Holiday Memories with Hood Eggnog

Enjoy Pumpkin Eggnog Gingerbread and WBUR's annual reading of A Christmas Carol

By Wendy Borges, Assistant Publisher December 8, 2020

This holiday season is like no other as many of our traditional holiday events have been cancelled. Plans are up in the air and it feels anything but normal. Many families are grasping for ways to add normalcy, magic, and an extra special meaning to this holiday season.

Thankfully, some traditions never change. As far back as I can remember, Hood Eggnog has been a part of my family’s holiday tradition. I have wonderful memories of visiting my Grandmother on Magazine Street in Cambridge during Christmas time. She was wonderful at setting the scene and making small moments count. I remember sitting at her beautifully set festive dining room table enjoying her famous gingerbread and drinking Hood Eggnog out of the “fancy glasses.” I can still taste and smell the wonderful spices. It was a special time, and is now a treasured memory.

My family still loves Hood Eggnog. We all love how rich, and extra creamy and delicious it is, and I love the nostalgia it brings. This year we will be making holiday memories at home, keeping it safe, and making it special.

On Friday, December 18th we will be cozied up with our own gingerbread and Hood Eggnog (in the fancy glasses of course!) while enjoying WBUR’s 16th Annual Reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Join in for this virtual reading by your favorite WBUR hosts and reporters: Meghna Chakrabarti, Tiziana Dearing, Jack Lepiarz, Bob Oakes, and Robin Young. The story, divided into five parts as edited by Dickens for public readings, will be separated by carols sung by one of Boston’s local choirs. The event is planned to be broadcast over Facebook Live and YouTube, allowing for unlimited attendance.

Tickets for this event benefit Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women.

Tickets can be purchased at


Servings: 8


  • 1 box (14.5 ounces) gingerbread cake mix
  • Large eggs (according to package directions)
  • Hood Eggnog, substituted for water (according to package directions) + 3 Tbsp.
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar


  1. Preheat oven to recommended temperature on cake mix package.
  2. Grease an 8” round baking pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix with required eggs and oil, if any is necessary. Omit the water, and add the same amount of Hood Eggnog in its place.
  4. Mix and bake according to package instructions.
  5. When done, turn cake out on a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
  6. In a medium microwave safe mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons eggnog and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.
  7. Cover and microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.

Serve cake topped with warm glaze.

Hood is a sponsor of Macaroni Kid. I received complimentary Hood Golden Eggnog and compensation for the purpose of this article, but all opinions are my own.