Coffee ice cream is a fun addition to your daily coffee or tea routine. They add richness, creaminess, and flavor to your hot drinks. Making your own ice cream at home allows you to tailor it to your taste, and it’s a great way to experiment with different flavors. The cool thing about this homemade coffee creamer recipe is that you can create your own version when you want to enjoy it.
Fun Fact: Did you know that coffee creamers were originally developed as a way to extend the shelf life of milk in the absence of a refrigerator?
Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe
- Mixing bowl
- Whisk or blender
- Airtight container for storage (e.g., glass jar)
- 1 cup Heavy cream or half-and-half for a lighter version
- 14 oz Sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp Flavored extract e.g., vanilla, almond, hazelnut
- A pinch of salt optional to enhance flavor
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of heavy cream (or half-and-half), 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces), and 2 tablespoons of your preferred flavored extract (e.g., vanilla).1 cup Heavy cream, 14 oz Sweetened condensed milk, 2 tbsp Flavored extract
- Optionally, add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.A pinch of salt
- Mix the ingredients thoroughly with a whisk or a blender. An immersion blender can also be used for a smoother consistency.
- Taste the mixture and adjust the flavor to your liking. Add more flavored extract for a more robust taste or additional sweetener if you prefer a sweeter creamer.
- Pour the homemade coffee creamer into an airtight container, such as a glass jar or bottle.
- Store the creamer in the refrigerator, where it should stay fresh for about 1-2 weeks, depending on the freshness of your ingredients.
- Before each use, give the container a good shake or stir to ensure the ingredients are well-mixed, as some separation may occur over time.
Pro Tips for Success:
- Experiment with different flavored extracts to create unique coffee creamer variations.
- Adjust sweetness and flavor intensity to match your preferences.
- Substitute the heavy cream with alternatives like coconut or almond milk for a dairy-free version.
Calculate Nutrition:The nutritional content of your homemade coffee creamer is based on the specific ingredients and proportions used. To calculate the exact nutrition, refer to the nutritional information on the ingredient labels and adjust accordingly.
Is it cheaper to make your own coffee creamer?
Making your own coffee creamer can be more expensive than buying commercial ones, especially if you consume a significant amount of creamer regularly. Here’s a basic cost breakdown:
Ingredients for homemade coffee creamer (per 1 oz):
- 0.5 oz Heavy Cream
- 0.5 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Flavoring (e.g., vanilla extract, almond extract, etc.)
Let’s consider the cost of ingredients (prices can vary by location and brand):
- Heavy Cream (1 quart, 32 oz) – around $3 to $5
- Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz can) – around $2 to $3
- Flavoring (a few drops) – negligible cost
Total cost for 1 oz homemade creamer: Approximately $0.19 to $0.31
Now, let’s compare this to the cost of store-bought coffee creamer. Depending on the brand and flavor, a typical store-bought coffee creamer can range from $2 to $4 for a 16 oz bottle.
Cost for 1 oz store-bought creamer: Approximately $0.13 to $0.25
As you can see, homemade coffee creamer costs relatively similar or slightly more expensive than store-bought creamer per ounce. However, homemade creamer offers the advantage of customization.
The cost-effectiveness of making your own creamer can increase if you frequently use specialty or flavored creamers, as those tend to be more expensive in stores. Additionally, the quality and flavor of homemade creamer can be superior to some commercial alternatives.
What is the key ingredient in coffee creamer?
The key ingredient in most commercial coffee creamers is water, followed by a combination of fats, sweeteners, and other additives. Common fat sources include vegetable oils, palm oil, or coconut oil, giving the creamer a creamy texture. Sweeteners such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or alternative sweeteners like sucralose are used to add sweetness.
Other ingredients may include stabilizers, emulsifiers (like sodium stearoyl lactylate or mono- and diglycerides), and flavorings to improve consistency and taste. Some creamers also contain milk derivatives for a dairy-like flavor.
Homemade coffee creamer recipes often use more natural ingredients like milk, half-and-half, or non-dairy milk alternatives combined with sweeteners and flavorings for a customized and healthier option.
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