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Making Your Own Coffee Creamer

Updated on December 25, 2009
Adding homemade coffee creamer is a way to customize your coffee.
Adding homemade coffee creamer is a way to customize your coffee.


Coffee is a god in my house. There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. Customizing coffee flavors can increase the enjoyment by making the coffee specially suit your tastes. Customized coffee flavoring can be done in two ways. Flavoring can be added to the coffee grounds before the coffee is brewed. The second way is to make your own coffee creamer.

To flavor coffee before it is brewed, add your desired flavor directly to the coffee grounds. Add a dash of cinnamon or a pinch of cocoa to the coffee grounds in the filter. Some people like to add a dash of vanilla. Adding powdered flavoring to coffee grounds should be done sparingly.

The other way to create customized coffee is to add creamer that you have made yourself. There are many recipes for making your own coffee creamer, but following someone else’s recipe just means that you are learning how to make coffee creamer the way that they like it. The goal is to experiment and make creamer that is exactly how you like it. Have fun with it and feel free to try new things!

Almost all coffee creamer recipes start out with the same base. The recipe for the homemade coffee creamer base is one can of condensed milk and 1 1/2 cups of nonfat milk. This can be mixed in a mason jar or you could recycle an empty coffee creamer container.

Now comes the fun part. Extracts, cocoa, chocolate syrup, desert toppings, vanilla extract, and cinnamon are possible additions to your coffee creamer. Use your imagination. Just keep in mind the consistency of the creamer. An ingredient like cinnamon is not going to dissolve in the creamer. Therefore, many people would not want cinnamon in their creamer unless they are going to strain the creamer before adding it to the coffee.

When experimenting with flavors, I would pour a small amount of the base into a separate container and return the rest of the creamer base to the refrigerator. Add small amounts of the desired flavor to the sample and stir. Keep in mind that it only takes one to two teaspoons of a flavored extract to flavor the entire base. Therefore, only a tiny amount is needed to test the flavor in a sample of the base.

With flavoring coffee creamer, a little flavoring goes a long way. It is better to start with a small amount of flavoring and add more if desired than to have too much flavoring in the creamer base and end up with coffee creamer that is overpowering. If you find a unique flavor for coffee creamer and try it, please comment and let me know about it!

Have fun experimenting!   


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      Sheila Wilson 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you, PWalker. Yes, coffee creamer has gotten ridiculously expensive. I was shocked the last time that I checked the prices at the grocery store. Over $3 a bottle! Maybe, I'm just cheap, but that seems crazy to me.

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      PWalker281 8 years ago

      What a great idea! I'm not a coffee drinker, but my daughter is. I'm going to forward the hub to her. It sure would cut down on the cost of buying creamer. Thanks for sharing.