This is the time of year when you should be excited about egg nog. You haven't had it in a while and you've forgotten what's it like when you have too much.
In Kansas City there are a number of options vying for your egg nog dollar. As a cautionary note, avoid Silk Nog, the soy milk iteration of egg nog (curious ingredient: sea salt). It's essentially soy milk with an egg nog aftertaste and the start and finish in your mouth do not mix. Despite having no citrus elements, it manages to have the burn of cheap orange juice.
Let's move on to more festive thoughts. Here are the top 5 egg nog options in Kansas City, listed in reverse order of which will make your stomach happiest.
5. Hiland Old-Fashioned Egg Nog (curious ingredient: corn starch) -- I should have listened to the scary snow man on the packaging -- this egg nog packs a punch. It says non-alcoholic, but it has the taste and smell of butter rum lifesavers. This is a kick-you-in-the-face kind of egg nog that you'll love or hate at first sip.
4. Roberts Egg Nog (curious ingredient: spray dried egg yolks) -- This tastes like a mix of creamier egg nog and the butter-rum essence of Hiland's nog. This is a good base drink to determine the style of egg nog you like and whether you'd want to experience it warm and with alcohol.
3. IHOP Egg Nog Pancakes -- Two golden pancakes, vanilla cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped topping and butter rum-flavored sauce. This is John Goodman's breakfast when he gets to heaven. You can head out to Merriam or Overland Park to get your fix.
2. Anderson Erickson Classic Egg Nog (curious ingredient: gelatin) -- This is probably the egg nog you grew up with in Kansas City. It doesn't have a strong smell, but the taste is rich, sweet and eggy. There are hints of vanilla. This is the egg nog that you cut with half a glass of milk.
1. Shatto Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog -- The newest entry into Kansas City's world of egg nog is its best. Pumpkin pie in a cup -- this is the gateway egg nog -- the one you use to lure your friends towards the harder stuff.