Photo: Megann Galehouse, mgalehouse.com, on behalf of Hartzler Family Dairy
The 2021 limited-edition Hartlzer eggnog bottle, featuring "a nostalgia tinged gold & red ornament motif" by C&C Design (ccdesign.studio).
Wooster's Hartzler Family Dairy is an Ohio favorite. Its hormone-free, minimally processed, non-GMO milk is sold in glass bottles at places like Whole Foods and Heinen's. And the company is still run by the family, specifically the founders' sons.
And while it isn't unusual for Hartzler to jazz up its milk — the dairy makes the self-proclaimed "world's best" chocolate milk along with other flavor infusions like strawberry and orange cream — it goes all-out with the eggnog during the holidays .
It's a creamy cult favorite for the taste, but also because it's produced in a limited quantity.
"Before the dairy started, the family used to make eggnog at home, from scratch, on the farm, using fresh milk and ingredients available to them. After the dairy opened, the family wanted to continue the tradition by sharing it with the community," said Hartzler retail manager Jacob Hazlett.
"Without giving away any secrets, the biggest differentiator between our eggnog and everyone else's is that we make sure we don't hold back on the cream."
This year, Hartzler's eggnog comes in a specially designed glass bottle featuring a vintage ornament motif in gold and red. Hazlett says the bottles are "designed, printed and shipped throughout the summer to make sure we have them, in addition to all of our ingredients, in time to kick off the holiday season."
Because of the lead-time, there's only a certain amount the dairy can produce each year.
"We do our best to make sure that there is still some eggnog on the shelves for the New Year, but this year we will be cutting it close," Hazlett said. "I don't think we've ever seen a demand for eggnog this high before."