y. And you don’t really even taste the oatiness of the oatmilk. You could definitely pass this off as standard oatmilk, which makes it the best vegan eggnog to buy. — Justine Sterling

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Organic Valley Reduced Fat

Best Low Fat Eggnog

Organic Valley Reduced Fat

I can’t believe this is low fat eggnog. Okay, maybe it’s not, like, fat-free, but it is 33% less fat than Organic Valley’s regular eggnog. And you’d never know it. It’s so, so thick and decadent. But even beyond that, it’s a very unique eggnog. It tastes like it was spiced with freshly grated nutmeg. You get this drying effect on the end of every sip, which keeps you coming back for more. And while it’s certainly sweetened, it’s not super sweet. You won’t mistake this for melted ice cream. If you want an eggnog that’s scaled back on fat but still a treat, this is the best eggnog brand for you. — Justine Sterling

Credit: Merc / Ralphs

Rating:

9/10

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Alexandre Homegrown Eggnog

Best Spiced

Alexandre Homegrown Eggnog

Alexandre Homegrown Eggnog is the best tasting eggnog in my opinion. While a lot of products just sort of mysteriously list “spices” in the ingredients, Alexandre lists cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and turmeric. That’s a lot of warm, spiced flavor, and no other eggnog comes close to matching Alexandre’s wonderful blend of aromatics. Alexandre eggnog is also made with cane sugar, egg yolks, organic milk, and organic cream. Alexandre is one of the best eggnog brands for those who like to feel a little fancy and decadent. — Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best of the Best

Southern Comfort Traditional Egg Nog

Southern Comfort eggnog is rich, creamy, and has just the right amount of sweetness. A lot of eggnog can be far too sugary, but Southern Comfort gets everything just right. It’s made with milk, cream, egg yolks, and also high fructose corn syrup. I don’t love that there’s high fructose corn syrup in it (like, why?), but the taste is absolutely undeniable. For me, the best part about it is you really taste the egg yolks. It’s deliciously rich because of that bold, eggy flavor. Sweet, subtle, and luxurious, Southern Comfort is the best eggnog we tried. — Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Other eggnogs we tried: Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice Eggnog, Alta Dena Eggnog, Simple Truth Eggnog, Califia Farms Eggnog, R.W. Knudsen Eggnog, Lucerne Eggnog, Hood Eggnog, Silk Eggnog, Kroger Rich & Creamy Pumpkin Egg Nog, Kroger Rich & Creamy Low Fat Egg Nog, Kroger Rich & Creamy Original Egg Nog, Good & Gather Oatmilk Holiday Nog, Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog, So Delicious Coconutmilk Holiday Nog


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  • Promised Land eggnog is incredible, though it’s also almost impossible to find…

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  • Southern comfort is actually the worst eggnog sold around me but I live in Wisconsin the true dary state. If you can find Kemps eggnog next year I think in comparison southern comfort will get a 5/10 at best.

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  • YES 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 my fam did an eggnog taste test a few years back and also voted Southern Comfort as the best.

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  • Ya’ll need to try the Strauss eggnog! Pretty sure you can get it at whole foods or erewhon so no excuses. It will change your thoughts on eggnog!

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  • Sunnyside farms had the best thickest eggnog ever and last year, to my extreme disappointment they went and thinned the greatness right out of it. Now i have got to make my own

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  • i find the ones without or with minimal fillers are best. southern comfort is loaded with them!!

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  • So…regarding Broguiere’s…WHO says that a picture of a cow means “homemade”?

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  • I don’t know how you can get it to you all in Cali but there is a local Ohio dairy that has the best egg nog in the world, if you can order some from hartzlers you won’t go wrong.

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  • My friends call me an eggnog connoisseur. I have probably about 3 gallons+ of eggnog by myself every year. My all time favorite eggnog (and i’ve had a lot) is Kemps’ Golden Egg Eggnog. The one with the red cap.

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    • I am from Wisconsin. I’m not sure if this eggnog is regional but come to Wisconsin if it’s not. P.S. Southern Comfort is #4 on my list and there is a big gap between 3 and 4

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  • I know Wawa is regional (PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, DC, FL), but Wawa eggnog is by far the best. It’s very similar to Southern Comfort, but better.

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  • If you are in California Bay Area(may also be available in other parts of California) Strauss egg nog is the best. I dont even like eggs in general but there egg nog was always something i looked forward to around the holiday times.

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    • Same! I dont like eggs and honestly never even tried egg nog before someone handed me a glass of strauss eggnog, and i was like oh!!! S#@! plus it has like 5 ingredients which is nice.

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  • You may know this brand if you are from the east coast and that brand is Hood. It’s my top choice.

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  • What were the thoughts on Hood? That was always the one we loved as a kid….. granted, I haven’t had it in probably 12 years.

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    • Hi 👋 five hell yeah hoodies here.

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