Ease of transport
But first, I know this is not the most important thing, but a quick note on how these two are packaged. Ronnybrook’s standard quart size comes in a glass jar (the 12-ounce version is in a convenient plastic bottle). The glass is easy on the environment and makes an excellent vessel for storing pre-made smoothies. However, the clanking glass, especially when loaded into a paper bag, has always been a nightmare for transporting back from the store. Silk’s carton is lighter and easier to carry.
It took me a long time to read the back of the Silk box, but -- surprise! No artificial colors or flavors. Both brands use annatto, a natural coloring achieved through grinding a tropical seed. Rum, sugar, and undisclosed natural flavors are present in your serving. Ronnybrook and Silk Nog use guar gum or locust bean gum to thicken the drink. At this point, both are on equal playing fields after the main components are listed.
No weird aftertaste or fake sugar residue on the back of your tongue is a win for me. Silk’s mouthfeel isn’t as thick as Ronnybrook’s (which has a heavy, melted custard ice cream consistency), yet it’s every bit as velvety. Although the local farm brand’s warming spices are more pronounced than Silk’s, that makes for an opportunity to shave fresh nutmeg over your punch bowl. Hands down, it was the best-tasting plant-based eggnog I tried.
Give me more
Eggnog season tends to have a short window. When the spiked creamy drink craving hits, you want a ready supply on the supermarket shelves. Ronnybrook has a handy dandy location tab on their website, and chances are, your city has a family-owned dairy that sells eggnog, too. My ethos is to support local first. However, when you need nog fast and quick -- Silk wins.