The Crazy Suburban Mom: Making Flavored Coffee Creamer

Friday, December 3, 2010

Making Flavored Coffee Creamer

Yesterday I was out of creamer which isn't that odd because I'm always out of coffee creamer.  I  go through that stuff like crazy and if it wasn't so expensive it wouldn't be such a problem but man, if I can't find it on sale a 32 ounce container goes for about five bucks which makes it more expensive then a hundred feet times seventy-five feet of things I won't buy because of price.

So I did a web search for do it yourself liquid coffee creamers never thinking there were any but I should have known better, there are. 

I found one basic recipe all over the place:

1 can sweetened condensed milk (regular or low fat)
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk

The instructions say it's best stored in a glass mason jar but I don't have one so I used plastic and that it will keep for two weeks which I don't believe for a second.  It might be true but I don't think anything but salad dressing and mustard keeps that long.

Mix all the ingredients in your container and shake (and shake and shake and shake).  Oh, and shake before using because the condensed milk settles.

You can customize the flavors by adding flavors, for example.
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract for chocolate mint.

1 teaspoon almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon orange extract for cappuccino.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon almond extract for Amaretto.

My feeling after trying it is this:

1.  It's good but not as thick, sweet, or whitening  as commercial creamers. This is not necessarily a negative.

2.  I just used 3 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and it's a lot like chocolate milk actually, although strangely, chocolate milk never worked in my coffee and this does.

3.  I'm not sure the best option is the extracts.  I have a feeling coffee syrups are better for this but I don't have any so I can't test this.

4.  Whether or not this is cheaper depends on how much condensed milk costs.  I paid two dollars for a can which when you think about adding the rest almost negates any savings.  Shop rite had a sale on creamers last week; ninety- nine cents for the 16 ounce size.  That's really, really low, lower then I've ever seen it.  But it's frequently on sale for $2 which makes it less expensive then the make it yourself version.

*An aside on price there is a low-fat  sweetened condensed milk which was not on sale and cost $2.69 because what? Fat chicks  have more money or are just (desperate) willing to pay more?  Shame on you, Carnation and all the makers of 2% American Cheese who do the exact same thing.*

5.  There are a lot of  ingredients in creamers; I assume thickeners and whiteners, and if you don't like that thought this might be a good more natural solution.

6.  But I do have to wonder if a tablespoon of condensed milk and a splash of regular wouldn't produce the same effect with more options for customization.

So would I do this again?   Well, yes because I think I want to play with the recipe a little and also I think I would keep the ingredients around because I am forever going out during a snow storm for coffee creamer.  
Even if I can't find a way to improve the recipe, the way it is now if fine and  good enough for mornings that I'm snowed in or days I'm too lazy to go out.



Lynette 12/3/10, 7:33 AM  

lil easier is powdered milk with cinnamon or cocoa or nutmeg or allspice (good one there) or pumpkin pie spice or ....get the idea? Also cheap vanilla flavorings work good in coffee too. Of course you could go for the good vanilla vodka!

Vonlipi 12/3/10, 9:11 AM  

Huuummm! Pumpkin pie spice! It's a great idea I might try this...I loved the aside note! That is so true.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/3/10, 9:13 AM  

Hey guys! I know the powdered versions are much easier but I really really like the liquid ones better so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Truth is even the powdered commercial creamers are cheaper...

Babes Mami 12/3/10, 1:48 PM  

I'm embarrassed to tell you but I have never been a coffee drinker (except iced starbucks) but since we quit soda and we were given a coffee maker I bought coffee and creamer last week and went to try it last night and the coffee is beans so I have to have Chris grind it at work BUT I'm going to start being a coffee drinker. At almost 26.

On an aside my usual hot chocolate was nice and hot last night! Babe tried it and got mad because it was 'ha mama haaa'

Nessa 12/3/10, 1:53 PM  

I've tried this and I did use the coffee syrups. It's not bad, but it still doesn't taste like the commercial creamers. It takes a pretty good bit of the flavored syrup and the one I bought was $2.79 in addition to the condensed and regular milk. I definitely didn't save any money.

Lin 12/4/10, 8:44 PM  

I don't like the calorie count in creamers, but I do like the taste. I use flavored SILK now in my coffee. I like the creamy taste, plus I get the flavors.

natalee 12/5/10, 7:26 PM  

LOL!!!! i just spit out my soda. i laughed so hard aboutr the fat!!!!

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