I thought I’d add a few things about eggnog to tickle the funny bone for those of you reading this over the holiday. I went on a hunt for eggnog overdose stories. Mostly, they were alcohol related, but even on a Harley forum there were big-bad-biker-guys sharing stories about the eggnog that brought them to their knees. So be careful this holiday season!
Did you know that WebMD has a page for “Eggnog Flavoring Misc Overdose?” Yes, it is true! And should you O.D. on the ‘nog this holiday, here are the instructions from WebMD:
“If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.”
Now, I’m sure that was just standardized script, but it was still funny! Don’t believe me? Look here:
In case you were wondering, Eggnog from the store is pasteurized to keep you from getting sick, but if you don’t boil your eggs before making your own eggnog, you could get salmonella.
Current estimates show that there is a 1 in 10,000 chance that the eggs in your nog could contain a harmful bacteria. To avoid the possibility of food poisoning the Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends that you slowly heat the eggs to 160 F before using. Another way to tell if the eggs are ready is if they coat a metal spoon. Eggnog made in dairies is usually pasteurized, which means that harmful bacteria have already been eliminated through a heating process. It generally is also sans alcohol. So when you whip up a batch of eggnog play it safe. Heat your eggs, or buy it from a dairy and add your own finishing touches. From an Eggnog Safety Page
And of course, while looking for any funny eggnog-related story to share, I saw lots of recipes, but this was the funniest:
Warning: this recipe has caused people to fall down stairs, remove clothing, and eat all of the canapés, not necessarily in that order. Do not operate a vehicle, heavy machinery, hang lights, wrap presents, or write holiday cards while under the influence of this concoction. May result in inappropriate behavior, lack of internal monologue, motor skill loss, premature present opening, drunken dialing, and other euphoria related conditions. Over-consumption may cause a significant increase in your protective blubber layer.
But remember, eggnog is extremely rich and can make you gain weight – one cup of eggnog contains approximately 300 calories and 25% of your daily recommended fat!
I’m glad I drink soy! LOL!!