Coffee Creamer: The Reason I'm Now Addicted to Coffee

Someone Should Really Cut Me Off!

Used to be that as a child, my mom would be mortified even before I went into a hamburger joint. She knew that by the time we paid our bill for the hamburger and fries, I would leave behind a ketchup bottle that would be half empty from whatever amount it started. As the years progressed, she learned to accept this socially questionable quirk, even buying me a shirt that said: I put ketchup on my ketchup. It even looked like Heinz. Back in those days, she probably wished I had retained my dislike of dry, tasteless fries – a taste completely revolutionized by adding tons of ketchup.

I relay this story because I want you to understand that I have found the ketchup for my coffee. Not that I had a huge dislike for coffee, understand, but coffee was just one of those drinks I could get by without. Now that I own a coffee maker, I can’t wait to drink the caffeinated bliss. Why? Two reasons. As this is the first time in my life that I own my own coffee maker, I decided to splurge and get the Dunkin Donuts brand of coffee. After drinking normal brands for years, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to the normal way of coffee. It tastes great and doesn’t make my stomach hurt like some coffee does.

But the real change came about when I decided to try putting in some of the creamer that my mom gave to me as leftovers from Thanksgiving festivities. The creamer was a peppermint mocha flavor and it was AMAZING. Not only did it completely change my stance on coffee from, “eh, that’s all right, I guess” status to “OMG, I need this stuff” status, but now my husband – the non coffee consumer – actually requests that I make coffee.

Although the peppermint mocha flavor is gone, I found the very last cinnamon bun kind of coffee creamer at Wal-Mart and the coffee truly tastes like cinnamon buns. Needless to say, we both went from drinking zippo cups of coffee to several cups a day. The best part about the creamer is that if you have a sweet tooth like me or are struggling with your cappuccino addiction, it is a much lower calorie way to satisfy that craving as the creamer runs about 30 to 35 calories a tablespoon.

Now, I am going to state that that if you do get the creamer, you should get the refrigerated kind as the powdery stuff just isn’t worth your time or your money. The creamer, found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, runs a little under 2 bucks a bottle. Although this might seem a bit pricey, I think it’s worth the investment because, again, if you’re trying to lose the holiday bulge, then substituting one high calorie sweet for a much lower one that is quite filling is a good way to go and this is one way to do that. Even if you are particular about what kind of sugar you like, the Nestle creamer offers a wide variety, from cinnamon bun to chocolate toffee to the standard French vanilla.

That being said, I should probably start looking for a shirt that says something like “Got Creamer?” And so begins my downward spiral into the realm of coffee addiction.

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Lisa Epperson 5 years ago from Nebraska

I love it too, but surprisingly I found that at my local Aldi store, the taste for the vanilla creamer in store brand is the same as the expensive creamer and over $1.00 cheaper. It may not sound like much but for the amount of creamer I go threw in a week, it adds up!!


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author

Mmmm, I'll have to try that. My addiction to creamers is still new, so the rational penny pincher part hasn't quite settled in. Thanks for the tip!


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Rusty C. Adore 5 years ago from Michigan

I love this! I am also a coffee lover (I wrote a hub about my addiction, so I guess that counts as my admittance stage, right?) I have been drinking coffee since forever and it only got worse when I branched out to flavored creamers. My personal favorite is Coffee-Mate's Pumpkin Spice! It is so good! I also got my husband interested in coffee (he also likes the peppermint mocha flavor you mentioned.)I am also a big fan of ketchup. I put it on many foods. Good hub and happy caffeine buzz!


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author

I've always drunk coffee kind of sporadically, but the creamer means I'm turning into something of an addict now. Last night, my husband and I realized we were drinking coffee more as a way to slurp up the tasty creamer. We had a good laugh about that (especially when he realized that I was putting in way less coffee than I should into the filter). It was the latest funny moment and so funny at that! Yeah, caffeine buzz and creamer!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Micky Dee told me on one of my things that espresso . . . somehow, doesn't give people the "jitters" that coffee does, but I don't know how that could be true, but I'm going to have to find out about that.

My grandmother does "half n half," and what I mean with that is that half of her "coffee" is always creamer, I mean, she drinks as much or more creamer as coffee with her drink. She's ancient, and willingly immoble. . . .IMO, and so she'd asked me to make her a cup; and I put what was surely an obscenity of an amount of her creamer in there, brought it to her, and then was promptly berated for my insubordination of not putting in enough creamer.

I've never made the mistake of making her a cup of coffee again. . . . .


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain Author

Thus far, I'm not completely addicted to creamer. But the other night, my husband pointed out that I was supposed to put in a lot more coffee than I was putting in. It was at that point that we realized our coffee obsession was more creamer obsession.

Your grandma's response sounds like something my uncle would do. I once worked my butt off cleaning this bathroom, being as detail oriented as I could. It was after my grandpa died, so we were trying to clean house. And so I was throwing away the things that looked revolting and one of those things was the bath tub mat. Of course, he got rather upset and that was the thing he had to berate me about.

I think it's moments like that you realize how much more valuable it is to extend appreciation to people when possible instead of condemning and criticizing where they failed...a lesson I'm still learning.


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