Food Fight: Eggnog vs. Hot Cocoa

'Tis the season for eggnog and hot chocolate. Find out which is the most sensible choice – it all comes down to how you make it.

Are these sippers on your holiday hit list? Find out which is the most sensible choice – it all comes down to how you make it.

Eggnog

A frothy combo of egg, cream and sugar, this classic libation is a gut-buster. Add a jolly splash (or two) of booze and the calories only get worse.

Homemade and lightened-up versions can dial back the fat and calories and highlight the healthy attributes of this seasonal treat. Use lower fat ingredients and eggnog has a lot to offer – namely good-for-you nutrients like protein, calcium and vitamin D.

Hot Cocoa

Like eggnog, homemade hot cocoa has quite a bit to offer in the nutrition department. If your favorite recipe is made with unsweetened cocoa powder, you’ll get a merry dose cell-protecting antioxidants. Finished off with warmed milk and a hint of sugar, the calories in each mug stay reasonable.

Versions made with higher fat dairy like cream or half-and-half, plus melted hunks of chocolate are another story. If only the real thing will do, opt for a small amount of dark chocolate – it will give big flavor for a modest amount of calories. Chocolate also boasts vitamins, minerals and a touch of healthy fat.

Again, nutrients like protein, calcium and vitamin D are the big winners in this cozy beverage.

If your top pick is hot cocoa mix, see the results of our taste test.

Healthy Eats Winner: Hot cocoa pulls ahead of egg nog for being lower in fat, plus the benefit of all those antioxidants.

TELL US: Which gets your vote: egg nog or hot cocoa?
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