I love coffee creamer! Probably even more than the coffee itself. My husband jokingly asks me if I want coffee with my cream.
For the first year and a half we lived in Singapore I tried various ways to enjoy my beloved morning coffee without having to buy my favorite liquid at the store. Black is just not an option. I’ve tried. It’s gross. At $11sgd for a small bottle of Coffee Mate liquid creamer, it puts a hurtin’ on our grocery budget. I used up all of my flavored powders that we had brought over with us, or threw them out because the humidity took it’s toll. I bought flavored syrups, also expensive, and added milk. I bought flavored powder from a local coffee shop. Nothing was as satisfying as my $11/bottle Coffee Mate Vanilla or Hazelnut liquid creamer. I actually requested a bottle of it for my birthday the first year we were here. It was a luxury!
After all of that time of not really enjoying my coffee, I broke down and just decided it was worth it. So, when I could find the creamer, I’d buy as much as I could carry. The expiration dates are unusually months out so it lasts for a while. Which probably is perfect example of how packed with preservatives it is. Vanilla is my favorite and it seems to be the one that always hides from me. I’m sure someone else in Singapore shares my love for it and buys them all before I can get to them.
Well, they can have it because I FINALLY, after 2.5 years of searching have found a homemade creamer I can live with and one that won’t break our budget. It’ll be like we’re getting a raise!!
Play around with the recipe. I had to use regular sweetened condensed milk because I had it but I will be on the lookout for non fat. Hey, every little bit helps. But add more SCM or less depending on how sweet you like it. Add more or less vanilla or another flavor. When vanilla and hazelnut or that awful amaretto are the only pricey options we have here in Singapore, with this recipe, the options are endless!
I love that it’s SO easy!! I love that all of the THREE ingredients are readily available pretty much anywhere in the world. I also love that it’s real dairy because I know I don’t drink enough milk. But you could make it with soy milk or almond milk or whatever milk substitute you like and have access to.
$3 or $4 sgd
So here’s the recipe (taken from Food.com)
Homemade Coffee Creamer
(submitted by Andrea)
1 (300 ml) can low fat or regular sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk or whatever milk or milk substitute you like
1 tablespoon vanilla (I added more of my yummy Mexican vanilla!)
Combine all ingredients in jar or whatever you will use to store it in. Then put lid on it and shake like crazy! Store in the fridge. Shake before use. Will keep for approximately two weeks or as long as your milk is good for. (You can see from my photo that I used my tupperware shaker. Works great!!)
a) Add 1 Tbsp cocoa and 1 tsp almond extract for a chocolate almond flavor.
b) Add 1 tsp almond extract and 1/2 tsp orange extract for cappuccino.
c) Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp almond extract for amaretto.
d) Add specialty flavor syrups (from specialty coffee shops and the like) as needed for additional flavors.
Please note that so far I’ve only tried the vanilla – and it’s wonderful!