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Review: Almond Fresh Noel Nog

Almond Fresh Noel Nog
Don’t be fooled! Almond Fresh Noel Nog looks like eggnog, but it’s not! Dear lord, no.

We’ve been over this. Eggnog is awesome. Thick, rich, creamy and generally delicious, it’s a seasonal treat that temporarily contributes to the annual December stretching of the waistline.

We’ve examined the difference between Original, Classic and Light eggnog, and we’ve even ventured into So Nice’s soy-based Noel Nog. But this year, I found a new addition to the grocery store selection of non-dairy, non-egg pseudo nogs. I didn’t even have to hit up NEAROF’s neighbourhood Planet Organic for the stuff; it was on display in a prime end-display cooler at a Calgary Co-op, next to the other nogs.

As the So Nice Noel Nog was, to be generous, a disappointment, I’m not getting my hopes up here. If it’s good, great. If it’s not, there’s less than a litre of it to pour down the toilet.

The Pitch: “A creamy, delicious blend of traditional egg nog flavours and real almonds, Almond Fresh Noel Nog brings home the holidays with a refreshing, nutritious twist.” Also: “Source of 9 essential nutrients.” Also: “Rich & delicious dairy & egg free holiday nog Fortified almond beverage.”

The Look: A plastic bottle much like the So Nice Noel Nog bottle. Even though it’s made in Canada, it’s not an even litre; instead, it’s a 946 mL bottle, which is 1 U.S. quart. If the packaging were halls, I’d call it decked, with a couple of bows, some holly and a bilingual “happy holidays – joyeuses fêtes” around the neck. Ho, ho, ho.

The Taste: Slimy, thin, and with a harsh, dusty, powdery nutmeg character that gets in the way of other flavours. Strange, overly sweet notes made me think there was an artificial sweetener in there, but the ingredients list didn’t reveal anything of the sort. The mouthfeel is off-putting. It has no body, yet it slides around the tongue in a slick, slippery way.


Cost: $3.49 for a 946 mL bottle at Calgary Co-op.

Value for cash money: Nope. The two-litre cartons of Dairyland Original eggnog were on sale for the same $3.49 price tag.

Availability: Better grocery stores.

Nutrition?: Per 1 cup (250 mL): 100 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 90 mg of sodium, 1 gram of fibre, 1 gram of protein. But a whole heap of other fortified vitamin stuff. Too numerous to mention here, so I snapped a picture.

The verdict: Another Noel Nog that doesn’t stack up. I can’t see the allure. I’d rather chew a Lactaid tablet and opt for a glass of real egg nog, thanks.

Almond Fresh Noel Nog
So many vitamins! Too bad about the flavour.


  1. You obviously don’t get why there are non dairy vegan eggnog substitutes!! It’s simple their Vegan and Non-dairy(lactose free)!! I actually like the soy noel nog!! I haven’t tried the Almond noel nog yet but plan to in the next could of days. I am going for the almond noel nog this year as I prefer not to consume soy products when I can. I agree they are more expensive then eggnog but they only come around once a year!! So I indulge! I think their so yummy!! I haven’t had real eggnog in years but I really enjoy the taste and texture of the soy noel nog!! Merry Christmas

  2. I buy the almond nogg every year! I love almond fresh almond nogg. Im vegetarian and my son has a dairy alergy so this is why we drink the products!

  3. I have a dairy allergy (not lactose intolerance) so that’s why I go for the almond nog. I agree, if this is my option it does just fine. I think it’s pretty tasty but it does lack the thickness off the actual thing. They need to come up with a version that still has the egg part of it for us non-vegans that just can’t have dairy.

  4. We purchased the Almond Fresh – Almond Nogg and upon tasting it felt that it had gone moldy. It also had a sticky/stringy texture to it. We checked the expiry date and we were well within that date. I left a voice message and I sent an e-mail to the company and have not heard back in more than 10 days.
    We will not be purchasing this product again for fear that it too will taste moldy, plus we are not pleased with the company’s customer service.

    • We now believe it was what is called “temperature abuse”. This happens when the product is allowed to reach room temperature after it was refrigerated, then refrigerated again.
      I spoke with Dorothy in Customer Service after I wrote this review and the company with be sending us a voucher.
      Dorothy said that the company appreciates these comments so that they can address them promptly and I believe her.