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*amazing*people over at So Delicious were kind enough to send me a sample of their two new Holiday beverages a couple of weeks ago! This year So Delicious rolled out two new Coconut Beverages created specially for the Holidays! Hopefully you've all seen them at your local natural foods stores! The funny thing is that So Delicious didn't even tell me what they were sending me. It was like Christmas in November for me when I got home from work and found the big box sitting on my doorstep. I opened the package to find these two delectable looking drinks + two beautiful Holiday coasters!

So - being the curious person I am, I grabbed a glass out of my cupboard right away and poured me a little sip of each beverage. The company's name is definitely fitting because, like all of their other products, these two were So Delicious! I had never had egg nog before so this was definitely a welcome treat. Let's just say that the two little sips turned into large mug fulls!

I didn't want to drink too much though. I wanted to think of two recipes that could be created using these delicious drinks! The first one popped into my head right away.

I made my famous French Toast Casserole with a Pecan Praline Topping using So Delicious' new Coconut Egg Nog! I intended on making it for brunch for my parents and I, but I ended up having to run to my Grandparents house after I took it out of the oven. I didn't get home until later, but when I did step into my kitchen, I found my casserole half gone. My parents had eaten their dinner I guess. So - I didn't get a picture of the new casserole, but my parents said it was even better with the So Delicious Coconut Egg Nog! The recipe is a little time consuming - it has to soak overnight - but it's so worth it!

I also created a new recipe using their Mint Chocolate Coconut Beverage. I could not stop eating these. If you're a huge chocolate mint fan like I am - you've gotta try these!

**I'll post the recipe for these tomorrow**, but here's a picture to wet your appetite!
Ingredients:

- 1 large or 2 medium French baguettes
- 3 cups flour
- 1 qt of So Delicious Coconut Egg Nog
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pecan Praline Topping - recipe below

Slice bread into 3/4 inch thickness. Spray a large casserole dish or baking dish with cooking spray. Layer the first layer with slices of bread. Pour a third of the batter on top of the bread. Repeat to make three layers (or more if you have enough room in your dish and enough batter!) Cover with tinfoil and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 350F. While the oven is heating, you can make the praline topping!

Praline topping:

- 1/2 cup margarine, shortening, or Earth Balance Coconut Spread
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Spread evenly over the french toast and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

**Let's not forget about the Giveaway!**

So Delicious was also kind enough to send me two coupons to give to you guys for 1 free So Delicious product of your choice! There's many ways to enter - just be sure to leave a separate comment for each different entry!

- "Like" Vegan Heartland on Facebook
- Follow @VeganHeartland on Twitter
- Follow Vegan Heartland with your Google Account
- "Like" So Delicious on Facebook
- Follow @So_Delicious on Twitter
- Write a post about my giveaway on your blog or website and link back to my giveaway! And don't forget to leave a link to your post in your entry comment.

I'm giving everyone enough time to enter so don't worry! The contest will end at 11:59 pm on December 3rd, 2011. I will announce the winners on December 4th, 2011! Winners will be chosen by random.org! Contest only open to U.S. residents!

Good Luck Everyone!

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