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New Hood Caramel Egg Nog Review

Caramel Flavored Eggnog Review

Is it ever too early in the season (or even before the official start of the holiday season) to talk about eggnog? Some might even say that the official start of the holiday season comes not at Thanksgiving or Black Friday, but instead at the first eggnog sighting at the grocery store!

Let’s go with the latter because then we’ll be able to say that the season has started. I saw eggnog for sale at two different grocery stores this week. That’s how I discovered that Hood created a new eggnog flavor this year – caramel.

Hood is already known for getting into the flavored eggnog business a few years ago. In fact, I’ve reviewed some of them before here Hood Eggnog Flavors. Let’s not forget the holiday McDonald’s Eggnog Shakes story I shared before too.

Of course, when I saw the caramel flavored eggnog today I had to purchase a quart. The price was $2.99. I’m sure Hood will be putting out some coupons closer to the holidays so you might be able to get it a little cheaper or get it on sale at your local store.

So, on to the actual review part. The consistency was thick and creamy as you would expect from other eggnog products. There was a definite and delicious caramel taste. Interestingly, it didn’t taste at all like traditional eggnog. [As I’ve stated before in another post, in general, people either love eggnog or hate it, there is no in between. I think Hood may have developed an eggnog that everyone will like (provided they like caramel, of course).] I would really classify it more as a caramel shake or caramel frappe. Hood could market it differently and sell it all year around.

If you are ready to try a new eggnog this holiday season, try the Hood Caramel Eggnog. Here’s what it looks like:

Hood Caramel Eggnog Picture

I also love the artwork on the packaging. It’s such a classic winter/Christmas scene with the colonial style house and the snow. They didn’t forget the detail of the smoke coming out of the chimney or the lights on the evergreen trees.

Garelick Farms Over The Moon Fat Free Chocolate Milk Review

Garelick Farms Over The Moon Fat Free Chocolate Milk Review

As explained in a previous post, Chocolate Milk Versus Regular Milk, I don’t usually purchase chocolate flavored milk. When it comes to regular non-flavored milk, I always buy the local store brands. They are less expensive than the national brands. On the few occasions that I did buy a national brand like Garelick, I never had good luck. Even though the national brand milk was within its expiration period, it usually spoiled before it was finished. I don’t know if the national brands had to travel farther and therefore had more chance at being mishandled along the way (such as being left out of proper refrigeration too long) or I just had bad luck, but it never worked out.

When I was at the store the other day, I noticed, the Garelick chocolate milk container. It caught my attention because it said on the front of the container that it was fat free. I never noticed that before on a chocolate milk brand so I was intrigued. I checked the nutrition information panel ingredient list expecting to see high fructose corn syrup listed and I was pleasantly surprised to find that there wasn’t any high fructose corn syrup in it! Of course, it has added sugar so there are more calories than there would be in normal skim milk, but that is to be expected with the extra flavoring.

Chocolate milk that is fat free and has no high fructose corn syrup? I had to try it. I am glad to report that it tasted great. It was very creamy, almost like a chocolate shake. It’s unusual for fat free milk to have that consistency so I was impressed.

Overall, it was totally worth it. I did buy my usual skim milk too but I ended up going though all the Garelick Farms Over The Moon Fat Free Chocolate Milk before even opening up the regular skim milk!

The next time you are at the store, try Garelick Farms Over The Moon Fat Free Chocolate Milk. The company offers a money back guarantee on their products so you can’t go wrong with that. I wouldn’t replace normal skim milk with it as a regular part of the diet, but consider it a treat for the kids. Alternatively, give the kids the skim milk as usual and buy the chocolate milk for yourself as a treat for you!

Chocolate Milk Versus Regular Milk

Do you buy chocolate milk?

I haven’t had chocolate milk in a long time. I think the last time I had it prior to this week was about a year ago at a buffet in which it was one of the beverage choices.

There are two reasons why I usually don’t buy chocolate milk. If you look at the ingredients list of most brands of chocolate milk, they almost always have high fructose corn syrup in them, which is a food additive I try to avoid. (Yes, I know that regular readers will remember that I love egg nog and even egg nog shakes. Of course, egg nog and egg nog shakes have high fructose corn syrup, which is why egg nog is one of the exceptions as I noted in this article here about high fructose corn syrup in food and beverages.) Anyway, this is also the reason, I won’t buy chocolate flavored syrup to add to plain milk.

The second reason is that chocolate flavored milk is usually only available as full fat regular milk or sometimes milk containing 2% milk fat. Since I only drink skim milk all year (banking those saved calories for eggnog and egg nog shakes during the holidays!), I don’t want to get into the habit of buying chocolate milk and adding extra calories on a regular basis.

However, I had to try a new product at the store the other day. See why Garelick Farms Over The Moon Fat Free Chocolate Milk Review caught my attention and deserves yours as well.

Pop Weaver Microwave Popcorn Nutrition Information Per Serving Size

If you’re picking this discussion up from the previous entry about product serving sizes, you know why I think companies are misleading customers about nutrition information when they use serving sizes that are a much smaller amount of the food than most people consume in one sitting.

The good news is I have found one company that is being realistic!

I was in the store the other day and I noticed something very interesting on the side of the Pop Weaver microwave popcorn box. They were proclaiming “NEW!” in the nutrition information section. That is a little unusual, but what I saw next was practically a consumer miracle! It said, “Many consumers eat popcorn by the bag. Compared to other brands, we make understanding the nutrition facts simpler by providing FULL BAG POPPED information.”

I used to always laugh when I saw microwave popcorn brands claiming that one of those bags was equal to 2.5 servings. “Yeah, right,” I would think or say aloud if I was shopping with someone else. In order to get the real nutrition info per bag, one would have to mentally multiply everything two and half times.

Consumers don’t have to worry about that anymore thanks to Pop Weaver’s change in labeling. Don’t you think it’s about a time a company finally did that? Pop Weaver deserves a medal for having enough sense and guts to finally be realistic in their serving size and nutrition information. I hope this it the start of a new trend and other companies making popcorn (as well as a myriad of other product)s follow suit.

A move like this is a clear victory for consumers and common sense.

Now, if Pop Weaver will just stop using hydrogenated vegetable oils in their product, I shall give them even more praise!