Updated January 2020. The idea of homemade coffee creamer has piqued my interest for quite some time. I can easily go through multiple bottles of coffee creamer in a week, since I’m a pretty heavy coffee drinker. At about $3 a pop, that’s $24 per month just on coffee creamer alone. So I decided to make it myself to see if I could save a few dollars.
I used the steps in a post from 365 Days of Baking (she has since taken down the post and I can no longer link). I made a few tweaks because the tutorial was for vanilla creamer and I wanted to create a caramel coffee creamer. It was also too sweet for my taste, so I added a bit more milk.
Overall, I love making my own coffee creamer at home. Just in case you’re wanting to try as well, I thought it would be a good idea to answer some of the most common questions that people have about making their own DIY coffee creamer.
Can You Use Evaporated Milk?
You can! If you want to swap out the condensed milk for evaporated milk, it can be a great way to make creamer for coffee. The taste will be a little bit different but it’s still really, really good.
What is a Good Substitute for Creamer in Coffee?
While making your own homemade creamer is a great choice, you can always use almond milk as a substitute. If you’re looking for a specific taste and flavor, you can pretty much substitute in a wide variety of flavors as well. Almond milk is lactose free. I don’t find it quite as creamy as milk-based creamers, but I really appreciate the lower calories.
Is Coffee Mate Creamer Bad for You?
Too much of anything is unhealthy. If you’re worried about the ingredients that you’re drinking multiple times throughout the day in your coffee, this is where making a healthy coffee creamer at home can be a great choice.
How Can You Tell If Coffee Creamer Has Gone Bad?
It’s true, coffee creamer doesn’t last forever. If you’re wondering if the coffee creamer that you’ve made at home is good any longer, you can do a couple of things to test.
The simple sniff test is one way that you can easily find out if your homemade creamer is no longer good. If it smells sour, throw it out.
If you’re pouring the creamer and it’s curdled, it’s no longer any good. And if you pour it into your coffee and it doesn’t mix in right away, there’s a good chance that it’s past its prime and needs to be tossed out.
Homemade Caramel Coffee Creamer
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 18 oz milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp Torani Caramel Syrup
- Pour milk into container. You can reuse an old coffee creamer bottle if you have one on hand.
- Add can of sweetened condensed milk.
- Add vanilla and caramel syrup.
- Stir very well as the sweetened condensed milk will rest at the bottom if you don't stir well.
- Pour into your coffee.
- Stir, taste and adjust the ingredients to your liking.
Homemade Coffee Creamer
Calling this a recipe is a stretch. You literally just pour and shake, and you have coffee creamer. But hey, I’m all for saving time.
Update: I finally did the cost comparison (sorry for taking so long on that!) and it isn’t as inexpensive as I’d hoped. 🙁 The biggest expense is the sweetened condensed milk. In order to lower the cost, you can make your own sweetened condensed milk.
You do save a little money by making it yourself, but if you’re only doing this from a cost-saving perspective, it’s really not worth it, in my opinion. With that said, I do think this tastes incredible and I love being able to customize the taste to my preference. So I do still make it occasionally.