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Caramel Eggnog

 Caramel Eggnog
With pleasant hints of caramel and nutmeg, this creamy, nonalcoholic beverage from our Test Kitchen is a spin on the holiday classic. It’s bound to become your go-to recipe for years to come.
8 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Cook
  • and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to
  • medium-high. Cook without stirring until mixture turns an amber
  • color and a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat; gradually stir in milk.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk a small amount of hot milk
  • mixture into eggs; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook
  • and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and coats the
  • back of a spoon.
  • Pour into a large bowl; stir in vanilla and nutmeg. Place bowl in an
  • ice-water bath, stirring frequently until cooled. Refrigerate until
  • chilled.
  • Before serving, whip cream until soft peaks form; fold into eggnog.
  • Top servings with grated nutmeg if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 265 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 188 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.