This beverage is synonymous with the holidays and our simple recipe makes it a tradition worth bringing back. The addition of cocoa makes it a decadent treat for any guest.


In a large saucepan, whisk together eggs,sugar and cocoa powder until well combined. Whisk in milk. Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, mace and cloves; place over medium heat and whisk gently for about 10 minutes or until mixture has small bubbles around the edge of pan and thermometer reaches 160 F (71 C).

Remove from heat and pour through fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Whisk in rum (if desired) and cover with plastic wrap, directly on surface, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.

In a bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Dollop each cup of egg nog with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon or chocolate shavings, if desired.


Is eggnog melted ice cream?

Eggnog is not melted ice cream. Rather, it's a creamy, rich beverage made primarily from milk, cream, sugar, and beaten eggs. The mixture is traditionally flavoured with nutmeg or cinnamon, giving it a distinctive taste that's quite different from melted ice cream.

How risky is eggnog?

The risk associated with eggnog primarily stems from its use of raw eggs as they can be contaminated with salmonella. Fortunately, Canadian store-bought eggs are very unlikely to be contaminated with salmonella. The Canadian egg inspection process involves mandatory salmonella testing, strict on-farm hygiene practices, a standardized code of quality production, and safe handling guidelines for both retailers and consumers. As a result, eggs that bear the "Canada Grade A" stamp on the carton meet these high safety standards and are safe to consume raw or undercooked as long as they are fresh and stored correctly.

Why is hot chocolate better than eggnog?

The preference for hot chocolate over eggnog often boils down to personal taste. Hot chocolate, made from cocoa powder or chocolate melted into milk, offers a comforting, chocolatey warmth. Some individuals might find the smooth, soothing taste of hot chocolate more appealing than eggnog.

If you would like a chocolatey taste in eggnog form, the Chocolate Egg Nog recipe above may be for you! When making homemade chocolate eggnog, consider incorporating elements like chocolate milk or dark chocolate to complement the traditional flavours. Experimenting with different ratios of egg yolks, chocolate, and spices can result in a unique homemade chocolate eggnog recipe.

Why do I feel sick after drinking eggnog?

Feeling sick after consuming eggnog could be due to various factors. One common cause might be an intolerance to ingredients in the drink, such as dairy or eggs.

Why can't you drink too much eggnog?

Eggnog tends to be rich and high in calories, so excessive consumption can lead to discomfort, digestive issues, or an upset stomach.

Is it safe to eat raw eggs in eggnog?

In Canada, store-bought eggs are safe as they go through strict testing and quality control. Look for the "Canada Grade A" stamp or “Egg Quality Assurance” logo on the carton for assurance—these eggs meet high safety standards and can be consumed raw or undercooked if they're fresh and stored properly.

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