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Nug Nog: A Chilly, Chewable, Holiday Favorite

By: Lee Davis

I love the Nug! … Scotsman Nugget Ice that is. Nugget Ice is the original chewable ice from Scotsman Ice Systems. It’s a delightful alternative to hard, plate-frozen ice cubes, especially if you like to chew ice!

Nugget Ice machines produce this chilly treat by freezing water inside of a refrigerated cylinder. Once frozen, a turning auger pushes the ice through holes in the cylinder.

The result is a perfect sized nugget of ice that is crunchy, chewable and seemingly capable of absorbing whatever liquid you pour over it. So once you’ve finished your favorite cold drink, you get to chew on the drink-flavored ice Nuggets left in the bottom of your cup.

Chewable, refreshing and zero calories, some folks even consider Nugget Ice the perfect diet food! Scotsman Ice Systems Nugget Ice Machines are also available now for residential applications.

Nugget Ice is so popular that it has its own website: The site is loads of fun, with information about the history of Nugget Ice, Nugget Ice machines, the Nug Truck, contests, merchandise, recipes and much more. You can even download an App that will tell you where to find Nugget Ice in your neighborhood or while traveling.

Around the holidays, I enjoy my own variation of a traditional holiday beverage with Nugget Ice. I call it “Nug Nog”, and the recipe is as follows.

Nug Nog

3 beaten egg yolks
1 cup milk
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon white sugar
Ground Nutmeg
Plenty of Nugget Ice
3 ounces single barrel bourbon

In a medium saucepan, combine egg yolks, milk, and ¼ cup brown sugar. Stir over medium heat until mixture thickens enough to coat a metal spoon. Remove from heat and place saucepan in a bath of ice water, stirring for two minutes. Stir in vanilla and chill for 4 hours.

When you’re ready to serve, whisk whipping cream and one tablespoon of white sugar in a chilled bowl until you get soft peaks. Set the bourbon to one side. Fold whipped cream mixture into egg mixture. Pour into tall glasses filled with Nugget Ice and sprinkle Ground Nutmeg on top. Enjoy!

Go ahead and toast in the holidays with Nug Nog. Drain your glass while enjoying the company of family and friends. Then enjoy chewing on the remaining Nugget Ice in your glass that has now been fully marinated in this sweet, creamy, traditional beverage.

“But what about the bourbon,” you ask? Well. That’s for later. Once Aunt Martha has gone home, get rid of all this sweet, creamy stuff, and pour that single barrel bourbon into a fresh glass full of Nugget Ice. Your favorite drink deserves no less. Happy Holidays!