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A festive favourite enjoyed across the island at Christmas with or without a tot of rum is on the shelves early in a bid to boost morale in the Covid-19 crisis.

Families will be able to enjoy eggnog over Easter after a Bermuda business vowed to start production of the creamy drink months earlier than usual.

Michael Dunkley, the president of Dunkley's Dairy, said yesterday: “People asked for it and we delivered.”

He explained: “I think I must have posted something earlier this week about having Chobani back in stock, which is the No 1 yoghurt brand in Bermuda, and everyone started asking on that thread, what about eggnog?

“So I said, let me see what we can do.

“I talked to the management team and they said, no problem, we can do it.”

Mr Dunkley, a One Bermuda Alliance MP and a former premier, said that pints of eggnog would be made this morning and be in stores the same day.

He added: “We want to give people some comfort while they're staying at home.”

Eggnog is promoted on the company's website as a “yuletide treat”.

Mr Dunkley said: “It's a seasonal drink but, obviously, this Easter, it's much different.

“It seems like just about every tradition we would have at Easter is going to be very difficult to do, from flying your kites to enjoying family and friends with hot cross buns and fishcakes.”

He asked: “Why not do something different? If people ask, we try to help and bring a smile to their face.”

Mr Dunkley said eggnog production started at 2am and that the drink would form part of the day's usual operations.

It is expected to be completed by 7am.

Mr Dunkley said sales would be monitored over the shelter-in-place period, designed to limit the spread of Covid-19.

He added: “If the demand is there, if people want it, we'll keep making it for them.”

Mr Dunkley said: “People are struggling with everything, when can they get to the grocery stores, what do they do at home and things like that.

“We will just have a little twist on Easter and try to bring a little comfort to people during this difficult period.”

The businessman said it was possible to get “pulled down into all the negativity” as the world battled the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “We're going to get through this period, but it's very difficult for people to be home and out of their normal schedules.

“Some households are quite large families so you can be stepping on other people's toes, so any little thing just to change the tune a little bit and bring some more positive vibes — we're happy to do it.”

Carton of eggnog (Image from Dunkley's website)
Michael Dunkley (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published April 08, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 08, 2020 at 7:38 am)

Morale boost with festive favourite eggnog

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