Thanksgiving is a natural bridge between Halloween and Christmas. This year Thanksgiving falls exactly halfway between the two. And, sure. Thanksgiving has a lot of its own iconic imagery. Turkey, pilgrims, weird colored corn, potatoes, stuffing. But most of that is food-related. It IS an eating holiday, after all. It’s the one day a year when you are encouraged to overeat to pants-pooping levels.
That’s a roundabout way to say that I have no idea what holiday Mountain Dairy’s Pumpkin Egg Nog is meant to celebrate. The label is orange, clearly saying, “Hey, look! A delicious Halloween-themed beverage!” But then, smack dab in the center of the label is a red and green Christmas wreath, saying, “Have a sip! It’s not too early to start cashing in on celebrating Christmas!
I have had pumpkin egg nog before. At the official Association™ Halloween parties, The Instigator used to make it INSIDE an actual pumpkin. Two major differences off the top: The Instigator’s was a little pulpy from the pumpkin. That sounds grosser than it is. It wasn’t swimming in pulp. But it did have a little. And, really, it added to the flavor. The second difference is that The Instigator’s had almost lethal amounts of rum. Mountain Dairy has already lost this, you guessed it . . .
. . . ColuMn FACE-OFF™!!!
Where the flavor of the pumpkin was apparent in The Instigator’s batch, it is very, very subtle at Mountain Farms. I detected almost no pumpkin taste, though there was a spice taste, backed up by a quick look at the label, where it clearly states that the final ingredient is “spice”.
It is very good though. Not as rich as I might have guessed. It’s like very good egg nog with a slight pumpkinny aftertaste. That sticks with you for a while. Not in an unpleasant way, but in an “alright maybe I’m starting to get a little sick of that taste in my mouth” kind of way.
I think The Instigator’s is clearly the superior Pumpkin Egg Nog. But if you can’t get a hold of a batch, then you really can’t go wrong with Mountain Farms’ version. If you like egg nog, I see no reason why you wouldn’t like this.
Also, I tested this on November 11, so I just squeezed it in there. But even at that late date, it still tasted great. That should be their slogan. It rhymes.
Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories from Fat: 80 (including 5g of saturated fat)
Total fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 65 mg
Sodium: 75 mp
Fun Fact: Contains no pumpkin!