Just when I thought I could not stand another pumpkin flavored product, I find this pumpkin spice egg nog from Darigold. A seasonal weakness of mine is egg nog lattes and I have been know to hoard several 1/2 gallon containers in my frig, so I can have these delicious warm beverages way into late January.
I am happy to get a “jump start” on the season with this new pumpkin spice egg nog; even though pumpkin is a flavor that has begun to wear out its welcome. Food writers are indicating that pumpkin risks falling into the ranks of flavors such as pomegranate. http://bites.today.com/_news/2012/10/02/14181734-in-defense-of-pumpkin-products-that-get-the-flavor-right?lite
Dairies prepare for the holiday season late spring/early summer and order egg nog flavor from flavor companies to arrive by late summer. I have worked for flavor companies servicing the dairy industry and I got really good at rum flavor. Rum flavor is an essential component of traditional egg nog. Pumpkin spice egg nog lacks the sweet powerful rum note and is high in a sweet cream flavor. In a latte, this difference is desirable. For those of you who drink egg nog plain, this difference may be bothersome. The pumpkin spice egg nog has a faint coconut character that could be undesirable. For those of you who add your own rum, up the proportion of rum, so the rum flavor comes through.
A homemade pumpkin spice egg nog latte is a great savings compared to the $5 pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. I bought a quart of Darigold’s egg nog at Walmart for $2.58. My latte recipe:
Froth about 1/4 c. of nog with 1/8 cup of low fat milk, add it to 2 espresso shots and a pack of splenda and Viola! a delicious homemade pumpkin spice latte that will rival Starbucks.
Thanks Darigold for the new flavor! I’d love to see a low fat version.