Wednesday, December 12, 2012

REVIEW: Turkey Hill Eggnog (Seasonal Favorite Limited Edition)

The holiday season has brought us a handful of pumpkin, peppermint and most recently, eggnog selections. Edy's Eggnog had been too mellow to hold my attention, while Talenti's Old World Eggnog had finally done the cool Christmas beverage justice. Although it took a while to track down, I was finally able to procure a container of Turkey Hill's version. This seasonal favorite takes rich eggnog ice cream with rum flavoring and spicy nutmeg. In the words of Turkey Hill, "What could be more enjoyable on a winter night than a warm, cozy fire and a bowl of Turkey Hill ice cream packed with the classic taste you loved as a kid?"

The problem with most eggnog flavored ice creams and gelatos is the lack of excitement. The first few bites are typically enjoyable, but it tends to go downhill after that. Hopefully the traces of smooth rum flavor, perfectly balanced with the warmth of nutmeg will assist Turkey Hill's rendition in winning me over. Taking the top off reveals a first layer that looks nearly identical to that of Edy's, with only a few flecks of nutmeg breaking up the off-white base. At 140 calories per serving, the light, fluffy consistency transfers easily from the carton to the bowl.

The consistency is the same great feel found in other flavors from Turkey Hill, but following my first bite, the smooth, equally balanced flavor stands out. Allowing more rum to come through than it's competitors, Turkey Hill's version isn't shy with the alcohol. They've managed to incorporate the rum in a way that doesn't hinder the overall flavor, but dramatically enhances it. Granted this is a complex flavor that I have enjoyed during the month of December, the end result is just a bit unexciting in comparison to other offerings. Although this is superior to Edy's version, it can't quite live up to the high standards set by Talenti's super premium gelato.

Where I Found It: Ingles Markets
Grade: D

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