Hi, my name is Wendy and I am addicted to coffee.
The sweeter and more flavorful the better. I love me some lattes and cappuccinos and mochas and frappucinos, oh my!
If I’m on a car trip that’s three hours or longer, I stop at a Starbucks at a rest stop each way.
If I’m visiting a new town or someone else, I request a stop at a local cafe. I LOVE sitting with a great cup of coffee people-watching from a window.
And do not even TRY to talk to me before my second cup of coffee. No bueno.
So at home, I make my own little caffeinated concoctions — mixing this K-cup flavor with that coffee creamer flavor. I can tell you all about how some of the Girl Scout Cookie flavor creamers just don’t work in any nut-flavored coffee. And too much vanilla is a bad thing when it’s vanilla creamer in vanilla coffee, especially in a cream or white-colored cup.
No, seriously, I should be a connoisseur.
The thing about my sweet, creamy coffee cravings? It’s expensive, yo.
So, in my quest to save my hard-working man some money, I continue brave housewifery adventures — like homemade coffee creamer.
Again: simple, cheap, fun. WIN!
Here’s what you’ll want:
SWEETENED condensed milk
Half-and-half and/or some heavy cream
various extracts/flavorings (think: vanilla extract, almond extract, ground-up coffee or espresso beans, maple syrup, etc, etc)
A couple of containers with lids that are easy to pour (I purchased a two-pack of those water bottles with the snap-close lids — they’re like 20-ounce bottles so they can hold a good amount of creamer that will last a while)
I would recommend starting small with this one until you tweak it just to your liking.
My first batch was basically Prohibition-era stolen rum. It made Scott drunk just smelling it the first morning and I had a buzz for three days after my first cup of coffee.
Less is more when it comes to extracts, folks. Less is more.
What I like to do is take care of two creamers at once. So, I use one can of the condensed milk and split it between the two containers. I add just about the same amount, maybe slightly more of the Half-and-Half and/or heavy cream (the latter makes for a much richer flavor but of course is heavier in calories if that really means anything to you for your one teaspoon of creamer a day. I’ve noticed not much of a taste difference. Use what you have). Then add a few DROPS of extract/flavoring gradually. SHAKE VERY WELL! (With the lid on or else you decorate your kitchen counter with maple-almond creamer, tee hee) Do a sniff test or a drop on your fingertip test for flavor and throw it in the fridge.
I just label with scotch tape and a Sharpie, but you can get as creative as you want. Mason jars would be so cute for company, but really, people, I slaved away for HOURS, errr minutes, on this HOMEMADE COFFEE CREAMER. Be grateful I’m sharing my coffee… I mean…
My first two creamers consisted of a little coffee and some vanilla extract in one and a maple syrup-almond extract combo in the other. I love them BOTH!
I find I’m not using as much of this as I used to use of the store-bought creamer and as long as you keep in mind the expiration dates of your milk products (usually about three weeks), these ought to last you a while.
I’ve got peppermint extract and cocoa to mix for my next batch — can’t wait!
My favorite coffee creamers (flavored CoffeeMate ones, 16 ounces) typically cost $5-6 each. Two last a week if I’m lucky. We used to buy 2-3 each shopping trip.
Half-and-half: $3.50 for 1 quart (lasts several weeks, makes at least three creamers)
Sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces which makes 2.5 creamers): $3
Now the extracts can cost as much as $3-5 each. I stocked up on about four I didn’t have in stock that I could use for this but also figured I would use for other creations, so keep it simple and remember, you’re only using a FEW DROPS per creamer!
(I’ll be creating my own extracts down the road so WHOA will I save money!)
I figure you’re cutting your coffee creamer cost in half, doubling cute factor and tripling creativity and imagination. That’s good math to me.
Now I need a cup of coffee.